Game 76 – Detroit Red Wings @ Montreal Canadiens – Jared Coreau-my-god

Well Jared Coreau vs Carey Price is pretty much the last thing you want to see but thankfully the Habs defense is even more terrible than ours.

The Good

Nyquist gets his 20th in the 1st, the second player on the Wings to hit 20. Without getting into how terrible it is that we will once again not have a 30 goal scorer and it now being a decade since we had one, I’d like to instead talk about how good Nyquist has been this season and how no one is talking about it. The only people ignoring him more than the average Wings fan is the Montreal defense on his goal.

Athanasiou looked real strong tonight which was nice since I think he’s been pretty unremarkable lately. Bertuzzi scored and is really clicking on the top line with Nyquist and Zetterberg (seeing a pattern with our goal scorers tonight). Ericsson of all people started that play, and Nyquist just slams it to Price in order to allow Bert to tap in the rebound. I also liked him standing up for Z on the play where Hudon definitely came in low on Zetterberg. That was a shit hit and it’s one of the few times I support fighting.

The Bad

Jared Coreau cannot catch a damn break. I mean, I don’t think he’s an NHL quality goaltender from what we’ve seen so far, but he doesn’t deserve to have goals like the 2nd one Montreal scored against him go in. Danny Dekeyser PERFECTLY deflects it off his skate and into the back of the net and you can almost see the moment where Coreau starts to break. If the feed was in 4k, I bet you could see the solitary tear go down his goalie mask. What’s a guy got to do to get some solid defense, besides play for not the Red Wings?

It was a bit of an up and down game for the team. Strong first period only to be beaten back really hard in the second for the first 2/3rds until we scored again and then we ended the period looking alright again. It’s what happens with a bad team, I suppose. These guys are professionals, so they can put it together for at least part of a game, and then for the rest of it they fall apart like wet noodles.

The WTF?

Just 5 or so minutes after that goal I talked about above Mike Reilly fires a shot that takes a weird bounce and starts to trickle by Coreau. He makes the smart play to lay down on it and just barely pokes it by with his shoulder pads. THEN THE SAME DAMN THING HAPPENS AGAIN IN THE THIRD. A trickler gets by him, no one sees it, and then Galchenyuk can just tap it. Coreau had no idea it was even there. Seriously the dude is 2016-2017 Riley Sheahan levels of cursed. Did he step across the logo or something? I thought they put it on the ceiling so you couldn’t risk that anymore. At least it’s helping the tank I guess.

That felt wrong to write. I’m going to go apologize to my Wings jerseys and Mantha bobblehead.

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