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Red Wings-Penguins quick take: Wings lose Abdelkader, Helm and a 4-point game

The Detroit Red Wings hoped to catch the Pittsburgh Penguins at a vulnerable moment minus goaltender Matt Murray, but the Pittsburgh Penguins would present a stiff challenge on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Wings seriously needed to knock off the Pens to keep hope alive in the team's quest for a Wild Card spot, and Detroit needed to build all the momentum it could get coming into Sunday's game against Chicago.

Detroit blew the game, losing 4-1 because Malkin, Crosby and Kessel were dominant, because the Wings went 1-for-7 in 12:20 of PP time, and because the Red Wings were the post-bye-week team in the game that looked like it was rusty, blowing a 4-point game against a Wild Card position rival...

And in the process, the Wings lost Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm to lower-body injuries, so they'll head into tomorrow's game against Chicago (12:30 PM EST start) with a couple of Griffins (my guesses are Puempel or Tangradi, if not Svechnikov--assuming that Witkowski and Booth don't plug the holes at forward) a little greener against Jeff Glass's Blackhawks.

Update: FYI:

The Penguins not only found themselves without Matt Murray's services, but they also lost the services of a defenseman, per Penguins coach Mike Sullivan's pre-game presser:

As such, here's the Penguins' lineup:

The Red Wings stuck with their 11-forwards-and-7-defensemen-formatted roster...

But there was an in-pregame-warm-ups edit:

The Wings did indeed edit their lineup:

Pittsburgh started Carl Hagelin, Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist at forward, Brian Dumoulin and Kris Letang on defense and Tristan Jarry in goal;

Detroit started Darren Helm, Frans Nielsen and Justin Abdelkader at forward, Jonathan Ericsson and Trevor Daley on defense and Jimmy Howard in goal

Brad Meier and Dan O'Rourke refereed the game, with Derek Aell and David Brisebois working the lines.

The 1st period

1st period observations:

  • Franas Nielsen drew in for the opening faceoff opposite Evgeni Malkin, and Nielsen won the draw to Ericsson, Daley chipped and the Wings chased, with Nielsen and Helm reversing flow and coughing up the puck. Daley pinched to give the Wings a little more time of possession...
  • But Ericsson let a Penguin go and Hagelin got the Pens' first shot on Howard...with Maata following up for the second Pens shot within the first minute of play.
  • 58 seconds into the 1st period, Larkin, Athanasiou and Tatar took a defensive zone faceoff and lost it, but Athanasiou was sprung on a near-breakaway, and Dumoulin blocked off Athanasiou.
  • The players and crowd alike seemed to be a little sleepy given the 1 PM start, but PIttsburgh's attack was in high gear, and the Red Wings had to parry away Penguins attacks.
  • Nyquist, Zetterberg and Bertuzzi took to the ice just prior to the 2-minute mark, and Howard flipped the puck out of play but did so off the glass, affording Detroit a d-zone draw that they lost. On the Pens' re-set, Kessel took the puck and fired it just wide of Howard, and the Pens iced the puck at 2:13.
  • Athanasiou, Mantha and Frk completed the Wings' 4-line rotation, and Witkowski got the Wings' first shot some 2:20 into the 1st period. Ultimately, the Penguins were able to get a 4th shot on Howard 3:42 into the 1st, but it was an easy cover-up.
  • Pittsburgh was shooting early and slinging heavy shots toward the WIngs' net, and Detroit got a little lucky as Hornqvist tipped a shot wide off a lob attempt...

And Hagelin took a strange bounce off the end boards, swept it to Malkin in the slot, and no one took Malkin, so Howard tried to reach the puck but he could not.

Malkin scored the 1-0 goal at 3:01, from Hagelin. Looks like Abdelkader lost his check.

  • Why Malkin was allowed to skaate up the slot sans any sort of checking is beyond me.
  • On the post-goal shift, Larkin swept the puck around the net and to the front of the net, Detroit jammed the puck down low and Pittsburgh took a penalty.

Dylan Larkin took a 2-handed slash from Dominik Simon and Detroit headed to the PP at 3:36.

