Game 82 – New York Islanders @ Detroit Red Wings – The End

Here we are at the end of another season. No playoffs. Just hockey. Just Red Wings.

I don’t care how bad this team is. I love them, and I am always sad at the end of a season. But let’s enjoy one last game, huh?

The Good

Glad to see Zetterberg’s strategy of just slamming pucks into the low slot and hoping it bounces of a Red Wing/Defending player/goalie/ice divot is not just alive but flourishing. He’s been on such a tear this last stretch of games, and once again played 82 games this season at the age of 38. O Captain, my Captain indeed.

Justin Abdelkader has 100 career goals and his 13th of the season. I hate is contract but scoring 100 goals in the NHL is nothing to thumb your nose at. Good for him, and it was a perfect Abby style goal too: a deflection in the crease.

And of course, who else but the official best player on this team Dylan Larkin with a speedy goal where he just smacked it in through whatever gap he could find. Imagine if he was this hot all season. I mean, we still wouldn’t make the playoffs, but that’s still pretty awesome.

The Bad

Well even with the missed call on Larkin that lead to the goal in the last minute that tied the game the defense was pretty…

No, I’m not going to do this. This season has had more downs than ups. But let’s end on a positive note. We’ve got some real solid prospects that will push for this team next season. Larkin looks elite these days. 11 draft picks in the draft the summer with good odds for a top 3. Things are going to get better for this team. Let’s take the opportunity to enjoy some stress free playoffs, and get ready to throw it all behind this team again next season.

The WTF

This fucking goal is the Red Wings season in a nutshell. An almost no look top shelf back hand shot from around the goal line goes in? Jesus. Coreau’s positioning was not great but let’s be honest that’s a disgusting goal to score. Also Anders Lee has 40 goals? That’s insane. I barely knew who Anders Lee was before this season.

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