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Red Wings-Sabres quick take: predictably poor

The Red Wings attempted to push their winning streak to 3 games while hosting a Buffalo Sabres team that had Detroit's number over the course of the 16-17 season, with Buffalo having won 2 of the teams' 3 meetings.

The Red Wings ended their year against Buffalo 1-2-and-1, losing 2-1 to a Buffalo Sabres team that received spectacular goaltending from Robin Lehner and spectacular special teams play, going 2-for-2 on the power play against Detroit and going 4-for-4 on the PK.

That's putting praise where it's due; I'm sure you'll find the time to write the indictment of the Red Wings' coaches and personnel for me.

Now the Wings go to Montreal, where they never win, for a big game on Tuesday.

The 1st period wasn't preceded by any roster machinations for the first time in a long time, and:

Detroit started Justin Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou at forward, opposite Tyler Ennis, Jack Eichel and Ryan O'Reilly;

The Wings started Danny DeKeyser and Nick Jensen on defense against Josh Gorges and Rasmus Ristolainen;

And Petr Mrazek started in goal opposite Robin Lehner.

The puck was dropped between Larkin and O'Reilly and O'Reilly won the draw to Gorges, he and Ristolainen fired the puck in the Wings' zone, and Abdelkader got smoked by Brady Austin at center as the Wings pushed the puck through center ice and into the Sabres' zone.

Buffalo curled and dragged with Eichel finding O'Reilly for a shot pass to a pinching Ennis, and the Sabres chipped and changed fifty seconds into the game.


  • 1st period observations: Tatar, Zetterberg and Nyquist were the recipients of an icing call, and Detroit won the faceoff and Tatar and Nyquist pushed a puck wide of Lehner on their shift, they regrouped at center and Zetterberg clanged a puck off the back of the net before the Sabres chipped and chased.
  • Kronwall found Green pinching and he worked the puck to Nielsen, playing with Sheahan and Mantha, and the gents regrouped at center with Russo and Ouellet replacing Kronwall and Green. Detroit attempted to jam the puck out front as Sheahan and Nielsen worked the cycle, but that did not work, and Russo and Ouellet dumped and afforded the Wings a change.
  • 2-and-a-half minutes into the 1st, Miller, Nosek and Glendening iced the puck, and the Wings won their faceoff but struggled to clear, with Ouellet and Russo exchanging the puck and Russo firing the first shot in on Lehner, who gobbled up and held the puck.
  • 2:50 into the 1st period, Detroit had rolled all four lines, with Abdelkader Larkin and Athanasiou were back on the ice with DeKeyser and Jensen on defense.
  • Detroit was doing a good job of shadowing the Sabres' players, but O'Reilly still got loose for a wide shot attempt;
  • Ristolainen pinched for a from-the-side-of-the-net chance that was the first shot on Mrazek;
  • Buffalo was setting up a good, old-fashioned trap at center ice, and the Red Wings were doing their best to chip away during a game that started with a ton of stoppages. It took 12 minutes of real time to get the first 5 minutes taken care off, via a stop fro Mrazek on Sam Reinhart, and the Wings changed.
  • Miller nearly set up Nosek for a chip-off-the-goalie-and-in play, and Buffalo roared up the other way, with Mrazek stopping Foligno on one side of the net, and Nosek avoided the most part of a Sabres defenseman's hit by stopping up short to chip a puck down the ice.
  • Eichel roared in and fired a shot off DeKeyser's stick wide of Mrazek, O'Reilly wrapped for Ennis back-door, and he was stopped, and the Sabres continued to cycle in the Wings' zone, with Larkin getting tagged with a high stick.

So Eichel headed to the box for high-sticking Larkin at 6:50.

