Posts tagged “Peter Forsberg”

Wolski could miss remainder of series; Forsberg “questionable” for Game 2

Update (4:46 PM): Forsberg is maintaining that he’s “day-to-day” and that a decision on his status for Game 2 has not been made. – Matt

George Malik summarizes a Joel Quenneville press conference in which the Colorado coach says first line winger Wojtek Wolski is unlikely to return during this series due to an “upper body injury.”

Peter Forsberg is “questionable” for Game 2 with the groin injury that kept him out of Game 1.

Both injuries are obviously bad news for the Avs, but gret news for the Wings.

Forsberg skates with Avs

The AP reports that Peter Forsberg skated with Colorado today in an optional practice. He’s not scheduled to play tonight in Vancouver, but could make an appearance in the Avs’ home game Saturday against LA.

I know there’s a lot of skepticism about Forsberg’s latest comeback attempt and for good reason, I suppose. However, I suspect underestimating him is a mistake. The guy all but gave up on his return bid back in November, so it’s as though he’s delusional about his chances. It seems that he has found a solution after all, and if it really ends up working, watch out.

Even last season, ankle troubles notwithstanding, he put up respectable numbers:

regular season: 57 games, 55 points (13G, 42A)
playoffs: 5 games, 4 points (2G, 2A)

Again, respectable, not stellar. Still worth considering, however.

I’m no Forsberg fan, but I can respect the guy’s ability and desire to return to the NHL so that he can go out on his own terms. His reputation as a diver is well-earned, but so is his reputation as one of the most dominant forwards of his generation. Also, though “Floppa” is an apt nickname for the guy, he is, paradoxically, as tough as they come. I think it’s a safe bet that he’ll be playing through pain and take his body to the limit to make this comeback worthwhile.

With a healthy Forsberg, the Avs become a power player in the West and can’t be taken lightly. And I don’t know about you, but I’d rather Detroit not face that patricular Red Wings Killer in the first round. They’re not far out of the lead in the Northwest Division, however, so that may not be all that likely.

Khan on the Forsberg deal

Ansar Khan wrote on the Forsberg trade last night, pointing out that it’s better for the Wings that he ended up in Nashville rather than Anaheim, as a possible matchup with a Forsberg/Pronger team would make things tough in the first round. In Nashville, he can’t hurt the Wings until later rounds, if at all.

It’s looking like it will be tough for the Wings to respond with a big trade of their own, but possible acquisitions include (as listed by Khan) Bill Guerin, Keith Tkachuk, Todd Bertuzzi, Gary Roberts, Owen Nolan, Fredrik Modin, and Marco Sturm. I have to say that none of those names really appeal to me, but I’d take any one of them as long as they don’t go after Bertuzzi.

Peter Forsberg traded to Nashville

Update (9:15 PM): Bob McKenzie, as always, has some smart analysis. – Matt

For Scottie Upshall, Ryan Parent, a first round pick and a third round pick, according to TSN. Seems like the Preds got off pretty easy after all the rumors putting a kingly price on Forsberg’s head. They were in good shape before the trade, and, if it pays off, will be in a great position in the postseason. If it pays off. In any case, the race for the Central Division title just got a lot more interesting. I think the five games remaining between the two teams will a bit rough.

How will Kenny respond?

2/12 Quick Links

Update (2:30 PM):Ansar Khan writes on the Peter Forsberg situation and has a few interesting tidbits, particularly the possibility that the Wings might look to trade away Robert Lang for a winger on top of making a push for Forsberg. – Matt

… Henrik Zetterberg has been named the “First Star of the Week” by the NHL.

… Also Zetterberg-related: see also Dave’s response to the Freep’s Michael Rosenberg column advising Wings fans to maintain proper “perspective.” Rosenberg believes the jury’s still out on Zetterberg, and Dave is right to point out that he’s way off base there.

… Ottawa Senator’s goalie Ray Emery is only getting suspended for three games after this vicious slash last night.

… Ladislav Nagy is now a Dallas Star. So much for this rumor.

