A Few Odds and Ends

“One of the things Holmstrom provides — everyone talks about his net-presence — but he gets the puck back for you. So we’re one and done and we’re working on our breakouts right now.” –Mike Babcock

That quote comes to us via Khan(!).  Holmstrom, who has missed the past four games with a strained groin – will not be playing again tonight against the Dallas Stars.  Detroit’s power play has been abysmal as of late…scoring just once in their last nineteen attempts.  The powerless play plague has been lingering around Detroit for the past seven games…which also means that Detroit is only averaging about 2.71 powerplays per game…which seems a little low to me.

Holmstrom or not, scoring one out of twenty is NOT acceptable.

Lots more after the jump.

Also missing from the lineup tonight will be The Namesake, Darren Helm.  Helm will be looking to get back into the lineup for the annual Father’s Trip…which will be an old Norris Division tour stopping in Toronto and Chicago.

“Hopefully get on the ice when we get back.  Stick around here, get some treatment, get a couple of workouts in, hopefully be ready for the weekend, for the fathers’ trip.” –The Namesake

Having #43 on the ice would certainly help our PK…which has been okay, but still has a lot of room for improvement.  The Red Wings are 21st in the league in terms of PK percentage with 81.7 – they also lead the league in penalties being called for giving Jonathan Toews dirty looks (yeah, I’m still bitter about Friday’s farce).

commodoreplayerpicAlso sitting tonight will be Jakub Kindl.  Mike Commodore has stepped in and was finally granted his chance to stay.  The popular off-season acquisition has done well in the past five games, posting a +3 rating and adding a helper while averaging 12:48 minutes of ice time per night.

But don’t expect Commie to remain in the lineup for much longer, as Coach Babbles is looking to get #4 inserted back in…

“I’m going to get him back in the next couple of games for sure, because he’s played well for us this year.  But there is no question that Commodore gives us a physical presence and he’s gotten a chance to get his game going.” –Mike Babcock

The Red Wings head into Big D tonight to play the 10th place Dallas Stars.  Dallas has gone 6-4-0 in the past ten while Detroit has done exactly the same.  The Wings are certainly focused on being better on the road than they have been so far in this season.  They have a sub-standard 9-11-0 record while playing away from Joe Louis Arena.

Normally, taking a trip to Dallas was a wonderful thing…whipping boy, Marty Turco was good for whatever usually ailed the Wings.  Now…we’ll just have to sit back and see what happens.