Game 35 – Detroit Red Wings @ New Jersey Devils – First Overall Blues

If you’ll recall, the Red Wings were one number off of winning the first overall pick in last years Entry Draft by one number. That pick, of course, ended up being used on Nico Hischier by the team who did win it, the New Jersey Devils. Pretty frustrating situation, and even more frustrating when he scores two goals to help defeat your team.

The Good

Justin Abdelkader scored a really nice goal, and has at the very least upped his production offensively over the last few games. I doubt he’ll ever live up to that contract but you know at least he’s doing alright. He even got another good look that almost tied the game if not for a ridiculous save by Schneider (who looks as good as I’ve always believed him to be, unfortunately for us).

Another positive from the Abby goal is that it was off of a nice pass from Tyler Bertuzzi picking up his first NHL point. He was again a standout player but I don’t know if that’s because he was really that good or if the rest of the team was really that bad.

After a terrible first period the Wings gave as good as they got against the New Jersey Devils and Jimmy Howard was solid if unremarkable in net for most of the game.

The Bad

Another game where they couldn’t start on time. No shots on goal throughout at least six minutes, if not longer. Defense made bad mistakes like Jensen rifling a puck directly into a Devils shins and causing an odd man rush, or Abby pinching up while covering and causing an odd man rush, or Darren Helm’s absolutely unforgivable turnover on the second Hischier goal that ended up as the game winner.

I’m gonna really try to pretend that it’s just the post holiday food bloating making our team play bad.

The WTF?

You cannot go 0/5 on the PowerPlay against a good team like New Jersey and expect to win. Especially not when pretty much the only strength of your team is that it has a pretty good offensive special team and literally nothing else. None of the PPs even looked remotely threatening to me, and you gotta do better than that.

Next Game

Thursday against the Rangers

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