Wings 7, Flames 4

Update (5:15 PM): I had written and email to Ansar Khan because I had been wondering why the Wings called up Howard without making sure he would play a game, given the fact that he’s just returned from an injury and could use the playing time. He responded thus (in part):

I’m guessing they called up Howard instead of Liv because they wanted to see how MacDonald would play Sunday before declaring him the starter in Philly. If MacDonald would have s#!t the bed against Calgary, they surely would have started Howard against the Flyers. In that case, it would have been kind of awkward to suddenly send Liv back down to GR after the Flames game and rush Howard to Philly. Howard wouldn’t have been able to fly out with the team Sunday night and would have had to fly to Philly Monday morning, not a good thing.

That makes sense, and if I’d have checked, I would have seen that Jimmy wouldn’t have played even if he had stayed in GR. The Griffins don’t play until Friday, so the question of lost playing time is moot. – Matt

Update (2:15 PM): Ted Kulfan writes on the Detroit News Wings blog that Joey MacDonald will in fact start tonight, contradicting his earlier report. Also, Danny Markov apparently will not be back. – Matt

The Wings won a wild one last night, beating the Calgary Flames 7-4 and extending their home-win streak to 12 games. It was much more of a blowout than the score indicates, as the Flames controlled play for only about 3:00 in the third period, scoring three of their goals then, when the Wings had let up. It was as much a case of the Wings dominating as it was of the Flames playing bantam hockey.

Joey MacDonald was in net for the Wings and hardly got any work through two periods. He looked steady, though, when he did face a shot, and made the stop when needed. When the Flames started scoring, the first two goals were the result of bad defense, but the third was a little weak. All in all, Joey had a strong game, and it was good to see the Wings’ take the task of defending for him seriously.

The first couple minutes of the game were pretty choppy as there were a couple stoppages due to off-sides and icings. At 3:03, play stopped again for a Stepha Yelle elbowing penalty and the Wings got their first power play. The Wings didn’t do a lot with it and they had to be careful with picking the puck up in their own zone as the Flames were forechecking hard. At 4:54, Robert Lang took his customary hooking penalty and we got 9 seconds of 4-on-4 hockey before a Calgary power play. The Flames had trouble setting up and the Wings did a good job of killing it off.

The Wings got on the board at 8:43 after Miikka Kiprusoff misplayed the puck behind the net on a slow shoot-in by Dan Cleary. Jason Williams picked it up and saw Henrik Zetterberg in the high slot. He sent it to him and Hank wasted little time releasing a snap shot that beat Kiprusoff inside the left post. Kiprusoff had taken his sweet time getting back, but should have been set. It’s not often you see him beaten like that.

The Wings struck again four minutes later. Zetterberg took the puck in on a nice rush, distracting the defense by the right point, before dishing the puck to a streaking Tomas Holmstrom in the middle. Homer didn’t get all he wanted on his shot, but Kiprusoff didn’t control the rebound and Pavel Datsyuk was able to get his stick on it. He slammed it into the net and made it 2-0 Wings at 12:44.

Right after the goal, Johan Franzen nearly made it 3-0 as he hit the post on a shot down low. Kiprusoff was slow to react and Johan had a half-empty net to shoot at, but couldn’t finish.

They did get a third goal not long after that, as Robert Lang, Jason Williams, and Dan Cleary forced a faceoff at 13:48. Four seconds later, Mathieu Schneider’s shot careened off Dion Phaneuf and into the net to make it 3-0 Wings. By that time, Jim Playfair had seen enough and Kiprusoff was pulled in favor of Jamie McLennan. It was very much an uncharacteristic game for Kiprusoff, who seems unbeatable whenever the Wings play him.

The Wings didn’t waste much time before testing McLennan. Within a minute, Datsyuk and Zetterberg flew into the zone, with Hank dishing the puck off to Pavel, whose shot rang off the corner junction.

The rest of the period consisted mainly of the Flames giving up the puck and the Wings getting chances as a result. Zetterberg, Datsyuk, and Holmstrom seemed to be out there every other shift, but they didn’t look tired at all as they continued to dominate Calgary.