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Red Wings-Blackhawks quick take: bedrock win or more from a shaky foundation?

I'm not sure words are adequate to describe how much the Red Wings' 5-4 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks means to the team, to their playoff hopes, to the players' confidence and especially to the seppuku-inclined fan base.

I'm not sure if it will mean much if the Wings don't build upon this game by defeating the Montreal Canadiens on Friday, and the Habs got smacked 5-1 by Pittsburgh.

This game had all the thrills, chills and especially self-inflicted spills of a classic Red Wings-Blackhawks afair (please see the Cleary-Helm-Bertuzzi line ending up at -3 and Smith having an assist on the 2-1 goal and an assist on the Hawks' game-tying goal, and the Wings' 24-and-44 faceoff record for that matter), it had the "dirty" plays and dives and truculence of a playoff affair...

And the result was surprisingly and almost disturbingly delivered by a Darren Frickin' Helm shootout goal and a shaky-and-wonderful performance by Jonas Gustavsson, as well as three Zetterberg assists, two from Abdelkader and a goal and an assist from Nyquist, as well as Jonathan Ericsson playing 22:30 and registering 4 hits and 4 takeaways in his return from broken ribs.

I'm letting the discussion be yours, folks...Is this the game which the Wings use to ensure that they make the playoffs for the 23rd season and 24th year in a row, or does this kind of statement game mean anything if the Wings lose on Friday to Montreal or Sunday to Florida?

Statistics:

Shots: 35-31 Chicago overall. Detroit out-shot Chicago 12-11 in the 1st, 11-10 in the 2nd, was out-shot 9-6 in the 3rd and was out-shot by Chicago 5-2 in OT.

Special teams: Chicago went 1-for-4 in 4:29 of PP time; Wings went 0-for-4 in 6:23.

Goaltending: Jonas Gustavsson stopped 31 of 35 shots for Detroit; Corey Crawford stopped 27 of 31 for Chicago.

Ed Olczyk picked the 3 stars, and he picked Marian Hossa, Darren Helm and Henrik Zetterberg.

The Red Wings' goals: Tatar (11) from Smith (11) and Jurco (2);

Eaves (2) from Abdelkader (12) and Zetterberg (25);

Quincey (3) from Nyquist (7) and Zetterberg (26);

Nyquist (7) from Zetterberg (27) and Abdelkader (13).

Faceoffs 44-24 Chicago (Detroit won 35%);

Blocked shots 13-9 Chicago;

Missed 17-8 Detroit (attempts 61-50 Detroit, with the Wings firing 31 on Crawford and 30 wide/blocked);

Hits 31-16 Detroit;

Giveaways 10-5 Detroit;

Takeaways 9-7 Detroit.

Individual stats:

Faceoffs: Zetterberg went 8-and-12 (40%); Glendening went 8-and-11 (42%); Sheahan went 2-and-11 (15%); Helm went 5-and-6 (45%); Tatar went 1-and-1 (50%); Eaves lost 2 draws; Abdelkader lost his only faceoff.

Shots: Abdelkader led the Wings with 4 shots; Nyquist, Miller, Tatar, Quincey and Zetterberg had 3; Smith, Sheahan, Eaves, Helm and Bertuzzi had 2; Lashoff, Jurco, Glendening and DeKeyser had 1.

Blocked attempts: Jurco fired 4 attempts into Hawks players; Zetterberg had 2 attempts blocked; Sheahan, Lashoff, Quincey, Bertuzzi, Ericsson, Kronwall and DeKeyser had 1 attempt blocked.

Missed shots: Abdelkader, Eaves and Zetterberg missed the net 2 times; Nyquist, Sheahan, Miller, Tatar, Lashoff, Jurco, Glendening, Helm, Kronwall, DeKeyser and Cleary missed the net 1 time.

Hits: Jurco supposedly led the Wings with 7 hits; Miller, Helm and Ericsson had 4; Eaves and Glendening had 3; Smith, Tatar, Lashoff, Bertuzzi, DeKeyser and Cleary had 1.

Giveaways: Nyquist, Quincey and Zetterberg had 2 giveaways; Smith, Jurco, Glendening and Bertuzzi had 1.

Takeaways: Ericsson had 4 takeaways; Smith had 3; Zetterberg and DeKeyser had 2; Tatar and Helm had 1.

