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Review Of The West Coast Trip

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Many Red Wings fans were soundly asleep when they played their last two games in Southern California....

They lost both games by slim margins. In Los Angeles, 4-2 with the Kings scoring a late empty-net goal and in Anaheim, 3-2, in a shootout (the Ducks won the shootout 1-0).

Monday’s defeat probably stung a bit more because the Ducks are as physically beat-up as the Wings, and like the Wings, had six rookies in the lineup. There was a potential to grab two points there.

Bright spots like an extremely young and inexperienced defense holding its own in these games were balanced out by the Wings over-passing and eliminating goal-scoring opportunities.

The kids, largely, are making a positive impression, playing through predictable mistakes and getting valuable NHL experience....

Here’s a brief checklist to get you up to date:

- That young defense isn’t playing badly at all: It’s almost getting to the point where you begin to wonder what’ll happen when Trevor Daley (upper body), Jonathan Ericsson (upper body), Mike Green (infection) and Niklas Kronwall (lower body) begin returning to the lineup – all are day-to-day except for Green, who is more week-to-week — and some of these young players are sent to Grand Rapids.

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Primis's avatar

Ehn has been adequate in the faceoff circle, but at 39 percent, there’s room for improvement. If Ehn improves that area, you truly have an intriguing prospect.

While it’d be nice obviously to see him become a good faceoff guy (and he’s already been a nice surprise), it wouldn’t alleviate the problem DET has of needing to trot out a Bottom Six C for the important faceoffs.  One of the Top Six C’s needs to get their faceoff act together, and soon.

Posted by Primis on 10/10/18 at 07:40 AM ET

WingDingy's avatar

It’s too bad our injured defensemen can’t be sent to GR as they recover.  This team is going nowhere this year and next, so why not allow the kids to stay with the big club?  Their advancement will be optimized at this level, not in the AHL. Wishful thinking, I know…another reason to vilify Ken Holland and all he’s done to marginalize the Red Wings.

Posted by WingDingy on 10/10/18 at 09:32 AM ET


Even though its roster impact was at forward, it seemed from a distance like Z’s effective retirement is what helped the Wings brass finally move on from the ‘08-‘09 teams. To finally open the door to really going younger.

And more directly, the cap space does make it easier to bring players up from the AHL.

But it’s mostly the spate of relatively minor injuries on defense that have shown how superfluous all of the veteran contracts are on a rebuilding team.

If Holland can trade Dailey before his NTC kicks in at the deadline, then fine, and then can trade Green next season, OK. But there is no guarantee those guys won’t be hurt when teams are looking to rent veteran depth for the playoffs - or that there will even be much interest in acquiring them at all.

The game has changed so much. Not only trending much younger. But you read comments like from Nielsen about how the young D help with their skating and offensive skill. It’s silly to think the Wings would have been better off with all but one spot reserved for veterans and most of the young guys fighting for big minutes in all situations in the AHL.

Posted by Lefty30 on 10/10/18 at 01:36 PM ET


If Holland can trade Dailey before his NTC kicks in at the deadline

You’ve got that backwards.  Daley has a full NTC right now, that becomes a modified NTC (15 team list) 10 days before the deadline.

Posted by EthrDemon on 10/10/18 at 04:05 PM ET

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