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Red Wings-Coyotes quick take: an earned loss

Contrary to what I'm sure will be suggested over the next 24 hours, the Detroit Red Wings' 4-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes was not the result of a team collectively and individually choosing to "screw the pooch" to "send a message" voicing their dissatisfaction with the team's management.

The Red Wings did not lose because the ghosts of Jay Bouwmeester, Jaromir Jagr, Jason Pominville or Robyn Regehr were haunting them.

Instead, the Wings' players got complacent after a very good first period, they made some absolutely horrible decisions in terms of defensive coverage and line changes, their goaltender cheated to the glove side and gave up some softies as a result and the team simply allowed a more desperate Coyotes team to out-work, out-hustle, out-execute and out-smart Detroit's best (Filppula!) and brightest (Nyquist) as well as their worst (Colaiacovo, Ericsson).

The result was earned, and as a result, the Wings will find themselves in a particularly precarious place in the Western Conference standings if they do not earn two points in Colorado tomorrow night.

Nobody was really "good" over three periods for Detroit. Even the rally was far too little, far too late for a team far too content to be checked into the boards and surrender puck possession where the Wings had taken puck possession, "zone time" and their game to the Coyotes' slot for the first 20-some minutes of play...

And the stats bear that out for once.

In the first period, the Wings out-shot Phoenix 15-11.

Over periods 2 and 3, they were out-shot 27-21--and 20-5 in the second period.

The Wings' first goal was a power play goal, 1:56 in. Their last goal was a power play goal, with 1:13 left. In between, they did little to nothing with four other power plays.

Despite the last-period flourish, the Wings lost the faceoff battle 34-30, and the under-utilized Joakim Andersson went 1-and-8 in the circle...But it was the crucial draws thatthe Wings lost.

The stat sheet had the Wings credited with 5 giveaways, but Fox Sports Detroit had the Wings--from Datsyuk on down--giving the puck away 14 times.

Blocked shots? 20-6 Phoenix. Missed shots? 11-6 Detroit. That translates to 38 Phoenix shots ON Jimmy Howard and another 12 blocked or wide for 50 attempts--about 15 more attempts than the Wings usually give up--and 36 Wings shots on Chad Johnson and another 31 wide or blocked.

The Coyotes' being credited for 9 takeaways to 3 Wings takeaways was under-counted, too, as the Wings were turnover machines not only in their own zone, but in that danger area that is between the bluelines and within 10 feet of the offensive and defensive zone. The Wings couldn't generate puck possession, pace or flow when they were constantly turning the puck over--or putting themselves or their teammates offsides.

And finally, that team-wide -21 was earned by every player on the ice, Howard included.

The players that could have been on the ice for Detroit didn't lose the game. The players that were on the ice for Detroit lost it, and the players that were on the ice for Phoenix out-worked, out-hustled, out-competed and out-played the Wings in terms of grit, attention to detail, support, positional play, heart and smarts.

None of that has anything to do with trades. It has to do with one team being more prepared to play than the other, and that falls on the players and coaches, not the GM.

At the end of the game, Mickey Redmond commented on the Conner goal: "The Red Wings got caught pinching." That was the night. Wings got caught cheating. Not working. From Datsyuk to Colaiacovo to Howard.

As such, there's simply no excuse for the Red Wings to do anything less than beat the *#$%@& out of Colorado on Friday night, regardless of who plays and who sits.

Update: Well, then:

It gets worse:

Statistics:

Shots 38-36 Phoenix overall. Detroit out-shot Phoenix 15-11 in the 1st, was out-shot 20-5 in the 2nd and out-shot Phoenix 16-7 in the 3rd.

The Wings went 2-for-6 in 9:12 of PP time; the Coyotes went 0-for-4 in 8:00 of PP time.

Jimmy Howard stopped 34 of 37 shots, and the Coyotes' 38th shot went into an empty net; Chad Johnson stopped 34 of 36 shots.

The 3 stars were picked by the Coyotes' broadcasters, and they were Chris Conner, Mikael Boedeker and Chad Johnson.

The Wings' goals: Filppula (7) from Nyquist (3) and Smith (5), PPG;

Cleary (9) from Franzen (14) and Zetterberg (25), PPG.

Faceoffs 34-30 Phoenix (Phoenix won 53%);

Blocked shots 20-6 Phoenix;

Missed shots 11-6 Detroit (total attempts 67-50 Detroit);

Hits 23-17 Phoenix;

Giveaways 5-1 Detroit;

Takeaways 9-3 Phoenix.

Individual stats, TMR style:

Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 12-and-9 (57%); Emmerton went 8-and-5 (62%); Zetterberg went 5-and-6 (45%); Filppula went 4-and-5 (44%); Andersson went 1-and-8 (11%);

Shots: Zetterberg and Filppula co-led the team with 5 shots apiece; Franzen had 4; Kindl, Abdelkader, Nyquist, Colaiacovo and Kronwall had 3; Cleary had 2; Smith, Datsyuk, Miller, Lashoff and Emmerton had 1.

