October 2009

Zetterberg Passes Slava Kozlov on Red Wings All-time Leading Scorers List

By Chris Turner, Zetterbergfan.com, October 29th, 2009


Henrik Zetterberg scored just his second goal of the season in last night’s 6-5 shoot-out loss to the Oilers, and it was a lucky break that made it go in.

Zetterberg fired a shot from down low in the left face-off circle that deflected off of the leg of Edmonton defenseman Taylor Chorney and past goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, which made it a 5-2 game 12:50 into the second period, and gave the Wings some life to begin a third period comeback.

The goal was Zetterberg’s 11th career goal against Khabibulin, more than he has scored against any other opposing net-minder.

Hank’s goal last night was the 185th goal and 416th total point of his career, putting him ahead of Slava Kozlov at 18th on the Red Wings All-time Leading Scorers List. 

With only two goals in eleven games, Henrik is on pace for a career-low of 14. However, Z currently has nine assists, which projects out to a career-best 62 for the season. He leads the team with eleven points, scoring at a point-per-game rate.


Swedish Reunion

By Helene St. James, Free Press, October 27th, 2009


Canucks forward Mikael Samuelsson, who spent the previous four seasons with the Wings, had Henrik Zetterberg, Nicklas Lidstrom, Tomas Holmstrom and Andreas Lilja at his house Monday. While both sides naturally wanted the other to lose Tuesday, the Wings were delighted to see Samuelsson with five goals and 10 points after 11 games.


Bucci's Mailbag

By John Buccigross, ESPN.com, October 22, 2009


Why do Datsyuk and Zetterberg get no love? I know they are not as flashy as Ovechkin or Crosby, but come on, they are in their prime.

First of all, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are no longer in their NHL prime. Datsyuk is 31 and Zetterberg is 29. Those are not "prime" ages to play a nine-month NHL season (training camp to the Cup finals).

Younger players are more energetic, more durable, heal quicker and, most important, have heightened mental clarity because younger people think only of the present, which is the key to creativity and productivity. I'm not saying Datsyuk and Zetterberg are Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden and will never win another Stanley Cup. Just realize that players get injured more in their 30s and begin a downward arc in their production…

…The first step is a healthy Datsyuk and Zetterberg, and go from there.


Zetterbergfan’s take:


Datsyuk and Zetterberg are far from past their prime. They are both “still” top ten caliber scorers and probably the two very best two-way players in the league. I don’t think either of them have had their greatest season yet. Everyone goes through scoring slumps. Zetterberg had a nine game pointless streak from October 12th to November 2nd, 2006. He ended up scoring 33 goals and 35 assists that season. This year, despite having only one goal through the first nine games, Henrik has failed to record an assist only three times and is on pace for a career-high 73 assists. So, besides the puck not going in for him right now, he is leading the team in points. Expect the Wing’s stars to rebound soon.

Zetterberg On the Rise

By Dana Wakiji, The Detroit News, October 17th, 2009


Lidstrom got his milestone point, No. 1,000, assisting on Henrik Zetterberg 's first goal of the season.

"It was nice to see that one go in, so hopefully more come now," Zetterberg said. "We were creating chances, had a lot of chances, I couldn't really get the puck in. When that happens, you just have to keep going and keep believing in yourself and keep shooting and finally it will go in."

Last season through six games, he had four goals and three assists and was plus-2. This season he has one goal, five assists and is minus-1.

Babcock said Zetterberg's skating suffered because he missed the entire exhibition season with a groin injury.

"I don't want to blame that," Zetterberg said. "I should be good enough in shape that it wouldn't matter. I think the first two in Sweden were a little tough, but after that I think I've been feeling pretty good."

He was thrilled to be part of Lidstrom's milestone.

"That's a pretty huge honor," Zetterberg said. "That's something I will remember forever. It's a great feeling. It's huge. No one deserves it more than him. As I've said before, he's our best player night in and night out. It's a lot of fun to be able to play with him for a few years."