  • The Penguins got a break as they won the initial faceoff and then pushed the Wings back to the offensive zone blueline for the second draw--a much-discussed affair, and Zetterberg's unit had a rough go, struggling to set up in the Penguins' zone.
  • Zetterberg, Nyquist, Abdelkader, Tatar and Kronwall didn't do a good job of supporting each other, so their unit changed with 55 seconds remaining in the PP.
  • Frk, Athanasiou, Larkin, Mantha and Green took over, and they also struggled to set up as well, and while Larkin was able to enter the zone and set u pa cycle, a Frk pass to Athanasiou that was fanned was the only Wings scoring chance on the power play.
  • After the PP expired, the Nielsen line took over with Bertuzzi playing in Abdelkader's spot, and Sidney Crosby accidentally put the puck on goaltender Tristan Jarry to give the Wings a scoring chance.
  • At 6:28 of the 1st period, Detroit was out-shot 5-1 and out-attempted 7-4; hits were 4-2 Detroit; giveaways 0-0, takeaways 2-2; blocked shots 1-1, faceoffs 7-4 Pittsburgh (36% for Detroit).
  • Trevor Daley got a salute from the Penguins on the video board, and Daley thanked the crowd with a couple of waves.
  • Now maybe he can settle in and steady up his play. Please?
  • Detroit had a good attack on Zetterberg's line's shift, clanging a puck off the outside of the goalpost;
  • The line blender engaged just under 8 minutes into the 1st--on defense, with Kronwall and Green working togetehr. Green tried to flip pass the puck to Athanasiou, and Jarry got to the puck first.
  • 8 minutes into the 1st period, Detroit was out-shot 7-2.
  • The Wings were at least awake, however, but puck possession eluded them.
  • Nielsen, Abdelkader and Helm got physical against Sheahan's line and Abdelkader and Jensen both engaged in pile-up hockey...
  • A Helm turnover yielded a very good chance by Oleksiak, a deep zone faceoff for the Pens, and a point shot on Howard.
  • Letang gave the puck to Larkin in the Pens' zone and Larkin eventually forced the Penguins to flip the puck out of play.

At 9:46, Pittsburgh's Guentzel got tagged for delay of game.

  • Nyquist and Tatar set up and Abdelkader ground out the puck down low as the Wings on their offensive zone faceoff, Zetterberg set up Nyquist and Detroit continued to cycle, but Nyquist got hacked down and the Penguins cleared the zone.
  • With 1 minute remaining in the PP, the Larkin unit took to the ice, and the Penguins got a scoring chance as Howard had to make a big stop on Crosby and his linemate...
  • The Wings eventually set up with 20 seconds remaining on the power play, and they got nothing done.
  • With 8 minutes remaining in the 1st period, Detroit was out-shot 10-4. Bertuzzi worked with Helm and Nielsen again...

And Pittsburgh took their 3rd penalty of the period, with Malkin going for tripping Tatar at 12:31.

  • At 12:31, Detroit was out-shot 10-4, but attempts were 12-12; hits 7-6 Detroit, giveaways 0-0, takeaways 5-3 Pittsburgh, blocked shots 4-1 Pittsburgh, faceoffs 10-6 Pittsburgh (38% won by Detroit).
  • The Larkin line won their initial draw and Frk was able to flip the puck in on Jarry, but the Penguins went the other way and nearly scored on Howard as Sheahan was strong down low.
  • As Detroit's power play set up, the Wings got the puck to Frk, and he was stopped...
  • So the Wings changed early, won their ofensive zone faceoff...

Henrik Zetterberg fed the puck to Tomas Tatar with a lateral pass, and Justin Abdelkader backhanded the rebound past Jarry to give the Wings a 1-1 tie.

Justin Abdelkader tied the game at 13:36 from Tatar and Zetterberg.

  • The Penguins went right back into attack mode after the goal against, and Ericsson, Daley, Bertuzzi, Nielsen and Helm got away with a situation in which Olli Maatta was nearly alone down low in the Wings' zone.
  • Detroit changed, Larkin set up DeKeyser for a wide-open chance, and he missed the goal.
  • Pittsburgh got a 3-on-2, Detroit rushed back 3-on-2, and Tatar passed when he should have shot, yielding a missed opportunity.
  • Zetterberg, Nyquist and Abdelader did a good job of getting to work in the offensive zone, but when they gave up a chance...
  • Kessel clanged a one-timer off the crossbar...

