The Malik Report
by George Malik on 11/02/11 at 01:35 AM ET
I’m gonna make this real simple for once and only once:
• No Draper, Osgood or Rafalski yielding a huge challenge in terms of filling leadership and moxie voids, to the point that you can almost feel the Wings’ players clutching up and clenching their sticks too tightly;
• Offense gone dry under a system of play that leans too heavily upon the puck possession standard that either Jeff Blashill and Bill Peters have yet to tweak or the players have yet to implement the suggestions thereof;
• Bad breaks and of course, as we all wear tinfoil around here, bad calls in addition to bad pinches, a dud of a power play and the kinds of fundamental mistakes that are as simple to correct as they are predictable for the Wings to make;
• And now the Wings are technically 5-4-and-1 and realistically 5-and-5 after losing five straight, and while nobody on the ice or standing behind the players on the benches has done a bad job, and Jimmy Howard’s picked up his play as Nicklas Lidstrom’s led like the fantastic captain and superstar he remains (hopefully for a while to come), the Red Wings look a little lost out there.
This losing streak’s more persistent than my God-damned boogers, and I’m f***ing pissed off about both. I need to get back to doing my damn job and the Wings clearly have to do theirs much, much better as the games between now and Thanksgiving essentially become must-wins.
Discuss, and don’t blame one player, because this is clearly more than player X or coach Y (even the head coach) doing something wrong, and it’s clearly, having seen the Big Red Machine in Transition dominate over the first five games, fixable.
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