Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk Credit: Luc Leclerc-US PRESSWIRE

Week In Review: Jan 22-28

Welcome to my new feature that I just now decided I’m going to do: A recap of every week!  I will do my best to post every Sunday for you to read and enjoy.  Without further ado, let’s get into it!

With the (waste of time other than the Weber vs Chara Hardest Shot event) All Star Game this week, the Wings only played two games.  On Monday, they beat the suddenly relevant St. Louis Blues 3-1.   On Wednesday, the Original 6 game against Montreal happened.  I’m choosing not to remember exactly what happened in this game, but apparently, it did happen.  In related news, Nicklas Lidstrom is never allowed to retire.

Quick Game Recaps:

The game against the Blues started out pretty weak.  In what has been the Wings trend as of late, the opposing team dominated the first period.  It finally caught up for the Wings when a bad line change left Kronwall with an almost impossible 3 on 1 to defend.  Thankfully, Brad Stuart crushed Chris Stewart and the Wings were able to turn the momentum around and grind out a 3-1 win on the strength of two power play goals (Datsyuk and Kronwall) and a nice dirty goal by the Mule.

Nicklas Lidstrom had the flu against Montreal and was unable to play.  The rest of the team decided to join him in not playing, only, they had their skates on.  That’s all that needs to be said…

Goal Of The Week:

What a backhand by Pav.  He’s quite good, don’t you agree?

Hit Of The Week:

Stewie.  What can I say, the guy rules.

Save Of The Week:

Not really a save, but I think this will suffice.

Goaltending Analysis:

St Louis: 1 goal against.  The goal was off of a bad line change and an odd 3 on 1.  One-timer in the slot, nothing Howie could do about it.

Montreal: Howie and Conks didn’t exactly play to their capabilities, but unless the net was shrunk down from 4′ by 6′ to 1′ by 3′, the Wings were losing this game, so it didn’t really matter.

Overall, I’ll give Howie a B+ for the week.  A couple of key saves in a divisional game with first place on the line raises the grade somewhat.

Three Stars Of The Week:

1: Nicklas Lidstrom – Watching him play against the Blues, then not play in Montreal, I think it’s an easy decision.

2: Pavel Datsyuk – Played amazing against the Blues and wasn’t totally terrible against the Canadiens.

3: Jimmy Howard – Made a few big saves against St. Louis.  Huge game against a divisional opponent.  Had no chance in the Montral game.

Random Comment Of The Week:

Eventually, the NHL will allow the Wings to only play against quality opponents.  No more of these games against lower-level teams where the Wings decide to not play.  Seriously – 3+ goal losses to Columbus, the Islanders, and Montreal this season (all on the road).  That’s embarrassing right there.  Thankfully, the Wings usually play well against top non-San Jose teams.  Let’s hope this trend continues.

This Week:

Road trip (sonofa…) to Calgary, Vancouver, and Edmonton (finishing Monday in Phoenix).  Of the three games in Canada, I’d like to see the Wings come out of there with 4 points minimum out of 6.  The good thing is that the Wings will be motivated by playing like complete butt in the game that never happened against Montreal.  The bad news is that they will not have a practice before and will be flying to Calgary.  That first period is going to be rough, you can count on that.  Hopefully, the storm can be weathered and the Wings can beat an inferior Calgary team on the road.  Vancouver is always a fun game.  And depending on if Edmonton is healthy, they are a fun team to watch, especially with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.  Seriously, I think he’s already a top-10 playmaker in the game and he can’t drink legally in the US for two more years.

Classic Video Of The Week:

Let’s hope we see some of this during the road trip:

You know the drill: comment if you have a comment or yell at me on Twitter.  GO WINGS!!

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