The Malik Report
by George Malik on 11/12/13 at 11:32 PM ET
This is getting old. The Red Wings absolutely dominated possession and control of the puck against the Jets, they out-shot Winnipeg by a wide margin (43-21), the Wings' power play went 2-for-3, and save some bad back-passes from Daniel Alfredsson and a deke that both Kyle Quincey and Jimmy Howard bit upon, the Wings all but out-classed a clutchy-grabby-happy (and rewarded for it) Jets team...
But only Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Alfredsson and now Franzen can score for the Wings, and the Wings still managed to trail the game two times...
So the Jets were able to play for a shootout--really since the last 5 minutes of regulation--and the Wings dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to Winnipeg, dropping their sixth straight at the Joe (albeit via an 0-1-and-5 record) because their goalie and scorers are in the shootout what they are not in regulation or overtime: plain old awful.
I'm sick, I'm tired, and this one has me baffled.
I just don't get it. I mean, shit, Quincey made a goal-saving intercept at one point, Samuelsson was among the Wings' leaders in shots, save a 5-minute period at the end of the 2nd, when Xavier Ouellet was out with some sort of equipment or injury issue, the Wings were just fantastic...
But they couldn't or wouldn't draw penalties against a Jets team that essentially plays prevent-and-predate hockey, they can't put traffic in front of Pavelec (Bertuzzi had a very rare poor game), and the stats don't matter in the end, but here they are:
The shots were 43-21 Detroit, with the Wings out-shooting Winnipeg 16-2 in the 3rd;
Despite some Twitter "bitching" (like Daniels described vets at the Winter Classic Alumni Showdown complaining about ice time) about Howard's play on the 2nd goal against, he was stellar until the shootout;
The Wings' power play went 2-for-3 in 5:43 of PP time;
The Wings blocked 12 shots to 6 for Winnipeg and fired an additional 6 shot attempts INTO Jets players and 13 wide for a total of 62 shot attempts to 41 for Winnipeg...
And the Wings' giveaway-takeaway ratio was 4 giveaways and 6 Jets takeaways--which ain't bad these days, keeping it at or under 10--to 1 Jets giveaway and 8 Wings earned takeaways...
And really, every line played well, despite Bertuzzi's "off" game, despite Alfredsson's back-passing and despite some bipls and boobles, every line was strong, assuaging for his back-passing, Alfredsson was unbelievably tenacious on the puck as Jets hacked, whacked, pitchforked, grabbed, groped, kicked at and otherwise molested him along the boards, the transition game was sharp, speedy and superb, and hell, the Wings' new tactic of just shooting pucks off the back boards when they're in trouble paid off in spades.
But Bryan Little scored the first goal thanks to a breakdown to give the Jets a 1-0 lead 7:10 in...
Datsyuk's PPG at 14:44 tied things up...
Things remained even until Zach Bogosian dumped the puck in deep, received some assists from Kane and Jokinen and faked out both Quincey and Howard 10:47 into the 3rd...
An AMAZING keep-in attempt by Pavel Datsyuk...
Yielded his tying goal with 7:49 left...
But the Jets were proficient in the shootout and the WIngs weren't--losing their TENTH straight OT-or-shootout game at the Joe--and that was that.
Another single point.
Babcock's done all he can do in terms of sitting, shuffling, etc. etc., the players are giving their best, and shit just ain't getting done. I do believe that bringing up Nyquist can help, but I do NOT believe that he is the Wings' salvation by any stretch of the imagination. THE PLAYERS ON THE TEAM RIGHT BOOKING NOW MUST find a way to develop some secondary scoring, and they've had almost seventy regular season games to get that issue "fixed," but they can't or won't do it.
So we wait for this in-progress team to establish an identity it can't seem to grasp and hold on to in terms of results, and it's *#$%@& annoying.
The Wings played nothing less than a masterful game save those last 5 minutes of the 2nd and the shootout itself, but results matter, and the results aren't coming.
Tweets of note:
Long story short: 20 games in, the Wings are still a work in progress, and that's fine and all, but they can't leave their home fans or the standings waiting for 2-point-earning wins. No more time for *#$%@& around here...