Blocked opponent shots: Lashoff, Quincey, Kronwall and DeKeyser blocked 2 shots; Smith blocked 1.

Penalties taken: Miller, Quincey, DeKeyser and Cleary took minor penalties.

Plus-minus: The Wings finished at +5 overall. Helm, Bertuzzi and Cleary finished at -3; Smith finished at -1; Sheahan, Eaves, Tatar, Jurco, Quincey, Ericsson and Kronwall finished at +1; Nyquist finished at +2; Abdelkader and Zetterberg finished at +3.

Points: Zetterberg had 3 assists; Abdelkader had 2 assists; Nyquist had a goal and an assist for 2 points; Eaves, Tatar and Quincey had goals; Smith and Jurco had assists.

Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 23:51 played; DeKeyser played 23:06; Ericsson played 22:30;

Zetterberg played 21:30; Quincey played 21:25; Miller played 19:38;

Glendening played 19:09; Nyquist played 18:29; Smith played 17:53;

Eaves played 17:17; Lashoff played 16:33; Abdelkader played 15:57;

Tatar played 15:54; Sheahan played 15:26; Jurco played 15:02;

Helm played 10:55; Cleary played 9:42; Bertuzzi played 9:37.

Here was the crazy shootout...

Here are the Wings' goals. Here's Tatar at 11:11 of the 1st...

Eaves at 17:40...

Quincey at 6:20 of the 2nd...

And Nyquist at 11:14 of the 2nd:

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How about that boy Eaves! Looked like a true sniper. Mother F Samuelsson!

Posted by fromdowntown on 01/23/14 at 12:21 AM ET

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As the team gets healthier you will see more games like this one. How much does Ericsson matter to our defense??? He’s a rock back there. Is it me or is Quincey been looking halfway decent out there? And Smith continues to show his inconsistent play, great on 1 shift, terrible on the next. Bert, and Cleary were awful. And the Griffin line was dynamite. And I love Glendening. Goodnight.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 01/23/14 at 12:22 AM ET

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AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! I.CAN’T.TAKE.IT.AMYMORE..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Posted by BC two hander on 01/23/14 at 12:22 AM ET

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Ericsson was excellent. Steady and calming. Jurco and Tatar are breaking out, gaining confidence. The Wiffins line was great - created chaos and second chances around the net. Didn’t like the Smith assist on one of the later Hawks goals, but he wasn’t bad overall.

Posted by PDXWing on 01/23/14 at 12:23 AM ET

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I sure as hell hope this game is used to push forward the momentum we need.

I knew Gus would look rusty tonight, having not played since ... what, the win in Florida? That was crazy rough, and I don’t think he saw the puck most of the night, despite stop after stop. He even looked rusty at the start of the shootout, and almost couldn’t stand to watch.

Lots of rookie mistakes. Babcock has got to pull Smith aside and tell him to get the puck out, not pass it to the middle of our defensive zone. Recipe for disaster.

Hopefully, everyone takes this game in as a learning experience, and builds from it.

In my mind, this game shows me that we *are* capable of being a playoff team. We turned it on, and we came out ready to play. We went down by two early, but we also came back to eventually win it. We didn’t let the game get out of hand, and instead, worked our way back into it.

Despite all the errors, flubs, and penalties (deserved or not (and I don’t think Cleary or Miller deserved their penalties)), we held our own against a very strong Blackhawks team. This is the best I could have hoped for, and in that regard, I have zero complaints about our outcome.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/23/14 at 12:25 AM ET

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Since I only remembered to check on the game when the Wings got that 4 minute PP in the second and nothing good happened, I let my dad watch the rest of the game. Sounded like they fought really hard to win.

I don’t think upcoming losses will mean much. The team is what it is. They’re going to have to keep fighting for 2 points, and that might not always work out. It doesn’t diminish this game though - they can at least look back on this and know how much effort they’re capable of.

I gotta say, though…this sucks for Kindl. It’s hard to pinpoint what he’s struggling with, but he isn’t as reliable as he was last year, and games like tonight make you wonder why he’s unable to make himself a bigger factor in the games. Did the Wings miss him tonight? I’d guess no…

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 01/23/14 at 12:26 AM ET

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Ed Olczyk picked the 3 stars, and he picked Marian Hossa, Darren Helm and Henrik Zetterberg.