And Danny DeKeyser headed off for cross-checking at 15:56. He hit Patrick Hornqvist, who most everyone wants to cross-check "in the numbers."

  • With 4:04 remaining in the 1st period, Detroit was out-shot 11-7.
  • PIttsburgh lost its opening deep offensive zone faceoff, and Detroit's Nielsen and Helm battled the puck deep into Pittsburgh's zone, with Helm doing a great job of bugging the Pens' defense.
  • Pittsburgh ultimately set up offensively...

And the Red Wings got caught standing still. Malkin found Crosby on the wing, Crosby found Kessel behind Ericsson, and Kessel raced to the far goalpost and it was 2-1 in a hurry.

Ericsson and Daley got caught in no man's land and Kessel scored from Crosby and Malin at 16:35. PPG, 2-1 Pittsburgh.

  • Detroit tried to regroup after the goal against, and Green nearly scored on his own goaltender off a Penguins chip-in-front, and the Pens got a little frisky as well, knowing that the Wings wouldn't get a 4th power play of the period no matter what happened.
  • With 2 minutes remaining in the period, Pittsburgh sent a stretch pass toward Simon, but Kronwall blocked off the play...
  • As the Wings set up in the offensive zone, Ericsson found Daley, but he pumped the puck wide...
  • And Malkin's line was on the warpath...

But Simon got tagged for high-sticking at 18:41 of the 1st, a penalty that could not be ignored as Larkin got hacked in the visor.

  • So the Wings lost their opening offensive zone draw, the Wings lost possession as they tried to enter the Penguins' zone, they gave away the puck as they entered the zone, and Larkin's line had similar success.
  • Detroit would start the 2nd period with 41 seconds of PP time.

The 1st period in summary: Frustrating. The Red Wings skated better than the Penguins, but Pittsburgh got better results with the puck on their sticks, scoring "fast break" style at both even strength and on the power play, while Detroit was too cute with its own man advantage, affording the Pens easy defense save the Abdelkader goal. Howard was very good, however, and the Wings' defense got caught flat-footed on both goals against.

Statistically, Pittsburgh led in shots 12-7, but attempts were 20-16 Detroit; hits 10-8 Pittsburgh; giveaways 1-1; takeaways 7-3 Pittsburgh (possession changes 8-4 Pittsburgh); blocked shots 7-2 Pittsburgh; faceoffs 14-10 Pittsburgh (42% for Detroit).

Individually, 7 different Red Wings had the Wings' 7 shots, and Zetterberg led the Wings with 3 attempts; Abdelkader had 3 hits, Daley 2; Nyquist had the Wings' giveaways; Helm, Larkin and Athanasiou had 1 takeaway; Daley blocked both shots; Nielsen led the Wings with a 4-and-2 (67%) faceoff record; the Wings were -5; Larkin led the Wings with 7:30 played; Tatar played 7:10, Kronwall 6:52, Green 6:30, Zetterberg 6:29, Athanasiou 6:27, Nyquist 6:22.

FSD had the scoring chances at 6-3 Pittsburgh on their 12-7 shot advantage.

The 2nd period

2nd period observations:

  • Detroit started the 2nd period with 41 seconds of power play time.
  • Zetterberg drew in with Mantha and Nyquist on his wing and Tatar and Kronwall on defense, the Wings won the opening faceoff and set up behind their net, but Kronwall fumbled the puck, Detroit entered very sloppily, and the power play expired before the Wings really got set up.
  • Abdelkader replaced Mantha and Nielsen came off the bench, tipping a shot wide of Jarry; Helm fired a turnaround shot on Jarry as well, and the Pens iced it.
  • Green and Bertuzzi worked the puck to Helm, and he got a good chance off on Jarry.
  • The Wings were at least doing a good job of grinding the puck into the Penguins' zone early on, but their territorial dominance was naught...

And the Pittsburgh Penguins raced up 3-on-3, Malkin trailed play and Larkin let Malkin go, he fired the puck blocker side on Howard, and Howard got beat on the blocker hole.

Kessel fed Malkin at 2:08, giving Pittsburgh a 3-1 lead.

