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Red Wings-Wild quick take: Nyquist, Howard and Tatar can’t do it alone

Updated with videos and stuff at 11:25 PM: I don't even know. I don't even know how to put this one together.

The Red Wings, playing their 5th game in 8 nights, and getting ready for a stretch of 4 in 6, played incredibly mentally tired and sometimes downright lackadaisical hockey en route to blowing yet another 2-0 lead and yet another 3rd period lead to the Minnesota Wild, losing 4-3 in overtime...

But the point is essential in terms of the Wild Card standings, and while the Wings split their home-and-home series...Given that the team was out-shot 25-16, given that the Wings won all of 37% of their faceoffs, given that the Wild had 49 shot attempts to the Wings' 36...

Well, *#$%@& it, the Wings still should have won, and if Mikko Koivu had been called for slashing Niklas Kronwall's stick on the game-tying goal, things might have been different, if Zach Parise had been called for any of the shit he gave to Luke Glendening, it would've been different, and if Brian Lashoff and Jakub Kindl could play competent defense, perhaps Jimmy Howard, Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar would have had some playing company.

During an evening where the Red Wings surrendered territory like nobody's business, they allowed the Wild to literally walk into the zone, set up and all but camp out in front of Howard and cycle away, and at the other end of the ice, when Darren Helm, Luke Glendening and Drew Miller are by far your best offensive line, you're in trouble.

The Wings got out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of beautiful Nyquist goals...

 


And Howard did this kind of stuff all night long...

But this goal was allowed to stand despite Mikko Koivu BLATANTLY breaking Niklas Kronwall's stick...

After Zach Parise took the lead, Tomas Tatar tied it up...

But in addition to taking a stupid delay-of-game penalty as the refs chose to "let 'em play" in the second and 3rd periods, Brian Lashoff and Jakub Kindl stood and stared as Jonas Brodin and Matt Moulson scored the gamer 2:15 into OT, with the Wings having barely rope-a-doped their way into a single point because they were clearly incredibly mentally and physically tired--and out-worked, too:

Jimmy Howard, who was at fault on none of the goals, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and the Hands of Uranium line were masterful. They played their hearts out.

But their teammates didn't hold up their end of the, "We also have to earn a win" bargain, and as such, the Wings' Tuesday tilt against Columbus (on FSD in Metro Detroit but NBCSN or TSN2 elsewhere) becomes GIGANTIC despite the Blue Jackets' 2-0 loss to the Isles today, and while the Leafs lost 3-2 toe New Jersey, the standings still do the Wings no favors.

As such, earning 3 out of 4 points against Minnesota this weekend still means that the Wings really, really ought to win 3 of their 4 games this week--against Columbus on Tuesday, home against Montreal on Thursday, in Toronto on Saturday and against Tampa next Sunday.

Despite the heroics of a few players, this game earns a, "Shame on all of you" verdict because the Wings were up 2-1 going into the 3rd and because Jimmy Howard--as we've seen far too often this year--didn't get any "run support."

That, and Lashoff and Kindl were just awful far too regularly, and the Wings can't afford to play 4 defensemen for the balance of the season. But this is on the team, everybody, and it sucks.

On Twitter...

Here's the Howard on FSD clip:

 

Statistics:

Shots 25-16 Minnesota overall. The Wild out-shot Detroit 12-6 in the 1st period, 7-4 in the 2nd period, they were out-shot 6-5 in the 3rd and the Wild had the only shot in overtime.

Special teams: Minnesota went 1-for-3 in 4:10 of PP time; Detroit went 1-for-2 in 3:49 of PP time.

Goaltending: Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 13 of 16 for Minnesota; Jimmy Howard stopped 21 of 25 for Detroit.

The 3 stars were picked by Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji, and she picked Jimmy Howard, Ryan Suter and Matt Moulson.

The Red Wings' goals: Nyquist (22) from Kronwall (37) and Alfredsson (26), PPG;

Nyquist (23) from Tatar (14);

Tatar (16) from Smith (14).

Faceoffs 34-20 Minnesota (Detroit won 37%);

Blocked shots 12-8 Detroit;

Missed shots 12-12 (total attempts 47-36 Minnesota, with Detroit firing 16 shots ON Bryzgalov and 20 wide/blocked);

Hits 29-21 Detroit;

Giveaways 7-6 Detroit;

Takeaways 2-1 Detroit.

Individual stats:

Faceoffs: Legwand went 2-and-11 (15%); Glendening went 6-and-7 (46%); Sheahan went 7-and-4 (64%); Andersson went 2-and-5 (29%); Helm went 1-and-3 (25%); Franzen went 2-and-1 (67%); Emmerton went 0-and-2 (0%); Tatar lost his only faceoff.

