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Now that the Wings have hit the quarter mark I thought we would open up the discussion of how you think the Wings have done so far.

Let’s break down a few key stats after the jump

 

Record: 14-7-1 (29 pts)

Last 10: 8-2-0 (2nd best in NHL)

Division Rank: 2

Conference Rank: 4

League Rank: 5

Chicago is currently in 1st place in the west and the central by 2 points (vomit). They have also played 2 more games and lost both in overtime. Chicago is not a superior team, yes they lead the league in scoring with 3.29 goals a game, but they also allow 3.08 per game, only Ottawa, Anaheim and Columbus have let in more. It’s only a matter of time before Chicago’s defense and goaltending get the better of them.

Power Play: 7th (19.4%)

Penalty Kill: 20th (80.5%)

The power play has been kicking on all cylinders the last five games going 6/20 (30%). The PK may look dismal, but over the last five games they have killed 17/19 (89.5%).

G

A

P

+/-

PP

Johan Franzen

10

12

22

10

5

Valterri Filppula

7

12

19

8

1

Pavel Datsyuk

6

13

19

1

2

Nick Lidstrom

6

10

16

8

2

Henrik Zetterberg

5

8

13

1

0

These are the top five scorers on the team. It’s nice to see Filppula and Franzen up there at the top. It seems that they are finally coming into their own and showing that they are capable of carrying the team when Z and Pav can’t.

Guess who is number 6 on the Wings scoring list? Yup, everybody’s favorite whipping boy Happy Hudler (2G, 10A, +4)

Jimmy Howard
Wins: 13 (1st)
GAA: 1.87 (3rd)
Save %: .930 (10th)
Shutouts: 3 (2nd)

Jimmy has been none other than spectacular this season. It appears that he has finally turned the corner from being a very good young goalie, to the type of guy that can steal games with confidence and swagger. I was never sold on Jimmy being the goalie of the future for the Wings until now. I can truly say that Jimmy is 100% capable of taking us all the way.

Other than the 6-game skid the Wings have played dominant hockey from the top line to the bottom pairing, so tell me your thoughts so far. What have they done well? what can they improve on? Should they make any changes? Will they go all the way? Stephen Weiss?

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