  • Tatar, Nyquist, Zetterberg, Daley and Witkowski worked the post-goal shift, and Zetterberg fed Tatar for a fine one-timer, as well as Witkowski for a one-timer...
  • But up came Kessel, racing in alone between Daley and Witkowski, and Howard made a massive stop--MASSIVE--to keep the game within reach.
  • Larkin's line took to the ice and had a rough go...

And the referees heard the Pens' bench and crowd protest Justin Abdelkader interfering with a Pen, so came a Penguins power play. Abdelkader sat at 4:03.

  • Detroit gave up another crazy bounce off Malkin and the net was loose behind Howard, Howard scrambled and Detroit could not clear the zone, so Detroit looked outclassed despite Howard playing relatively patiently.
  • With 50 seconds remaining in the power play, Larkin, Athanasiou Jensen and Kronwall worked the 2nd PK, after Nielsen and Helm worked the first PK, and Daniel Sprong fired a hell of a shot just wide of the goalpost...
  • Larkin and Athanasiou set AA up for a near-breakaway chance, but AA's shot went wide...
  • And Detroit killed the penalty.
  • Howard had to stop shots by Hunwick and Crosby on the post-PK shift, and Malkin fired a shot wide of the Wings' net...

And Malkin of all people got tagged for hooking Frk at 7:31, yielding the Wings' fifth power play of the game.

  • At 7:31, Detroit trailed in shots 7-6 in the 2nd and 19-13 overall; attempts were 30-28 Pittsburgh; hits 13-11 Pittsburgh; giveaways 2-1 Detroit, takeaways 11-5 Pittsburgh; blocked shots 8-5 Pittsburgh; faceoffs 18-12 Pittsburgh (40%).
  • Detroit won the faceoff on the PP, and Green and Athanasiou nearly connected for a passing play, Frk and Green found Larkin for a shot that was blocked by Letang, and Detroit fumbled its next rush, affording Letang a skate to the bench.
  • Larkin clanged a shot off the outside of the post, Larkin then centered the puck to a Penguin, Kronwall held the puck in, and Larkin continued to sweep the puck away from the net, yielding some pretty stupid plays in which the Penguins didn't even have to clear the puck.
  • Tatar, Zetterberg and Nyquist went offisde, set up as the PP ended, and Tatar whiffed on his backhand. That was the power play.
  • So the Pens got a tipped shot on Howard, Detroit fumbled the puck again as the halfway mark passed, and at 10:15, Detroit was being out-shot 19-14.
  • Helm and Bertuzzi drew another power play.

Jamie Oleksiak got tagged for slashing at 10:26 of the 2nd, giving Detroit their 6th power play.

  • At 10:26, shots were 8-7 Pittsburgh in the 2nd and 20-14 Pittsburgh overall; attempts were 33-32 Detroit; hits 13-11 Pittsburgh; giveaways 3-1 Detroit, takeaways 12-7 Pittsburgh; blocked shots 10-6 Pittsburgh; faceoffs 19-13 Pittsburgh (41%).
  • Detroit gave up a rush to Riley Sheahan and some puck-ragging as well after winning the opening faceoff and then passing the puck back to no one...
  • Tatar got dumped by Hagelin, sans call of course, and Pittsburgh cleared again, so Detroit changed with 1:05 remaining in the PP...
  • A composite group with Bertuzzi working the net front yielded Zetterberg, Nyquist, Tatar, Green and Bertuzzi together late, and Bertuzzi DID screen Jarry on a Zetterberg slap shot.
  • Green remained on ice with Athanasiou, Frk, Larkin and Mantha, and Larkin got hacked, sans call, so Detroit dumped, chased, and the power play expired with Mantha and Green defending a 3-on-2.
  • Howard made a big stop on Dumoulin as the Pens raced up the slot...again...
  • Malkin headed to the bench stung...Because Larkin hacked him in the small of his back...
  • Kessel jammed another puck into Howard from point-blank range, and Maatta fired a shot wide of Howard.
  • Howard had to stop some sharp Penguins shots...

And Howard would get more as Tatar got tagged for holding at 13:56 of the 2nd period.