  • Nielsen won the first power play faceoff draw back to Zetterberg, who fired a hard shot wide of Lehner, and the Wings had to re-set at center, with Zetterberg pinching from the point position to grind hard on Ristolainen, who cleared the puck. Kronwall, Nyquist and Nielsen also played on the first PP unit, and the gents worked the puck into the zone, Zetterberg kept it in vs. Kane, Detroit set up on the perimeter, and Zetterberg tried to set up Abdelkader. Instead, Nyquist went to Green, Zetterberg lined up to set up Nyquist, and on the regroup, Nyquist and Green worked the puck deep for Zetterberg, who deferred to Nielsen. Detroit continued to pass, pass, pass and the Sabres had an easy clear.
  • That was the power play. All sorts of zone time and no shots.
  • Tatar got a shot-and-Sabres icing on the bump-up shift;
  • Buffalo was able to get a good cycle going while generating some offense in the Wings' zone, but Detroit did a good job of defending the Sabres.
  • 10 minutes into the game, Mantha was playing on Zetterberg's line with Nyquist, and instead, Ryan O'Reilly got a good chance on Mrazek that was stopped, Bogosian got the puck to Ennis ans then Eichel, the Sabres cycled to the line, and Mrazek made a big stop, but Detroit would be going to the penalty box.

Mike Green got tagged with a hooking penalty at 10:30 of the 1st, at the first TV timeout.

  • At 10:30 of the 1st, Detroit was being out-shot 5-2 and the attempts were 10-8 Buffalo; faceoffs 7-3 Buffalo (Detroit at 30%).
  • Nielsen, Abdelkader, DeKeyser and Jensen started the PK, forcing Eichel, Kane and O'Reilly to re-set...

And when the Sabers set up in the Wings' zone, O'Reilly found Eichel for a one-timer at the right faceoff circle, he ripped a shot through a Sam Reinhart screen and it was 1-0 Buffalo just like that.

Buffalo's Eichel made it 1-0 @ 10:59. O'Reilly and Ristolainen had the assists.

  • Buffalo continued to push as Foligno and Rodrigues threatened, and Tatar, Zetterberg and Nyquist had a real short shift, replaced by Larkin's line.
  • 12:17 into the 1st, Detroit was being out-shot 7-2 and out-attempted 13-8;
  • Zetterberg, Tatar and Nyquist were unable to score on a dangle-and-drop 3-on-2 play with a late man coming, and DeKeyser nearly blasted the rebound home;
  • Detroit continued to struggle against the Sabres' skating offense and trapping defense, but the Wings just didn't look very engaged as compared to Saturday's game.
  • GREEN ran Eichel and Bogosian tried to fight him, Larkin got hit by Austin, and in the interim, Athanasiou nearly scored on Lehner.
  • DeKeyser and Green did a nice job of stopping a scoring chance by the Reinhart line;
  • Zetterberg, Nyquist and Tatar were not part of that group, and they were buzzing around the Sabres' net...
  • While Mantha, Nielsen and Sheahan were hemmed in by Reinhart, Bailey and Kane, with Reinhart digging the puck off Green and nearly scoring.
  • Buffalo really got their offensive game going while surrendering very little defensively--in no small part because the Wings' shot attempts were wide or deferred as passes--and Buffalo hit 11 shots...
  • And 12 as O'Reilly found Ennis, who ripped a heavy shot off a diving-across Mrazek Zetterberg's stick on a TREMENDOUS scoring chance.
  • Nielsen, Mantha and Sheahan then got a great chance for Detroit, with a Sheahan swipe in the slot yielding Nielsen and Mantha chances that Robin Lehner mostly stopped by laying on.
  • Buffalo got the final shot of the period and really dominated the first period.
  • The 1st period in summary: You knew that the Red Wings weren't going to play as well as they did vs. Colorado, but the team's let-down was an almost "sleepy" period against a Sabres team that's aggressive offensively and stifling defensively, and the Wings coughed up a power play goal against a hot Sabres PP group.

Detroit was out-shot 13-5 in the 1st and out-attempted 22-16; Detroit went 9-and-10 (47%) on faceoffs.

The 2nd period began with both teams at even strength and Zetterberg's line battling Eichel and O'Reilly. The Wings were able to get the puck into the offensive zone briefly, but the Sabres' transition game was efficient, and DeKeyser boobled a puck that Green was able to intercept off Ennis' stick. Ultimately, Zetterberg did get a shot on Lehner, but more of a shot in the, "I've got to hold it and get a faceoff" sense than an, "I've got to stop a shot" shot.