REGARDLESS of whether the best players are "on the ice," in Grand Rapids, or in your brain or mine in a dreamed-up trade where somehow, Kyle Quincey and Mikael Samuelsson equal a superstar, the players who ARE ACTUALLY PLAYING have to step up in a GIGANTIC way to GET 'ER DONE.
And that is the end of the story here, that is the bottom line.
Did the Wings get back to their "structure" tonight?
Yeah, and it was awesome to see. But they still lost.
Update: This is what I said on Twitter: You can't blame losing 8 of 11 on no Nyquist, no Helm, a bad play by Quincey, blah blah blah..Over time, the *team* simply *has* to produce.
Cleary sat. Eaves sat. Tatar, Andersson, Ouellet, Lashoff, DeKeyser, they played. The kids are here. They're earning their chances. Now the TEAM has to get its shit together.
Update #2: Babcock from afar:
Shots 43-21 Detroit overall. Detroit out-shot Winnipeg 16-8 in the 1st, 10-9 in the 2nd and 16-2 in the 3rd, but were out-shot 2-1 in OT.
The Wings' power play went 2-for-4 in 4:43 of time; the Jets' PP went 0-for-2 in 4:00.
Howard stopped 19 of 21; Pavelec stopped 41 of 43.
The 3 stars were picked by Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples, and he picked Ondrej Pavelec, Pavel Datsyuk and Andrew Ladd.
The Wings' goals: Datsyuk (8) from Zetterberg (11) and Kronwall (10), PPG;
Datsyuk (9) from Franzen (4) and Alfredsson (11), PPG.
Faceoffs 28-23 Detroit (Detroit won 55%);
Blocked shots 12-6 Detroit;
Missed shots 13-8 Detroit (total attempts 62-41 Detroit);
Hits 23-20 Detroit;
Giveaways 4-1 Detroit;
Takeaways 8-6 Detroit.
Faceoffs: Helm went 7-and-8 (47%); Datsyuk went 9-and-6 (60%); Glendening went 5-and-4 (56%); Andersson went 6-and-2 (75%); Franzen went 1-and-1 (50%); Abdelkader and Miller lost their only faceoffs.
Shots: Samuelsson led the Wings with 5 shots; Alfredsson, Datsyuk and Franzen had 4; Kindl, Zetterberg, Helm and Kronwall had 3; Lashoff, Quincey, Bertuzzi and Ouellet had 2; Abdelkader, Miller, Tatar and DeKeyser had 1.
Blocked attempts: Kindl had 2 attempts blocked by Jets players; Alfredsson, Zetterberg, Ouellet and DeKeyser had 1 attempt blocked.
Missed shots: Kronwall missed the net 4 times; Abdelkader missed the net 2 times; Kindl, Miller, Tatar, Lashoff, Zetterberg, DeKeyser and Franzen missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Helm led the Wings with 4 hits; Ouellet and Franzen had 3; Kindl, Alfredsson, Glendening and DeKeyser had 2; Alfredsson, Miller, Quincey, Bertuzzi and Kronwall had 1.
Giveaways: Alfredsson, Bertuzzi, Kronwall and Ouellet had 1 giveaway.
Takeaways: Quincey had 3 takeaways; Datsyuk ahd 2; Abdelkader, Alfredsson and Bertuzzi had 1.
Blocked opponent shots: Kronwall blocked 3 Jets shots; Datsyuk and Miller blocked 2 shots; Abdelkader, Tatar, Lashoff, Quincey and Helm blocked 1.
Penalties taken: Kindl, Andersson and Franzen took minor penalties.
Plus-minus: The Wings finished at -10. Franzen finished at -2; Kindl, Alfredsson, Datsyuk, Quincey, Helm, Bertuzzi, Kronwall and DeKeyser finished at -1.
Points: Datsyuk had 2 goals; Alfredsson, Zetterberg, Kronwall and Franzen had assists.
Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 28:54 played; DeKeyser played 25:30; Kindl 24:05;
Quincey 23:13; Zetterberg 21:04; Alfredsson 20:53;
Datsyuk 20:34; Helm 19:48; Franzen 18:34;
Bertuzzi 16:46; Miller 15:02; Lashoff 14:59;
Andersson 14:31; Abdelkader 12:14; Tatar 10:31;
Glendening 10:06; Samuelsson 9:45; Ouellet 8:37.
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