Shots: Nyquist and Miller had 3 shots; Kindl, Sheahan, Legwand, Andersson, Tatar, Ferraro, Glendening, Helm, DeKeyser and Franzen had 1 shot.

Blocked attempts: Helm fired 2 shots into Wild players; Alfredsson, Nyquist, Tatar, Lashoff, Kronwall and DeKeyser had 1 attempt blocked.

Missed shots: Smith, Nyquist and Quincey missed the net 2 times; Alfredsson, Legwand, Andersson, Miller, Glendening and Helm fired 1 attempt wide.

Hits: Glendening led the Wings with 4 hits; Smith, Sheahan, Miller, Ferraro and Helm had 3 hits; Tatar, Kronwall and Franzen had 2; Kindl, Legwand, Andersson and Quincey had 1 hit.

Giveaways: Both Smith and Alfredsson had 2 giveaways; Kindl, Ferraro and Helm had 1 giveaway.

Takeaways: Miller and Tatar had 1 takeaway.

Blocked opponent shots: Legwand, Kronwall and DeKeyser blocked 2 shots; Smith, Kindl, Sheahan, Miller, Lashoff and Glendening blocked 1 shot.

Penalties taken: Legwand, Lashoff and Quincey took minor penalties.

Plus-minus: The Wings finished at -4. Miller, Lashoff and Helm finished at -2; Alfredsson, Legwand, Glendening, DeKeyser and Franzen finished at -1; Smith finished at +1; Nyquist, Sheahan and Tatar finished at +2.

Points: Nyquist had 2 goals; Tatar had a goal and an assist for 2 points; Smith and Alfredsson had assists; Kronwall had an assist.

Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 23:46 played; DeKeyser played 22:23; Smith played 21:23;

Quincey played 19:58; Legwand played 19:48; Franzen played 19:01;

Alfredsson played 18:53; Kindl played 18:47; Miller played 18:29;

Glendening played 18:10; Helm played 17:11; Lashoff played 16:11;

Nyquist played 16:08; Tatar played 15:43; Sheahan played 14:33;

Andersson played 11:06; Emmerton played 7:02; Ferraro played 6:49.

Update: Currich5 on YouTube posted Mike Yeo's post-game presser...

As well as comments from Charlie Coyle...

And Jimmy Howard:

The Red Wings' website posted a highlight clip...

And post-game comments from Howard...

Gustav Nyquist...

And coach Mike Babcock:

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I thought Kindl did a reasonable job early. He was reasonably aggressive and disruptive early, but faded. Lashoff, to me, was invisible for the most part. Never noticed him do anything good, never saw anything terrible. But that gwg was pretty much all on Kindl. Terrible lazy defense.

Posted by teldar on 03/23/14 at 09:51 PM ET

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I don’t know if it was all on Kindl. Lashoff didn’t seem to see the play developing. Howard remarkably didn’t see it either (tho I’m not sure if he had faded more near side if he’d have had a chance on it). Yeah, Kindl could have been tighter, but it was also a well executed play.

Posted by MoreShoot on 03/23/14 at 10:01 PM ET

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First game I watched in a long time, wish I hadn’t. They were winning.

But the way they played, I’ll take a point. Alfredsson, Franzen and Legwand were bad. Play in their own zone was atrocious. Hard to be mad at Kindl on that play, he tried a stick check and was just a moment too soon…Lashoff gave the space for that shot to happen…I do wish Kindl could be more of a factor in these games though.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 03/23/14 at 10:06 PM ET

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I was saying on Twitter that Legwand has been very streaky thus far—he’s like a more aggressive Franzen, he’s either wonderful or he’s crappy and pucks are bouncing off of their sticks. Frankly, that’s true of all three players; either Franzen, Legwand and Alfredsson give-and-go with the best of ‘em, or pucks are bouncing off the heels of their sticks as they look flummoxed.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/23/14 at 10:10 PM ET

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I was at the game and from what I saw the Red Wings were fortunate to get a point. Minnesota pretty much had target practice the whole game. The Red Wings were slow and sluggish the whole game.

Posted by bigfrog on 03/23/14 at 10:53 PM ET

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With very few exceptions, they were equally terrible all game long. The kids (AKA the scoring line) and the shutdown line (AKA Glendening, Miller, and someone else) were the best lines, but somehow Franzen’s line which was particularly ineffective played 19 minutes. Howard was the best player.

More third period goals against. Another surrendered two-goal lead. More sloppy play in the defensive zone, coming out of the defensive zone, and entering the offensive zone. Another PPG against (in how many consecutive games now?). These are trends that the coach must fix, regardless of personnel. Why can they never get a lead and hold onto it? Is it still adversity if it’s self-inflicted?

