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Red Wings-Islanders quick take: Wings give fans a lump of…something…for Christmas

Update: Oh, shit:

One would expect a let-down after the Red Wings more or less emptied the tank to rally from a 4-1 deficit and defeat the Maple Leafs 5-4 in a shootout on Saturday...

But the Wings didn't even show up until the third period in any real sense of the term, and dropped a 3-0 loss to the New York islanders which cost the team Jonathan Ericsson's services (shoulder injury?), cost the team any right to feel good about themselves going into the Christmas break, and it cost the fans yet another significant amount of money to watch an incredibly banged-up team play awful hockey.

While getting shut-out at home.

The Islanders' goals were mostly team-wide affairs, but when Kyle Quincey finishes at -3, Brendan Smith finishes at -2 and Daniel Cleary finishes at -2, you can kind of figure out who was screwing up.

Bad Brendan Smith pinch + Quincey playing the passer = easy goal for Kyle Okposo 10:57 into the 1st.

Five minutes later, Quincey and Smith let the Isles cycle the puck, Smith deflected Franz Nielsen's pass right to Michal Grabner, and Riley Sheahan and Daniel Alfredsson were soft on their coverage, and Petr Mrazek was stunned to see the puck go past him at 15:57...

Just under a minute later, Colin McDonald beats Brian Lashoff to an icing call, gives it to Matt Martin, Quincey chooses to go behind the net, Luke Glendening and Patrick Eaves stand and stare and Casey Cizikas taps Martin's pass past Mrazek at 16:55...

And while the Wings out-shot the Islanders 11-2 and had the better of the scoring chances in a third period in which they were out-shot 10-6, the team lost Jonathan Ericsson's services and looked frantic and frayed until some forty-five minutes into the game, when they strung together 10 good minutes, blew a power play and faded away.

This is a game the Wings should have and could have won had they displayed any sort of levels of intensity, energy, focus, determination, competition and attention to detail, but instead, they half-assed it, and they earned the result.


Shots 23-19 Detroit overall. Detroit was out-shot 7-6 in the 1st, the Wings out-shot the Islanders 11-2 in the 2nd, and Detroit was out-shot 10-6 in the 3rd.

Special teams: Both teams went 0-for-1 in 2:00 of PP time.

Goaltending: Petr Mrazek stopped 16 of 19 shots for Detroit; Evgeni Nabokov stopped 23 of 23 shots for the Islanders.

The 3 stars were picked by Michigan Hockey's Stefan Kubus, and he picked Kyle Okposo, John Tavares and Evgeni Nabokov.

The Red Wings' goals: The Wings were shut out.

Faceoffs 26-20 Detroit (Detroit won 57%);

Blocked shots 11-9 Islanders;

Missed shots 13-5 Detroit (total attempts 47-33 Detroit, with the Wings firing 23 shots ON net and another 24 wide/blocked);

Hits 30-18 Detroit;

Giveaways 7-3 Islanders;

Takeaways 7-6 Detroit.

Individual stats:

Faceoffs: Andersson went 10-and-6 (63%); Datsyuk went 9-and-6 (60%); Sheahan went 5-and-6 (45%); Glendening went 2-and-2 (50%).

Shots: Miller led the team with 4 shots; Datsyuk and Tatar had 3; Alfredsson, Nyquist, Lashoff and Quincey had 2; Eaves, Andersson, Jurco, Glendening and Cleary had 1.

Blocked attempts: Eaves and DeKeyser had 2 attempts blocked by Islanders players; Smith, Datsyuk, Nyquist, Andersson, Lashoff, Quincey and Glendening had 1 attempt blocked.

Missed shots: Andersson, Jurco and Bertuzzi missed the net 2 times; Alfredsson, Datsyuk, Sheahan, Eaves, Quincey, DeKeyser and Cleary missed the net 1 time.

Hits: Miller led the team with 5 hits; Alfredsson, Datsyuk, Eaves and Bertuzzi had 3; Sheahan, Tatar, Ericsson and DeKeyser had 2; Smith, Quincey, Glendening, Kronwall and Cleary had 1 hit.

Giveaways: Andersson, Ericsson and Kronwall had giveaways.

Takeaways: Quincey supposedly had 3 takeaways; Smith, Tatar, Jurco and Kronwall had 1 takeaway.

Blocked opponent shots: Smith and Sheahan blocked 2 shots; Datsyuk, Andersson, Quincey, Ericsson and Kronwall blocked 1 shot.

Penalties taken: Bertuzzi took a minor penalty.

