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.

Game 74 – Washington Capitals @ Detroit Red Wings – 2 on 0, Phenomenal

The Red Wings have been eliminated from playoff contention.

* to the tune of the dreidel song *

GOALIE INTERFERENCE, I HATE YOU IN MY GAME

AND WHENEVER YOU HAPPEN, OH GOALIES THEY WILL PAY

The Good

I’ll just take this time to talk about JImmy Howard being really good tonight. He got put in a goalie’s worst situation for the goal against and it happened in the third. And it’s not like the team was playing good defense before him. He had to be sharp on his angles and smother some rebounds. He made some good saves all game, and I don’t hold this loss against him in any way.

Svechnikov looked pretty good. Everyone else was acceptable for the most part, good enough to keep a skilled team like Washington from really getting on the board in any meaningful way, but not good enough to actually score good goals.

The Bad

Our only goal was waved off for goaltender interference. (thanks Ian Oland for the gif)

I agree with this call, I just think it’s funny that the NHL GMs solution was to just put another ref up in the situation room instead of doing something reasonable like, I don’t know, actually address that the rule is confusing? It’s not that we didn’t have enough people looking at it, you fools. It’s that we don’t understand, literally, what the interference is. Bertuzzi makes pretty slight contact and moves through the crease, which I agree is interference, but I’ve seen them allow goals where the player just skates straight through the goalie and wipes him out. What means what anymore?

The WTF

Ouellet is really lucky his wife iced him at their wedding because he is going to need it for the burns he got on this play. Bobble the puck on the blue line, let both players get past you, fall down while making a desperate stick play, and then watch as they get a 2 on 0 to snipe your goalie who’s been great all evening.

Game 73 – Philadelphia Flyers @ Detroit Red Wings – Mrazzle Frazzled

A win in the shooutout has kept the Red Wings from being eliminated from the playoffs. Nielsen scores and Howard stops all 3 shots.

The Good

SVECHNIKOV HAS HIS FIRST NHL GOAL.

I love this play. Mrazek is flailing around like the snow shovel guy meme, and Svech still has the smarts to make a pass to Frk first which allows them to pull Mrazek out enough to get a wide open net. Just a smart play and he had a great game all around tonight.

Larkin busts the slump with a wonderful snipe on a zone entry. It’s the kind of shot I wish he would take more, but also he’s been in a terrible slump shooting around 5% this season so it’s great to see him score again tonight as well. Also the 50th of his career, the first 50 of I’m sure many.

Also in the 2nd period was a short handed goal scored by who else but Luke Glendening, who has been dangerous on the PK the whole season. For the third time this season he had a filthy snipe from the top of the faceoff circle. This was placed so perfectly over the shoulder that you know Mrazek had to feel terrible about that one. It was Glendening’s 9th of the season and I’m still really happy with his play this year.

Then when we got tied in the third who should get their second of the night for their first multi goal game of the season but noted small hockey boy Dylan Larkin.

The Bad

Petr Mrazek really didn’t look very good this game.

Oh. Wait. He’s on the Flyers. That’s good for us then!

There wasn’t a ton to complain about at the beginning. For the first time in 10 games we looked like we were in it from the beginning. I wish Dekeyser had managed to clear the puck that bounced off of Couturier before he snapped home the puck. But that’s a comparatively small gripe. I mean, I would whiff that clear 9 times out of 10.

The second goal came from the Flyers fourth line and was just a result of too weak of play in front of the net. Matt Read is given enough time in front of the net to setup the screen and deflection off his knee. I wish Kronwall wouldn’t have been so soft in front of the net.

Then the 3rd really went downhill. Shayne GotsToBeKiddingMe tied it with a great shot that Howard again couldn’t see through a screen, and then they tied it again off a weird bounce goal that was initially waved off because they crashed the net so hard it came loose. Ultimately, that was clearly a good goal, so I’m not surprised it was called a good goal, but that put us back to 4-4 and sapped all momentum.

It really seems like losing streaks become a self fulfilling prophecy at a certain point. You can see it in how they play as the game gets closer. You can almost see them gripping their stick tighter out there. Everything’s a bit more chaotic. And that’s how mistakes get made. After a strong start, that’s what I’d call tonight. A game of mistakes. .

The WTF

It is insanely weird being frustrated that of all games they chose to actually try in this one. 10 losses in a row for nothing more than lottery odds, which while not meaningless are still just increase your gambling odds. I can’t bring myself to root for losses to increase something that isn’t a sure thing. But tonight, where winning actually hurts our chances of getting a quantifiable better pick in the Petr Mrazek trade is just frustrating to see them play so close. It’s frustrating in a good way, but frustrating none the less.