Posted by bleep bloop on 03/23/14 at 11:32 PM ET

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The fact that Miller and Helm finished at -2 and Glendening finished at -1 tells us that the shutdown line didn’t do their jobs to the hilt, either.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/23/14 at 11:38 PM ET

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Given our collective angst about the Suter and Parise decision I think it’s worth really appreciating that Tatar play against them, and what this (otherwise disastrous roster-wise) season means for the team in the long run.

Posted by BrendonR on 03/24/14 at 07:21 AM ET

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I was saying on Twitter that Legwand has been very streaky thus far—he’s like a more aggressive Franzen, he’s either wonderful or he’s crappy and pucks are bouncing off of their sticks

Meanwhile, Jankrok has played 2 games on the 2nd and 3rd line (imagine that, calling a scorer up and putting him on a scoring line) and is a +3, although I imagine he is playing protected minutes.

Posted by Hootinani on 03/24/14 at 07:30 AM ET

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I would like to thank NBC for giving Edzo the night off.  Even though we lost I feel the announcing was fair.  That’s two games in a row on NBC we haven’t had to listen to the negativism of Edzo.  The Strader crew announced the last NBC game.

Posted by guy on 03/24/14 at 07:57 AM ET

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Franzen has gone 8 games with just one assist. Comparing him to Legwand is a bit over the top.  At least Legwand used his body.  With back to back games I can cut Alfie, Kronner and some others some slack.  Kindl/Lashoff are gone, mostly Kindl.  The kids and Howie earned the point. Brutal offensive effort against a goalie that is not good and lives in another world.  Alfie hitting the post when it was 2-0 was the turning point for me.

Horrible Home effort by most non Griffin players.

Columbus looked brutal against the Isles.  Hope they stay goal starved for 12 more games!!

Babcock should get Jack Adams consideration for what he has done this year but won’t.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 03/24/14 at 09:32 AM ET

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The overpraise of Howard is a bit silly.  He was strong early and had a couple tremendous saves but he faltered late and often and didn’t win a game where he got 3 goals of support as well as a 2 goal lead.

It was far from his worst effort, but not above mediocre.  Ya get 3 goals, you only face 25 shots… if you’re an elite goalie that needs to be enough.  Could Detroit have protected him more?  Sure.  He makes 5.3 mil per.  He’s got to be better.  He’s putting up Osgood numbers… which is fine if you’re cashing Osgood checks.

With 23 goals in 46 games Nyquist has now equaled the highest goals per game level he ever hit at any level pre-NHL. and blown the doors off what he did at the AHL level.

Detroit was just not there last night.  They snuck out a point despite only Nyquist having a particularly good game, and a few other East teams have apparently decided to start sucking, so Detroit’s playoff odds are looking better.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/24/14 at 10:41 AM ET

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I agree on Howard, HiHD. He makes big saves but when you look at the whole enchilada, he let in 4 on less than 30 shots (that’s a less than .900 save percentage). The Osgood comparison is astute. I’m completely on board with that assessment, and that it would be acceptable were he being paid like Osgood.

More is expected from him. He launched his NHL career with the likes of Lidstrom, Stuart, Kronwall, and Rafalski manning the blueline. That’s who played in front of him when he established himself. Now that only Kronwall remains, he’s been more uneven. Had periods of brilliance last year, including some big playoff performances. But I always thought he got a little more credit for his playoff run than maybe he was merited; he had some games where he let in too many and an elite goalie finds a way to steal one of games 5-7 against Chicago.

All that said, I had a thought earlier in this season with the emergence of Petr Mrazek as a top-tier prospect: what if Detroit traded Jimmy Howard to Buffalo (for Miller and a prospect/draft pick/some type of package) and ran the season with Miller as the #1. After this season, management could then decide: is Mrazek a starter for 2014-2015 or do they need a guy like Tim Thomas, Jerry Halak, or someone they could bring in for a year or so to fill the gap?

I actually think Buffalo would have liked a deal like that. Not sure exactly what the Wings could get in return beyond Miller but it would be an interesting thought. Maybe even a package thing where it was Howard+prospect/pick for Miller+Myers/Ehrhoff or whomever.

It also makes me wonder if Petr Mrazek will be a starter in Detroit or somewhere else. I think in DRW mangement’s minds, Howard is a proven starter (and I think they believe he’s a top-10 goalie and can win with him) and a prospect, no matter how impressive, still has a lot to prove before they can rely on him. But it will be interesting to see if they ever decide to move Jimmy in favor of Mrazek. I just can’t imagine Mrazek waiting out Howard’s contract and then getting the starting job here. A lot can happen in that time.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 03/24/14 at 10:59 AM ET

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With 23 goals in 46 games Nyquist has now equaled the highest goals per game level he ever hit at any level pre-NHL. and blown the doors off what he did at the AHL level.

