Kukla's Korner

The Malik Report

Red Wings-Canucks quick take: n-v-t-s

I've been sick for the last 36 hours but managed to drag myself out of bed to watch the Minnesota Wild defeat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in a shoootou...Wait, what?

Those were the Canucks getting out-shot 34-14 in regulation and OT, including 17-2 in the 3rd and 4-1 in OT, but earning a shootout win because not even Pavel Datsyuk or Henrik Zetterberg can score these days for a team that's 2-and-5 in shootouts? The Canucks defeated the Red Wings 2-1, not the 2004 Minnesota Wild, gratuitous gropes, grabs, leg-humping and hockey molestation included?
 

In all seriousness, on a night where the referees certainly allowed the Canucks to hump legs and crunch players like it was 4/20, the Red Wings could have and should have earned 2 regulation or OT points, but for some reason, they can neither score 2 goals nor rally from any sort of deficit these days. And despite a gorgeous effort from Cory Emmerton to tie things up late in the 1st, the Wings were either all but molested away from the net or simply out-passed themselves into oblivion on their own.

Now the Wings sit 2 points up on Phoenix, a point down on Columbus and, because Maxim La-pie-f***ing-erre has more luck in the shootout than the entire Red Wings team had during regulation and overtime, with 4 games left, the Wings all but have to win each and every one to make the playoffs.

And while I'm watching FSD and hearing Darren Elliot praise Corey Schneider, I cannot help but wonder what would have been had more butts been in front of him (for better or worse, once Justin Abdelkader got mauled and then laid a beating on Keith Ballard and when Alex Burrows got away with mugging Johan Franzen, the screens disappeared), and had the Wings not pulled so many Filppula peel-offs at the bluelines or passed when they could have simply put pucks on net and sent bodies after rebounds...

It could've and should've ended differently, but it hasn't "ended differently" since several games before the trade deadline, and as I said on Thursday, before the bug that put my mom and myself on my back hit and hit hard, maybe we know why Ken Holland and Co. held onto that draft pick now.

And if you're keeping score at home...Drew Miller left the game with an "upper-body injury," but FSD's Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond said that Todd Bertuzzi may be returning sometime this week. For what it's worth.

Statistics:

Shots 34-14 Detroit overall. Detroit out-shot Vancouver 9-4 in the 1st, was out-shot 7-4 in the 2nd, out-shot Vancouver 17-2 in the 3rd and 4-1 in OT.

The Wings went 0-for-3 in 6:00 of PP time; Vancouver went 1-for-4 in 7:01 of PP time.

Jimmy Howard stopped 13 of 14; Cory Schneider stopped 33 of 34.

The Wings' goal: Emmerton (5) from Brunner (12).

The 3 stars were picked by Hockey Night in Canada, and they were Alex Burrows, Danny DeKeyser and Cory Schneider.

Faceoffs 24-22 Detroit (Detroit won 52%);

Blocked shots 12-11 Detroit;

Missed shots 12-8 Vancouver (attempts 53-38 Detroit, with Detroit firing 34 on net and 19 wide/into Canucks players);

Hits 27-13 Vancouver;

Giveaways 9-2 Vancouver;

Takeaways 11-8 Detroit.

Individual statistics, TMR style:

Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 9-and-6 (60%); Andersson went 6-and-5 (55%); Filppula went 3-and-5 (38%); Zetterberg went 3-and-3 (50%); Emmerton went 2-and-2 (50%); Franzen won his only faceoff; Abdelkader lost his only faceoff.

Shots: Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Franzen co-led the team with 4 shots; Kindl, Nyquist and Tootoo had 3; DeKeyser had 2; Smith, Cleary, Brunner, Emmerton, Filppula, Ericsson and Andersson had 1.

Blocked attempts: Datsyuk had 2 attempts blocked by Canucks players; Abdelkader, Tootoo, Brunner, Quincey, Zetterberg, Ericsson, Kronwall, DeKeyser and Franzen had 1 attempt blocked.

Missed shots: Nyquist missed the net 2 times; Cleary, Datsyuk, Brunner, Zetterberg, Filppula and DeKeyser missed the net 1 time.

Hits: Abdelkader, Tootoo and Quincey had 2 hits; Kindl, Cleary, Miller, Brunner, Kronwall, DeKeyser and Franzen had 1.

