games over the last couple of seasons, from miao1234's blog

DENVER - Alex Ovechkin has scored plenty of pretty goals in his career. . He even throws in some scrappy ones from time to time.Ovechkin scored late in the third period, Braden Holtby stopped 27 shots, and the Washington Capitals beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Thursday night.Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist, Jason Chimera also scored, and Ovechkin added an assist for the Capitals. Washington won the last two games of its three-game trip.Winning on the road, it feels like a bigger moral victory than winning at home, Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. Winning on the road brings a team closer together.Ovechkin broke a 2-all tie when he skated past defenceman Jan Hejda and put a shot on Reto Berra. The goalie didnt cover up the loose puck, and Ovechkin poked it just over the goal line with 5:56 left. It was his ninth of the season and first in four games.It was a lucky bounce (to get the puck back), Ovechkin said. I was skating and put the puck on net. It was a huge goal and gave us the points.Hejda took responsibility for Ovechkins goal.Its a game about mistakes, he said. I made one, and we paid the price.The Avalanche played half the game short-handed after Alex Tanguay was hit in the face on a shot by Ovechkin. Tanguay immediately skated off the ice and went into the locker room. The Avalanche announced that Tanguay sustained a jaw injury.Tanguays former teammate, Peter Forsberg, watched from a suite three days after being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. The Avalanche played a highlight video of Forsbergs career on the big scoreboard as he watched with his wife and two children.Forsberg said before the game he enjoyed his time with the Avalanche, which included two Stanley Cup titles.There was no other goal in this organization than to win the Cup, he said. I didnt think about the Hall of Fame or anything, it was just winning games.Colorado, playing its first home game in two weeks, tied it on Tyson Barries second goal of the season at 6:44 of the third period. The defenceman pinched in from the blue line and tipped in a pass from Gabriel Landeskog for his second goal of the season.I got over there a little late and should have read it better, Holtby said.Daniel Briere had a goal, and Berra finished with 20 saves for Colorado.Colorado pulled Berra for an extra skater with 1:28 left. The Avalanche had several scoring chances but couldnt get the tying goal past Holtby.Too bad we could not score toward the end, Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. We had our chances, plenty of looks. I thought we had a great third period, as well. Its a tough situation losing a game where you think you played a good game but sometimes those things happen.We need to stick to it because I think theres a lot of positives in the way weve been playing, especially defensively.Backstrom gave Washington a 1-0 lead with his fifth goal 1:04 into the second period. The Capitals nearly scored again a minute later when a puck sat in the Avalanche crease, but they couldnt get a stick on it.Colorado responded with Brieres third of the season when he wristed Nathan MacKinnons rebound by Holtby at 2:53.MacKinnon had two assists.The Capitals went ahead 2-1 when Chimeras shot from the top of the right circle beat Berra over his left shoulder at 12:10 of the second.Im not really happy with that game, Berra said. I couldve stopped each of these goals.NOTES: Colorado G Semyon Varlamov is day-to-day with a groin injury. He missed three games in October with a similar injury. ... Ovechkin has played in 698 career games, all with the Capitals. He is eighth on the list. ... Avalanche LW Jamie McGinn was scratched with a back injury. Rookie Dennis Everberg took his place in the lineup. . The modernizing moves have long been regarded by FIFAs anti-corruption advisers as an essential step to change the scandal-hit governing bodys culture. . Kyle Okposo had two goals in New Yorks fourth consecutive victory. The Islanders (18-22-7) also have won seven straight road games. The Islanders rallied past the Stars after trailing 2-0 after one period for the second time in a week.The Detroit Red Wings were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2006 and head into next season without their perennial Norris Trophy candidate on the blueline. Off-Season Game Plan looks at a changing of the guard in the Motor City. Nicklas Lidstrom didnt miss the playoffs in 20 seasons with the Red Wings and, even without their number one option on the blueline, there is a solid enough core on this team to think that the Red Wings are going to remain competitive. Without Lidstrom, there will be a massive hole to fill on the blueline, but the Red Wings have more than $20-million in cap space, so they are expected to be active in the free agent market as they pursue top-end talent to help offset the loss of one of the greatest