Minnesota Wild vs. Detroit Red Wings
Tip-off: Friday, January 25, 2013 – 7:30 PM ET
Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan
It’s been lees that one week into the NHL season and YouWager experts consider the Detroit Red Wings have already been affected by the retirements of two of the franchise’s most successful players.
The Red Wings are not really strong on defensemen and are currently scoreless on the power play however they will try to recover tonight by aiming to continue with their home success versus the Minnesota Wild this evening.
Tomas Holmstrom played all 15 of his hockey seasons in Detroit in the company of seven-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom and they were a staple on the team’s power-play unit. Lidstrom often assisted set up Holmstrom, who positioned himself in front of the net to score 141 of his 289 career goals — including the NHL playoffs — on the man advantage. Except for one, all of Holmstrom’s 11 goals last season came on the power-play.
Without the two retired stars, the Red Wings (1-2-0) are 0 for 15 on the power play after being unable to do it on four chances in Tuesday’s 2-1 home-opening loss versus the Dallas Stars.
Back in the 2011-12 hockey season Johan Franzen scored 11 of his team-leading 29 goals on the power play however these days he is still searching for his first goal overall. Detroit recorded 40 shots but didn’t score until there were 3.4 seconds left Tuesday.
Outscored 11-5 this season, the Red Wings are also missing Lidstrom’s presence within a defensive corps that’s been plagued by injuries.
Detroit will have to do without Carlo Colaiacovo who will be out for approximately a month due to a shoulder injury and Ian White will miss at least two weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a deep leg laceration suffered Tuesday. The team would like for Jonathan Ericsson (hip) to return from his two-game absence and Jakub Kindl (lower-body) will make his season debut Friday.
The Red Wings have outscored the Wild 48-22 during a 9-0-3 home stretch that dates to December 2006. Jimmy Howard has yielded 10 goals on 93 shots this season but is 4-0-2 with a 1.81 goals-against average at home versus the Wild
Minnesota (2-1-0) looks like like they’re in position to take advantage of the Red Wing’s makeshift defensive lineup in their first road contest, however offense hasn’t been as strong even with all the phenomenal starts from Dany Heatley and Zach Parise.
The Wild recorded a NHL-low 177 goals last season and has been held to a goal apiece in its last two games after opening with a 4-2 victory.