  • 2nd period observations: Athanasiou made a deft little play to put Kane, Girgensons and Gionta offside at the Wings' blueline, but when the Sabres took the faceoff at the offensive zone blueline, they won it and really gave the Wings a hard time, generating a couple of shots on Mrazek;
  • Nielsen worked with Glendening and Sheahan on a "No Mantha" line for their first shift, and Ouellet and Jensen helped cycle the puck in the offensive zone;
  • Then Mantha, Nosek and Miller took to the ice, with Ouellet and Russo together, and Nosek tried to get a cycle going but was unable to do so.
  • Rodrigues found Foligno in the slot for a scoring chance;
  • Mrazek then stopped a point shot from Ristolainen from the point;
  • Abdelkader, Zetterberg and Tatar got a good chance off a Zetterberg shot as the line blender really hit "high speed," and Glendening got a shift with Larkin and Athanasiou;
  • And Nyquist found himself on a line with Nielsen and Sheahan.
  • Mrazek had to make an amazing save on Sam Reinhart in the slot--with Mrazek using a two-piece catch glove--and at the first TV timeout, @ 6:31, Detroit had been out-shot 3-2 in the 2nd and 16-7 on the night; Detroit was out-attempted 27-22 and out-drawn 15-11 (42%).
  • Glendening appeared to be a fixture on the Athanasiou-Larkin pairing, and that was just weird, even including Glendening's speed.
  • Abdelkader appeared to have replaced Nyquist on the Zetterberg-Tatar pairing;
  • Nyquist was with Nielsen and Sheahan;
  • And Mantha was a fourth-liner.

Detroit took a penalty as Tomas Tatar went off for tripping at 8:42, and Zetterberg accidentally shot the puck at Lehner and apologized.

Buffalo won the faceoff, hobbled Nielsen with a shot off the right ankle, and Tyler Ennis tipped the puck to Matt Moulson, who re-set and slithered the puck through Mrazek's 5-hole @ 8:59.

Moulson made it 2-0 @ 8:59. Moulson from Ennis and McCabe.

  • Nielsen hobbled off to the room with a sore ankle, and he went to the room.
  • On the bump-up shift, Larkin, Glendening and Athanasiou generated a shot and Glendening pissed off Ristolainen, who hacked and whacked at Glendening for daring to push and shove back.

Tatar and Abdelkader jabbed at a loose puck in front of Lehner, and the Sabres got tagged for a penalty on the play. Jake McCabe got tagged for hooking at 9:38.

  • Nyquist, Zetterberg, Abdelkader, Kronwall and Tatar worked together on the 1st unit, and Detroit tried to use the point as the Sabres weren't covering it, and instead, Kronwall and Zetterberg missed the net.
  • On hte re-set, Tatar put a shot off Abdelkader's shaft and the puck bounced into Lehner, and Abdelkader and Ristolainen exchanged greetings after the play;
  • On the second unit, Mantha, Sheahan, Larkin, Athanasiou and Green worked together, and Athanasiou, who got punched in the face sans penalty, coughed the puck up to the Sabres, who had an easy clear.
  • The quintet tried to re-enter the zone, and they were unsuccessful, and when McCabe came out of the box, they changed, with DeKeyser and Jensen joining the fray and Nosek, Miller and Glendening working together. Nosek turned and swept the puck toward the net, but he was stopped;

Thankfully, Mike Green skated into the Sabres' zone and found Tomas Tatar lurking near the side of the net, below Ristolainen, and Tatar jammed home the pass, giving the Wings a 2-1 deficit.

Tatar made it 2-1 @ 12:53, from Green and Zetterberg.

  • During the bump-up shift, Nielsen emerged with Sheahan and Glendening.
  • At 13:48 of the 2nd, Detroit had out-shot Buffalo 10-6 in the 2nd but was out-shot 19-15 overall; attempts were 34-33 Detroit; faceoffs 19-16 Buffalo (46%).
  • Buffalo still controlled play, however, and that was a concern.
  • Russo got ran into the boards from about 2 feet out from Fasching, and I hate the way Russo just takes those hits;
  • The Sabres nearly scored on a back-door play for Gionta from Girgensons, and at 15:30, Detroit out-shot Buffalo 11-6 in the 2nd and was out-shot 19-16 on the night; Detroit out-attempted Buffalo 34-33; faceoffs were 19-19 (50%).
  • Lehner swept a puck off the back boards and Russo and Ouellet both got pops at the puck, with Ouellet's sweep toward the net nearly going in off Mantha, and the plays were facilitated by Tomas Nosek's strong down-low play.
  • Eichel missed a one-timer from Ennis, and Nyquist got bumped in the shoulder on the play by a pinching Ennis, going off in pain;
  • Athanasiou was tripped at the offensive zone blueline and it resulted in a Rodgrigues chance and a Mrazek stop instead of a penalty.
  • Russo got ran again, this time by Foligno, high, and he absorbed the hit on the side boards;
  • The Sabres kept getting close calls despite the Red Wings' otherwise dominance in the latter half of the 2nd period, and the Sabres threatened until the final whistle, where Mrazek made a big stop.
  • The 2nd period in summary: The Sabres surrendered a power play goal against--and then they woke up! The Wings may have ended the 2nd down by a goal, but over the post-Tatar portions of the 2nd, the Wings had the Sabres on the run, attacking the Sabres and attacking the net superbly well. The Wings were at least "in it" in a big way.