Patty Eaves was my pick for First Star.  No one wanted this game more.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/23/14 at 12:38 AM ET

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Eaves always had had a great wrist shot he’s just never put in a spot to use it. His job is to play the puck on the boards. One day babcock will get my psychic message to play him on the left side on the pp ala shanahan

Posted by brians neck on 01/23/14 at 12:40 AM ET

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Ed Olczyk picked the 3 stars, and he picked Marian Hossa, Darren Helm and Henrik Zetterberg.

I’m rather disappointed he didn’t see fit to give one of the stars to Patrick Eaves.

It ws his best game in 3-4 years and perhaps his only good game of the entire season. Babcock recognized what he did and he rewarded Patrick with a try in the shootout.

And he didn’t just try, he scored, and that shootout goal was huge.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 01/23/14 at 01:02 AM ET

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Patrick “our two points” Eaves.

The result of this was almost worth putting my ears through the verbal cheese grater that is nbc announcing.

Posted by maltby18 on 01/23/14 at 01:10 AM ET

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I don’t think upcoming losses will mean much. The team is what it is. They’re going to have to keep fighting for 2 points, and that might not always work out. It doesn’t diminish this game though - they can at least look back on this and know how much effort they’re capable of.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 01/22/14

That’s a pretty good summary of where this season is at as well as where it’s going. If it leads to the playoffs, great. If they fall short, there are lots of reasons for that happening. But if they keep playing as hard as they have lately, it’ll be worth watching every game – no matter the outcome.

For me, the most obvious “lesson” from tonight’s game (and other recent games) is that there is absolutely no need for Dan Cleary next year. Glendenning plays harder and smarter on the PK. And Sheahan can play the net-front on the PP every bit as well as Buckets. I just hope Holland and Babcock can see beyond their “loyalty” to Cleary and let him go in favor of the kids.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 01/23/14 at 01:19 AM ET

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I’m so happy with my Red Wings tonight..I’m getting a huge fan of Glendening…I’m not sold on Q and smith though. and I agree that Gustavsson looks little bit rusty, but for some reason he’s git r done and that’s good enough for me.
Lets Go Red Wings !!!

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 01/23/14 at 01:24 AM ET

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I just hope Holland and Babcock can see beyond their “loyalty” to Cleary and let him go in favor of the kids.

“No one is a bigger fan of Dan Cleary than Mike Babcock”—Mike Babcock, 12 November 2013
http://www.freep.com/article/20131112/SPORTS05/311120087

Let us hope they can, though. Let us seriously hope.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/23/14 at 02:14 AM ET

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“No one is a bigger fan of Dan Cleary than Mike Babcock”—Mike Babcock, 12 November 2013
http://www.freep.com/article/20131112/SPORTS05/311120087

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/23/14 at 01:14 AM ET

Cleary played 9:42; Bertuzzi played 9:37.

What a fan…

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/23/14 at 02:32 AM ET

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For me, the most obvious “lesson” from tonight’s game (and other recent games) is that there is absolutely no need for Dan Cleary next year. Glendenning plays harder and smarter on the PK. And Sheahan can play the net-front on the PP every bit as well as Buckets. I just hope Holland and Babcock can see beyond their “loyalty” to Cleary and let him go in favor of the kids.

I just have a hard time picturing a sub-45-year-old Cleary NOT wearing a Wing jersey if Babs and Kenny are still the Brain Trust.  But I agree with you that Luke and Riled Up are a much better use of ice time.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 01/23/14 at 02:34 AM ET

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So that happened. Then this turned into a statistical post

Assuming there are no additional injuries on defense, I think Smith will not be playing next game
Why does Lashoff play so little? His +/- is better than half the defensemen and no regular defenseman takes fewer penalties. Yet he averages less than 15 minutes per game… According to my calculations he should be playing second most even strength per game

My math for TOI/GA (ES) says Quincey (21:31 - tied for third most ES TOI/G among regular D) is the worst, followed by Smith (22:54 - most), Kronwall (23:31 - tied for third), and Kindl (23:38 - sixth); then Ericsson (27:52 - second), Lashoff (28:35 - least), and DeKeyser (31:10 - fifth) are in an entirely different league. Based on these numbers, DeKeyser should be leading the team in ES TOI/G, not Smith who should barely hit the ice
Unlike TOI/GA (ES), TOI/GA (SH) corresponds with SH TOI/G (though Kindl’s number is misleading, since his 4:58/SH GA—by comparison, Kronwall is in a league of his own at 13:46—is not a ratio so much as fact: exactly 1 SH GA in 4:58 SH TOI)

Posted by bleep bloop on 01/23/14 at 03:11 AM ET

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Posted by SYF from calquake’s rug inspection office on 01/23/14 at 01:32 AM ET

Oh, indeed. But that doesn’t mean anything come free agency time.