Blocked attempts: Smith and Kronwall had 4 attempts blocked by Coyotes players; Kindl and Nyquist had 3 attempts blocked; Datsyuk had 2 attempts blocked; Emmerton, Zetterberg, Filppula and Franzen had 1 attempt blocked.

Missed shots: Nyquist missed the net 3 times; Smith,Cleary,Datsyuk, Emmerton, Colaiacovo, Zetterberg, Filppula and Kronwall missed the net 1 time.

Hits: Miller led the Wings with 4 hits; Tootoo, Lashoff, Kronwall and Franzen had 2; Kindl, Abdelkader, Cleary, Eaves and Ericsson had 1.

Giveaways: Smith, Kindl, Datsyuk, Ericsson and Andersson had giveaways;

Takeaways: Emmerton, Filppula and Ericsson had takeaways.

Blocked opponent shots: Colaiacovo blocked 3 shots; Lashoff blocked 2; Andersson blocked 1.

Penalties taken: Tootoo took 2 minor penalties; Abdelkader, Datsyuk and Kronwall took 1.

Plus-minus: The Wings finished at a collective -21. Colaiacovo finished at -3; Nyquist, Miller, Zetterberg, Filppula, Kronwall and Ericsson finished at -2; Smith, Kindl, Abdelkader, Cleary, Eaves and Lashoff finished at -1.

Points: Cleary and Filppula scored goals; Smith, Nyquist, Zetterberg and Franzen had assists.

Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 23:53 played; Smith played 20:40; Kindl played 20:33;

Ericsson played 20:03; Filppula played 19:42; Zetterberg played 19:37;

Colaiacovo played 19:25; Cleary played 18:29; Datsyuk played 17:59;

Franzen played 17:42; Lashoff played 15:35; Miller played 15:13;

Nyquist played 14:27; Abdelkader played 13:08; Andersson played 11:25;

Emmerton played 9:54; Eaves played 9:50; Tootoo played 6:43.

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Bugsy's avatar

Inconsistency? Thy name is the Detroit Red Wings.

Posted by Bugsy on 04/04/13 at 11:56 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Inconsistency? Thy name is the Detroit Red Wings.

Verily.

Posted by calquake on 04/05/13 at 12:01 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Inconsistency? Thy name is the Detroit Red Wings.

Posted by Bugsy on 04/05/13 at 12:56 AM ET

Fdoursooth.

 

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 04/05/13 at 12:12 AM ET

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Colaiacovo, Smith, and Lashoff.

That’s about all the input I have. I don’t know what to say anymore…

I actually FORGOT how much better the first period was than the rest of the game. What the hell happened? The ice was terrible, sure, but…man, they play so badly. Such inefficient, ineffective, blegh hockey.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 04/05/13 at 12:12 AM ET

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A coyote on a white horse? It looked like the Wings D was chasing a white pony.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/05/13 at 12:12 AM ET

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The players that could have been on the ice for Detroit didn’t lose the game. The players that were on the ice for Detroit lost it, and the players that were on the ice for Phoenix out-worked, out-hustled, out-competed and out-played the Wings in terms of grit, attention to detail, support, positional play, heart and smarts.

None of that has anything to do with trades. It has to do with one team being more prepared to play than the other, and that falls on the players and coaches, not the GM.

At the end of the game, Mickey Redmond commented on the Conner goal: “The Red Wings got caught pinching.” That was the night. Wings got caught cheating. Not working. From Datsyuk to Colaiacovo to Howard.

As such, there’s simply no excuse for the Red Wings to do anything less than beat the *#$%@& out of Colorado on Friday night, regardless of who plays and who sits.

That says it all.

Posted by OnlyWings on 04/05/13 at 12:14 AM ET

DAN M's avatar

Gaborik and Jagr sure aided in their teams victories. Nice job Holland.

Posted by DAN M on 04/05/13 at 01:46 AM ET

gt500x's avatar

Gaborik and Jagr sure aided in their teams victories. Nice job Holland.

Posted by DAN M on 04/05/13 at 02:46 AM ET

Lol yousilly. This team was beyond help via trades—forget the prices.  However this does make Holland’s not being a seller a gamble that he might end up regretting.

Posted by gt500x on 04/05/13 at 06:02 AM ET

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And no I didn’t mean he should blow the team up.  I know someone would pounce on that if I didn’t clarify.

Posted by gt500x on 04/05/13 at 06:03 AM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

The Wings are now a two beer limit team: that is, two beers before turning on the tv. It deadens the pain some.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/05/13 at 06:15 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Its fun to be embarrassed of my team and its management.  Makes me feel like a kid again.

Posted by Hootinani on 04/05/13 at 06:59 AM ET

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Gaborik and Jagr sure aided in their teams victories. Nice job Holland.
Posted by DAN M on 04/05/13 at 02:46 AM ET

Don’t forget Ryan Clowe, Derek Roy, Jay Bouwmeester…...