Detroit out-shot Buffalo 12-8 in the 2nd, but Buffalo led 21-17 in shots after 2; attempts were 37-36 Buffalo; faceoffs 22-21 Detroit (51%).

The 3rd period began a little late, at 9:32 PM, with Tatar, Zetterberg and Nyquist together, and the trio entered the Sabres' zone shallowly, surrendered a rush to Ennis and Eichel, and battled their way through center, coughed up another rush to Eichel, who fired a hard wrist shot just wide of the net, and Reinhart fired another attempt wide of the net.

This happened, too, accientally:

Athanasiou, Larkin and Glendening raced up ice and went offside, won their faceoff, and got a chance that went wide.

  • 3rd period observations: Nielsen was taking a regular shift to start the 3rd, with Abdelkader and Sheahan, and they did little together, so...
  • Nosek centered Miller and Mantha, and Mantha broke in and forced Lehner to make a hard blocker stop. Mantha whacked the puck off Lehner from the side of the net as well, and Ouellet regrettably blasted a hard shot off a Sabre into the netting.
  • 3:26 into the 3rd, the WIngs had rolled all four lines and 3 defensive pairs, and Detroit looked sharper and speedier than the Sabres, but Detroit was still down 2-1.

Tatar got bumped into the boards heavily and Gorges headed to the box for hooking at 3:45.

  • The Wings lost the first faceoff and allowed Buffalo to clear the zone twice before Green walked in and wrapped around the net, unable to score or set up his teammates for a shot; Larkin got the puck to Sheahan for a deflection down into Lehner instead.
  • Tatar, Nyquist, Abdelkader, Zetterberg and Kronwall worked the puck around the offensive zone, mostly on the perimeter, and they sent a few hard shots in on Lehner, but they didn't convert.
  • Mantha, Nosek and Glendening played the bump-up shift, and Mantha showed more competitiveness but didn't get any better results, though Mantha was standing up to Ristolainen.
  • At the first TV timeout at 6:51, Detroit led in shots 8-1 in the 3rd and 25-22 on the night; attempts were 48-40 Detroit; faceoffs 26-25 Buffalo (49% for Detroit).
  • Ouellet made a proper pinch to help Zetterberg, Tatar and Nyquist cycle and generate a shot attempt on Lehner, who was steady.
  • Eichel found O'Reilly in the offensive zone and Mrazek made a sharp toe save, and Abdelkader got tripped by OReilly, so Abdelkader clocked O'Reilly and knocked his helmet off. Nothing was called on either side.
  • Nosek SKATED INTO LEHNER and Lehner just absorbed the body check and stopped the shot from his butterfly. BIG goalie.
  • With 10-and-a-half minutes remaining in the 3rd, Zetterberg's line tried to get cute, and as a result, Mrazek had to make a stop and Tatar nearly got ran over, with Zetterberg making a big shot block in the slot on Rodgrigues.
  • 9:33 remaining in the 3rd/10:27 gone. Shots 11-4 Detroit in the 3rd, 28-25 Detroit overall; attempts 51-46 Detroit; faceoffs 27-27 (50%).
  • Buffalo woke up around the 11-minute mark/with 9 minutes remaining, and the Red Wings had a hell of a time against the Sabres buzzing around the Wings' net, with Mrazek making alert stops and the Wings doing their best to block shots and passes.
  • By the time play stopped with 7:49 remaining, Buffalo had gone from 4 shots to 8, and Detroit had not sent another puck Lehner's way.
  • Detroit and Buffalo began to trade chances some 13 minutes into the 3rd, and Abdelkader, Nosek and Mantha drew a call off a play that was "blown-off icing"...