In 24/7 (spoiler alert?) Cleary made it sound like he came back because Babcock and Holland sold him on returning to Detroit, when he could have got something better from Philly. That’s why I’m hopeful they don’t elect to try again.

But I won’t hold my breath.

My math for TOI/GA (ES) says Quincey (21:31 - tied for third most ES TOI/G among regular D) is the worst, followed by Smith (22:54 - most), Kronwall (23:31 - tied for third), and Kindl (23:38 - sixth);

Posted by bleep bloop on 01/23/14 at 02:11 AM ET

I agree that Lashoff should be getting more TOI, but disagree that Smith doesn’t play next game. He’ll play, and I think we all know that, unless he’s traded.

I think most here know that I like Smith. He does dumb things sometimes, and we pay for it on the scoresheet. However, I think the record will show that he does fewer dumb things than Quincey.

I think Uncle Mike would rather have Lidstrom and Rafalski than Quincey and Smith, but Lidstrom has hung ‘em up. No idea what the organization thinks of bringing Raf back, but I’m certainly not sold on that idea (unless it means getting rid of Quincey).

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/23/14 at 04:04 AM ET

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Not complaining, but does anyone know why Helm was on the ice for the shootout but Nyquist wasn’t?

Posted by EDJ on 01/23/14 at 04:19 AM ET

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The few indications I’ve read suggest that the Wings will watch Rafalski, but he’s 40 years old and his retirement may or may not have been due to his faith and may or may not have been due to his lack of mobility as his chronic back and knee issues (no ACL in that right knee thanks to snapping it when he was sixteen or seventeen I believe) yielding his side of the ice becoming the target for dump-and-chase-down-the-defender forecheckers.

Rafalski’s played in 3 games for the Florida Everblades and has an assist. He’s playing in the ECHL and I believe that Jimmy Devellano lives in Sarasota during the winter, so the drive down to the Everblades’ rink in Estero, halfway between Fort Myers and Naples, is a long one (90 miles) but the Everblades also play the Orlando Solar Bears very regularly, so Jimmy D can get his fill. It’s so early in his comeback that it’s hard to say where he’ll go.

I still hold out hope that the Wings are looking at an Edler or an Ehrhoff, but that’s just me crossing my fingers. I really believe that the Wings need an effective point-producer who’s not named Niklas Kronwall to help move the puck up ice and help the Wings play defense where they play it best—in the offensive zone—but Xavier Ouellet’s development and Adam Almquist’s status as out of waiver options next year (like Sheahan and Ferraro, who we haven’t seen yet) may have Holland leaning on the draft-and-develop line instead.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 01/23/14 at 04:19 AM ET

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No mentions of that crap that Jurco pulled in the shootout?

I get that the kid has dynamo puck handling skills but with the team in the place that it is in at the moment, just try putting the puck in the net and save that isht for when the Wings are comfortably in the playoff picture.

I’d have the same opinion if he actually scored as well.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 01/23/14 at 08:53 AM ET

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That was a gutsy win.  The Wings played their hearts out, and Babcock coached well.  Great game to watch.  Congratulations to their captain, Zetterberg.

That said, I do not think we saw the Hawks’ best game.

Posted by w2j2 on 01/23/14 at 08:54 AM ET

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Cleary played 9:42; Bertuzzi played 9:37.
What a fan…

This is that time of season, like near the end of last season, that Babcock starts to realize that he’s not going to make the playoffs if he continues to give preferential treatment to his favourites.

Cleary made it sound like he came back because Babcock and Holland sold him on returning to Detroit

He made it seem that way but I don’t buy it.  If they were so intent on having him return to Detroit then I don’t think it would’ve taken them until mid-September to re-sign him.  Hell, I distinctly remember a quote from Holland saying something very non-committal like “if he wants to come to camp he can, but…” which made it seem like he had no interest in re-signing Cleary.