Lidstrom’s 1000th Career Point Comes on Zetterberg’s Game Winner

By Chris Turner, Zetterbergfan.com, October 15, 2009



Henrik Zetterberg scored his first goal of the season, the eventual game-winner and added an assist as the Detroit Red Wings earned a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings, and Nicklas Lidstrom collected his 1000th career point.


Lidstrom’s milestone came on Zetterberg’s 40th career game-winning goal, 3:24 into the third period. In four-on-four play, Zetterberg won a draw in the left face-off circle, dropping the puck back to Lidstrom on the point. Lidstrom fired a shot-pass towards Zetterberg who deflected it perfectly past Kings net-minder Jonathan Quick’s far side shoulder. The goal gave Detroit a 3-1 lead.


“I was looking to make a shot-pass to Hank and it was a perfect deflection by him,” Lidstrom said.


The assist on Z’s tally, Lidstrom’s second assist of the game, made the Wing’s captain the first ever European-born defenseman and only the 8th defenseman in NHL history to record 1000 career points. He is also only the second Swedish player to reach the milestone after Mats Sundin.


For Zetterberg, the goal broke a five game scoreless streak to start the regular season. Head coach Mike Babcock had called upon Zetterberg to step up and the star forward answered.


Hank added an assist on Brian Rafalski’s empty-netter. Zetterberg now has a goal and five assists for a team-leading six points in six games.


Henrik Zetterberg steps up, delivers game-winning goal for Red Wings vs. Kings

By Ansar Khan, Mlive.com, October 15, 2009


The first five games of the regular season were like training camp for Henrik Zetterberg, who missed most of the preseason with a strained groin.
In Game No. 6 on Thursday, Zetterberg scored his first goal, which proved to be the game winner in a 5-2 victory against the Los Angeles Kings at Joe Louis Arena.
Missing Pavel Datsyuk due to an upper-body injury, the Red Wings needed Zetterberg to deliver with his strongest game. Coach Mike Babcock hopes his performance is a sign the star forward is rounding into form.
“I thought it was good, he answered the challenge and I thought he got stronger as the game went on,” Babcock said. “When you miss training camp, you have no legs. It doesn’t matter what you do or how much you rode the bike. So, it’s very important for them to get their legs. They can’t contribute offensively like they will once they get their legs.”
After the morning skate, Babcock said Zetterberg needed to reach another level.
“Bert (Todd Bertuzzi) had a real good game the last home game (Saturday). Cleary seems like he’s getting his legs,” Babcock said. “Now Z’s got to get to another level. That’s just the bottom line.”


Injury Gives Red Wings More Worries

By Kevin Allen, USA Today, October 15th, 2009

Although Babcock clearly said everyone had to pick up their game, he did single out Henrik Zetterberg for a special mention. Zetterberg doesn't have a goal yet, and he's been a minus-player.
"Z has to get to another level -- that's the bottom line?", Babcock said
What exactly does he need to do?
"He has to skate," Babcock said. "That's easy for me to say, but any time you don't play in training camp, it takes you…"
Babcock didn't finish the thought, preferring to say that Zetterberg, bothered by a groin injury in training camp, has started to play better, evidenced by 10 shots over his past two games.
Because of their injuries, Babcock said Zetterberg and Cleary "have had their training camp over the last five games."

Wings' top Lines Still are Off to Slow Start

By Chris McCosky, Detroit News, October 14, 2009


The Wings' top six forwards, Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Todd Bertuzzi, Dan Cleary, Valtteri Filppula and Ville Leino, have four goals and are a combined minus-10 in five games.

"It's early," Zetterberg said. "The first two games we didn't play well. The last two we were better and tonight (a 6-2 loss to Buffalo) we were awful. We just have to bounce back and get a rhythm going."

Zetterberg hasn't scored yet, but has four assists. He's minus-2. Datsyuk has only two assists and Bertuzzi, who leads the team in giveaways, has one assist.

"We need them to score," coach Mike Babcock said.

Zetterberg said it wasn't time to panic.

"We've got to score some goals," he said. "We're having chances. I should have scored two goals tonight. I am just not finishing it off. You have to be a little more desperate when you have chances. You have to put them in."



