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Red Wings-Blue Jackets quick take: egg-laying made easy

Update: in his post-game interview with Fox Sports Detroit's John Keating, Mike Babcock says that he's "not certain" about Smith but that he has a shoulder issue that he'll get looked at. FSD's Keating said Smith was not wearing a sling at least.

Update #2: From MLive's Ansar Khan:

I don't know what the *#$%@& happened between last night's 5-3 victory over St. Louis and tonight's 4-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets--which was neither the fault of Niklas Kronwall nor Jimmy Howard--but my God, if the Wings think that they can play through the next ten slates of back-to-back games by slaying a dragon one night and being slain the next, they aren't going to get anywhere.

This was a "team" loss from start to finish, with no Wing truly playing particularly well in all three zones save the one who plays in one zone in Howard. The Wings played dumb hockey, they played inefficient hockey, they were unfocused, didn't work hard, didn't compete, didn't care and didn't seem to mind standing around and watching a much hungrier and much more competitive Blue Jackets team hand Detroit its ass.

On top of it all, the Wings surrendered a 1-0 lead (great goal by Franzen, who was very strong), their special teams were awful once again, and the team lost Brendan Smith to a mysterious upper-body injury in the first period, further throwing its defensive pairs into flux.

This team in search of a new identity established a strong one on Friday, but a lack of depth scoring, terrible defensive play on a team-wide-save-the-goalie-wide basis and plain old not taking their opponent seriously yielded a horrific and completely inexcusable effort. These should have been two points in the bank, and instead, they were two steps back after taking three forward on Friday. And from a Wings fan's standpoint, this was a kick to the heart and a kick to the groin.

i need to step away from the computer before I say worse things, but I'm just absolutely furious with the Wings for playing such a shitty, piss-poor game and displaying a complete and total lack of effort. Shame on them.

Stats:

Shots 34-28 Detroit. Detroit out-shot Columbus 14-12 in the 1st period, 11-9 in the 2nd and 9-7 in the 3rd.

Detroit went 0-for-5 in 10:00 of PP time and gave up a shorthanded goal. Columbus went 1-for-3 in 5:50 of PP time and scored a shorthanded goal.

Chris Mason stopped 32 of 34 shots; Howard stopped 24 of 28 but was not to blame for any save the 1st Anisimov goal.

The 3 stars, per the Blue Jackets' media, were Jack Johnson (3), Steve Mason (2) and Artem Anisimov (1).

The Wings' goals: Franzen (2) from Kronwall (7) and Ericsson (2);

Brunner (4) from Filppula (4).

Faceoffs 33-24 Detroit (58% won by Detroit);

Blocked shots 16-5 Columbus;

Missed shots 10-9 Detroit (total attempts 60-42 Detroit);

Hits supposedly 29-11 Columbus, but I think that's horseshit;

Giveaways 3-2 Detroit;

Takeaways 10-4 Columbus.

Individual stats, TMR style:

Faceoffs: Zetterberg went 12-and-6 (67%); Datsyuk went 7-and-7 (50%); Abdelkader went 5-and-8 (38%); Filppula went 5-and-2 (71%) Emmerton went 4-and-1 (80%).

Shots: Franzen and Kindl led the team with 4 shots apiece; Filppula had 3; Cleary, Datsyuk, Miller, Tootoo, Brunner, Emmerton, Quincey, Ericsson and Kronwall had 2; Smith, Huskins, Zetterberg and Bertuzzi had 1.

Blocked attempts: Kronwall hit Blue Jackets players 5 times; Miller, Brunner and Miller had 2 shot attempts blocked; Kindl, Abdelkader, Emmerton, Quincey and Ericsson had 1 shot attempt blocked.

Missed shots: Abdelkader and Franzen missed the net 2 times; Datsyuk, Miller, Zetterberg, Filppula, Ericsson and Kronwall missed the net 1 time.

Hits: Abdelkader led the team with 3 hits; Ericsson had 2; Huskins, Kindl, Cleary, Miller, Tootoo and Kronwall had 1.

Giveaways: Smith, Cleary and Bertuzzi had 1 giveaway.