  • Howard got very lucky as Patric Hornqvist skated into the Wings' zone unobstructed and jammed a puck in on Howard;
  • Malkin returned to play and Larkin flipped the puck to Athanasiou, with Jensen springing himself to help, but AA screwed up the play and Jensen had to scramble as AA changed for Helm.
  • Pittsburgh worked the puck around the perimeter as the PP slowly wound down, and Detroit did a good job of blocking shots and passes, so Detroit killed the Penguins' man advantage.
  • Things remained pretty nasty as Ryan Reaves hacked Zetterberg in the back, but Zetterberg did not react. Pittsburgh seemed to put its fourth line on the ice to hack and whack, and Hornqvist BOWLED OVER Howard sans call, so Howard got back up and kept the puck out.
  • Pittsburgh was just daring the refs to make a call as they hacked and whacked...
  • And Athanasiou blubbed up another chance to score, in no small part because the Penguins' defenders closed upon them.
  • Pittsburgh sprung Dominick Simon and he got caught up to by the Wings' defense, but Crosby worked a passing clinic and Howard had to make a big stop on Simon as a result.
  • Howard continued to make smart stops, but the Penguins pressed, and Kessel got a good chance on Howard.
  • With 39.5 seconds remaining in the 2nd period, Detroit was out-shot 16-9 in the 2nd and 28-16 overall.
  • Zetterberg won the defensive zone faceoff as play resumed after a late TV timeout, Zettererg, Bertuzzi and Nyquist tried to cycle, and Pittsburgh iced the puck, yielding a final faceoff in the Pens' end.
  • Larkin won the draw but the puck rolled out to center ice and that was the 2nd period for you.

The 2nd period in summary: The Wings done got dominated, but only Evgeni Malkin could dent Jimmy Howard as the Wings gave up 16 second-period shots. Detroit's power play was killing them, however, and Detroit needed to shake away the cobwebs as they still had a chance to salvage something out of this one.

Statistically, Detroit was out-shot 16-9 in the 2nd and 28-16 overall. Detroit was 1-for-6 in 11:05 of PP time; Pittsburgh was 1-for-3 in 4:39.

Shot attempts were 49-38 PIttsburgh; hits 18-14 Pittsburgh; giveaways 6-2 Detroit, takeaways 13-8 Pittsburgh (possession changes 19-10 Pittsburgh); blocked shots 12-9 Pittsburgh; faceoffs 18-and-23 (44%).

Individually, Witkowski, Zetterberg, Helm and Athanasiou had 2 shots apiece, with Zetterberg having 5 attempts, AA and Helm 4; Abdelkader led the Wings with 3 hits, and Jensen, Helm and Daley had 2 shots; Nyquist and Larkin had 2 giveaways; Larkin, Helm and Athanasiou had 2 takeaways; Daley blocked 4 shots, Jensen 2; Nielsen's 5-and-4 (56%) led the Wingsin the faceoff circle; the Wings were -10; Larkin led the Wings with 15:43 played; Green played 14:10, Nyquist 13:51, Tatar 13:43, Zetterberg 13:35, Kronwall 12:40, Athanasiou 12:25.

FSD had the scoring chances at 14-7 Pittsburgh on the Pens' 28-16 shot advantage.

The 3rd period

3rd period observations:

  • Nielsen drew in for the opening faceoff and Malkin won it, so the Penguins set up and chipped and chased. Nielsen came back to battle Hagelin, but he shoveled the puck to Malkin, the puck went to the point and Dumoulin sent a shot wide of the net.
  • PIttsburgh regrouped at center and skated into the Wings' zone, but Detroit charged up the other way and...gave the puck away to the Crosby line. Thankfully the Pens were interested in possession...
  • So Howard made a massive stop on Crosby driving to the net in a straight line instead of having to slide across to stop a pass recipient.
  • Nyquist tried to set up Green and/or Mantha as Mantha earned a shift on the Zetterberg line, nad Mantha did a fairly good job of setting up Jensen for a long, screened shot on Jarry. Mantha sent a shot attempt wide as well...

And Nick Jensen got tagged for grabbing Conor Sheary at 2:27.

  • Pittsburgh won their offensive zone faceoff and sent a puck wide, so Detroit cleared the zone, Pittsburgh re-set, and Howard poke-checked Crosby away.
  • Kessel, Crosby, Malkin, Hornqvist and Letang worked on the stacked first PP unit, and Helm, Nielsen, Ericsson and Daley tried to contain them...

