The Malik Report
The Red Wings prepare for one of their most pivotal and important games of the season this evening (at Columbus, 7 PM EDT, FSD Plus) minus Joakim Andersson, Daniel Cleary, Pavel Datsyuk, Jonas Gustavsson, Darren Helm, Mikael Samuelsson, Stephen Weiss, Henrik Zetterberg,all due to injuries.
The Wings will wrap up a series of 5 games in 8 nights this evening with David Legwand, Riley Sheahan, Luke Glendening and Cory Emmerton as their centers--not exactly a world-beating bunch--having gone 1-1-and-2 over their first four games of the 5-game stretch, and after a two-day break on Wednesday and Thursday, the Wings will play on an every-other-night basis for the balance of March (playing 10 games over the course of 17 days and nights).
With Andersson out for at least two weeks due to a broken foot suffered on Sunday, Datsyuk (knee) not even on the,"He can try to practice" horizon for two or three more weeks, Zetterberg (back) out until any possible playoff run and Cleary and Samuelsson's statuses murky, MLive's Ansar Khan reports that "The Monster" is probably the closest to actually returning, with Helm (concussion?) and Weiss (lingering groin issues after surgery) a ways away...
via Ansar Khan tweet,
Wings lines at skate in Columbus: Franzen-Legwand-Nyquist, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Abdelkader-Emmerton-Alfredsson, Miller-Glendening-Bertuzzi.
Updates coming as needed.
added 11:47am, Khan again...
First power play: Bertuzzi-Nyquist-Franzen up front, Kronwall-Alfredsson at points; 2nd: Legwand-Sheahan-Jurco up front, Tatar-DeKeyser back
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Babcock said he was surprised at what unfolded following Friday’s season-high output in a 7-4 victory over New Jersey.
“But that’s the thing about this business,” he said. “Every time you think you got ’er going, you don’t. Just stay scared and life’s good.”
The Red Wings’ top line of David Legwand, Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist, which accounted for 11 points less than 48 hours earlier, had trouble getting through the neutral zone, as did everyone else in red and white. Getting clean entries also was a problem on the power play, which went 0-for-3, with three shots in 5:24.
“They trap good, but I thought we were too cute,” Nyquist said. “We tried to dangle our way through instead of chipping it in and getting on their D. Way too many turnovers.”
more reaction to today's game...
The Red Wings played their fourth game in five-and-a-half days...As you might expect, displaying a fragile sense of confidence, a mediocre attack, poor team play on defense and an inability to generate or sustain any sort of forecheck against a New York Rangers team that was quite happy to grind out a 2-0 win over the Wings on Sunday--despite some stellar goaltending from Jimmy Howard (until the 3rd goal, which was terrible) and an infomercial for "Subtle Interference" by Eddie Olczyk.
Sometimes one must acknowledge creativity in non-hockey discussion, and the Oakland Press's Pat Caputo penned a column about the concept that one must separate the politics of a regime from the average person living in a country, and, well...
The world is in crisis mode because of what is transpiring in Ukraine. Russia is not respecting an international border. It’s brought back memories of that not-so-fuzzy feeling we had toward the Russians during the Cold War.
While the Cold War thawed, there has always been lingering animosity on both sides politically.
My hope is there won’t be the same intense dislike when it comes to the Russian people.
The Russian 5, and Pavel Datsyuk, their countryman, who followed them playing for the Red Wings, not only proved to be terrific hockey players, but presented distinctly different personalities.
Caputo continues, and his article's most certainly an intriguing read.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Rangers have defeated the Red Wings twice. They won 3-2 on Derick Brassard’s overtime goal on Oct. 26 at Joe Louis Arena and 1-0 on Jan. 16 at Madison Square Garden, when Henrik Lundqvist 38 saves and Mats Zuccarello scored with 5:58 remaining in the third period.
The first meeting between these clubs is one of nine games the Red Wings have lost when leading after two periods (three in regulation, six in overtime or a shootout)....
Said forward Justin Abdelkader: “You got to stick with your structure, can’t have mental mistakes late in the game. Unfortunately, pucks are finding a way to go in. so we just got to play within our system, don’t do anyone else’s job. We don’t need to sit back, we need to keep pushing forward.”
Coach Mike Babcock said one of the reasons for the blown leads is his team can’t score enough – the past five games notwithstanding (20 goals).
“If you don’t score enough then games are closer than they need to be so teams are always in the game,” Babcock said. “We don’t put you away. … That’s been the theme all year.”
I apolgize for being a little late to the party on this one, but I was having fun fun fun anxiety attacks today, so here's what Daniel Alfredsson had to say about his playing future, as noted by DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose (he's going to wait and decide after the season, but if he continues to play, he will continue to play in Detroit):
“I’ve gone through this the last two years,” Alfredsson said. “I’ve talked to other players before. The consensus I get is play as long as you can, pretty much from everyone. If you feel you still have the energy and desire definitely continue as long as you can. That’s been the common theme.”
The Detroit Red Wings are a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in the Azeri rebel ham sandwich that Jimmy Howard may or may not have eaten during the Olympics.
In simpler and plainer English, I don't think that we're going to figure this team out, at least not until it does or does not make the playoffs, because the night after the Wings punted away a point in their 4-3 OT loss to Colorado, the Wings played similarly messy hockey, their goaltending was even shakier than it was against the Avs, the kids continued to make mistakes, the defense was doofy in terms of allowing the Devils to walk in and score...
And yet the Wings managed to just lay waste to Corey Schneider's goals-against average, rallying from a blown 3-2 deficit 11:44 into the second with five straight goals--including a trio scored 3 minutes and 14 seconds--en route to a 7-4 win whose lustre wasn't dimmed by Smith and Kindl letting Adam Henrique to walk in and make the score look closer than it was with 1:18 remaining.
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