I also think that, whatever you think of his recent management of the team, Holland’s plan wasn’t to fill his roster, then re-sign Cleary to put him over the roster limit and the cap.

I think Cleary made puppy dog eyes at Babcock and licked his palm which made Babcock beg daddy Kenny to let him keep Danny Boy, no matter how much he’s going to shit and piss all over himself and the rug.

Posted by Garth on 01/23/14 at 10:01 AM ET

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Why does Lashoff play so little?

http://somekindofninja.com/nhl/usage.php?f1=2013_s&f2=5v5&f3;=&f5=DET&f4=D&f7=10-&bubbleType=corsiRel&yAxis=qoc&update-filters=Update+Results

Brian Lashoff is the medium-sized red circle at the bottom right of that chart. None of those things are good. He is the single most-sheltered defenseman on the Red Wings and he’s still an overall minus on both possession and result metrics.

Playing him more ice time would mean giving him harder assignments and he’s barely holding his head above water in the easy assignments he’s getting.

Let’s take last night for example.

Lashoff was on the ice for 16 faceoffs. 10 of those took place in the offensive zone. Only ONE was a defensive zone draw.

Lashoff’s competition on the ice (Blackhawks’ forwards), listed by ice time against at even-strength:
Ben Smith (6.4 minutes)
Bollig
Bickell
Kruger
Handzus
Versteeg (5.4 minutes)
Shaw
Kane (1.6 minutes)

Giving Lashoff more time on ice gives him more opportunities to show why he doesn’t deserve more time on ice.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/23/14 at 10:21 AM ET

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The win was great, and sure, it could be the type of win that urges this team forward into some better play. But if they come out and lose to Montreal at home tomorrow, then you can’t really call the Hawks game anything but another 2 points.

And the fact remains, half the team is still dead. It is nice to see Nyquist heating back up, Tatar having been very consistent, and Jurco and Sheahan showing that they are the real deal. But the team needs a point per night from Datsyuk and Zetterberg. They need Weiss in the lineup scoring at a 60 point clip. They need Franzen in the lineup scoring a goal at least every three games. They need Alfredsson healed up so their power play can have some potency again.

They have 7 games against East rivals before the Olympics. If we hit the break and can look back and see that they took 10 points out of those games, then maybe the Hawks game looks like a turning point in the season.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 01/23/14 at 10:52 AM ET

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I agree, J.J., and your analysis backs it up. Lashoff is a situational guy. Here is the scary part: I think most of us agree the Wings are currently in dire need of a top-2 (at worst, top-3) defenseman. In a perfect world, Lashoff would be the seventh guy, but unfortunately, Kindl has played himself down the depth chart. I think we all know Quincey is gone after this year.

If Holland can’t bring in a D-man this year for the top pair, this team is potentially looking at two holes in the to-six defensemen this offseason. They will basically have to replace Kindl/Quincey for the top-six.

Kronwall
DMAN #1 or 2
Ericsson
DeKeyser
Smith
DMAN #5 or 6
Lashoff

Lash, unfortunately, just isn’t a guy who does anything very well. He’s rough, but he lines up against the other teams’ bottom-six. And he still is VERY average. I’d feel really good about the D if we can get a top-pair guy and have Oulette/Almqvist/Sproul as #6 next year, assuming one of those three is truly an upgrade over Lashoff. But we still have Kindl - what do we do with him? The money is still on the books….

Posted by VitoLambruski on 01/23/14 at 11:38 AM ET

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Lashoff’s competition on the ice (Blackhawks’ forwards), listed by ice time against at even-strength:

Ben Smith (6.4 minutes)
Bollig
Bickell
Kruger
Handzus
Versteeg (5.4 minutes)
Shaw
Kane (1.6 minutes)

Where’d you get such detailed stats? Did you create them yourself last night?

Posted by alwaysaurie on 01/23/14 at 11:40 AM ET

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The win was great, and sure, it could be the type of win that urges this team forward into some better play. But if they come out and lose to Montreal at home tomorrow, then you can’t really call the Hawks game anything but another 2 points.

Yeah, it’s way too early to call this win anything other than just a win.

Maybe at the end of the season we can look back on it as “something”, but not yet…

Posted by Garth on 01/23/14 at 11:43 AM ET

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Thought it was a great game, and most everyone else pointed out all of the praise the Wings deserved.

