Month: October 2017

Game 10 – Detroit Red Wings @ Buffalo Sabres – Still asleep

Well it wasn’t as bad as Vancouver.

The Good

Jimmy Howard was the only good part of this game. He looked sharp and made 31 saves on 32 shots. Just fantastic. Even the one goal that got scored he looked really good on, almost getting over in time to stop it. Whatever happened in the game against Toronto Howard shook it off and is back to putting up great numbers and clawing tooth and nail to keep this team in it.

32 shots for the Wings sounds good but I can’t think of a single good shot, or good play, or good anything from our forwards to talk about. I mean there was more hustle, they actually looked like they cared a little bit, so compared to last game that’s amazing.

The Bad

This is the weakest shit

Jensen and Ouellet look terrible here. Both watching the play, but Ouellet is seconds behind and can’t help Howard, while Jensen just stops skating. It’s not even like honestly our defense was complete garbage tonight but you make a mistake like this it burns you and then you’re playing down. And it still didn’t even spark the effort I wanted from this team.

Frk is starting to look kind of ineffective out there, and I worry about that. Whatever spark he gave our powerplay is gone. I don’t know if it’s the line juggling, or the fact that we can’t seem to get anything going into the zone for him to even setup, no idea. The point is that he isn’t looking good, and that’s bad.

Finally, terrifying stat:

 

The WTF?

Larkin took three penalties. Zetterberg took one. All of them were soft ticky tack things we saw all game. And yet only 4 were called on Detroit and 2 on Buffalo. The officiating in this game and the NHL is exactly where I feared it was. First it started with super heavy handed calls across both teams, and then it’s slowly tapered off. Now it’s just a toss up if anything gets called and the rest of us have to just scream and pull our hair out because we have no idea how any fucking game is going to go.

It’s only game 10. I need an aspirin.

Next Game

Thursdays against the Tampa Bay Lightning AGAIN. I’ll make sure to have a salad for lunch because I expect to be extra salty that night

Game 9 – Canucks @ Red Wings – Naptime

I sped the whole way home from coaching my beer league game, for this?

Horseshit.

The Good

There was only one good thing that happened during the game.

Mantha crushes that shot top corner. Beautiful. Shut up about his work ethic. He works hard every game and is producing at a great rate. You can bitch about him when he’s not putting points up or directly causing goals against. Right now he’s not doing either of those things, unlike some people on the team.

That was it. Nothing else good happened.

The Bad

Let’s take a step back here. Let’s ignore the turnovers, or the odd man rushes, the poor positional play, the general lack of chances in the offensive zone. Let’s put all that together, pack it up, and put it up on the shelf.

This team did not hustle, they did not work, they did not show up. There was nothing there. Maybe trading Riley Sheahan just destroyed the team’s spirit. I don’t know. Someone else dress up as Tinky Winky for Halloween and see if that fixes it. I actually wanted to fall asleep. The work effort put into the game here was awful. What was Howard to do? He’s being tasked with stopping impossible rushes because we can’t keep the puck in at the lines. 19 turnovers. NINE. TEEN. It was shameful, and it was boring. There is no reason for people to simply not show up. They weren’t even on the back to back, for christ’s sake.

2 points left on the table. An incredibly winnable game, pissed away.

The WTF?

Does anyone have faith in Jeff Blashill anymore? Let’s go to the polls from Brad Krysko of the Winged Wheel Podcast (check it out if you haven’t it’s great).

Hey look I agree with that. “I have none”.

The second period was an incredibly lopsided and bad period of play. Worst period of the season. The outcome I expect from that is a fired up 3rd Period from a coach smashing shit in the locker room. Let them know that it’s unacceptable. Let them know that you expect better. Nothing changed. Team came out with the same lackluster work ethic and Blashill came out with the same confused look on his face.

I have lost all confidence that he has that room. Unless something major changes, I am done support Jeff Blashill as an NHL coach in Detroit.

