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Red Wings-Blues quick take: if you’re gonna get your butt kicked, do it thoroughly?

I usually try to write something up after a game like this, but after enduring a 6-0 Red Wings loss to the St. Louis Blues, one in which the Wings were out-shot by a ridiculous margin, out-chanced, out-skated, out-hit and plain old out-played to such an extent that I can only hope that this was a, "Okay, we're going to play one preseason game, get our asses kicked incredibly thoroughly and leave our rust, our shakiness and our utter fear of playing without Lidstrom behind us, all in one game and one city!" type game...

I might as well let you vent. Jimmy Howard was valliant despite giving up 5 goals on 28 shots. Three of 'em were just breakaways (Kyle Quincey left his brain in Detroit), and he may have had a chance on Tarasenko's second goal, but that was about it.

The power play stank. The penalty kill stank. The Wings looked intimidated by the Blues--as has become usual over the past couple of years at the Scottrade Center--and looked plain old lost.

I don't believe that the team is done like dinner, especially given that this was one game, and given that it was the first game for a radically different roster against one built on continuity, but this is most certainly still worrisome.

At least, for once, the Wings will have the kind of break in their schedule before Monday's game in Columbus and Tuesday's home opener against Dallas to sit and stir in their juices minus practice--which may be a good thing for Jan Mursak, who left the game with an "upper body injury" after getting railed by David Backes.

They won't have a choice but to deal with their suckage and deal with their opportunity to read the disparaging remarks about them and deal with the fact that, for once in a blue moon, the Blues' crowd was right when they chanted, "Detroit sucks."

This was awful. Let's hope that it was one game and let's not all go and commit seppuku together for the hell of it. Discuss. Some stats and highlights to come.

And cheer up: you don't have to worry about staying up till 4 in the morning to write a recap of this disaster! I volunteer for that shit! I don't know why on nights like tonight, mind you...But I am a Wings fan, and I'm gonna stand by the boys, even if they took this one sitting down.

Stats:

Shots 36-14 overall.

St. Louis went 4-for-5 in 5:50 of PP time; the Wings went 0-for-4 in 8:00 of PP time.

Howard stopped 23 of 28 shots; Gustavsson stopped 7 of 8.

Halak stopped 14 shots.

The three stars, per the "St. Louis media," were Jaroslav Halak (3), Chris Stewart (2) and Vladimir Tarasenko (1).

Faceoffs 30-26 Detroit (Detroit won 54%);

Blocked shots 13-12 Detroit;

Missed shots 16-13 St. Louis;

Total shot attempts 65-39 St. Louis;

Hits 25-12 St. Louis;

Giveaways 7-0 St. Louis;

Takeaways 5-2 St. Louis.

Individual stats:

Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 10-and-2 in the faceoff circle (83%); Abdelkader went 9-and-4 (69%); Filppula went 7-and-10 (41%); Zetterbeg went 1-and-6 (14%); Emmerton went 3-and-4 (43%);

Shots: Brunner and Filppula co-led the team with 3 shots apiece; Cleary had 2; Abdelkader, Miller, Emmerton, Colaiacovo, Samuelsson and Franzen had 1.

Blocked attempts: Datsyuk, White, Zetterberg and Kronwall had 2 shot attempts blocked by Blues players; Smith, Quincey, Colaiacovo and Samuelsson had 1.

Missed shots: Datsyuk and White missed the net 3 times; Colaiacovo missed the net 2 times; Abdelkader, Tootoo, Samuelsson, Zetterberg and Franzen missed the net 1 time.

Hits: Cleary and Franzen co-led the team with 3 hits; Abdelkader had 2; Tootoo, Emmerton, Quincey and Ericsson had 1;

Giveaways: No giveaways. Supposedly.

Takeaways: Zetterberg and Filppula had 1 takeaway.

Blocked opponent shots: Quincey blocked 3 shots; Smith, Datsyuk and Colaiacovo blocked 2; Abdelkader, Cleary, Miller and Kronwall blocked 1.

Penalties taken: Tootoo and Franzen took 10-minute misconducts; Cleary and Kronwall were tagged for 2 minors apiece; Mursak took 1 minor penalty.

Points: No one scored.

Plus-minus: The team finished at a collective -10. Samuelsson and Filppula finished at -2; Smith, Cleary, White, Quincey, Colaiacovo and Franzen finished at -1.

Ice time: Quincey led the team with 21:23 played; Datsyuk played 20:31; White played 20:21;

Kronwall played 20:07; Zetterbeg played 19:41; Ericsson played 18:53;

Brunner played 18:50; Franzen played 18:35; Colaiacovo played 18:32;

Filppula played 18:15;  Miller played 16:52; Smith played 15:52;

Cleary played 15:48;  Samuelsson played 14:17; Abdelkader played 13:34;

Emmerton played 10:04; Tootoo played 10:01; Mursak played 2:34.

