Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
1. Sportsnet’s Sean McIndoe examined 8 Stanley Cup champions “who survived early deficits“:
3) 2002 Detroit Red Wings
If there are any Canucks fans still reading after we mentioned the 2011 Bruins, this section should finish them off.
The 2001–02 Red Wings were easily the Cup favourites heading into the season; they were coming off a 116-point season in a year when nobody else managed more than 101. But the eighth-seeded Canucks seemed poised to pull off the upset, stealing the opener on Henrik Sedin’s OT winner and then rolling to a 5–2 win in Game 2.
With the Red Wings on the ropes and a raucous home crowd cheering them on, the Canucks tied Game 3 with a goal midway through the second period and were headed into the intermission with a chance to shove the favourites into an impossible hole.
Every Canucks fan remembers what happened next:
The goal held up as the winner, and the Canucks didn’t win another game. The Red Wings went on to beat the Blues and Avalanche on their way to an easy final matchup with the overmatched Hurricanes.
But look on the bright side, Canucks fans. While the series may have featured one of the most devasting gut-punch goals in modern NHL history, at least it served up a legendary Brian Burke press conference.
2. USA Today’s Kevin Allen compiled a list of 15 potential unrestricted free agents of note, and the Wings are mentioned in the cases of two potential UFA players:
Goalie Carter Hutton: With the Islanders, Hurricanes and Red Wings all looking for goalies, Hutton suddenly could be a hot commodity. He’s not going to command a large contract.
For him, it could come down to the opportunity to play more. He has always been considered a strong backup goalie. Could he thrive if given more starts? He posted a .931 save percentage last season and owns seven shutouts over the past two seasons (62 games).
Defenseman Mike Green: While the Detroit Red Wings are rebuilding, they would love to have him back. He was their best defenseman. He likes Detroit.
But they won’t give him a longer deal. Is he what the Florida Panthers are looking for? How about the Canadiens?
3. And DetroitRedWings.com’s Dana Wakiji examined the 2017-18 “numbers” produced by Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist:
44 – Nyquist had 44 takeaways, which ranked third on the Wings. Larkin led the team with 56 and Zetterberg was second with 51.
40 — Nyquist had 40 points, which was fourth on the Wings. Larkin led the team with 63 points, Zetterberg had 56 and Mantha had 48.