Plus-minus: The team finished at -15. Quincey was -3; Smith and Cleary were -2; Alfredsson, Datsyuk, Sheahan, Eaves, Lashoff, Jurco, Glendening and Bertuzzi finished at -1.

Points: No one scored.

Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 25:44 played; Quincey played 25:41; Datsyuk played 21:10;

DeKeyser played 19:29; Lashoff played 19:17; Smith played 18:45;

Bertuzzi played 18:10; Jurco played 17:28; Tatar played 17:08;

Alfredsson played 16:55; Sheahan played 14:35; Nyquist played 14:30;

Miller played 12:45; Glendening played 11:54; Cleary played 11:24;

Andersson played 13:00; Eaves played 10:41; Ericsson played 9:24.

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RedMenace's avatar

Shit. The word you’re looking for is “shit.”

A lump of shit.

Posted by RedMenace from The Luke Witkowski Fan Club on 12/23/13 at 11:10 PM ET


I really don’t know what to say anymore.

I like to think this team can be AWESOME when we have all the right players in the lineup, but there’s really no guarantee. The best players in the world can’t make a winning team if they constantly make the wrong decisions and just play the sport in a way that doesn’t make winning easy.

23 shots on goal just isn’t enough. It’s a simple thing, and the most important part of scoring a goal. With the team so screwed up by injuries, just getting the puck to the net should be even more of a focus. Forget trying to grind and cycle and then make a pretty pass after dominating in the offensive zone for a good 30 seconds. Get it to the net, get it back, get it to the net again. Keep it simple, stupid.

Kyle Quincey should not be immune to healthy scratching, but with Ericsson out now…looks like he gets to keep hurting the team. Otherwise, if Babcock was sane, he’d be putting Kindl in in Quincey’s place for the next game.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 12/23/13 at 11:20 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Tootoo should have been in the lineup. Quincey should be shot.

We’re so much better than this. Did the team not anticipate anyone showing up, since the power was out or something?

All I can hope for is that we get some bodies back on Saturday, because tonight was just awful. Another Thrashers quality performance. And I don’t use that analogy lightly.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 12/23/13 at 11:50 PM ET


Left all there is to say about Q in the LB. 

When Ken Daniels is bringing up Lebda/Lilja during a game, well its not just the fans digging a hole for the guy anymore.

Posted by maltby18 on 12/24/13 at 12:39 AM ET

Alan's avatar

When Ken Daniels is bringing up Lebda/Lilja

Then you know it’s bad. Your move, Uncle Mike.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 12/24/13 at 12:47 AM ET

DocF's avatar

Ever since Babcock was made coach, the Red Wings have had difficulty with the really bad teams.  Make no mistake, the Islanders are a really bad team.  The team should come in to these games with the attitude that we will skate this rag-tag bunch in to the ice.  Instead they start out with the attitude that they can mail in the game and still win.  Bulletin:  That will not work.

Who should be blamed for such a systematic malfunction?  Well, to my mind it would be the coach who cannot get the team to be motivated to stomp on bad teams and pad their points. 

This hurts and Ericsson being hurt bad enough to have been taken to the hospital just bites the big one.

Maybe eating some mince pie and plum pudding will straighten the troops out.

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it.  For those who do not, have a good holiday too.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 12/24/13 at 12:56 AM ET


Whoa, what was Daniels saying? What made him bring up Lilja and Lebda?

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 12/24/13 at 12:59 AM ET


One would expect a let-down after the Red Wings more or less emptied the tank to rally from a 4-1 deficit and defeat the Maple Leafs 5-4 in a shootout on Saturday…

Detroit was up 3-1 against Toronto, George.  I mean, come on.

That aside, Detroit’s a team missing 30 million dollars in players and that just simply can’t get healthy.  It is what it is.  Complaining about a few guys being particularly bad… enh.  Doesn’t make any sense, really.

Detroit gave up 19 bleeping shots.  It’s pretty tough to get too whiny about team defense when that’s what we’re talking about.  Mrazek was shaky early, and by the time he stiffened up it was all over.  None of the good forwards stepped up to get the team rolling (Datsyuk, Alfredsson, Our Lord and Savior Nyquist… j/k) and none of the depth guys stumbled into one.

Getting wound up about Quincey or Cleary right now is like getting annoyed your car has a flat tire while the engine is on fire.  Those guys are issues, sure… but yeesh.  They aren’t in the top 8 of things well and truly buggering Detroit right now.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 12/24/13 at 01:21 AM ET

Alan's avatar

Mrazek was shaky early, and by the time he stiffened up it was all over

This is true. I bet Mrazek didn’t expect to play, though. Not sure anyone can be blamed for that.

