The Malik Report
by George Malik on 05/09/14 at 03:24 PM ET
The Red Wings' players taking part in the World Championships experienced thoroughly mixed results on Friday.
Tomas Tatar had an assist, a shot and played 17:21 in Slovakia's 3-2 OT loss to Jakub Kindl and the Czech Republic. Tatar looked superb in all situations, including the penalty-kill, but the Slovaks fell victim to poor goaltending as Jaromir Jagr tied the game with just over 3 minutes in regulation, and Jan Laco gave up an absolute stinker in overtime.
While Tatar's playing on the Slovaks' 3rd line, alongside Richard Panik and Juraj Mikus, and donning his customary #90...
His usual teammate Jakub Kindl played on the Czechs' second defensive pair (Kindl's wearing #2), finishing at +1 with 2 shots in 18:30 of ice time. He looked...okay...but he wasn't very visible.
Danny DeKeyser and Justin Abdelkader's Americans defeated Belarus 6-1 in a bit of a laugher--in terms of both the score and the level of play by a relatively disinterested U.S. team--and DeKeyser looked very comfortable playing alongside Jacob Trouba for the most part, registering an assist, finishing at +1 and playing 20:06. He ignored the rough stuff when Belarus tried to stir shit up, so #65 picked up where he left off...
But Team USA's captain looked a little less comfortable playing on the wing with Vince Trochek (playing center) and Johnny Gaudreau, playing only 11:59 and finishing +1 while wearing an unfamiliar #89. The Americans don't have much chemistry to begin with given that they're a team dominated by extremely young players and fringe NHL'ers, so Abdelkader's going to have his work cut out for him in terms of trying to bring a group of very clearly individualistic players together.
Tomorrow, Gustav Nyquist and Team Sweden will get underway against Denmark at 9:45 AM EDT, the Americans will play Switzerland at 1:45 PM and the Slovaks will play the Czechs at 1:45 PM. Friday's games were herky-jerky in general, with teams shaking off the rust, getting used to wider ice again and displaying a little bit of jet lag, so here's hoping that Saturday's games produce sharper hockey.
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