And here's St. James on Mursak:

Again, I'm pretty sure that the Wings won't practice tomorrow. Red Bird III is scheduled to leave St. Louis at 110:40 PM CST (11:40 PM EST).

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w2j2's avatar

And to think the Wings gave up a first round draft pick for Quincey!

Posted by w2j2 on 01/19/13 at 10:48 PM ET

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Maybe Winnipeg would trade Meech for him.

Posted by Django on 01/19/13 at 10:51 PM ET

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And now we reap what Kenny’s negligence has sowed for the last five years.  Next step is Babs being scapegoated.  Can’t wait.

Posted by deanwerner on 01/19/13 at 10:51 PM ET

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21 years is an incredible playoff streak, I just hope we’re talking present tense rather than past tense by the end of the season. Congratulations, Henrik on your captain’s role—your first challenge is to somehow get the team past this debacle and get them in the playoffs. If there are Griffins that are truly “overripe”, like Nyquist, maybe we’ll see I-96 become a lot busier.  For what it’s worth, the second longest streak is 8 years by San Jose, then Pittsburgh with 6.

Posted by Bugsy on 01/19/13 at 11:04 PM ET

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And now we reap what Kenny’s negligence has sowed for the last five years.

Dude likes his team.  He does nothing to improve it, but he really likes it.  Just ask him.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/19/13 at 11:25 PM ET

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You don’t lose Rafi, Lidas and Stuey in two years, fill with White and Quincey, and not see some hiccups.  Q’s gotta get his game face on.  Kronwall had some serious brain farts there too.  Big E was easily the most steady defenseman we had out there tonight and Brendan Smith was easily the best/most confident with the puck.  I barely noticed Pav’s line except when Z and Brunner were gettin nailed.  Brunner definitely looked wide-eyed out there.  I did think he looked better period to period which is a good sign but he’s still holding back because of his uncertainty.

All in all, Wings just looked flat.  I honestly think Tatar and Nyquist if they were playing today, would’ve easily been our best combo.  Helm as well for that matter, it’s unreal how much he sets the pace for this team.  He really is the heartbeat to get everyone else going.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/19/13 at 11:30 PM ET

Chet's avatar

if they struggle again in columbus of all places, we’ll know how bad things look.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 01/19/13 at 11:40 PM ET

Stevis's avatar

Quincey leaving his brain in Detroit implies he had one to begin with.

I have to disagree on Brunner—he got a number of shots and was one of the few I noticed in a positive way all night.

Posted by Stevis on 01/19/13 at 11:52 PM ET

joedaiceman's avatar

This is nothing but a look into the season that will be. No horses on offense, no horses on defense.High draft pick here we come.

Posted by joedaiceman on 01/19/13 at 11:59 PM ET

w2j2's avatar

The size, speed & talent on the Blues is uncanny.  It looks like men against boys.
That is what many, many years in the basement with great draft picks will do for you.
The league planned this with the salasry cap, leaving no way to escape mediocrity for the best teams.

Posted by w2j2 on 01/20/13 at 12:11 AM ET

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(Kyle Quincey left his brain in Detroit)

I had no idea he had one to begin with. Hands down the worst player of the game, and still managed to lead the Wings in ice time. Tarasenko should be buying KQ a steak dinner for making his NHL debut a massive success.

I honestly think Tatar and Nyquist if they were playing today, would’ve easily been our best combo.  Helm as well for that matter,

I agree on Helm, dude cannot heal fast enough they need him BADLY.
I disagree on Tatar and Nyquist though, I’m kinda glad that they didn’t have to play through this debacle. The entire team was flat and abused by the Blues, I don’t think they could have done much to change that. If they were up for this stomping I think it would damage them mentally a little bit, definitely more than the vets. As much as I dislike having them on the team guys like Sammy and Cleary will be able to shake this loss off much easier, and that is something this whole team needs to do in a hurry or else we are in for the longest of short seasons.

Posted by Pulsar93 on 01/20/13 at 12:39 AM ET

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I really hope Babcock is saying one thing to the media and another to the team, because if he’s not, we’re in a lot of trouble.

However,

One game does not a season make.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 01/20/13 at 12:41 AM ET

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Giveaways: No giveaways. Supposedly.

It’s not just supposed. They couldn’t hold onto the puck long enough to give it away. (Though there was one time when I think it was Quincey who passed right to a Blues player, but he couldn’t control the pass so I’m not sure if that’s supposed to count.)

Posted by bleep bloop on 01/20/13 at 01:00 AM ET

calquake's avatar

Big E was easily the most steady defenseman we had out there tonight

I think I just pooped my pants a little bit.

Posted by calquake on 01/20/13 at 01:11 AM ET

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Thoughts:

1. Suicide is a bad idea. The psych ward isn’t fun, either.

2. Babcock was disturbingly calm while speaking to Trevor Thompson, but Zetterberg’s eyes were bloodshot, Kronwall was seething and Smith, who is positive about everything, was quiet.

