The Detroit Red Wings (6-4-2) yielded only two points in their three-game home stand this week. Losses to the San Jose Sharks (in a shootout), Ottawa Senators, and New York Rangers (in overtime) now have the Red Wings on 4-game losing streak.
At the end of last week the Red Wings just had a 4-game winning streak snapped. What happened?
Let’s take a look at the plus/minus report to find out.
None – at least none worth mentioning – let’s move on.
(Honorable Mention goes to Jimmy Howard for making this save.)
– Putting the Puck in the Net
The Red Wings were outscored 3 goals to 10. Three goals in three games will get you three loses. Even switching the lines didn’t seem to help; Mike Babcock even separated Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg against the New York Rangers. It didn’t work, Drew Miller (on the fourth line) and Daniel Alfredsson (on a power play) picked up the goals.
– Stopping the Puck from Going into your Net
Jimmy Howard could have easily been the only plus for this week: a shutout against one of the best teams in hockey only to lose in a shootout and then making spectacular save after save against the Rangers only to lose in overtime. So, I gave him an honorable mention. That save against Brian Boyle was SportsCenter Top 10 quality.
However, here we are in the minus section. The Red Wings can thank the Ottawa Senators for that. Even though Howard was pulled after giving up three goals in just over 14 minutes, I can’t put all of the blame on him. The defense allowed way too many quality scoring chances. It didn’t matter if the puck was redirected or not, it still found its way to the back of the net.
– Just Keeping the Puck
Sounds simple enough but the Red Wings make it look like rocket science. It doesn’t matter if they dump the puck or carry it over the blue line they can’t seem to keep it in the opponent’s zone for more then 10-15 seconds. It’s frustrating to watch. How are you supposed to score if you don’t have the puck? Perhaps Martin Brodeur could give them a few tips.
+/- Rating = -3
My lowest rating of the year for the Red Wings; it brings their season total to -1. The Red Wings know they have some work to do if they want to be a considered a Stanley Cup contender. Pavel Datsyuk on his Facebook after the loss to the New York Rangers had this to say, “We have some work to do. Appreciate you all sticking by us! We will practice and play harder to restore your confidence and support.”
We will do just that Pavel! Hope to see you turn the team around as the Red Wings head into Canada for a 4-game road trip. Here’s this week’s preview and predictions segment:
October 30: @ Vancouver Canucks
10:30 PM EST on TSN (or FSD)
Standings: (8-4-1) 2nd Pacific Division, 3rd Western Conference
Last Meeting against the Red Wings: Apr. 20, 2013 at Vancouver/Canucks 2 – Red Wings 1 in a shootout
The Vancouver Canucks are one of the powerhouse teams in the West Conference looking to dethrone the Chicago Blackhawks. The Sedin brothers, Ryan Kesler, and Roberto Luongo are the heart of team but they have been getting consistent help from ex-Florida Panther Mike Santorelli and ex-Los Angeles King Brad Richardson early in the season. That’s what they were brought in do to, so good free agent pickups for the Canucks (for now).
The Canucks have to face the Washington Capitals (5-6-0) on Monday before coming home to host the Red Wings. They will enter that game on a three game winning streak, so a victory over Alex Ovechkin’s Capitals would pit their 4-game winning streak against the Red Wings 4-game losing streak.
Prediction: This heavyweight battle will probably come down to current momentum and scoring goals. Sadly, that would heavily favor Vancouver. Canucks 4 – Red Wings 1
November 1: @ Calgary Flames
9:00 PM EST on Fox Sports Detroit Plus
Standings: (5-4-2) 6th Pacific Division, 11th Western Conference
Last Meeting against the Red Wings: Apr. 17, 2013 at Calgary/Flames 3 – Red Wings 2
The Red Wings have a score to settle in this game. They have yet to beat their former teammate Jiri Hudler (0-3-0), even though he hasn’t even scored a point against them. The Wings probably still wish they had Hudler (5 goals, 8 assists with Calgary this season) considering all the problems they have had getting their 2nd and 3rd lines going. Stephen Weiss isn’t doing his job after looking at Hudler’s numbers.
This should be the perfect game for Detroit to get out of their scoring slump. The Flames have allowed 3.5 goals per game, 3rd worst in the NHL. If the Wings can’t score here, Hockeytown fans have every right to start worrying about their team.
Prediction: The losing streak has to stop eventually. Flames 2 – Red Wings 5
November 2: @ Edmonton Oilers
10:00 PM EST on CBC (or FSD)
Standings: (3-8-1) 7th Pacific Division, 14th Western Conference
Last Meeting against the Red Wings: Mar. 15, 2013 at Edmonton/Oilers 2 – Red Wings 3 in OT
How many great young skaters do the Edmonton Oilers need to be successful? Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the list goes on. For their sake, I hope they don’t become the Miami Marlins of hockey and start shipping their talent elsewhere. The Oilers continue to grow and build a team on paper that should be great, yet here they are as the worst team in the Western Conference after 12 games into the season.
Don’t let their record fool you. Eventually this group of young talented skaters will build up the chemistry to start fighting for a playoff spot and forget about getting good picks in the NHL entry draft.
Prediction: The Red Wings have lumped wins together this season, so after predicting a win against the Flames this one has to be a win as well. That’s some sound logic right there. Oilers 1 – Red Wings 3
I’m hoping for a bounce back week (2-1-0) for my Red Wings. However, if they still can’t find ways to score goals all bets are off. The sooner this losing streak is snapped the better.
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