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by George Malik on 11/05/13 at 02:20 PM ET
The Red Wings are very understandably taking today off after having played 4 games in Western Canadian cities over the course of 6 nights, and I'm supposed to be taking the day off, but I need to go out and pick up medications and vote, so I may as well toss off a mid-day entry.
A few late-breaking recaps of the Red Wings' egg-laying 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets popped up over the course of the early morning hours, as a couple of day-after-the-game slates of statistics.
The CBC Manitoba's Jeff Hamilton penned one more Jets recap...
For Noel, it was the result of the team’s ability to play a certain style of game and stick to it for all three periods.
“I thought we played the right way tonight and we played it for 60 minutes which was good to see,” he said. “They played hard and they played confident, which is fairly difficult to do at this juncture for us cause we’ve been bitten more than once.I thought our guys were resilient. They stuck with it and I thought that they played with some confidence that we haven’t seen for a while.”
Playing the right way also meant hitting the score sheet. It was the first time in six games that the Jets were able to score more than three goals.
Part of the Jets scoring problem has been their inability to create chemistry amongst their forward lines. Against Detroit, the line of Mark Scheifele, Michael Frolik and Matt Halischuk showed promise, chipping in for two of the Jets four goals.
“We’ve been talking about it the last few games that we’ve been creating a lot of chances,” commented Scheifele. “I think the biggest thing is were just communicating really well and just supporting each other on the ice. We just need to build off that.”
Scheifele finished with two assists, enough to earn first star of the game, while Frolik extended his scoring streak to two games with a goal and an assist in the win.
As for Halischuk, the monkey has officially been removed from his back. The former Nashville Predator scored his first goal of the season; which also turned out to be the game-winner.
“It was nice to bury one there,” said Halischuk. “The last couple weeks I have definitely been feeling good and I’m starting to shoot a little better and get more pucks on net. I’ve been working hard trying to get to the net and I just got to keep doing those things and hopefully the chances and goals keep coming.”
MLive's Ansar Khan penned a so-late-it's-early recap of the Wings' 47-shot-surrendering, 76-shot-attempt-surrendering, 11-turnaway-making and 13-Jets-takeaway-inducing loss, noting that the Wings felt that their 4-in-6 slate didn't exempt them from responsiblity for their efforts:
“It doesn’t matter, that’s no excuse; every team goes on the road,’’ Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “Sure there’s some travel in there, but that’s part of the game. Have to find a way to be better than that.’’
The faster, sharper Jets dominated from start to finish, tilting the rink by outshooting the Red Wings 47-28. Jimmy Howard’s outstanding goaltending kept Detroit from being blown out.
“We didn’t look like we had much energy, didn’t skate well, didn’t execute well,’’ Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We turned over a lot of pucks in the neutral zone, either through their forecheck or their track pressure. That helps them be faster and you slower, but I didn’t think we had it tonight at all. Never really seemed to get buzzing. Even though we were in the game at 2-2, they were carrying the play and we were in hang-on mode.’’
“We just played four games in six nights; there’s never an excuse, but we did a ton of traveling,’’ Babcock said. “That’s just the reality of the situation. We should have been better tonight. They skated good and we didn’t.’’
"Too many turnovers; it’s going to shoot a team in the foot every time,’’ Helm said. “They’re a fast team, they’re going to use those and capitalize like they did. It’s tough whenever you have the lead and don’t find a way to win. Howie gave us a chance to win going into the third. We just couldn’t find our legs, find the will to compete.’’
Said Zetterberg: “We weren’t the freshest team, we knew it was going to be a tough one. Unfortunately, the brain was a little slow, too. That’s what cost us the game.’’
In the "Stats and Stuff" department, from ESPN...
Jets 4, Red Wings 2
* Bryan Little, Michael Frolik and Andrew Ladd (WPG): goal and assist each
* Jets: snap 3-game losing streak; won 3 of last 4 meetings vs Red Wings (dating back to franchise's history as Atlanta Thrashers)
* Red Wings: 1st regulation loss in last 5 games (3-1-1)
* Red Wings: 1st game in Winnipeg since April 28, 1996 (beat original Jets in 6th and final game of 1996 Conf. Qtrs. series)
And the "news and notes" department, from The Hockey News...
Men of the Night
Michael Frolik, Winnipeg: The Czech winger was an integral part of the Jets’ 4-2 victory over Detroit, picking up a goal and an assist. Captain Andrew Ladd had the same stat line.
