Showing posts with label Pavel Datsyuk. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pavel Datsyuk. Show all posts

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Can The Red Wings Keep Their Playoff Streak Alive?

Over the last two decades, The Detroit Red Wings and the Stanley Cup Playoffs have have gone together like peanut butter and jelly. You could not talk about one without mentioning the other. As a matter of fact, with the Red Wings qualifying for the playoffs the last 21 seasons, there is a good portion of the NHL fan base that likely does not remember a season where the Red Wings did not qualify for the playoffs.

The last time the Wings did not qualify for the playoffs was the '89-'90 season, a year before this blogger was even born. Some of the NHL's top young talent like, Nail Yakupov, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Gabriel Landeskog, Jeff Skinner and Tyler Seguin were born several seasons into this streak.

Monday, October 8, 2012

NHL Players Dominating Over Seas

The NHL is now 23 days into the lockout and many players have fled to various leagues on the other side of the pond. While the owners and the NHLPA continue to bicker over the details of a new collective bargaining agreement some of the NHL's top talent are over seas putting together dominant performances and highlight reel goals.

Players like Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk, Alexander Ovechkin, and Ilya Kovalchuk have bolted to Russia's Kontinental Hockey League and have been successful while there. Malkin has recorded two goals and seven assists in nine games, Datsyuk and Ovechkin have recorded three goals and five assists in six and seven games respectively and Kovalchuk has potted four goals and six assists in six games.

However, not all of the NHL's top players are taking their talent to Russia. Anze Kopitar and Gabriel Landeskog have traveled to Sweden, and Rick Nash and Joe Thornton are playing in Switzerland.

Here are some of the highlights of NHL players and their talents outside of North America thus far.

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Red Wings Will Be Just Fine

The Detroit Red Wings are in unfamiliar territory. People are beginning to talk, and some of that talk is mentioning the unthinkable, the Red Wings missing the playoffs. Most of this talk is stemming from the fact that the Red Wings lost Nicklas Lidstrom, the NHL's prefect human, after 20 seasons in Detroit.

Lidstrom has been a permanent fixture on the Red Wings' blue line, and his departure is obviously going to leave a sizable hole. But to say the clock has struck midnight on one of the most historic franchises in the NHL and that their reign has come to an end is a little much.

The Red Wings may have lost the best leader in the history of the NHL, but the remaining roster has plenty of leadership to spare.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Julylights: July 26th, Claude Giroux's Shootout Magic

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July. 

Thanks to a breakout year for the Philadelphia Flyers, and a little publicity in the 24/7 series, Claude Giroux has burst onto the hockey scene. He has become one of the league's top offensive forces, scoring highlight reel goals and doing it with ease.

Giroux has the speed to breakaway from his opponents, and the hands to dangle a goalie out of his pads. These skills helped Giroux light the lamp 28 times and record 93 points in just 77 games played last season.

There were no goals where Giroux's soft hands were on display more, than his shootout goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Video after the jump)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Julylights: July 21st, Henrik Zetterburg Goes One-Handed In The Shootout

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July.

When an amazing shootout goal is scored by a player on the Detroit Red Wings, many just assume that it was Pavel Datsyuk, with Datsyuk's past they have the right to. But, with the abundace of talent on the Red Wings' roster it is just as likely for any other player to pull a move out of their hat of tricks and dazzle the hockey world with an amazing deke.

In this case, it was Henrik Zeterburg, who danlged Phoenix Coyotes' goaltender, Mike Smith, out of his goalie pads. (Video after the jump)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Julylights: July 3rd, Bertuzzi's Between The Legs Shootout Winner

Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July.  

Ah the shootout, hated by many and love by more. A time for players to bring out their trickiest moves in an attempt to beat the opposing goaltender. A time for highlight reel saves, and highlight reel dangles, the latter is more frequent.

This move by Todd Bertuzzi came during the preseason, a time where things aren't too serious, and a case that this goals should not be taken into account can be made becasue of that. But, is a game between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks ever not serious?

So here it is. (Video after the jump)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Red Wings Clinch Playoff Spot, Rout Blue Jackets

The Red Wings have clinched their 21st staright trip to the playoffs and they did so in dominating fashion, with a 7-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. At the final buzzer, 11 different Red Wings registered at least one point, while Henrik Zetterburg and Todd Bertuzzi lead the way four points each.

Of the seven goals scored by the Wings, several demonstrated the  passing skills possessed by the Red Wings. Goals included everything from no look passes to between the leg drop passes. Here is the best of them.

A tic-tac-toe powerplay goal for Tomas Holmstrom.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Columbus Looks For First Win Of The Season, Against Undefeated Detroit

The Columbus Blue Jackets are the NHL's only remaining team without a win in the 2011-2012 season. The Detroit Red Wings will look to keep a zero in the Blue Jackets' win column tonight, when the Jackets travel to Detroit.

The two teams are off to two very different starts to their respective seasons. Detroit (4-0-0) is off to its best start since '97-'98 while Columbus (0-5-1) is stuck in the middle of the worst start in franchise history.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

July-lights: July 24th, Datsyuk Splits The Sharks

There is very few in the world of hockey that are better than the Detroit Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk. From his jaw dropping dangles to his slick handed takeaways there is nothing Datsyuk can't do. A player that has displayed so much offensive domination over the course of his career, most would think was highly recruited and taken very early in the draft, not it Datsyuk's case. Datsyuk was drafted in the 6th round, 171st overall of the 1998 Entry Draft, talk about a grab.

Since officially coming into the league in the '01-'02 season Datsyuk has displayed offensive excellence, appearing in 662 games, scoring 221 goals, assisting on 430, and totaling 651 points. Not bad for a sixth rounder if you ask me.

However, Datsyuk is also known for his defensive contributions as well, sporting an overwhelming +/- of 187 having only been negative during the '03-'04 season where he went -2.  A contributing aspect to his well groomed defense is his ability to steal the puck away from his opponent, ranking in the top ten in takeaways last season with 71.

But lets not get away from the purpose of this post, Datsyuk's goal against the Sharks. Check it out below.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mike Modano In, Johan Franzen Out

In tonight's game 6 Western Conference Semifinal Series between the San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings Mike Modano will be taking the place of an injured Johan Franzen. Franzen re-injured his ankle during game 5 and did not see any ice time during the Red Wings' third period come back of that same game due to the injury.

Bringing in Modano, a Detroit native, could provide the Red Wings with a boost in a game where they face elimination down 3-2 in the series. Modano only skated in one game during the Red Wings' first round sweep of the Phoenix Coyotes, where he also replaced Franzen, this addition brings another veteran into the Red Wings' line up. He has played in 136 playoff games through out his 16 seasons playing in the NHL amassing 118 points, scoring 46 goals and acquiring 72 assists.

Coach Mike Babcock reported that Modano would be filling in Franzen's spot on the top line with Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom. This could help take some of the pressure off of Datsyuk with Modano being able to take a few face-offs if Datsyuk is struggling. Babcock has also hinted that Datsyuk has injured his wrist, so Modano being able to step into the circle for and injured Datsyuk when needed could be the difference for pivotal face-offs during the game.

We'll see what kind of an impact Modano has on the game tonight when the Red Wings try to force a game 7 against the Sharks at 8:00 PM ET on Versus.