Hank missed nearly the entire pre-season with a groin injury and he clearly is not up to speed yet. Bertuzzi is leading the team in turnovers and Zetterberg is having a hard time keeping up with the play. This has resulted in a few goals against and can account for the minus-2.

As for offense, the goals will come. Z has been getting his shots, but doesn't have that extra step right now to make a move and drive the net. I think it's obvious he is still recovering, conditioning, and building chemistry with his new linemates, particularly Bertuzzi.

Henrik has always been magic on the top line with Datsyuk, and there is no reason to think he won't be again. Expect them to have a break out game soon.


Red Wings Look for Production from Top Line

By Ansar Khan, Mlive.com, October 13, 2009


…the team also needs its stars to deliver. And they are off to a slow start.
Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg have no goals after five games. Datsyuk, who finished fourth in the NHL with 97 points in each of the past two seasons, is skating well but has only two assists. Zetterberg has four assists and has had his share of chances with a team-leading 17 shots, but he has not finished.
The players who form the top line (Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Todd Bertuzzi) have no goals.
"We've got to score some goals," Zetterberg said after Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. "We had a few chances. I should have had at least one or two today. It's not just finishing off, you have to be a little more desperate when you have your chances. You've got to put them in, otherwise, you will not score now. I had a few chances I should have put in. Just have to go back to work again and make sure we score next time."


Red Wings' Mike Babcock shifts Todd Bertuzzi to line with Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg

By Ansar Khan, Mlive.com, October 11, 2000


(Mike) Babcock made some line changes following Johan Franzen’s knee injury. He reunited Datsyuk and Zetterberg, who had been centering separate lines, and replaced their usual sidekick, Tomas Holmstrom, with Bertuzzi.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Bertuzzi wants to show he still can be a first-line forward. He was regarded as the league’s top power forward when he played on a dominant line with Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison in Vancouver several years ago.
Bertuzzi needs to limit his turnovers, he’s tied for the team lead with six, and adjust his game to play with Datsyuk and Zetterberg.
“I have to drive the net, stay in front of the net, try to create some space for them, make sure defensively I’m responsible,” Bertuzzi said. “The way they play, it’s just a matter of time before we get a handful (of goals).”
Babcock’s preseason plan was to reduce ice time for Datsyuk and Zetterberg to keep them fresh. But Datsyuk played 22:28 and Zetterberg 21:59 on Saturday while matching up against Washington’s top line.


Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg Reunited.

By Ansar Khan, Mlive.com, October 10, 2009


Johan Franzen's knee injury has prompted Red Wings coach Mike Babcock to reunite Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, at least for now.
“I wouldn’t count on it staying like that,'' Babcock said following today's morning skate, during which he had Datsyuk centering Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom.


Red Wings can't shake last season's problems

By Ansar Khan, Mlive.com, October 04, 2009


The second line is searching for some chemistry after being intact for only one exhibition game due to nagging groin injuries for Henrik Zetterberg, Dan Cleary and Todd Bertuzzi. Bertuzzi committed a couple of turnovers that led to goals on Friday. The line was better on Saturday, teaming up for an even-strength goal and contributing to a power-play goal.


Recap: Blues 5, Red Wings 3

By Helene St. James, Freep.com, October 4th, 2009


Globe Arena, Stockholm Sweden- Henrik Zetterberg's line with Todd Bertuzzi and Dan Cleary, each a minus-two the previous night, made it 2-0 when Bertuzzi passed to Zetterberg and Cleary tipped Zetterberg's shot.

Z's two cents: The Wings were called for five penalties, the last a hooking call on Pavel Datsyuk. "I don't know how, really, to put it," Zetterberg said, "to see Pav get a hooking penalty and nothing is called against him. He's got such great balance, and I think he doesn't get enough penalties (drawn) and all of a sudden he's in the box. For me, I can't understand that."


Some Red Wings not ready

By Chris McCosky, Detroit News, October 3rd, 2009


Stockholm, Sweden --Mike Babcock saw this coming. He talked on Thursday about how certain players on his team might not be ready to play.