What surprised me the most was the play of Eaves. Since his return from Gr he has looked “better” than in the early season, but last night he was flat out “good.” It’s a pleasure seeing him playing well, and I know I’m not the only one who thinks this.

Also surprising to me was one of the Hawks… Marcus Kruger was a bit of a beast. I’ve never seen him play so well.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 01/23/14 at 11:43 AM ET

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Where’d you get such detailed stats? Did you create them yourself last night?

Posted by alwaysaurie on 01/23/14 at 10:40 AM ET

Sorry, meant to link to Extraskater and left it out before publishing.  Here you go.

http://www.extraskater.com/game/2014-01-22-blackhawks-red-wings

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/23/14 at 12:06 PM ET

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Smiths horrible HORRIBLE giveaway is a game coster 9 out of 10 times. That’s a play that cant happen. IT CANT.  He needs to sit and watch until he can learn to stop costing us goals on a regular basis. I dont care of people think hes still ‘learning’ cause hes not hes making the same mistakes he was making game 1 in the nhl. He is worse than Q. He is worse than Kindl. Hes a great skater but doesnt have the mind/vision. Rant over.

Posted by brians neck on 01/23/14 at 12:12 PM ET

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He is worse than Q. He is worse than Kindl.

This isn’t close to accurate.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/23/14 at 12:30 PM ET

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I think Smith has some serious promise. He’s made strides since his low point of the season. No way he is worse than Kindl or Quincey (Quincey has been better of late as well).

Posted by VitoLambruski on 01/23/14 at 12:39 PM ET

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I’m gonna go ahead and give DHelm some props here. Was he between Cleary and Bert all night? I saw Helm out there making problems for the Hawks all over the place, but those other two were invisible (besides seeing the sweaters skate by after a CHI goal).

I’ll also add he looked very comfortable in the shootout. Kudos Darren!

Posted by TKShreve from East Uptown on 01/23/14 at 01:26 PM ET

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Sorry, meant to link to Extraskater and left it out before publishing.

Well… now I feel silly. You did link to extraskater and I went there… pfft

I have extraskater bookmarked already and that’s where I go… but I guess I never dinked around long enough to find those charts.

Thanks very much.

He not only was sheltered, but it was a good job of sheltering by the looks of it - less than a minute against the top-line(Sharp/Toews/Hossa) and less than 2’min against the 2nd line(saad/Shaw/Kane).

This helps explain what I saw as a surprisingly dominant performance from Kruger. I noticed that he embarrassingly out-classed Sheahan on faceoffs, but I didn’t notice that so many of his minutes were against Lashoff.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 01/23/14 at 06:05 PM ET

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Smiths horrible HORRIBLE giveaway is a game coster 9 out of 10 times. That’s a play that cant happen. IT CANT.  He needs to sit and watch until he can learn to stop costing us goals on a regular basis.

It can happen and it does happen. It’s happened to Tatar this year, and despite their short amount of time with us has happened to Jurco and Almquist. It was a total *#$%@& up. I’ve seen it happen hundreds of times in games. How it usually happens is either it’s an arrant pass of its target by 3-4’ft or the passer misjudges were the opposing player will be by 3-4’ft (and then they mutter to themselves “how did he get there so quick”).

I’m not sure if my memory is right, but I think smith’s *#$%@& up was not thinking Kruger would get to where he got as quickly as he got there.

And it certainly doesn’t cost a game 90% of the time(a lot of these happen when games aren’t close enough to matter).

It doesn’t even result in a goal 90% of the time; sometimes the player is so surprised to find the puck on their stick their shot misses the net, sometimes a teammate recognizes the *#$%@& p as it is in progress and gets their body in thre, and sometimes the goalie makes an incredible save.

 

Posted by alwaysaurie on 01/23/14 at 06:47 PM ET

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It’s happened to Tatar this year, and despite their short amount of time with us has happened to Jurco and Almquist.

One is a rookie forward who isn’t expected to be particularly good defensively and the other is effectively a sophomore defenseman (second “full” season, has played in over 82 games) who has a tendency to make bad plays in his own zone. One outpace his defensive liabilities with his scoring and the other doesn’t. The others are excused because of their short time.

Posted by bleep bloop on 01/23/14 at 09:14 PM ET

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