But the Red Wings spent a lot of time watching the Penguins pass pucks to each other ,and Howard got backed in by Hornqvist, yielding a sweeping motion by Crosby as he was set up for the 4-1 goal.

Crosby made it 4-1 on the power play, from Kessel and Malkin, at 3:31 of the 3rd.

  • Detroit perked up a little bit, with Frk, Athanasiou and Witkowski working together for a shift, and Athanasiou was set up by Frk, but stopped by Jarry.
  • Zetterberg took to the ice with Mantha and Nyquist, and his line spent a good amount of time chasing the puck around its own zone opposite Kessel and Malkin.

And this happened:

  • That's why Mantha was suddenly on the Zetterberg line and Tyler Bertuzzi was playing with Nielsen and Helm.
  • The Wings did an OK job playing toward the TV timeout @ 6:48, attacking the Penguins' net and sorting out the Penguins coverage in their own zone, but Detroit just looked out-classed in a 4-point game that they needed to win.
  • At 6:48, Detroit and Pittsburgh were tied 3-3 in shots, but Pittsburgh led 31-19 on the afternoon; attempts were 56-44 Pittsburgh; hits 21-15 Pittsburgh; giveaways 7-2 Detroit, takeaways 13-8 Pittsburgh; blocked shots 13-11 Pittsburgh; faceoffs 19-27 (41%).
  • DARREN HELM was also out of action due to a play in which Daniel Sprong helped Helm hyper-extend his knee.
  • To his credit, Zetterberg never gave up attacking the Penguins' net, and he worked quite well with Nyquist and Mantha, cycling and jamming the puck hard along the boards as the 10-minute mark of the 3rd neared.
  • The Penguins were really grinding on the Wings as Frk, Witkowski and Athanasiou got a shift together, but again, "To their credit," they ground the Pens down a bit and got some zone time.
  • With under 10 minutes remaining in the 3rd period, Detroit was out-shooting Pittsburgh 9-6 in the 3rd, but was out-shot 34-25 on the night. Ericsson and Daley were -2...

Jonathan Ericsson then took a penalty at 11:24 by picking Malkin off. Interference to Ericsson...

  • Larkin, Athanasiou, Daley and DeKeyser wored the first unit;
  • Jensen, Bertuzzi, Nielsen and Kronwall worked the second unit...

And Bertuzzi drew a holding penalty on Olli Maatta to give Detroit 45 ticks of 4-on-4 time.

  • Bertuzzi hit the goalpost on his prior-to-the-PK shift.
  • Nyquist, Zetterberg, DeKeyser and Daley had a good 4-on-4 shift, and Detroit headed to its 7th power play.
  • Mantha joined the fray and Larkin did too, and Green blasted a heavy shot into Jarry as the Wings got their possession game going.
  • Howard did a great job stopping a Hagelin rush by Hasek-poke-checking the puck away some 40 feet out of the goal crease;
  • This popped up...as Hagelin ripped a shot wide of Howard, and Mantha started to show signs of life as the PP expired...
  • I would guess that Matt Puempel or Eric Tangradi may be the first call-ups as both players are rolling along in Grand Rapids, with Tangradi also being a "big body." Svechnikov is just finding his footing.
  • As play continued, and the 15-minute mark passed, Frans Nielsen did a nice job of tucking the puck into Jarry from some distance...
  • And with 4:41 remaining, Detroit actually led in shots 12-7 in the 3rd, but the Wings trailed 35-28 overall.
  • I have no complaints with the "process" late--the Wings did a good job of playing professional and the Wings did a good job of not expending too much energy while trying to press the Pengins--but it was too late.
  • I know that, as Mickey Redmond duly noted, some of you are pushing for "the tank," and Detroit is only a couple points out of 3rd-last in the league...
  • But I don't believe that this team is going to make massive personnel changes as long as the GM is the GM, so we're in for this kind of hockey for a couple more years.

The 3rd period in summary:

Statistics:

Here's the Game Summary...

And the Event Summary

Final shot attempts were 68-55 Pittsburgh.