Fredrik Andersen, Anaheim: The rookie netminder made 33 saves to push his record to 4-0 on the season. The big Dane has allowed just five goals so far in his NHL career.
Jimmy Howard, Detroit: Though the Wings goalie took the ‘L’ last night, he made some incredible nimble saves to give Detroit a shot, making 43 stops on the evening.
Better Luck Next Time
Kyle Quincey is one of the most experienced defensemen the Red Wings have at their disposal, but his wipeout at the offensive zone blueline opened the door for Bryan Little to get the Jets on the board first.
Ah yes, Quincey...
And the Winnipeg Free Press...
22 FOR TOOTOO: The Red Wings started No. 22 Jordin Tootoo in front of his family and friends, so of course the Jets gamely responded by putting their own No. 22 -- Chris Thorburn -- out to answer the inevitable bell. If only the pair had kept their gloves on for six more seconds, they could have started the fight 0:22 into the game, too. Oh well.
JIMMY A LOCK: If there's anyone Detroit could pin this loss on, it definitely is not netminder Jimmy Howard, who flat-out stoned the Jets on multiple occasions even as his own team left him out to dry, to the tune of a staggering 47 shots against, and a pile of breakaways and dangerous rushes. Not many goaltenders could pull out a win being shelled so regularly.
ON THE MARK: That second-period pass from Mark Scheifele to Michael Frolik, the one that slipped through Red Wings defender Kyle Quincey's legs, it played out like poetry. The assist on Frolik's goal snapped a five-game pointless streak for the Jets rookie, who has been quiet to start the season. But in junior, he always had a knack for threading implausible passes to create delightful chances -- hopefully, Monday night was a sign he's settling into NHL speed.
If you missed it, the Wings' website posted a highlight clip...
A clip of Danny DeKeyser scoring his first goal...
And comments made by Henrik Zetterberg...
And coach Mike Babcock:
The USHL also praised DeKeyser's goal:
Danny DeKeyser added another first to his hockey career when he scored his first NHL goal on Monday night for the Detroit Red Wings. Midway through the second period of the contest against the Winnipeg Jets, the defenseman a received a pass at the blueline and ripped a shot that beat goaltender Al Montoya. The goal was shorthanded as Winnipeg was on the power play.
DeKeyser finished the night with the second most ice time on his team (22:17), blocked three shots, dished out a hit, and finished with a plus-one rating in the 4-2 loss for the Red Wings.
It was the 27th game of his NHL career after making his debut last spring. He spent the 2009-10 season in the USHL with the Sioux City Musketeers and collected 11 points (1g, 10a) in 41 regular season games. His lone goal in the USHL was the game-winner for the Musketeers on October 16th, 2009, a 4-2 victory against Team USA.
The Algonac, Michigan native went on to play three seasons of college hockey at Western Michigan University where he had 49 points (12g, 37a) in 118 games at the school. DeKeyser was the most sought after college free agent in the spring of 2013 before signing a NHL contract with the Detroit Red Wings, a team he grew up watching.
Moving forward, Paul noted that former Wing Brendan Shanahan engaged in a 12-minute interview with the NHL Network regarding his and Chris Chelios's Hockey Hall of Fame induction on Monday...
Mark Howe's about to publish a book called: "Gordie Howe's Son: A Hall of Fame Life in the Shadow of Mr. Hockey," and he spoke with The Fan 590 earlier today:
In the Twitter/promotional department:
And finally, if anyone's willing to help me translate Le Soleil's Kathleen Lavoie's French-language interview with Anthony Mantha, I'll take all the help that I can get.
Update: Via Jamie Favreau, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Jimmy Howard will be signing autographs at DC Sports shortly.'
Update #2: From the Hockey News's Lyle Richardson:
The Edmonton Sun’s Jim Matheson reported the Detroit Red Wings are still shopping Jordin Toottoo in hopes of calling up forward Gustav Nyquist, while the Columbus Blues Jackets are trying to move defenseman Nikita Nikitin to make room for blueliner Tim Erixon.
In the wake of last week’s deals – the Sabres shipping Thomas Vanek to the Islanders for Matt Moulson and draft picks, while the Avalanche dealt Steve Downie to the Flyers for Max Talbot – one would think there would be a market for Tootoo ($1.9-million cap hit) or Nikitin ($2.2 million).
Both, however, have been frequent healthy scratches, Tootoo appearing in eight games this season and Nikitin only seven.
It could take until later in the season, when playoff bubble teams become desperate for help, for Tootoo and Nikitin to be moved.
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