Mike Green Scores First Goal with Detroit Red Wings

Carlos Osorio

Photo: Carlos Osorio

On Friday night, a player by the name of Mike Green scored his first goal with the Detroit Red Wings. He did not use an Easton Stealth CNT stick.

Early in the second period against the Pacific Division leading Kings, Green snapped a 1-1 tie by skating into the slot to collect a rebound and firing the puck past Jhonas Enroth. It was typical aggressive Mike Green hockey. After the tally, Green broke into a smile before being hugged by his teammates, who are not Washington Capitals. Green had spent his entire 10-year career with the Caps before signing a three-year, $18-million deal with the Wings this offseason. Battling an injury for part of the season, he had previously six point in 13 games for Detroit.

“I’ve been kind of concentrating on trying to shoot the puck more and, you know, at least get something created,” Green told reporters after Detroit’s 3-2 victory. “So it felt good today.”

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GIF Recap: Caps Beat Red Wings, Lose To Stars


Photo: Patrick Smith

The Capitals followed up a 2-1 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday with a 3-2 loss at home to the Dallas Stars the following night. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the OT winner against the Red Wings, and Alex Ovechkin finally scored goal number 484 on the Stars to become the highest scoring Russian player in the NHL.

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Great Goaltending: Caps beat Red Wings 2-1 (OT)


Despite all recent evidence to the contrary, the Washington Capitals are still a hockey team. But Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings, the first Caps game since the mid 80s, intimated that the Caps may have diminished in intensity during their long break.

They looked particularly a bit rusty in the early going, especially in comparison to Pavel Datsyuk and Dylan Larkin, who combined for the Wings’ first goal. But on one of their 275 first period power plays, the Caps returned fire with a tip-in by Justin Williams.

No one scored forever, so we went to overtime, where Kuznetsov won it.

Caps beat Wings 2-1 in overtime!

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Caps at Red Wings Pregame: Stretch it Out

Having not played since Michael Scott was still on The Office, the Caps finally get back in action Wednesday night against the Red Wings. It’s been a while so you may be a little stiff. Stretch it out, Caps fans.

The Caps and Wings met last week. The Caps 5v5 effort was pretty meh, but the Wings overall have been a meh team so far in 2015-16. Detroit has been playing better hockey lately, as they’ve been the better possession team in each of their past five games, but they picked only two wins in that span.

The Caps need a better 5v5 performance. Oh, and I dare the Wings to let Ovechkin fire 4,307 shots again. If they employ the same strategy, you can take an Ovechkin record-setting goal to #thebank.

Puck drop is at 8 PM on NBCSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 11-4-1 54.8% 100.1 22.4% 84.8%
Detroit Red Wings 9-8-1 49.2% 100.4 17.2% 82.8%

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All My Exes Live in Detroit: Wings Blank Caps 1-0


The Capitals traveled to MoTown Tuesday night, where they still make cars just ones that are a little more Italian. It was a night of reunions and celebrations. But somebody forgot to invite the Caps. The fairy tale was not to be.

The Caps had a torrid pace through much of the first, Alex Ovechkin especially, but they couldn’t crack Petr Mzarek. In fact, the Wings actually scored the game’s opening goal, but Braden Holtby slipped the cookie out of the cookie jar with aplomb.

In the second, the Wings turned the nerd graphs upside down but the Capitals managed to keep the dam from overflowing.

That was until Andreas Athansiou (?) notched his first NHL tally on a fluke sharp angle shot. That was all. Ho hum. Wings blank Caps, 1-0.

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Caps at Red Wings Pregame: Go Ovi, Go!


Alex Ovechkin stands on the brink of yet another NHL accomplishment. With his next goal, the Caps Russian superstar will break Sergei Fedorov’s record for most career goals scored by a Russian-born player.

Fedorov will be in attendance at the game. Last night he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, and tonight he will be honored by the Red Wings.

Once the actual hockeying starts, you may notice something peculiar: the Red Wings aren’t that good this season. They rank 29th in score-adjusted shot-attempt percentage. Here’s their 4-game rolling shot-attempt percentage compared to the Caps.


*enter muscle emoji here*

Travis Yost had some good insight earlier this season on what’s up with the Wings.

Puck drops at 7:30 PM on the Plus.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 10-3-0 55.3% 100.2 22% 84.6%
Detroit Red Wings 7-6-1 46.8% 102.1 18% 82.4%

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Caps beat Red Wings 2-1: Nearly a Playoff Lock


All these smiling faces.

With less than a week to go, the Capitals got an important win on the road from the Detroit Red Wings– drawing ever closer to making their playoff fate a lock.

The Caps got an early lead off Evgeny Kuznetsov’s stick (and a sick bounce). Mike Green’s Easton made it 2-0 in the second period, but Darren Helm got a power-play goal after a great pass from Pavel Datsyuk. The Caps held off a brilliant empty-net attack late to earn two crucial standings points in #rego.

Caps beat Red Wings 2-1.

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Caps at Red Wings Pregame: Happy Easter!


The Spirit of ’87

Happy Easter, which is traditionally a good holiday for the Washington Capitals, yes, definitely. The Capitals squandered a comeback and a chance to lock a playoff spot last night, but no worries– it’s not like the Wings are a strong 5v5 team with good coaching and a distinct home-field advantage.

Puck drop at 5 PM on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 43-25-11 51.9% 100.2 25.2% 81.3%
Detroit Red Wings 41-24-13 54.1% 99.8 24.1% 80.9%

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Alex Brandon

Photo: Alex Brandon

The Washington Capitals didn’t play particularly well against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night, but an awful injury to Jimmy Howard, some sterling work on special teams, and some killer instinct in the dangerous zones vaulted the home team to a comfy lead over the possession monsters of the Motor City.

Troy Brouwer scored early in the first, exploiting a costly mistake by Jimmy Howard that forced him to leave the game. In the second period, Andre Burakovsky sent a perfect pass to John Carlson for a one-timer, and Joel Ward chopped at a loose puck to put the Wings in a three-goal hole. Before the second intermission, Jonathan Ericsson seized on a loose puck to make it 3-1. No change in the third, so the Caps enter the season’s back half on a high note.

Caps beat Wings 3-1.

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Caps vs Red Wings Pregame: Schmidt Down, Oleksy Up!

Rolling with the homies.

The Washington Capitals didn’t seem like themselves during Thursday’s overtime loss to the Philadephia Flyers. If they don’t get their act together for Saturday night’s home game against the Detroit Red Wings, who are a far better team than the Flyers, this one’ll get ugly quick.

Puck drops a little after 7 PM on CSN, though I have a feeling 18 thousand or so of you will be watching it in person at Verizon Center.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 21-11-8 51.0% 100.7 23.3% 79.1%
Detroit Red Wings 22-10-9 53.8% 99.9 24.5% 86.8%

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