Next Game

Tuesday against the Sabres. I’d say we should be them but we should have beat the Canucks and that didn’t happen now did it?

Game 8 – Washington @ Detroit – A Vision of St. Petr

Little early Spookyday present for us: Andreas Athanasiou is signed to a one year deal for $1.378 million. The downside of this is we only have like $20k in cap space, and that means something has got to give for him to come back to the team. I would bet money on the solution being resolved with either A) Old guys on LTIR voodoo wizardry or B) a trade to free up some cap space. The rumor mill in the offseason was Sheahan to somewhere, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see that happen. But for now, enjoy the one more season of AA that we get to see.

For those of you on twitter, which I assume is most of you, then I would like to recommend you follow @wings_gifs on twitter. It’s run by /u/bmac39 who posts the streamables I link to in these pieces, and I recommend wholeheartedly that we follow him and help him out.

The Good

Mrazek is back baby! I’m not mad at him for either goal, which will get covered in the Bad section, and he faced a high percentage of good shots as you’d expect when playing Ovechkin. Ovechkin had over 10 shot attempts in the game and you know he’s extra hot right now because he’s pissed about the olympic situation, and he still got stopped until OT when he had to dive just to get himself a goal (I’m not salty). I swear for a good portion of the 2nd he was just Happy Gilmore in the batting cage grunting uncontrollably as the Caps pelted his shoulders and helmet. I will be surprised if he’s not at least two different shades of bruised tomorrow.

But you can’t do it all with goaltending, can you? No sometimes you gotta deflect pucks top corner from out by the boards because who wants to score an easy goal.

Tatar and Helm were both on fire tonight, but clearly Tatar getting his first of the season got him pumped up because here he is scoring again later on to give Detroit a 3-2 lead. If I tell you his ridiculous shot was set up by a ridiculous pass who do you think I would be talking about?

OF COURSE IT’S HENRIK ZETTERBERG.

That ping will never stop being the greatest sound in sports. Overall I thought this was a really good game. We got a point out of a tough team and for the majority of the game I thought we played very tight and controlled hockey. It was just a couple of screw ups by us and the refs that really sunk the Wings tonight.

The Bad

Can we not screen our own goalie?

 

Like come on, that’s the first thing Zac asked me not to do when he started playing goalie. Don’t park my butt right in his face. And yet against Toronto, and then again tonight, I’ve seen a goal in back to back games go in where there’s no way the Wings goalie can see it. Forget the garbage amounts of traffic they are already in there’s no way they can possibly see through the giant red ass directly in front. And I’m not specifically mad at Kronwall here, more any defenseman that does it. Let them see the puck and make the save.

The other goal I didn’t like came shorthanded for Washington and honestly I don’t really blame anyone for it. I’m more mad at the gods of fate for cursing the Red Wings that shit bounces like this seem to happen every single game.

Come on. Mike Green couldn’t have done that any better unless he could literally move the puck with his mind.

Refs called some bad crap here. The interference or holding on Frk was awful, the delay of game on Larkin was questionable, and they completely missed the puck going up into the netting during Washington’s ensuing powerplay. A powerplay that they scored on to tie the game. And then a terrible Ovechkin dive in OT, that eventually led to the Caps victory.

The WTF?

Did Darren Helm seriously snipe Braden Holtby of all goalies while shorthanded to open the scoring?

 

That’s just not fair. And it’s also so unexpected. I know it’s not fair, and it feels hurtful since he’s my favorite active Red Wing, but you have to admit Helm has a reputation for not finishing the chance. I’d love to know the exact stats on his conversion of breakaway attempts. But that’s what makes this so unexpected. It’s like when you’re playing NHL on xbox with your buddy and you turn all the handicaps on for yourself, and then he still snipes you. Short handed even!

Way to go Helmer, giving me the first WTF this season that doesn’t make me physically angry.

Although missing that Empty Netter than would have put the game away does make me a little frustrated.

Next Game

Sunday at 7 against the Canucks. If that’s not a winnable game than none of them.