Getting wound up about Quincey or Cleary right now is like getting annoyed your car has a flat tire while the engine is on fire

With all the injuries, it’s hard to tell, I suppose. If we can ever get everyone healthy and back on the ice, the Cleary/Quincey problem might present itself in a more rational manner. Or, it might just become subtle and overlooked by Babcock and Holland.

I don’t think we have a bad team, I think we’ve been forced into a very uncomfortable and unfortunate position of an injury merry-go-round. We still have half a season ahead of us to right the ship and get things going our way again. It’s doable, but the compete level has got to change. .

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 12/24/13 at 01:47 AM ET

Figaro's avatar

Well, after a stink-fest like this one, it’s best that we look and see what the positives were from the game.

I thought (on the whole) Eaves and SixDFive played pretty good games.

Danny Cleary was skating very well tonight.  He didn’t do anything useful, but it looks like his legs are back under him.

Pete, despite the three early goals, looked alright.

Bertuzzi doesn’t have a kneecap that is in 1,000 little pieces like I expected it to be.

The Penalty Kill went 100% for the night.

We got a Boyd Devereaux AND Brett Lebda reference in the same game. (Wait, is that a good thing?)

Um…well…it wasn’t 4-0!

I think that’s all I’ve got.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 12/24/13 at 02:09 AM ET

bleep bloop's avatar

Detroit gave up 19 bleeping shots.  It’s pretty tough to get too whiny about team defense when that’s what we’re talking about.

HiHD, since you clearly did not see the game, I’ll kindly inform you that the Fishsticks were mostly content to skate to center and dump the puck in the Wings zone any time they got it after going up 3-0. The Red Wings did not instantly become 10x better defensively after Babcock called his timeout (apparently to let his players see his glare); they were helped and it became pretty obvious why the Isles have given up so many leads, especially in third periods. Much like the Red Wings, when they got the lead, they dared the Red Wings to get back in it and any other opponent would have tried.

Posted by bleep bloop on 12/24/13 at 02:16 AM ET

bleep bloop's avatar

FTR, we all knew they would lose, right? Playing the Islanders who they beat for the first time in forever earlier this season, at home where they only seem to pick up points by mistake?

Posted by bleep bloop on 12/24/13 at 02:21 AM ET

Alan's avatar

Posted by bleep bloop on 12/24/13 at 01:21 AM ET

I’ll put it like this: While I hoped for much better, I didn’t expect a win. What I did expect is a better effort. Alas, it seems the power outage that plagued the city also hit the team pretty hard, since the lights didn’t seem to come on for the team until it was too late.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 12/24/13 at 03:42 AM ET


Yeah HiHD
I mentioned in the comments the other day after the Leafs game that the Wings blew a good lead to need to come from behind. George must have a mental block about the fact that the Wings played well for a period then played like shit for a period.

Posted by teldar on 12/24/13 at 09:01 AM ET


Detroit gave up 19 bleeping shots…Mrazek was shaky early, and by the time he stiffened up it was all over.
It’s actually pretty tough to assess a goalie’s performance based on an argument against what to base other player’s performance. Except that shots against is what is usually a goalie is assessed on and stopping only 16 of 19 is pretty crappy. But you seem to think that this particular goalie’s amazing stats from the AHL should transcribe directly to the NHL. This wouldn’t be the first time you’ve changed you tune to fit your point of view. You are a laughing stock and I get my daily dose of entertainment from you idiotic remarks. Please, George, do not block or ask this person to ever leave. You would be infringing on my rights to…..LMAO.

Getting wound up about Quincey or Cleary right now is like getting annoyed your car has a flat tire while the engine is on fire.
Unless that tire is full of gasoline and leaks directly in the path to putting out the engine fire.

This hockey team’s problems are what then if not caused by the poor play of the players because in your eyes Babcock and holland are doing the best they can. Yet, you seem to gloss over the actual facts when you make assessments about people. Stopping only 16 of 19 shots is terrible and you have called Jimmy terrible without any excuse with exactly the same game stats. Holland is responsible for who is on this team. Babcock is responsible for how this team is motivated to play and the strategy they execute. The players are responsible for what they can do within their abilities and how good those players are who they are playing against. I wish this game was as simple as you make it out to be. I’d love to be a GM rather than a flower arranger at my local kroegers. Yeesh!

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 12/24/13 at 12:46 PM ET

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