Giveaways: Zetterberg and Filppula had giveaways.

Takeaways: Datsyuk had 4 takeaways; Kronwall had 2; Kindl, Miller, Emmerton, Quincey and Franzen had 1.

Blocked opponent shots: Abdelkader had 2 blocked shots; Smith, Kindl, Nyquist, Miller, Emmerton, Quincey, Kronwall, Andersson, DeKeyser and Franzen blocked 1 shot.

Penalties taken: Franzen took 2 minor penalties; Abdelkader took a major for fighting; Smith, Kronwall and DeKeyser took minor penalties.

Plus-minus: The Wings finished at a collective +5. Kindl, Datsyuk, Brunner, Emmerton and DeKeyser finished at +1.

Points: Emmerton had a goal; Brunner had an assist.

Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 26:50 played; Datsyuk played 24:11; Ericsson played 3:58;

Zetterberg played 22:23; Kindl played 21:56; Franzen played 19:56;

Quincey played 19:29; DeKeyser played 19:21; Cleary played 18:52;

Filppula played 18:29; Abdelkader played 18:09; Smith played 16:11;

Andersson played 15:26; Emmerton played 12:10; Nyquist played 11:54;

Brunner played 10:59; Tootoo played 9:52; Miller played 2:44.

Update: Here's a slate of game highlights from NHL.com. CBC-narrated:

Filed in: | The Malik Report | Permalink
 

Comments

calquake's avatar

Let’s just hope it’s a top ten pick if they don’t make the playoffs.

Posted by calquake on 04/21/13 at 12:54 AM ET

Avatar

There have been games where you and others saw fault in the effort and I didn’t…but tonight I was just flabbergasted the entire time.

I could not believe that tonight’s game is the fastest the Wings are able to skate, the hardest they can forecheck, the most desperate they can play. The Canucks offered no resistance, and the Wings were oblivious to the work required of them to get out with 2 points. They looked the same as every other game this season. They’re trying the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. And now everything is…insane.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 04/21/13 at 12:57 AM ET

Bugsy's avatar

I’ve got 2 fingernails left that I can realistically bite. The homestand of all homestands coming up (in relative terms), and I keep having the nagging thought that “rebuilding” isn’t such a bad word to describe this season Wings fans knew was coming but didn’t want to necessarily admit was due. Unless the Wings show something more (and I wouldn’t be surprised by 4-0 or 0-4 to close the season), the full devotion to rebuilding can commence (and that will start with Datsyuk’s contract to figure out what the next several years of rebuilding are going to look at). I can’t imagine them not cleaning house now (again unless said turnaround happens this week, and probably even if it does), but I can’t predict Ken Holland for this summer anymore than whether Jim Nill stays. Whoever is still left in the front office I hope they use the cap space somehow for good this summer (trade, free agent, whatever). If they can’t get Datsyuk for a long term commitment, I’d even be okay with 1/3 of the Griffins for next year with enough veterans leftover to lead. Anything to show energy and drive, even if they’re losing. The whole season just seems Blah, from the players to the exasperated coach to the fans.

Sorry for the length.

Posted by Bugsy on 04/21/13 at 01:15 AM ET

calquake's avatar

Anything to show energy and drive, even if they’re losing. The whole season just seems Blah, from the players to the exasperated coach to the fans.

The pretend season in a nutshell.

Posted by calquake on 04/21/13 at 01:35 AM ET

Avatar

Sorry George nothing lucky about Lapierre’s goal and your team is not some innocent put upon team that was unjustly denied a win. Vancouver played like sh*t and your team was just a little worse or Schnieder was just a little better on this night. Get a good nights sleep and i hope you feel better tomorrow.

Posted by vansteve on 04/21/13 at 01:41 AM ET

gt500x's avatar

I like our team.

