Game 72 – Detroit Red Wings @ Colorado Avalanche – MacKinn-Oh-no

Nathan MacKinnon is unbelievable this season. That’s all I’m gonna say on that.

The Good

So I’ve been out a few games, here’s some things I’ve thought have been good in the past couples games:

  • Nyquist has been hitting the net more, which is always good. Personally, I’d have rather traded him than Tatar, but it’s good to see he can still do what we pay him to do. He’s looked a lot better.
  • Tyler Bertuzzi is a much better playmaker than I expected him to be. Even if they are not leading to goals, he is making really strong heads up passes that lead to chances almost every time. He threads the needle really well. I like him a lot more than I thought I would.
  • Zetterberg is ageless and looks so strong on the puck even at 37.

This afternoon, we did have some strong forecheck I won’t deny that. We had a lot of good scoring chances, just not many actual goals. Which, is kind of like giving a participation ribbon to the team but I don’t know what else I’m supposed to do. Defense doesn’t look good. Offense can’t bury it. Goaltending has been shaky across the board. Coreau actually seemed a lot better today, but still let in 4 goals, so take that with an entire mine’s worth of salt.

Abdelkader scored the lone Wing’s goal and it was actually pretty good. He gets the puck in close on Varlamov and manages to wait the goalie out until he’s got a wide open net to fling it in. That’s a smart move, especially when it seems like this team is mostly hacking at anything near the net instead of actually picking shots.

The Bad

Why can’t this team score? There are talented players on this team. But 1 goal on almost 40 shots is just not acceptable. We can’t stop a puck a right now in our end and everything in the other end goes into the goalie’s pads. We’ve now lost 10 in a row. That’s astonishingly bad. Our line combinations don’t make sense. Coreau is not an NHL caliber goalie clearly, not even a backup. Folks, there’s only so much I can say that hasn’t been said already. We’ve got 10 games left. Enjoy the fact that we’re increasingly our lottery odds, and just watch the highlights. There’s no reason to subject yourself to watching the team when it’s performing like this.

The WTF

If you didn’t see, this sequence began off of a play where the Wings absolutely dominated the Avs in their own zone for almost a minute straight, then just three failed blocks leads to Nathan MacKinnon streaking into the zone. Jensen did a good job to force him wide but Coreau it harder than the Cookie Monster at a Mrs. Field’s shop, leaving the net wide open for the wraparound. The kicker of course being that MacKinnon didn’t actually make the wraparound without it deflecting off of Ericsson’s stick blade.

What we have here in the Red Wings in a microcosm. Futile struggling before we shoot ourselves in the foot and then the other team comes in for the kill.

 

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