Brady Austin headed to the box at 13:25, and the Wings headed to the power play.

  • Nielsen, Sheahan, Athanasiou, Larkin and Green won the first faceoff but lost the second one, and Lehner fired the puck down ice himself on a clearing attempt.
  • The Wings surrendered a 2-on-1 that Nielsen blocked into the crowd sans penalty.
  • Zetterberg, Nyquist, Tatar, Abdelkader and Kronwall worked their way into the Sabres' zone via that damn Kronwall drop pass at center ice, and Zetterberg clanged a slap shot off a Sabre and a stanchion as the unit refused to shoot.
  • With under 5 minutes remaining, Mike Green chipped a shot off Lehner on a pinch, and Buffalo exited the penalty box with 4:35 remaining.
  • The final TV timeout hit with 4:02 remaining, with Detroit leading in shots 14-9 in the 3rd and 31-30 on the night; Detroit led in attempts 57-43; faceoffs were 31-29 Detroit (52%).
  • Tatar tried to set up Zetterberg on a back-door pass, but Eichel swiped the puck and raced up into the Wings' zone instead;
  • Tatar and Nyquist worked with DeKeyser and Jensen to cycle and Zetterberg fired a sneaky shot into Lehner, but Lehner gobbled up the shot.
  • With 3:27 remaining, Sheahan, Larkin and Athanasiou drew in for a faceoff with Green and Kronwall, and Kronwall's backhander headed onto Lehner, but the Wings could not get to the rebound.
  • With 2:41 remaining, Mantha charged into the offesnive zone with Abdelkader, Larkin, Jensen and DeKeyser, and what went in went out, so Mantha set up behind the net nad deferred to DeKeyser.
  • Nielsen raced into the Sabres' end, he found Jensen, and Jensen blasted a heavy shot in on Lehner;
  • With 1:45 remaining , Kronwall carried the puck out to Green, and Zetterberg, Tatar, Nyquist and eventually Sheahan coming off the bench battled the puck around the perimeter, Zetterberg tried to score off Lehner, Kronwall and Green prevented an empty-net goal against, and Lehner cleared the zone on his own.
  • Zetterberg had a wide-open attempt to shoot but fired the puck to Tatar on a pass into Tatar's feet instead, and the Sabres iced the puck with 19.6 left in the 3rd.
  • The crowd that remained stood up to cheer the Wings on as Abdelkader, Tatar, Nyquist, Zetterberg, Kronwall and Green did their damnedest to score, but they could not.
  • That was the game.
  • The 3rd period in summary: The Red Wings badly out-shot, out-chanced and out-played the Sabres from the Tatar goal onward, but the Wings' power play stank on ice, and Buffalo was able to sit on its lead because Lehner was spectacular. The Dumpster Derby may be Detroit's over Buffalo thanks to Detroit's loss...

But losing sucks, it always sucks, and it always will, so I'm not "embracing the tank." I'm disappointed when the Wings lose, as bad as they may be.

Detroit out-shot Buffalo 18-9 in the 3rd and 35-30 overall; attempts 66-53 Detroit; faceoffs 34-29 (54% Detroit).


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Down River Dan's avatar

Yes, it’s just 1 game, but the kid (Nosek) didn’t look too out of place. He was 4/4 in faceoffs, and with a just a bit of luck he pots one.

Riley Sheahan…be afraid…be very afraid.

Posted by Down River Dan on 03/20/17 at 10:32 PM ET


I liked Nosek a lot as well. Why Z plays 24 minutes?

Posted by VPalmer on 03/20/17 at 10:36 PM ET

DocF's avatar

Other than Nosek and Green, did the rest of the team eat some tainted crab meat?  They were off half a bubble from plumb.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 03/20/17 at 10:44 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

I liked Nosek a lot as well. Why Z plays 24 minutes?

Posted by VPalmer on 03/20/17 at 10:36 PM ET

Nyquist plays just under 24 mins, I guess hiding in the weeds or somewhere

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 03/20/17 at 10:54 PM ET

PierreC's avatar

well their was some intensity in tonight’s game. We played hard but without any structure, unity and confidence, the result will always be the same.