Takeaways: Datsyuk had 3 takeaways; Kronwall had 1.

Blocked opponent shots: Kindl blocked 2 shots; Eaves, Miller and Quincey blocked 1.

Penalties taken: Huskins, Bertuzzi and Kronwall took minor penalties.

Plus-minus: The Wings finished at a collective -5. Zetterberg and Franzen finished at -2; Huskins, Datsyuk, Brunner and Kronwall finished at -1; Kindl, Bertuzzi and Filppula finished at +1.

Points: Franzen and Brunner had goals; Filppula, Ericsson and Kronwall had assists.

Ice time: Ericsson led the team with 25:42 played; Kronwall played 25:26; Quincey played 22;32;

Kindl played 21:29; Datsyuk played 18:43; Zetterberg played 17:33;

Franzen played 17:31; Filppula played 17:00; Huskins played 16:54;

Brunner played 16:41; Cleary played 16:11; Bertuzzi played 16:11;

Abdelkader played 13:24; Miller played 13:18; Eaves played 11:02;

Emmerton played 10:35; Tootoo played 10:02; Smith played 3:13.

Update: MLive's Ansar Khan provides a narrative recap.

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Chet's avatar

quincey, yet again, looked absolutely awful.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 02/02/13 at 10:50 PM ET

calquake's avatar

quincey, yet again, looked absolutely awful.

Groundhog Day… since the season began.

Posted by calquake on 02/02/13 at 11:23 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Many, many fans are calling for changes after this one. To me, this is exactly the kind of game where you want the current personnel to stew in their juices and understand that the exact same team defeated St. Louis so convincingly. No excuses, no changes save the obvious Lashoff-for-Smith swap. This team *can* dominate and it *can* be dominated. It’s time for the current personnel to figure it out.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 02/02/13 at 11:28 PM ET

maltby18's avatar

Here’s hoping Helm is recovering quickly, so many more options with him on the ice.

Posted by maltby18 on 02/03/13 at 12:28 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

I don’t know what the *#$%@& happened between last night’s 5-3 victory over St. Louis and tonight’s 4-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets…

I’ll give you one reason…guys like Franzen quit “competing.” On Friday he tied Abi for the most hits. On Saturday, he had zero hits. And it was Franzen’s chicken-sh!t play avoiding contact that led directly to the BJs second or third goal (not sure which because I’d lost interest in the game by then).

Add to that the fact that we’re 1/6th of the way through this shortened season and the third and fourth lines have combined for a total of one fricking point (a lousy assist by Eaves). No team can succeed with that kind of “production” from their bottom six forwards.

So here’s my suggestion. Trade the entire third line (Abi, Cleary and Eaves) plus Kindl and Quincey for whatever the hell defensive help they can get. The loss on defense can be covered by whatever the Wings get in return. Then replace the forwards with Nyquist, Andersson and Tatar.

It’ll never happen – but it should.

 

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/03/13 at 12:44 AM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

Franzen is a leech, he takes all the energy away on any line he plays, he’s just not worth it. showing up every 7 or so games doesn’t cut it. Brunner is a freaking rookie, first time ever on small ice, much smaller, but he outplays him every game.

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 02/03/13 at 01:15 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

Franzen scored the team’s only goal, he was physical in the corners and won one-on-one battles for the puck, he supported Zetterberg and Datsyuk on the power play, he’s going to the front of the net and he co-led the team in shots.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 02/03/13 at 01:24 AM ET

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I found this loss way more annoying than opening night.  At least when they lost to the Blues 6-0, the Blues were running high octane for 60 minutes.  The Jackets did nothing special for most of the night.  The only thing missing for a good portion of the Wings tonight was a lawn chair to relax on when they went on the ice for a shift.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/03/13 at 01:28 AM ET

Bugsy's avatar

As I said yesterday, if anyone can pick up a defenseman from GR (or Walmart) on their way back to Detroit, we’d certainly appreciate it…. The team could afford injuries with the forwards, not the defense or goalie.

By the way, is this a “flip the switch” question regarding where the team still has trouble with? I couldn’t see the game tonight.

Posted by Bugsy on 02/03/13 at 03:01 AM ET

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