3. Worst Wings game in ages = too much riding on a Monday night in Columbus, but that’s the way it is.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 01/20/13 at 01:28 AM ET

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Smith was by far the best Dman we had tonite and Brunner looked like the best forward for most of the game ... Fil-Franzen-Sammy had their moments in the 3rd period.

Kronner looked tight ... Coli and White looked lost ... Erisson’s name wasn’t mentioned much so he must not have made any mistakes ... Quincey looked worse than a college freshman.

I know it was just 1 game but just 7 shots on goal in the first 2 periods ??
Should we prepare ourselves for “Dead Things v2.0” ??

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 01/20/13 at 02:43 AM ET

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... oh ... and whats this shit giving Tootoo a 10 minute misconduct for chirping ??

Are we witnessing the further pussification of NHL hockey where you can’t even bark at one another let alone fight ??

Its fuching hockey people ... not flag football ... holy crap !!!

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 01/20/13 at 02:47 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

The power has gone out here in South Lyon, and it appears that it will be out for some rime due to high winds. No overnight report until I have an internet connection again. Sorry.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 01/20/13 at 03:46 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Shit, E was moving bodies in front of the net, finishing his checks in the corners and was tracking the puck great, played a great stay at home game for sure.

Still can’t believe how little impact Z and Pav had.. it was a weird game to watch for sure. 

Most of our stars played euro pro right?  This isn’t the first time hitting the ice?

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/20/13 at 05:52 AM ET

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The more overhaul in the offseason, the more a team needs the preseason to get to know each other, figure out how much to improve, and get a gauge on who can fill in the holes. Guess what happens to a team that loses Lidstrom, Holstrom, and Stuart, gets no pre-season, and faces one of the best teams at their home opener? Fly, meet windshield. I think/hope they’ll be playing much better by the end of the season, but I don’t know if that’s enough time to make the playoffs. As noted above, if you don’t draft in the top 10 for a few decades, then throw on a salary cap, and the internet age scouting wise, it’s gonna catch up w/you at some point. The NHL wanted parity like the NFL, and they got it.

The Wings, when they had sufficient skill and enough grit, could get by against physical teams and make them pay on the power play if they had to. Now, I have no idea if they have enough skill to overcome a physical team—they’d better improve fast in a 48 game season.

What I’ll be curious is whether Ken Holland uses more of his salary cap space at the trade deadline or waits until the summer—I guess it’s up to the team (performance) to “force” him to use the extra space (I hope).

Posted by Bugsy on 01/20/13 at 06:11 AM ET

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The most important thing this year is going to be the effort fans have to make to avoid overreacting to what happens in a jammed-together schedule and basing sweeping indictments of players, coaches and management on those results.

So far it looks like we’re losing that one 6-0 too.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/20/13 at 07:15 AM ET

bigdee89's avatar

I’m still waiting for the Wings season to start.  I don’t know what the hell that was but it wasn’t the Wings.

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 01/20/13 at 10:30 AM ET

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they dont have any defencemen who can make the quick outlet pass out of their own zone to a forward on the move anymore and they dont have any forwards to can win battles along the boards, hank and pav are brilliant but for the most part the rest are soft and dont like to get real dirty

Posted by redwings77 on 01/20/13 at 11:22 AM ET

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The most important thing this year is going to be the effort fans have to make to avoid overreacting to what happens in a jammed-together schedule and basing sweeping indictments of players, coaches and management on those results.

So far it looks like we’re losing that one 6-0 too.

No kidding, take a gander at the Wings section of HF boards. It’s like we’ve transported to the 80’s and they are the “dead things” again.
Literally every line has changed, all the d pairings, PP units, Pk units are different from last year and most featuring new players. With no exhibition games and shortened training camp, results like these are to be expected out of the gate, especially against the cream of the crop in the West.

However if they look the same against the Jackets on monday I might start changing my tune.

Posted by Pulsar93 on 01/20/13 at 11:24 AM ET

cowboycoffee's avatar

so glad Gamecenter went down.

Posted by cowboycoffee from San Francisco, CA on 01/20/13 at 01:30 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

so glad Gamecenter went down.

Posted by cowboycoffee from San Francisco, CA on 01/20/13 at 01:30 PM ET

Who the hell is Gamecenter?  Is she cute?

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/20/13 at 04:32 PM ET

calquake's avatar

so glad Gamecenter went down.

Posted by cowboycoffee from San Francisco, CA on 01/20/13 at 01:30 PM ET

Who the hell is Gamecenter?  Is she cute?

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/20/13 at 04:32 PM ET

No, but she makes up for it with enthusiasm.

Posted by calquake on 01/20/13 at 04:39 PM ET

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