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Discuss: Red Wings edge ‘Hawks via shootout

Jan 22, 2014, 11:09 PM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings carved out a 5-4 shootout win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday, leaving them tied points-wise with the Columbus Blue Jackets for the eighth playoff spot in the East as of tonight. The Red Wings fought back from a 2-0 deficit, showing that they’re not going to be an easy out even with injuries and other challenges serving as potential obstacles.

– Can Detroit hold off the handful of up-and-down East bubble teams and make it to the postseason? Considering the Red Wings’ injuries, would a healthy Detroit team be a potential playoff upset threat? (Obviously looking months ahead, mind you …)

– The Red Wings have now won just three of 10 shootouts and notched their eighth home win of the season. Despite those struggles, they’re in the mix.

– Would you agree with CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers that the Blackhawks were “just off” for much of this game? Did Chicago take Detroit lightly because of injuries?

– Inevitable question time: are the Red Wings better off with Jonas Gustavsson instead of Jimmy Howard, or is that more of a “small sample size” thing? What about the American Olympic team?

– The Red Wings are attempting to make the most of what could be a lucrative stretch of games scheduling-wise. They won two of three games in Detroit so far in a five-game homestand.

– Meanwhile, the Blackhawks are kicking off a challenging run after finishing up a home-heavy stretch. They play in Minnesota on Thursday, get one home game against Winnipeg and then the ‘Hawks finish off their pre-Olympic break schedule with six straight road contests. Then a huge chunk of their team flies to Sochi. Yikes.

– As evenly matched as this game was, Mike Babcock remarked to the Detroit Free Press before the contest that the Red Wings need to “hold up our end of the bargain,” to maintain the rivalry. How can the Red Wings return to their elite form of old?

  1. charlieconway96 - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    We’re just past the half way point in the season, lets talk playoffs in a few months.

  2. snipedanglecelly13 - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    I’ve never lived to see the wings miss the playoffs yet and I’m 23. I don’t want to ever witness them miss the playoffs but it’s gonna happen sooner or later..

    • ryanprzy - Jan 23, 2014 at 2:18 AM

      Sooner or later, sure. But let’s not panic just yet.

      The talent that we’ve stockpiled within the lower levels of the organization is at least keeping us in this thing. If we can get just a bit healthier than we’ve been (and we’ve been absolutely DESTROYED by injuries), then we will very likely prolong that playoff streak.

      There’s enough talent on this team to make a playoff run, and anything can happen after that. But we’re going to need some of our key guys heal and get back in the lineup. Don’t discount this team; Mike Babcock is a terrific coach and he will get the most out of this bunch.

  3. blackhawks2010 - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Sloppy sloppy game Hawks. Not sure we even deserved a point, but I’ll take it. Need to step it up.

  4. hawksin5 - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    VERY subpar performance from crawford. i swear to god, if you shoot on his glove side, you will score 75% of the time. anyway, DOES BERTUZZI REALLY HAVE A TATTOO ON THE BACK OF HIS NECK?!?!?….wow. anyone else see that?

    • charlieconway96 - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      The male tramp stamp is typically located between the shoulder blades or on the back of the neck. No surprises here.

    • hockeydon10 - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:20 AM

      He’s covered in tattoos. Not freak show covered, but quite a few. Google is your friend.

  5. dtownbeatdown - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    I do not think the black hawks took the wings lightly… just because the wings are down everyone is already counting them out and that is an embarrassment to lose to them. The Hawks and Wings never take each other lightly… even when the Hawks were terrible they still played the wings tough most nights and vise versa.

    Wings were the only team to give Chicago a hard time in the playoffs last year and the wings were 1 game from even being in the playoffs last year. Regardless who is on the team I wouldn’t count this organization out just yet.

  6. ryanprzy - Jan 23, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    As a Wings fan, I thought it was our best game of the season.

    On the other hand, it was probably only a blip on the radar to the Blackhawks. They’re way out of our league as far as talent is concerned, so, sure it was a good win for us, but it still doesn’t change a whole lot as far as who’s the more legitimate contender.

  7. LampyB - Jan 23, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Everyone always talks about the Wings being outmatched and potentially missing playoffs.

    Last season we had many more injuries than this season thus far and we took the hawks to OT game 7. I love the doubters and permanent skeptics. You cause yourself too much stress while I sit back and enjoy games like this and wait.

  8. hockeydon10 - Jan 23, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    I’m not sure why that writer thinks the Hawks had “an off game”. Aside from Crawford they didn’t. As a Wings fan it looked to me like their top guys were all playing just as expected. They had a ton of sweet passes through the crease looking for goals just like the first.

    The Wings simply used the rivalry as motivation to up their game to equal that of the Hawks. They know what’s being said in the papers about how down and out they are. Too much pride to let one of the top teams in the league roll over them.

    They’re also getting some of their better players back. DeKeyser, Helm, Ericsson etc. may not be MVP quality players but they’re also key components of a successful Detroit team. Nobody can convince me that the bubble guys — those who know they’ll end up healthy scratch or in the AHL once the top guys come back — aren’t putting in that extra effort to be noticed. That was also revealed somewhat from Coach Q-stache’s comment about Detroit’s speed last night.

    • atoj777 - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      Thank you don, glad to see it’s not just me who thought both the Blackhawks and the Wings brought their A game and played a great game. This was by far the most entertaining hockey game I’ve watched all season.

      Hopefully this will be a big boost for team moral on the Wings side of things. To turn around a game at home that looked like it was going the same direction too many home games have gone, priceless.

  9. 101starmymedic - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    The Blackhawks played a solid game, they did everything correct, the Red Wings just worked harder. The forechecking by the Red Wings is what won this game. The Blackhawks tried to do what they’ve always done and it didn’t work. The Red Wings defense really stepped up and played a solid game, they didn’t give them too much room to work, they didn’t give them the space they’re accustomed to. This was a GREAT game. So much fun to watch. Both teams played their absolute best. They just have different play styles. It’s not surprise two teams playing their particular brand of hockey at 110% led to a 4-4 tie going into the shootout.

    This was the most fun I’ve had watching hockey all season. The veterans should really take note of how hard the young guys work. They could all learn a thing or two from their work ethic. Grinding and working their asses off every. single. shift.

  10. polegojim - Jan 23, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Wings will be fine – with ALL the injuries, they’re still very much in playoff contentions and playing like an ELITE team to even be able to note that… and right after beating a very good Hawks team.

    We’re good now… And will be great if/ when healthy again.

    But… a ‘good’ Wings team could be enough!

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