Game 11 – Detroit Red Wings @ Tampa Bay Lightning – MMAntha

Steven Stamkos comes into this game with 20 points in 10 games. 2 points per game. That’s insane. That’s 9 more points than leading Red Wing Mike Green, who has 11. If he and Nikita Kucherov stay healthy, they might both come close to or reach 100 points.

Which I hate, because I hate Tampa Bay

The Good 

Well we can;t score on the powerplay but at least Nielsen can score short handed.

That’s a great read, a great hustle by Helm to stay with him, and basically as perfect as a 2 on 1 as you can draw up. Nielsen was the only good offensive player out there on the stat sheet, with another goal to make this seem like a game we could win when there is no way in hell the Wings are good enough to win. Of course, we can’t, because winning is success and we don’t know success anymore.

Some nifty other good plays:

  • The powerplay that Neilsen scored his second on, Zetterberg sold a trip so hard. How hard? You be the judge, but it looks to me like he feels the hook, grabs the stick, and hooks himself extra good to make sure it’s seen.

  • AA looked pretty good for his first game of the season. I’m glad he’s back, honestly, because on paper we can be a pretty solid top 9 with him included, and I would love for him to be a staple Red Wing.
  • Jimmy Howard should get traded to a cup contender the way he’s playing. Put a good team in front of him that’s a top team in the lead. 38 shots faced, 69 attempts from Tampa Bay. Nice.

The Bad

Where do I start?

First of all, too many penalties. Just way too many, every game. We need to adjust to the goddamn rules and stop, because when we play teams with good shooters, this happens.

And in general our defense was bad tonight. I expected nothing, but I’m still disappointed. The second goal, which gave Stamkos his 21st point in 11 games, just looks awful when you see what a pass got through to a wide open STEVEN. STAMKOS.

But you know what if that was the game winning goal, I would have been mildly okay. No instead we get this shit.

WHAT IS DEFENSE?

And what are our powerplay lines? What are our REGULAR lines? Kronwall was out for the last like 2 minutes of powerplay and 6v4 to end the game. He can barely play defense as it is, why are you putting him out there over Mike Green? Isn’t that Mike Green’s entire point of being on the team? Mantha, Larkin, AA, and Frk did not play in the last chance of the game. Excuse me what?

Justin Abdelkader played the second most of any Red Wing.

Sometimes I wish this was a video so I could repeat things for emphasis.

Justin Abdelkader is not a good hockey player. Sorry. He’s got a role, it’s worth about 2 million dollars top, and belongs in the bottom six. Stop trying to make it happen. It’s actively costing us scoring chances. He has been virtually useless this season. I will die on this hill until someone can provide me advanced stats to prove me wrong. And while I wait for that, I’m going to go find advanced stats to prove myself right.

The WTF?

Anthony Mantha appears to be preparing for some sort of MMA career.

I’m not really on the side of “Yeah more fights!” but at the same time, way to not take any shit from the team I hate the most. Especially when they’re giving you a cross check after the whistle. I love Sergachev basically turtle afterwards too. If you’re gonna dish it you better be able to take it.

Later on, Mantha dumped Dotchin with a straight up Greco-Roman takedown, which I don’t have a clip of. But basically: 

I’ll take more Mantha in all my hockey games, please and thanks

Next Game

Saturday against the Panthers. Maybe they’ll start Niemi!

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