Posted by gt500x on 04/21/13 at 01:43 AM ET

w2j2's avatar

I suspect that when the players saw Holland not make any attempt to improve the team at the trade deadline, they said to themselves:  “If management does not feel the urgency to improve the team, then we have no chance.”

cool mad

Posted by w2j2 on 04/21/13 at 01:44 AM ET

Bugsy's avatar

Wings record home/away
Before trade deadline: 11-5-3 / 7-8-2
After trade deadline: 0-1-1 / 2-2-2
Draw your own conclusions

Posted by Bugsy on 04/21/13 at 02:17 AM ET

Slumpy's avatar

Dekeyser played great though! I watched the CBC feed of the game instead of the usual FSD and they glowingly praised him, especially when he blew right by Mason Raymond, a player that is probably top ten fastest skater in the NHL.
The negative was when Filppula was streaking down the right wing with the puck and had half the net open to bury it into but instead opted to pass 10 feet in front of the nearest fellow teammate on the left wing!!!!!!!  This fool better not be wearing the Winged Wheel next season. He also was on the PP! Ian White is in Babs doghouse but not Val, wtf???

shut eye

Franzen did have a bunch of quality scoring chances early on as did many of his teammates but to give credit where credit is due Schneider was a wall.

Sunday night fingers crossed both the BJs and Southfork Stars lose to the Cali teams.

 

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 04/21/13 at 06:35 AM ET

Avatar

Big, bad, burly, defensive-minded Vancouver (not) was indeed on cruise control with little to nothing to play for.  Sorry, George, the Wings just aren’t any good.  Try another excuse next game.  This one fell flat too.

Posted by jkm2011 on 04/21/13 at 08:03 AM ET

Figaro's avatar

Fil single-handedly wasted 30-40 seconds of a power play because he has lost the ability to handle the puck, but not the confidence to.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 04/21/13 at 09:37 AM ET

Avatar

We can only hope SJ and LA both win in regulation.

Really disappointed in KH burning the call-ups for paper demotions when we could really use Tatar.

Anyone else notice Mursak has 15 points in 22 games for GR?

Posted by AZWinger on 04/21/13 at 10:01 AM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

Why, in gods name, is Tatar not in this team?!!!
Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

p.s. Feck Filppula

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 04/21/13 at 10:26 AM ET

Avatar

Filppula’s complete inability to shoot the puck at a wide open net may have lost this game for the Wings. Worst decision Holland has ever made was to keep him at the deadline.

Posted by teldar on 04/21/13 at 10:40 AM ET

Tracy from T-Town Hockey 's avatar

I beleive I’m of the minority here, but I thought at least our defense looked much improved last night.  Players were skating it into the opposition’s zone then circling back to cover the line. DeKeyser was impressive as he has been.  Ericsson was clearing the front of the net and using some of his old offensive skills.  Smith was pretty good trying to add some offense as well.  Kindl had a decent game and even Quincy stopped a nice scoring chance. I think there were some possitives for going forward.

Posted by Tracy from T-Town Hockey on 04/21/13 at 10:46 AM ET

John W.'s avatar

because not even Pavel Datsyuk or Henrik Zetterberg can score these days for a team that’s 2-and-5 in shootouts?

Zetterberg has never been able to score in shootouts.  And why he keeps getting picked to shoot is moronic.  As for Pavel, he’s getting too cute in them.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 04/21/13 at 10:49 AM ET

Primis's avatar

I’m getting real sick of the harping on Fil when others who should be held more-liable aren’t scoring either.

You know what?  Zetterberg kinda’ blows and has all season (and much of last as well), and already has a lucrative, long-term deal.  I don’t want to hear about anything else, he’s not scoring enough.  To be honest, I don’t think he’s really given a crap since he got married.  At the end of the game last night he played his tail off and I don’t know that he’d done that all season long.  Maybe take a few less nights off, Hank?  Z has two more goals than Fil in 5 more GP.  -4, and a Shot % of only 5.7% just isn’t cutting it.  Everyone complains Brunner takes so many shots, and his Shot % is still at 9.7%, well above Hanks’.

If Z has around Pavel’s 13 Goals instead of 9, I bet the Wings have 3 or 4 more pts. in the standings.  I’m completely unimpressed with him at the moment and been seriously questioning why he has the “C” for a couple weeks.

You know what else hurts?  All that money shelled out to Bert and Sammy for 2 whopping goals between them.  Unacceptable, and that falls squarely on Holland’s shoulders because we all knew they were both old and broken.

But Jesus I’m sick of hearing about Fil.  It’s similar to hearing about Franzen:  just because you WANT them to be more doesn’t mean they can or will, they are what they are.  Maybe you guys should instead focus on the guys that CAN and HAVE scored and produced more that AREN’T and HAVEN’T been.