defencemen the game has ever seen. Whether that means signing Nashvilles Ryan Suter or University of Wisconsins Justin Schultz -- both of whom are expected to reach unrestricted free agency -- there is a need for the Red Wings to invest in the long-term future on the blueline because theyve been spoiled by having Lidstrom as their no-maintenance All-Star year-in and year-out. In the larger picture, the Red Wings still have a veteran core -- Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall -- that will lead the next generation and, to their credit, the Red Wings have a promising group of prospects on the way. They are exceedingly patient in their development of those prospects, but thats been the tried-and-true method for some time now. Until the young players rise up and prove that they can handle prominent roles, however, the Wings are somewhat a team stuck in between: still good enough to make the playoffs and compete, but maybe not ready to challenge the leagues best. Well see who they can add before thats ultimately determined. With a couple of marquee additions this summer and perhaps a few prospects making the jump to full-time roles, the Red Wings wont fall off dramatically and its a testament to the franchise that they even have a chance to keep pushing forward despite the retirement of one of their all-time greats. The Rating is an efficiency rating based on per-game statistics including goals and assists -- weighted for strength (ie. power play, even, shorthanded) -- plus-minus, hits, blocked shots, giveaways, takeaways, penalty differential and faceoffs. (Stats are listed in this format: G-A-PTS, +/-, PIM, GP). Generally, a replacement-level player is around a 60, a top six forward and top four defenceman will be 70-plus and the biggest stars will be over 80. Evgeni Malkin finished at the top of the regular season ratings with a 93.12. Salary cap information all comes from the indispensable GM/COACHKen Holland/Mike Babcock Returning Forwards Player Rating GP G A PTS +/- Cap Hit Pavel Datsyuk 78.82 70 19 48 67 +21 $6.7M Henrik Zetterberg 74.88 82 22 47 69 +14 $6.083M Johan Franzen 73.74 77 29 27 56 +23 $3.955M Valtteri Filppula 73.02 81 23 43 66 +18 $3.0M Todd Bertuzzi 66.24 71 14 24 38 +23 $2.075M Dan Cleary 64.80 75 12 21 33 +2 $2.8M Drew Miller 62.54 80 14 11 25 +6 $837.5K Patrick Eaves 57.06 10 0 1 1 0 $1.2M Cory Emmerton 55.78 71 6 4 10 +1 $533.3K Jan Mursak 54.93 25 1 2 3 +2 $550K Free Agent Forwards Player Rating GP G A PTS +/- Class 11-12 Cap Hit Jiri Hudler 68.26 81 25 25 50 +10 UFA $2.875M Darren Helm 63.32 68 9 17 26 +5 RFA $912.5K Justin Abdelkader 58.78 81 8 14 22 +4 RFA $787.5K Tomas Holmstrom 58.28 74 11 13 24 -9 UFA $1.875M Since 2005-2006, there are half a dozen NHL players that have scored at least 500 points and registered a plus-minus over plus-100 in that time and none of them touches Datsyuks plus-186, but we all know hes great. The more pressing issue for the Red Wings is whether or not Datsyuk can continue at this elite level. He will turn 34 this summer and has missed 38 games in the last two seasons, after missing 38 in the previous seven seasons, so maybe its just bad luck, or maybe age is starting to creep up on one of the games most spectacular players. While his finishing ability has decreased (7.8% over the last three seasons, 12.8% in six seasons before that), he remains one of the games premier two-way players, capable of playing in any situation and though last years 69 points was his least since 2006-2007, it was enough to lead the Wings. Johan Franzen has never scored 60 points in a season, yet remains an integral part of the Red Wings offence. Mule, now 32, has scored at least 27 goals in four of the last five seasons (the only season he didnt, he scored 10 goals in 27 games) and his .40 goals per game in that time ranks 22nd in the league. The Red Wings have been patient with Valtteri Filppula and were rewarded last season when he broke through with a career-high 23 goals, 43 assists, 66 points, plus-18 rating and 18:16 average time on ice. That becomes the new level, or somewhere similar, at which Detroit will need him to produce going forward. 37-year-old Todd Bertuzzi is, as one might expect, in the decline phase of his career, but he was still a career-best plus-23 last season, skating primarily with Datsyuk and Franzen. He offers size and snarl that most Red Wings skilled forwards dont so, for that reason, he fills a role. Dan Cleary has turned into a gritty performer in Detroit, one that played through injury for much of 2011-2012, finishing with 32 points, his lowest total since 2005-2006. At this stage of his career, Cleary is more suited to a third-line role, with the ability, when hes playing well, to slide up the depth chart on occasion. Albeit in a depth role, Drew Miller has been a useful player for Detroit the last three seasons. He scored a career-high 14 goals and 25 points last season, including 17 points in a 35-game stretch in the middle of the