Game 24 – New Jersey Devils @ Detroit Red Wings – Booth and Nail

If there was ever a hockey game where the team looked tired, it was this one. The Wings were on a back to back and you could just tell because they were not moving they way I expect, especially the kids. Coupled with the holiday week, it’s probably been a busy couple of days. Not sure I blame them.

Makes for a bit of a boring game though, until your team can finally wake up.

The Good

I say, the Red Wings had to claw their way back from that one Booth and Nail…right?

If there was someone I didn’t expect to have a two goal night it was David Booth, but damn am I glad he did. The first one was a fantastic tip that Kinkaid had no chance on and the second was a wonderful crash the net goal. Happy belated birthday David Booth!

Mantha had I think his best goal of the season tonight as well, an unbelievable snipe that has to end up on some high light packages. It’s also his 11th of the season and still good for the team lead.

Otherwise…ehhh, not too much to write home about here. The goals themselves and the plays leading up to them were the exception not the rule.

The Bad

Well Mrazek was removed from the game for concussion protocol, a decision I totally agree with, but that really sucks if it turns out that he is going to miss time. Howard already has so much of the schedule on his shoulders and honestly I wanted this to be Mrazek’s bounce back season. Unfortunately, he didn’t look great tonight. The first goal, while a tip, had him weirdly far out of position to block a shot going wide. The second goal he flailed a bit and had a wide open five hole when he tried to cut over. It’s always the story with Mrazek: does he look dynamic and fluid as he bounces around the crease, or spastic and reckless? Tonight it was definitely the latter.

Speaking of that second goal holy shit did it come on one of the worst Red Wings sequences of all time. An appalling power play followed by a bad turnover and then a good chance for the Red Wings turned into a being down one. Just awful.

The first two periods in general were pretty terrible. We had the (lucky) goal in the first minute and then we were chasing the rest of the night. Multiple times it looked like a beer league game where one team can’t even manage to get enough on the puck to even clear the zone. Now I’ll give it to New Jersey, that’s a pretty good team this year, but when the team comes out the gate looking defeated it’s not what you want to see in at the NHL level. Thankfully we rallied in the 3rd to make it something of a game but honestly I don’t think it’s wrong to expect more of my team.

We get to overtime and at least this time the Wings had a couple good looks but then wouldn’t you know it, a bad giveaway leads to a GWG goal to the other team. When did we see that last? Feels so familiar….OH RIGHT. Literally last night.

The WTF?

God damn it Ericsson did it tonight, checking Henrique into Mrazek and causing him to leave the game. Last night Smith checked Larkin into Lundqvist. Every single year I get upset about this. Yes, I get that defense is hard and you gotta disrupt the player from getting 1-1 with the goalie but come on. Goalies have it hard enough without getting injured. If everyone in the entire league could just stop shoving huge guys on skates into their goalies I would really appreciate it. MAYBE try playing good fucking defense to begin with and then you don’t have to desperation cross check someone. Ever think about that?

Next Game

Tuesday versus the LA Kings. Couple days off should do the team well I think.

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