Can you imagine this team now without Brunner’s 11 goals?  Yikes.

Posted by Primis on 04/21/13 at 11:48 AM ET

calquake's avatar

Posted by Primis on 04/21/13 at 11:48 AM ET

I understand your rant regarding Fillpula however, do you really think he’s worth 4.5 - 5 mil a season going forward?  He’s an excellent 3rd line center or possibly a second line wing but not worth the money he’s reportedly seeking as a UFA.

Posted by calquake on 04/21/13 at 12:27 PM ET

Primis's avatar

I understand your rant regarding Fillpula however, do you really think he’s worth 4.5 - 5 mil a season going forward?  He’s an excellent 3rd line center or possibly a second line wing but not worth the money he’s reportedly seeking as a UFA.

Posted by calquake on 04/21/13 at 12:27 PM ET

I wouldn’t go above $4m for him.

However, that’s not the *now*.  I think he currently makes a fair salary for what he produces, and that’s what people are complaining about right now is what he’s done this season.  Fil’s a 20-goal guy.  If he wants more than Franzen (a 30-goal guy) in the offseason, then yeah, that’s another issue entirely.

Everyone wants the 30 goal guys to be 40 goal guys though, and the 20 goal guys to be 30.  That’s just ridiculous and is going to always set you up for disappointment.

Posted by Primis on 04/21/13 at 01:28 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Everyone wants the 30 goal guys to be 40 goal guys though, and the 20 goal guys to be 30.  That’s just ridiculous and is going to always set you up for disappointment.

Posted by Primis on 04/21/13 at 01:28 PM ET

Exactly.  A better comparison perhaps is the average of goals scored and unfortunately Fil is only a 15 goal per year guy on average.  Franzen isn’t a whole lot better averaging 23 goals per year.
A much better argument can be made for Franzen’s cap hit versus what Fil is asking for.  I really like Fil as a 3rd line center but not at anything more than 4 mil per for 3-4 years max.

Posted by calquake on 04/21/13 at 03:48 PM ET

scotts0's avatar

People have to stop blaming the refs and the opposing teams style of play for why the Wings keep losing. The fact is, if the Wings were ANY GOOD they would outplay the opposing teams that clutch and grab and pull and what not. They would also score so as the refs couldn’t “give” the opposing team the win.

The fact of the matter is, this team is not good at all. They don’t care…and if somehow they do actually care, they sure as hell are not playing like it.

And I’m not putting the blame solely on the players…Babcock is guilty as well. His constant messing with the lines and putting players WHO ARE NOT GOOD on the top 2 lines is idiotic. How does he expect players to develop chemistry when the lines keep getting altered?

I’ve given up on this season because they’ve given up on this season.

Posted by scotts0 from New York on 04/21/13 at 04:01 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

I just hope letting the streak end “on their watch” is enough this summer to motivate the team to come back and play some real hockey next season.

Not starting on time is a multiple-year-long issue.  That’s coaching and leadership.

They’re not scoring goals, yet let 20 goal scorer Huds walk, as many times as we’ve heard it’s cheaper to resign himi for 4m now than similar production on the open market.  It’s 4m we didn’t use either.  How many 1 goal games did we lose?  BUt instead let goals walk and then claim we can’t add any because they’re too expensive, that’s on Holland

Bottom line is though, I’ve heard coaches say this before, you can take a group of Japanese guys and get them originized and beat a team that isn’t.  This group isn’t organized.  I’d like to hear Babs St. Louis logic now.  “Look how close that game was, these teams aren’t that far apart..”

Well Vancouver played a shit game and still won.. where’s some of that logic now?

I do hate the cherry picking of stats and games to show who this team is.  Overall it’s a barely over .500 team and that’s a borerline playoff, Calgary, style team.

Hope to see moves and acquisitions this summer, tired of sitting on cap space when we can’t score goals and we’re not fiscally defunked like Phoenix (who’s about as competitive as the Wings at this point)  It’s unreal.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/21/13 at 04:43 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Exactly.  A better comparison perhaps is the average of goals scored and unfortunately Fil is only a 15 goal per year guy on average.  Franzen isn’t a whole lot better averaging 23 goals per year.
A much better argument can be made for Franzen’s cap hit versus what Fil is asking for.  I really like Fil as a 3rd line center but not at anything more than 4 mil per for 3-4 years max.