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ilovehomers's avatar

Plenty of complaints to go around about the Z power play unit, but they are the ones that scored.

I guess that theory of “play AA over 18 minutes and win” has now been debunked. There’s no way it could have been a statistical anomaly. wink

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/13/18 at 03:50 PM ET

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Team looked like they were still on vacation for a lot of this one. Pens had just had the same 5 day bye and were much sharper and much more engaged. With the short turn around time for tomorrow, and losing Helm and Abby, it will be all hands on deck. I have to think it will be Mrazek in net tomorrow, so we’ll how he does.

Posted by Ilovekermit on 01/13/18 at 03:57 PM ET

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Should say “we’ll see how he does.”

Posted by Ilovekermit on 01/13/18 at 03:59 PM ET

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...But I don’t believe that this team is going to make massive personnel changes as long as the GM is the GM, so we’re in for this kind of hockey for a couple more years.

...and change wont come if the ownership doesnt mandate that personnel changes are made.

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/13/18 at 03:59 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

On TV many years ago there was a commercial with the tag line “..You can pay me now, or You can pay me later..”

The Wings are paying up now, and most likely for the next 3 years.

I say 3 years, because they not only need to get a few top 5 picks from the draft to come in immediately and make the team (Not 4 years in GR until ripened!). That strategy no longer works in a cap world

In 3 years most of the bad contracts will be over. The current youngsters (Larkin, AA, Mantha, and the past couple 1st round picks) will be running the show. At that point, you make a deal , if possible, to add a piece. Maybe you snag one of the few free agents who hit the market?

At that point, the team is in a position to rejoin the elite teams and be a legitimate playoff contender.

You can pay me now, or you can pay me later…...

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/13/18 at 04:19 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Wings call up Dominic Turgeon.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/13/18 at 05:03 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

yeah ... 2 to 3 years because defence is where they need the most help and its going to take a few years to flush out the old contracts and figure out which prospects are actually going to develop.

No Helm or Abby for tomorrow ... stressting the penalty kill ... I’m thinking they call up Turgeon to see what he can do.  He looked good in training camp/exhibition games and carried it thru to the beginning of GR’s season.  He’s getting more ice time further up the food chain this season and is now starting to score goals on top of the tight defence he plays.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 01/13/18 at 05:08 PM ET

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Wings call up Dominic Turgeon.

It makes sense now that I see it - we’ve been down a 4th line center since AA got moved up (and down Glenny, now Helm), Turgeon is having a solid offensive year, and he has always been a serviceable defensive forward.

Last year, it was Ben Street. So, here is a young guy this year. No telling right now if itll be a long or short term stay, though.

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/13/18 at 05:09 PM ET

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Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 01/13/18 at 05:08 PM ET

Nailed it. Nice work!

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/13/18 at 05:10 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

There was only 10 minutes left in the game before I realized Witkowski was playing today.

I liked Bob Errey as a Wing, but I’ve heard him 10-15 times now as a Color guy, and I just don’t like him as a broadcaster.

I’m hoping we’ll review video of the Penguin’s Power Play, because that’s how you do it.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 01/13/18 at 05:49 PM ET

PierreC's avatar

They toyed with us and it was not even funny..

It’s amazing that the Pens have already 19 loses…i didnt see anything today that justify that total of lost.

How can you not win if your PP can use Crosby-Malkin-Kessler and Letang !

..and on the Crosby goal Nielsen look like a Peewee B..

And Mantha can only play hard if he is match with Z….He started with AA and Larks and it didnt work.
We have lost two players i believe ? Abby and Helm ?

Sorry for their pain but that is the best thing that coule happen to the Wings. Helms is painful to Watch, same for Abby, even if he has scored a couple lately.

That’ll force the brass to use some youth.

Posted by PierreC from Montreal, Canada on 01/13/18 at 06:43 PM ET

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I think if Pens played shorthanded the whole game, they would have won anyway.
This was our third worst game of the year.

Posted by VPalmer on 01/13/18 at 08:59 PM ET

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You can pay me now, or you can pay me later…...

Sadly true, and the Red Wings will pay, pay, pay for a long time. shut eye

Posted by bigfrog on 01/13/18 at 09:58 PM ET

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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.

 

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