"It's tough when you miss training camp," Babcock said. "Missing training camp makes great players good and good players average."

On Friday, in the Wings' 4-3 season-opening loss to the St. Louis Blues, two of his top players, both of whom missed most of training camp because of groin injuries, were very average.

Henrik Zetterberg and Dan Cleary each was minus-two for the game. Both seemed a step slow and their line, as well as the Wings' power play, suffered because of it.

Todd Bertuzzi was the third member of that line. He was also a minus-2 and made neutral-zone turnovers on the Blues' last two goals.

Zetterberg didn't seem overly concerned.

"My body is good, just have to play better."




By Chris Turner, Zetterbergfan.com, October 1st, 2009


Last year, Henrik Zetterberg had four goals, four assists, and was a (plus/minus) +7 in four pre-season games but then went on to have a somewhat disappointing year, based on previous expectations, with just 31 goals, 42 assists, for 73 points, and only a +13 in 77 games. He did pick up his game in the playoffs, scoring 11 goals and 13 assists with a +13 in 22 games, leading the Red Wings to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second straight post-season.

Hank didn’t really have a preseason this year. Nursing a sore groin since training camp, he has skated in just one exhibition game against Swedish Elite Club Farjestads. Zetterberg registered a goal and an assist in the win.

There are no reports of Zetterberg having any problems with his lower back or wrist tendonitis, which have both been chronic problems in past years. It looks like Henrik is relatively healthy going into the regular season. If he can stay injury-free he should recapture the team’s goal-scoring title that he lost last year to hired-gun Marian Hossa.

I expect Zetterberg to play over 75 games again this year, missing a few games with minor ailments. With that many games played and the departure of scorers; Hossa, Jiri Hudler, and Mikael Samuelsson, Henrik should be able to match or surpass his numbers from a few years ago, in which he scored a career high 43 goals. Don’t be surprised if he once again leads Detroit in scoring. With just his 17th goal this season, Zetterberg will reach the 200 career goals mark.

Z could very well match his career-high 49 assists from 2007-08, even with new linemates Todd Bertuzzi and Dan Cleary. I would say it’s more likely that he will get 43 to 45 helpers this year.

I was not very accurate with last years predictions, but I am going to put myself out there again this time around and say Hank racks up about 48 goals and 45 assists, once again falling a little short of a 100 point season, but surpassing his career-high of 92.

If Zetterberg plays only 68 games this season he will get to 500 for his career. He should finish closer to 510.

Henrik needs just 11 career points to pass Slava Kozlov (415) for 18th on Detroit’s all-time scoring list. Z will likely finish 12th on that list at the end of this season, passing Kozlov, Tomas Holmstrom (424), Syd Howe (435), Sid Abel (463), Gerard Gallant (467), Nick Libbett (467), and Red Kelly (472) as a Red Wing.

A year ago I said, “58 regular season wins, 124 points, Presidents Trophy, defeat the San Jose Sharks in the Conference Finals, and go on to defeat the Montreal Canadians in six games to win back-to-back Stanley Cups.

I was wrong. The Wings won 51 regular season matches for 112 points and 1st place in an improved Central Division, but did not win the President’s Trophy (San Jose), and lost the Stanley Cup in seven games to the Penguins.

This time I say, 52 regular season wins, 114 points, and they defeat the San Jose Sharks in the Conference Finals, and go on to defeat the Boston Bruins in seven games to win back the Stanley Cup.

Zetterberg Back

By Helen St. James, Free Press, October 1st, 2009


Henrik Zetterberg scored in his first game of the exhibition season, contributing one of four power-play goals as the Red Wings won their last tune-up before weekend games against the St. Louis Blues.

The Red Wings beat Farjestad BK, 6-2, Wednesday at Lofbergs Lila Arena in Karlstad.

With Zetterberg returning from a groin injury, the match provided the first opportunity to watch his line with Bertuzzi and Dan Cleary, both of whom also have had groin problems. The line racked up four points.

"I could tell Cleary and Z missed training camp." Mike Babcock said via phone following the game. "Z has no pace, so it was good he got to play.”



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