Posted by calquake on 04/21/13 at 03:48 PM ET

Well, saying Franzen is a 23-goal guy is a bit underselling, that’s if you avg. in his on season he only played 27 games I think.  The two seasons prior he had 27 and 34 goals, the two seasons after it he had 28 and 29 goals.  He’s still roughly probably about 30-goal guy.

If you rub out Fil’s 09-10 season when he only played 55 games, you get 19, 12, 16, and 23.  So he’s roughly a 20-goal scorer give or take a couple.

As I ranted on Twitter earlier though… Z’s indicators aren’t good.  Indicators are Z is a 20 goal guy now too, and he’s getting payed $6m/yr to be so.  Z’s goal-scoring since 05-0 is as follows:  39, 33, 43, 23, 24, 22, and this year for a half-slate of games he’ll finish with about 10, so roughly 20 again.  In Z’s case that’s now 4 years in a row of at or just a bit over 20 goals.  Not… good…  I know I said Z hasn’t produced since getting married, but there’s a direct correlation to his drop in goal-scoring and signing his fat contract.

So Pavel and Mule are the only 2 legit 30-goal guys on roster right now.

Posted by Primis on 04/21/13 at 04:46 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

If Calgary isn’t one of the teams to go after Ryan Miller this summer, Joey Mac could become their #1 goalie. Jiri Hudler is playing on their first line.  What did we get for them ??  Nothing. Zip. Nada. Bupkis.

While it’s true hindsight is 20/20, what would this team have accomplished if Holland would have re-signed those 2 instead of signing Gustavsson and Samuelsson ??

Will the Red Wings try to trade Filppula over the summer ... maybe even up for Milan Lucic who seems to be in Boston’s doghouse of late ??

Management needs to show it’s paying customers they are trying to get better.

This team has no identity, no desire, and certainly no attitude.

They won’t and don’t deserve to make the playoffs.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 04/21/13 at 06:41 PM ET

Avatar

Zetterberg kinda’ blows and has all season

Yeah, he sure does.  All he does is play 21+ minutes a game in all situations and at both ends of the ice while being #2 in points at nearly a point per game.

He blows.

Posted by Garth on 04/21/13 at 08:26 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

If Fil actually scored 20 goals a year, we’d be slightly more patient with his constant turn-overs, poor passes and non-shots.  Granted, his 53% at the face-off dot isn’t terrible…

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 04/21/13 at 09:54 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Yeah, he sure does.  All he does is play 21+ minutes a game in all situations and at both ends of the ice while being #2 in points at nearly a point per game.

He blows.

Posted by Garth on 04/21/13 at 08:26 PM ET

Ohhh, ice-time.  Thank god you score points each game by players accruing ice-time!  And here I thought the Wings were in trouble because they weren’t scoring goals!!!  Way to pull out the big stats there, Garth.  Last I checked, Z is a forward, not a defensemen where ice-time is a larger indicator of success.

He didn’t get that fat, long-term contract to only score 20 goals a year though, now did he?  No, he got it because he was putting up 30-40 a year at the time.  Conveniently (actually not), he hasn’t broke 30 goals since signing that contract.  Or 25 even.

I don’t want to hear about ice-time, or assists, or wearing the “C”, or anything else.  His shooting percentage is quite poor (the shots he takes are also often poor as well, to be blunt), and he is not scoring nearly enough goals.  I also don’t want to hear about how his game and responsibilities have changed when he’s still leading the team in shots taken, because that’s clearly not the case when he’s doing so.  And on a team that is dying to find forwards who can score goals, that’s all that matters at this point.  He is not scoring enough goals.

Because it’s a funny thing but, you win games by scoring more goals than the other team—not by shots taken, or ice-time, or assists— and 2 goals a game means you’re not scoring enough as a team in the NHL.  Huh, wonder if DET could use Hank scoring 30 instead of 20?

Posted by Primis on 04/21/13 at 10:07 PM ET

Primis's avatar

If Fil actually scored 20 goals a year, we’d be slightly more patient with his constant turn-overs, poor passes and non-shots.  Granted, his 53% at the face-off dot isn’t terrible…

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 04/21/13 at 09:54 PM ET

He *has* scored roughly 20 a year, you guys just are blind to it for some odd reason because you really don’t like him this year.

