Game 12 – Detroit Red Wings @ Florida Panthers – Goose is Loose

I gotta save this team really did come through and finally looked motivated to win a game. I guess 6 game losing streak will light a bit of a bonfire under your ass.

It might have been a shootout win, but a W is a still a W.

The Good

Athanasiou is back (on the score sheet) and the Wings have a 1st period goal for what feels like maybe the 2nd time all season.

Athanasiou, regardless of what you think of his skill in our own zone or how he handled the contract dispute, is making this team at least a bit more bearable to watch. He had a goal, and some great looks. He made Reimer turn himself into a pretzel of some kind to stop a weird short side poke and he had a few good looks. The kid is just so fast, that every time he gets the puck it feels like magic is going to happen.

Meanwhile, Nyquist knew that I was planning on writing about his disappointing performance the past couple games and goes end to end to completely school James Reimer who is playing a phenomenal game, and then beats Reimer again to seal the shootout victory for us.

Gonna test this theory. Next game I’m going to complain about Larkin not scoring. We’ll see if he scores against Arizona.

Jimmy Howard backstopped this team in probably the best game of the season for him. 46 saves through OT and some real sketchy plays that he had to overcome. He went full on dirty birdy in the shootout to rob Barkov on a great shot, and continues to be the Red Wings MVP for the season

The Bad

Ericsson, after that one game where we all thought he was maybe not terrible, is continuing to be completely terrible and causing a majority of our goals it feels like. On the first Florida goal, he gets shoved off a puck but a guy 5 inches shorter and like 30 pounds lighter.

That’s always been the more frustrating thing about Ericsson, that he doesn’t use his size to play. He could be a wrecking ball on skates that clears the crease and owns the corners, and instead he’s like this magical pixie fairy that loses every puck battle and panic dumps the puck to the other team in the slot. Basically I think he could be a good hockey player physically, but mentally he kills me like every single night. At least he assisted on the Nyquist goal, which will keep my brain aneurysm from bursting.

The WTF?

Jeff Fucking Blashill comes out the media with some good lines at practice that we all want to see and says, and I loosely quote: “these are the lines we’re going with, no changes for awhile.” We all make some jokes and have a nice laugh about how unlikely that is to happen, but he’s a coach and he’s going to the media so I figure maybe we’ll go like a couple games with no changes.

God damn one and half periods before this guy has Glendening out there with Zetterberg and Nyquist. Because Luke Glendening, bless his heart, is what a top 6 line needs to successfully score.

Put the blender down Jeff. You’re pureeing the last bits of faith this fanbase has in you.

Next Game

Happy Spookyday game against the winless Arizona Coyotes. Their team is so bad their subreddit posts actual Coyotes instead of hockey stuff now. So if we can’t score there.

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