Game 36 – New York Rangers @ Detroit Red Wings – Henrik vs. Henrik

This is my last game recap for the year, as I am out of town on New Year’s Eve with family, and let me just say that overall this has not been a great year to be a Wings fan. We’ve seen a playoff streak broken, we’ve seen contract disputes, we’ve seen regression and bad coaching and the whirlpool of bad contracts bring us down to the bottom of the league. We’ve seen a lot of shit this year. I hope 2018 can be better.

At there very least we got a nice entertaining game here at the end of the year.

The Good

WELCOME TO THE NHL WINTER HENRIKSLAM featuring all the Henrik on Henrik action you need. Hank had a cold spell and was playing kind of bad for a bit there but once again he has exploded to be one of the most dominant players on the team. Nyquist sets him up for a fantastic individual effort against Lundqvist and ties our game. He also almost put the game away in the shootout with a nifty move that beat Lundqvist but he just barely sent it wide on the back hand. Thankfully Nielsen had already scored and the Wings took the game.

The ice is basically nothing more than Larkin’s play ground at this point. He looks dominant out there, in the forecheck and penalty kill particularly, but his playmaking has really stepped up this year. Pairing him with AA was a great move for the night because the two of them were the most dangerous pair of Red Wings by far. I would like to see line iced more moving forward, but I won’t hold my breath. At the very least we can take solace in the fact that AA registered his highest career TOI tonight at ~21 minutes.

Jimmy Howard played out of his mind tonight with several highlight reel saves and really bailed out the team for that chunk in the middle where we forgot how to play hockey that happens every game. He crushed the shootout and gave the team a well deserved win.

The Bad

More turnovers than a fucking Arby’s got served by the Red Wings tonight. Holy crap. The benefit of 11F/7D as it was explained to me on twitter was that you can double shift some young skilled forwards since you don’t have enough of the. The downside for the Red Wings is that all of our defense makes horrible no look passes in the defensive zone that cause terrible turnovers and goals against and now you have an extra one out there. Both goals tonight started from turnovers and escalated for there.

Tyler Bertuzzi had the most beautiful chance for his first NHL goal and just misses it. That’s nothing on him, it’s just the Red Wins way at this point. Just like a garbage powerplay is the Red Wings way (apparently). Still a beautiful play though.

LARKIN AND AA STILL DIDN’T START OT AFTER CHEWING UP THE RANGERS ALL NIGHT. What do they gotta do Blash? Offer you a tithe of gold and jewels?


Ahahaha Athanasiou and Larkin are so much damn fun holy crap

Larkin just flutters this think down the entire rink like it’s nothing and Athanasiou not only gets there but he muscles off Holden and snipes it far corner on Lundqvist who had a VERY good game as usual (he averages <1 GAA vs the Red Wings). AA has a lot of gaps in his game and he has been streaky and yeah he held out but damn it if he’s not one of the most fun players on the team and if you don’t want someone like him to play for your team then I just assume you don’t actually like hockey.

Next Game

New Year’s against the Penguins so hopefully we can ring in the New Year by ringing their bell.

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