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This week in a Red Wings season that actually happened: Fight! And less exciting goaltending

Yes I moved it up two days. The Red Wings don’t play in that span so it doesn’t really matter. I needed to carve out some time for Lions talk ahead of Thanksgiving. Now, onto some vintage Probert from today’s game:

He added another assist in one of Detroit’s two games this week as well. It’s amazing, the man is taking over the city. Steve Yzerman is obviously the star, but Probert is the fan favorite. Sign him long term.

Speaking of long term options, defenseman Doug Houda, the Red Wings’ second-round pick from three years ago, got his first two games of the season in as Gilbert Delorme continues to sit out for an undisclosed reason. I’m not going to lie, Houda is an enormous liability. He went -2 today. I hope I’m wrong but he seems destined to be a a career journeyman, making as many rounds in Kalamazoo and Adirondack as he does in Los Angeles and Buffalo.

He’ll be one of those guys you look up on the internet 25 years from now and wonder, how the heck did he reach 561 NHL games? But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, he’s not helping the Red Wings now. Not many people on the back end are, especially the goaltending.

Glen Hanlon is trying to get back in the regular conversation, recording a shutout over Washington on Saturday. It wasn’t one of those he-only-faced-14-shots shutouts, either. Hanlon stopped 32-of-32 in a game the Red Wings needed him to be good. They beat a likely playoff team (to be fair, pretty much everybody is likely to make the playoffs), 1-0.

His counterpart, Greg Stefan, lost another game, dropping his record to an average 6-4-2. He gave three goals on just 19 shots. (Vancouver also scored an empty netter.)

As the goaltending world turns, the Red Wings follow. They’re just .500 (8-8-2) and in probably the tightest division in the league, Detroit is just four points ahead of the last-place Blues, who had looked terrible up until this point.

Eighteen games. Less than 25 percent of the season. A footprint in the snow that will be flurried over by the many continuous seasons that will come after this one.  But that’s how long it took for us to go from ‘Jimmy Who?’ to wishing Jimmy Howard wasn’t back to being four years old.

The Rangers look like they won’t make the playoffs. Maybe Houda, the aging Gerard Gallant, and that Adam Graves guy can yield the young goaltender over there, John Vanbiesbrouck. Something needs to be done if the Red Wings are going to contend for the title this season.

RED WINGS POINT LEADERS

Steve Yzerman, C: 23

Bob Prober, LW: 18

Gerard Gallant, LW: 14

Petr Klima, RW/LW: 10

Shawn Burr, LW/C: 9

Darren Veitch, D: 9

RED WINGS GOAL LEADERS

Steve Yzerman, C: 14

Petr Klima, RW/LW: 9

Bob Probert, LW: 7

Brent Ashton, LW: 6

Shawn Burr, LW/C: 5

RED WINGS ASSIST LEADERS

Bob Probert, LW: 11

Gerard Gallant, LW: 10

Steve Yzerman, C: 9

Darren Veitch, D: 9

Doug Halward, D: 8

GOALTENDING STATS

Goalie Record GA SA SV SV%
Greg Stefan (6-4-2) 35 350 315 .900
Glen Hanlon (2-4-0) 21 194 173 .892
Darren Eliot (0-0-0) 2 19 17 .895

STANDINGS

Campbell Conference
Norris Division GP PTS Smythe Division GP PTS
Blackhawks 19 20 Oilers 19 24
Maple Leafs 19 19 Flames 20 22
Red Wings 18 18 Jets 17 17
North Stars 20 17 Canucks 19 16
Blues 18 14 Kings 19 12
Prince of Wales Conference
Adams Division GP PTS Patrick Division GP PTS
Canadiens 22 29 Islanders 19 27
Bruins 20 24 Devils 18 24
Sabres 19 20 Capitals 18 17
Nordiques 19 19 Penguins 19 17
Whalers 18 16 Flyers 21 15
Rangers 20 13

FULL RED WINGS STATS

Forwards GP Goals Assists PTS
Ashton, Brent LW 18 6 2 8
Barr, Dave RW 8 0 4 4
Bridgman, Mel C 11 0 1 1
Burr, Shawn LW/C 18 5 4 9
Chabot, John C 18 1 4 5
Gallant, Gerard LW 17 4 10 14
Graves, Adam LW 8 0 0 0
Higgins, Tim RW 9 0 1 1
Klima, Petr RW/LW 18 9 1 10
Kocur, Joe RW 11 1 1 2
Kumpel, Mark RW 6 0 2 2
Martinson, Steve LW 5 1 0 1
Murphy, Joe RW 16 2 4 6
Oates, Adam C 16 0 5 5
Probert, Bob LW 18 7 11 18
Yzerman, Steve C 18 14 9 23
Defense GP Goals Assists Points
Delorme, Gilbert D 15 1 0 1
Halward, Doug D 18 0 8 8
Houda, Doug D 2 0 0 0
Lewis, Dave D 6 0 0 0
Norwood, Lee D 13 2 0 2
O’Connell, Mike D 17 1 5 6
Sharples, Jeff D 7 0 3 3
Veitch, Darren D 15 0 9 9
Zombo, Rick D 14 0 1 1
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