I like this team

Posted by Hootinani on 04/05/13 at 07:04 AM ET

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Don’t forget Ryan Clowe, Derek Roy, Jay Bouwmeester…...
I like this team

Oh yeah, and Ben Bishop, Derek Brassard, John Moore…..

Posted by Hootinani on 04/05/13 at 07:22 AM ET

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George:

I’d enjoy reading a disection of this year’s deadline trades ... in six months.  It would be interesting to see the impact of those trades (or non trades) through the end of the season.  AND, what 2013 picks went where, cap impacts etc. etc.

There was an article on Puck Daddy a few days ago that skewered the Wings, giving them an F.  Maybe so, but it’d be interesting to see how they played out.

Are you up for it??

Posted by utahgentile from the land of white and delightsome people on 04/05/13 at 07:50 AM ET

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Posted by detroitredwings on 04/05/13 at 08:11 AM ET

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Posted by detroitredwings on 04/05/13 at 09:11 AM ET

and the Meme of the Year goes to…..

Posted by Hootinani on 04/05/13 at 08:15 AM ET

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The Wings are now a two beer limit team: that is, two beers before turning on the tv. It deadens the pain some.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/05/13 at 07:15 AM ET

Amen

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 04/05/13 at 08:26 AM ET

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The trade deadline has come and gone.  Will the two camps please stop sniping at each other?  At least call a cease fire until July?

George, I tend to agree with you on this stuff.  But bringing up the trade situation at this point was fueling the fire man.  I think politics would be less toxic at this point.  This is an exciting time to watch the Wings for obvious reasons.  It sucks that every time I log in, the comment section looks like Bill O’Reilly and Keith Olbermann are having a slap fight.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/05/13 at 08:44 AM ET

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It sucks that every time I log in, the comment section looks like Bill O’Reilly and Keith Olbermann are having a slap fight.
Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/05/13 at 09:44 AM ET

LOL Thanks a lot. Now I got this image in my head of two tall guys fighting like basketball players. You know, really, really bad. Like girls on a playground bad.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 04/05/13 at 08:48 AM ET

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tongue wink

Posted by detroitredwings on 04/05/13 at 08:54 AM ET

gt500x's avatar

It sucks that every time I log in, the comment section looks like Bill O’Reilly and Keith Olbermann are having a slap fight.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/05/13 at 09:44 AM ET

It wouldn’t be so bad if people didn’t assume that those who criticize Holland are spoiled, entitled fans who want him to make a trade of any big name player he can get.  People are so quick to generalize, stop listening, and then ridicule. But hey, that’s life. Gotta learn not to dwell on it.

Posted by gt500x on 04/05/13 at 09:00 AM ET

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It wouldn’t be so bad if people didn’t assume that those who criticize Holland are spoiled, entitled fans who want him to make a trade of any big name player he can get.

That’s what I can’t understand.  Most (smart) fans wanted Holland to sell, not buy, yet George and others insist is was the other way around.

Posted by jkm2011 on 04/05/13 at 09:34 AM ET

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It wouldn’t be so bad if people didn’t assume that those who criticize Holland are spoiled, entitled fans who want him to make a trade of any big name player he can get.  People are so quick to generalize, stop listening, and then ridicule. But hey, that’s life. Gotta learn not to dwell on it.

Posted by gt500x on 04/05/13 at 10:00 AM ET

So you’re going to complain about being overly generalized and in the same breathe make the generalization that those of us who disagree with you think you’re spoiled and entitled?  C’mon man, that’s the pot calling the kettle black.  The anti-Holland crowd has been just as nasty. 

People on both sides are being sanctimonious arseholes.  Reasonable people can disagree on this… it all starts with actually being reasonable, followed by letting go of the need to be right.

I don’t want to dwell on it.  But I’m a Wings fan in Ohio State territory, which is annoying on two levels as I’m sure you can imagine.  I have no one I can talk to about Red Wings hockey without getting spit on.  KK is the place I go to get away from all that and it freakin sucks when this place is a shit show too.  So I’m asking ya’ll to leave the playground stuff outside.

So that’s a simple man’s plea.  I’m done bitchin about it.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/05/13 at 10:03 AM ET

Primis's avatar

The Wings lost because aside from Howard the team is a miserable mess defensively.  They’re not very good.

And they’re not going to be next season either barring major changes.

Posted by Primis on 04/05/13 at 10:26 AM ET

gt500x's avatar

So that’s a simple man’s plea. I’m done bitchin about it.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/05/13 at 11:03 AM ET

The only thing I did was defend one side.  Me not defensing the other side (whoever they might be) does not equate to me lashing out at them.

Posted by gt500x on 04/05/13 at 02:27 PM ET

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Or maybe it does. Who cares?  Screw anyone that doesn’t agree with me.

Posted by gt500x on 04/05/13 at 02:28 PM ET

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