season when injuries required him to handle more minutes. A broken jaw left Patrick Eaves on the shelf for all but 10 games last season, so it was a lost year, but he scored a total of 25 goals in the two years before that, so he can be a useful role player. Cory Emmerton earned his way into an NHlL job, barely. He played 71 games, but his 8:06 average ice time per game was lowest among non-fighters (an arbitrary, but fair, designation) and he played the softest of minutes (low level of competition, high offensive zone starts, available to Detroit forwards. None of this means that Emmerton cant play a greater role in the future, but he hasnt been given the opportunity yet. Very similarly, Jan Mursak has been trying to earn a spot in the Red Wings lineup, managing four points in 44 games over the last two seasons while playing under eight minutes per game. If he can stay healthy and play a full season on the fourth line, Mursak would certainly rate as inexpensive labour. Darren Helm is an emerging checking centre, but the 25-year-old has a different role than other third-line pivots, since the Red Wings top two lines end up facing top opposition so often. Helms speed is the key to his success and he should continue to handle more responsibility in the future. There are few Red Wings forwards that provide a physical presence, but Justin Abdelkader is one of them. The strong 25-year-old winger scored a career-high 22 points last season and might put up more with more ice time, but he hasnt shown enough skill to climb the depth chart, leaving him as a good bottom six winger. Without making any changes (ie. just signing their restricted free agents), the Red Wings would have a dozen forwards under contract and while that group would be competitive, its also unlikely that the Red Wings -- in a summer in which they have a ton of cap space -- wont try to bring in another high-end forward, whether its signing free agents like Zach Parise or Alexander Semin, trading for Rick Nash or adding some other difference-maker up front. On top of all that, the Wings also have some high-quality prospects in the pipeline. Gustav Nyquist seems closest to landing a regular job, but the Red Wings have several from which to choose, depending on the roles they need filled. Returning Defence Player Rating GP G A PTS +/- Cap Hit Niklas Kronwall 73. 19 82 15 21 36 -2 $4.75M Ian White 73.04 77 7 25 32 +23 $2.875M Jakub Kindl 67.61 55 1 12 13 +7 $883.3K Jonathan Ericsson 62.99 69 1 10 11 +16 $3.25M Free Agent Defence Player Rating GP G A PTS +/- Class 11-12 Cap Hit Kyle Quincey 70.29 72 7 19 26 -1 RFA $3.125M Brad Stuart 68.53 81 6 15 21 +16 UFA $3.75M Its been a long time that Niklas Kronwall was considered the heir apparent Nicklas Lidstrom as the leader on the Detroit blueline and, until there are acquisitions, thats the role left for the 31-year-old who has made a name for himself with devastating hits, yet also scored a career-high 15 goals last season. To be sure, Kronwall isnt in Lidstroms class, and theres no shame in that, but hes been nudging towards 23 minutes a night in recent seasons and could cross that threshold next year. Paired with Lidstrom last season, Ian White responded with a career-best plus-23 and his 32 points was the second-best mark of his career. His job will be more challenging next season, no matter who he plays with, but hes played between 22 and 23 minutes per game in three of the last four seasons, so he can expect to play a significant role next season. Jakub Kindl has played such a limited role (13:46 per game in his career), that hes not trusted enough to handle a regular turn on the blueline. Maybe he gets better but, at 25, there is a possibility that Kindl is destined to be on the roster bubble. Signed to a lucrative contract extension, Jonathan Ericsson saw his ice time dip last season, not quite taking the step forward that his pay cheque might suggest. That opportunity could be available again next season, depending on who gets brought in, but Ericsson could be stuck as an expensive third-pair option. It cost the Red Wings a first-round pick to, in a roundabout way (through Tampa Bay), acquire Kyle Quincey from Colorado. Since leaving Detroit in 2008, Quincey has emerged as a 20-minute-per-game blueliner and with Lidstrom retiring and Brad Stuart headed for free agency, the Wings could need 20 minutes per game from Quincey. Of course, the Wings dont plan on going into next season with just the returnees. They have top prospect Brendan Smith ready to step in and play a significant role after a couple of years in the AHL and Detroit figures to go after prime free agents Ryan Suter and Justin Schultz. Returning Goaltenders Player Rating GP W L OTL GAA SV% Cap Hit Jimmy Howard 77.99 57 35 17 4 2.12 .920 $2.25M Joey MacDonald 74.46 14 8 5 1 2.16 .912 $550K Free Agent Goaltender Player Rating GP W L OTL GAA SV% Class 11-12 Cap Hit Ty Conklin 49.21 15 5 6 1 3.28 .884 UFA $750K Making it as a No. 1 goaltender for a perennial