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Final games Critial for Wings. Written by hgimn - April 16th, 2010

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With time running out on this season of hockey the Red Wings are in prime position to make a last minute push to get into the postseason.The Wings are tied the Leafs in least amount of games played this season with 75,while most others have played 77 or 78.This means that the Wings have the potential to gain more points than other teams in front of them in the standings.


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However with only 10 days left in the season,it means that both teams have alot of hockey to play in a short time.The Wings have 8 straight gamedays,followed by 2(or more) days of rest,with just 2 of those games at home.They start with a home and home series against Toronto,the best team in the league,followed by 2 games in 3 days against the Vancouver Canucks,who are just ahead of the Wings in the Standings.

Trade Deadline Review:

March 14th:Andrew Ladd(Detroit)-Tomas Holmstrom(Pittsburgh)

March 15th:Krystofer Kolanos(Detroit)-Atlanta 5th-2010(Atlanta)

March 18thNiklas Hagman(Phoneix from Vancouver)-Kristian Huselius(Vancouver)

March 20th:Zac Rinaldo(Detroit)-Zach Stortini(Colorado)
Atl 5th-2010(Detroit)-Mika Pyorala(Anaheim)
Zach Stortini(Detroit)-Det 5th-2010,Ottawa 7th-2010(New York Islanders)
Col 4th-2012,Det 5th-2010(Detroit)-Ben Guite(Edmonton)

The team has improved their overall play,but hasn't had a record to reflect that,going 4-6-1 since the deadline.Guite has helped form a much more solid 4th line with Stephane Yelle,and Darren McCarty.,Whereas Holmstrom and Huselius have contributed on the 2nd line with Jason Williams.Mika Pyorala was a -3 and had 2 pim in 13 minutes played against the Atlanta Thrashers in place of Quinton Laing,and has not played since.

News And Notes:

-Mike Green continunes his assult on the Cmhl recordbook.He now hold the goals scored by a defensmen in a single season(Previously held by teammate Marek Zidlicky at 24) with 32.With 8 games remaing Green could further increase that record.He has also bested the previous record of 72 points(set by Mathieu Schneider) with 88 this season.He sits just 4 assists behind Schneider's record of 60 assists,and is looking to make it a clean sweep of scoring records.


-In the last 35 games Johan Franzen has scored 18 times,and added 12 assists good for 30 points.He has set a new career high with 25 goals(19),27 assists(18) and 52 points(37).Better yet,the Mule has said that he plans to stick around in Detroit if the Kemmer offers him a new contract.


-Brendan Smith(23rd overall-2007 entry draft) played in the Frozen Four Ncaa tournament final at Ford Field in Detroit for the Wisconsin Badgers,losing to Boston College in the final 5-0.Smith had 5 assists against RIT in the tournament to lead all defensemen scoring.The Tournament topped off an amazing season for him,as he lead the NCAA in defensemen scoring with 15 goals,and 37 assists in 42 games.He was also a top ten finalist for the Hobey Baker award.The Defensemen is expected to turn pro and sign a contract to play for the Grand Rapids Griffins for next season.Brendan Smith

-Stefan Elliott(34th overall-2009 entry draft) saw his Whl playoff run end in a 2nd round loss to the Memorial Cup hosts Brandon Wheat Kings in 6 games.Elliott potted 26 goals,and had 39 assists in 72 games during the regular season,and added another 3 goals,5 assists in 10 playoff games.The 19 year old can return to his team(Saskatoon Blades) for one more season,and then is expected to commit to college or to sign a contract with the Griffins.Stefan Elliott


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