I thought Mantha had some good moments tonight,same for Green, who for change, seems to care.

One side a goalie who is square, big and confident, and the other one is like a ballerina. Those two goals could have been stop, Mrazek just don’t know what’s an easy save anymore, he always moves like its the save of the year.

Relax kid…play cool.

And when you are down by a goal with just over a minute to play and the extra player send by Blashill is ..Sheahan !

...you know we are big trouble and sometimes i Wonder if this show is worth the look.

Blashill has been bad from day one…and his motivation is to be bad til the last day of the season.

Posted by PierreC from Montreal, Canada on 03/20/17 at 11:14 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

And when you are down by a goal with just over a minute to play and the extra player send by Blashill is ..Sheahan !

Yeah…I noticed that.  I’d be a lot angrier about this, but the season is over and at this point I’m taking a “Why the Hell not?” approach to Blashill’s “coaching”.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 03/20/17 at 11:38 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

And when you are down by a goal with just over a minute to play and the extra player send by Blashill is ..Sheahan !

Posted by PierreC from Montreal, Canada on 03/20/17 at 11:14 PM ET

Yup. Was going to post the same thing. Nosek took six shots (all on goal). Sheahan took one. Nosek crashed the net. Sheahan floated around somewhere, who knows where?

So Bumbling Blashill puts Sheahan out hoping he can get a goal with the extra-skater advantage, even though he did absolutely nothing with 2:29 of PP time. (Nosek got five seconds on the PP.) In the end, Sheahan played four minutes more than Nosek.

If I was Nosek, I’d say a prayer every night that I’d get traded this summer. Otherwise he’ll have to wait for a change of venue until next October when he’ll get claimed off of waivers because Hapless Holland brought Steve Ott back.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/20/17 at 11:45 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

don’t be so glum OTC ... remember, players like Nyquist can be traded to make room for Nosek or Little Bert.

Whether KH will do it is another story but the possibility exists.

11 mins. of ice time and Nosek was visinle just about every shift.  Good on him ... nice job.  Lets hope Frk does as well when he gets his chance.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 03/21/17 at 12:32 AM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Aren’t we over valuing Nosek just a teensy bit?

Come on guys, really think about the Frk, Pulkys, Nestrasils, Ferarros, Callahans, Jarnkroks, Backmans of the world. Sure, AA looks better and so does Jensen.

The problem does not lie within getting them called up and into the lineup….

Posted by ilovehomers on 03/21/17 at 09:17 AM ET


Z and Nyquist 24 minutes and Tatar 22. I really do not remember last time I saw forwards playing so much in regulation. And the games (at least results) do not matter. So this is just weird.

Posted by VPalmer on 03/21/17 at 09:49 AM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

Sheahan with 17 minutes and power play time….predictably poor indeed.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 03/21/17 at 09:59 AM ET


Why Z plays 24 minutes?

Posted by VPalmer on 03/20/17 at 10:36 PM ET

ahhh….he’s a great player.

Nyquist plays just under 24 mins, I guess hiding in the weeds or somewhere

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 03/20/17 at 10:54 PM ET

he must have been hiding from the game you were watching. I saw him quite a bit. I guess you even missed him being injured from a shoulder to shoulder hit when Mickey went on about the hit for a good 5 minutes.

he always moves like its the save of the year.
Tennis players do this to boost their confidence: act like every point is the point that wins them the match. It’s proven to raise confidence.

Blashill has been bad from day one…and his motivation is to be bad til the last day of the season.

Posted by PierreC from Montreal, Canada on 03/20/17 at 11:14 PM ET
do you mean when the wings were 6-2 at that start of the 2016-17 season?

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 03/21/17 at 11:45 AM ET

Colin's avatar

Mrazek just don’t know what’s an easy save anymore, he always moves like its the save of the year.

Relax kid…play cool.

How can you behind our defensive dumpster fire?

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 03/21/17 at 12:36 PM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

On the bright side, we’re losing to teams we can beat, and will hopefully get beat by the teams that should beat us, so there’s that.

Tank baby Tank!!!

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 03/21/17 at 01:14 PM ET

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