contender isnt easy, as Jimmy Howard is finding out. After a long apprenticeship in the minors, Howard had a strong rookie year in 2009-2010, struggled in 2010-2011 and rebounded for a good regular season in 2011-2012, but was much better early in the year before fading in the second half and into the playoffs. Hes a capable starter, but expectations are always high with the Red Wings and any time the club comes up short, the unproven goaltender will take heat before the Cup winners in front of him. Howards job obviously wont get easier with Lidstrom retiring, but the 28-year-old is far enough into his career that he should be able to handle the challenge. Joey MacDonald is a standard No. 3 goaltender, who typically spends his time in the AHL, but hes been reasonably effective (.915 SV%) in 29 games for the Wings over the last two seasons. Part of the reason MacDonald played as much as he did, in addition to injuries, was the Ty Conklin struggled in the backup role, so Detroit will be looking to find Howard a better backup for next season. Top Prospects Player Pos. Team/League Stats Brendan Smith D Grand Rapis (AHL) 10-24-34, +2, 57 GP Gustav Nyquist LW Grand Rapids (AHL) 22-36-58, +7, 56 GP Calle Jarnkrok C Brynas IF Gavle (SEL) 16-23-39, -3, 50 GP Tomas Tatar LW Grand Rapids (AHL) 24-34-58, +7, 76 GP Tomas Jurco RW Saint John (QMJHL) 30-38-68, +46, 48 GP Teemu Pulkkinen RW Jokerit Helsinki (SML) 16-21-37, even, 56 GP Riley Sheahan C Notre Dame (CCHA) 9-16-25, even, 37 GP Marek Tvrdon LW Vancouver (WHL) 31-43-74, even, 60 GP Petr Mrazek G Ottawa (OHL) 30-13-6, 2.84 GAA, .917 SV%, 50 GP Ryan Sproul D Sault Ste. Marie (AHL) 23-31-54, +16, 61 GP 23-year-old defenceman Brendan Smith got a taste of NHL action last season (and that doesnt refer to his suspension, earned for a preseason head hit on Chicagos Ben Smith), playing 14 games, recording seven points while not looking out of place in his protected minutes. Going into next season, though, Smith should have a shot at a top-four role with power play time, a huge opportunity. After putting up better than a point-per-game in his first AHL season, Gustav Nyquist impressed in a minimal role with the Wings late in the season. If any forward prospects are going to be part of the plans next season, Nyquist figures to be at the top of the list. 20-year-old Calle Jarnkrok remains in Sweden, but is a high-end prospect, a playmaking centre who only needs to get stronger before he makes his way to North America. Tomas Tatar has three AHL seasons under his belt and hes still just 21-years-old. He started slowly, but with 19 points in his last 16 games, he did end up with a career-best and team-leading 58 points. Tatar may be knocking on the door, but its not an easy lineup to crack. Detroit got great value in last summers draft when they landed Tomas Jurco in the second round. Jurco has size and skill, but wasnt particularly consistent, but he took a step forward with his powerhouse junior team this year and he seems like a player that should be able to score at the next level. A 20-year-old who has 91 points in 111 games in Finlands top league over the last two seasons, Teemu Pulkkinen needs to work on other parts of his game, but hes got the scoring part down pat. Expectations have been high for Riley Sheahan, a first-round pick in 2010, but his lack of point production in college may set a more realistic path. Sheahan is a big forward who, at the pro level, can use his size in an effective checking role. After 20 goals in 114 college games, its not fair to expect that hell be an offensive threat as he climbs the ladder. A risky fourth-round selection in 2011 after he only played a dozen WHL games, Marek Tvrdon was healthy last season and has a combination of size and skill that could pay off with further development. With a .919 save percentage in 102 OHL games over the last couple of seasons, Petr Mrazek is an intriguing prospect between the pipes. Theres no need to rush the 20-year-old, but a couple of years in the AHL could have him ready to compete for a job. A big defenceman who knows what hes doing with the puck, Ryan Sproul is a raw talent, but has another year of junior to smooth out the rough edges before he turns pro and then should get some time in the AHL. DRAFTNo first-round pick FREE AGENCYAccording to, the Red Wings have approximately $42.3M committed to the 2012-2013 salary cap for 16 players. Check out my potential 2012-2013 Red Wings roster on Cap Geek here. Needs: Two top nine forwards, top-pair defenceman, backup goaltender.What I said the Red Wings needed last year: Depth forwards, two top four defencemen, two additional defencemen, backup goaltender.They added: Cory Emmerton, Jan Mursak, Ian White, Mike Commodore, Ty Conklin. TRADE MARKET Danny Cleary, Patrick Eaves, Jakub Kindl, prospects. Scott Cullen can be reached at and followed on Twitter at For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '

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