07-08:  78 GP, 19G
08-09:  80 GP, 12G
09-10:  55 GP, 11G
10-11:  71 GP, 16G
11-12:  81 GP, 23G

In 09-10 he was hurt and only played 55 games.  Pro-rated to 82 games he’s a lot closer to 20 again.  In 10-11, in 71 games he had 16.  Honestly 08-09 is the only real down year for goal-scoring there.  You have to look at Games Played (barring lengthy time in the Leino Lounge).

While I agree Fil has been a liability more often this year than in the past and seems to lack confidence, and the Wings need to think about whether to bring him back… you can’t sit there and say isn’t or hasn’t been a 20-goal/yr guy.

Posted by Primis on 04/21/13 at 10:19 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

His shooting percentage is quite poor (the shots he takes are also often poor as well, to be blunt), and he is not scoring nearly enough goals.

How often does EVERYONE say shoot the puck? Good things happen when you just put the puck on net?

Huh. Weird, eh?

Let’s look at assists then.

2007-08 (Z’s career year I suppose)- 49 assists

Since Zetterberg’s career year (2008)-

08-09= 42 assists
09-10= 47 assists
10-11= 56 assists
11-12= 47 assists
12-13= 29 assists (on pace for what, 59?)

When was the last season Z was primarily on Pav’s wing?

Oh…huh…these drop in goals yet increase in assists correlate.

Weird, eh?

Z is still on a point-per-game pace, or just under it, making him elite in this day and age, yet you say he’s a waste of space.

I wonder, what did you say when Yzerman went from 100+ points a year to maybe 80?

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 04/21/13 at 11:03 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Since Zetterberg’s career year (2008)-

08-09= 42 assists
09-10= 47 assists
10-11= 56 assists
11-12= 47 assists
12-13= 29 assists (on pace for what, 59?)

When was the last season Z was primarily on Pav’s wing?

Oh…huh…these drop in goals yet increase in assists correlate.

LOL, there is no big increase in assists, and there is no correlation, that’s laughable.  Had you actually included his previous numbers that would be quite apparent to anyone reading, however you conveniently left them off so there was nothing to compare to:

05-06 = 46 A, 77 GP
06-07 = 35 A, 63 GP
07-08 = 49 A, 75 GP

06-07 was “less” at first glance, but pro-rated to more games played it would not have been.

Zetterberg has not increased his assists, while he has dropped his goals scored.  He simply has stopped scoring goals, period.  This is why his point totals have dropped.

Nice try though.  The numbers don’t lie do they?

Z is still on a point-per-game pace, or just under it, making him elite in this day and age, yet you say he’s a waste of space.

I wonder, what did you say when Yzerman went from 100+ points a year to maybe 80?

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 04/21/13 at 11:03 PM ET

Look, a point-per-game player is nothing to sneeze at in the NHL, I realize that.

However, Yzerman’s point production dropped for his two-way game improving because the Red Wings had other players that could score goals.  Detroit could afford Yzerman’s numbers to be sacrificed a little, because when he was putting up stupid totals he was carrying the offensive load on the team.  They needed a two-way leader to lead by example.

Nobody on this Detroit team is scoring enough.  Z can’t afford to not score goals, especially with that big contract in this cap era.  Furthermore, his defensive play since 07-08 hasn’t really improved, his Plus/Minus numbers have actually gone down considerably and it doesn’t seem to matter who he is playing with either.

Assists are fine, but DET seems to have no lack of setup or creating guys.  They lack finishers.  Z used to finish, now he doesn’t.  The numbers don’t lie.  I don’t care if Z is playing Wing or Center, Z needs to score goals or else he’s not going really to help this team.  Fil can play Z’s current role for less, to be perfectly blunt.

Posted by Primis on 04/22/13 at 10:15 AM ET

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.

Smileys

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts

About The Malik Report

The Malik Report is a destination for all things Red Wings-related. I offer biased, perhaps unprofessional-at-times and verbose coverage of my favorite team, their prospects and developmental affiliates. I've joined the Kukla's Korner family with five years of blogging under my belt, and I hope you'll find almost everything you need to follow your Red Wings at a place where all opinions are created equal and we're all friends, talking about hockey and the team we love to follow.