The Malik Report
by George Malik on 01/19/13 at 10:44 PM ET
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.
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.
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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