Yeah, if only anyone actually watched him play and could foresee that he would have some impact.


The reason SO MANY PEOPLE were annoyed that his roster spot was initially given to Daniel Cleary isn’t because we thought his beard scruff was adorable.  It’s because we watched him play hockey and recognized his ability.  We all saw him play the same 22 regular season and 14 playoff games that you saw him play in.  Stop pretending that your shortsightedness and inability to recognize his potential somehow means you’re smarter than everybody else.

And by the way, his totals don’t blow the doors off anything.  In university he was more than a point per game player in two of his three years and in Grand Rapids he was more than a point per game player in both of his years.  It’s not insane to think that a solid player who is smart both with and without the puck would continue to develop.

Posted by Garth on 03/24/14 at 11:00 AM ET

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Garth, I think the other thing to keep in mind is that the team has told Nyquist to shoot more and the goals are piling up. He’s a great skater and is very shifty. It’s possible for guys to evolve in how they play their game. He was point-per-game at Maine and in the AHL. He’s got a lot to prove over the long run, but this suggests he can be one of the most impactful Red Wings to come through the system since Kronwall or Howard.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 03/24/14 at 11:08 AM ET

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He makes big saves but when you look at the whole enchilada, he let in 4 on less than 30 shots

That’s not looking at the whole enchilada, that’s simply looking at a single line on the stats sheet.  Watching the game it’s pretty much impossible to argue that he wasn’t a big part in them getting a point.

Posted by Garth on 03/24/14 at 11:10 AM ET

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I’ll give him credit for helping them earn the point. He made some big saves.

But he also couldn’t hold a 2-goal lead (again). He also let another one in so the team was trailing in the 3rd period after holding a 2-goal lead (again).

He’s got to take a hit for the save percentage, even if some of those saves were big ones.

He deserves credit and criticism. That’s all I’m saying. They need more than this if they want to make and do anything in the playoffs.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 03/24/14 at 11:18 AM ET

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I think last 3 games were the best 3 game stretch of Smith’s career as a Red Wings. At times he looked like an absolute stud there, both offensively (including first pass) and defensively (using his speed). It helps that he played with Kronwall, but still you can see Smith being very confident there.

Posted by VPalmer on 03/24/14 at 11:56 AM ET

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Spot on about Smith. He’s been good since Big E went out. He needs to keep it up.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 03/24/14 at 12:37 PM ET

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I would like to thank NBC for giving Edzo the night off.  Even though we lost I feel the announcing was fair.  That’s two games in a row on NBC we haven’t had to listen to the negativism of Edzo.  The Strader crew announced the last NBC game

I was watching Saturday game using Minnesota feed and I have to say those announcers were worse than Edzo and I honestly thought nobody can be worse than that clown. Regarding Edzo, can somebody explain why he keeps his job? I am not saying he should not just because he absolutely hates the Red Wings (although some professionalism of not showing it would help), but I just do not see anything he brings to the table. His analysis is boring and not helpful. Pierre make a lot better observations during the games.

Posted by VPalmer on 03/24/14 at 12:52 PM ET

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All that said, I had a thought earlier in this season with the emergence of Petr Mrazek as a top-tier prospect: what if Detroit traded Jimmy Howard to Buffalo (for Miller and a prospect/draft pick/some type of package) and ran the season with Miller as the #1.

Not that this matters now, but when the Howard extension was being noised about my default position was to trade him while his value was high and go with Mrazek/Gustavsson in the short term.

That wasn’t so much an anti-Howard thing as it is an anti-paying any goalie more than 3-4 mil a year thing.  There are competent NHL goalies all over the place, to the tune of 56 this year alone who at least have a .907 for the season.  When you can get guys like that for a mil or two a year, tripling down on that contract was, IMO, a low reward high risk play.

I wouldn’t even have traded Howard for a goalie.  I’d have moved him for a couple blueline prospects.

It also makes me wonder if Petr Mrazek will be a starter in Detroit or somewhere else.

Well, next year he’ll be Howard’s full-time backup at 595k, the last year before his RFA deal.  Next year Howard will have 5 remaining, so when Mrazek’s entry-level expires Howard will ‘only’ be under contract for four more years.  We’ll get a strong hint what Holland thinks when we see the deal he offers Mrazek.  If Mrazek ends up signing a longer-termed bridge deal that eats into his UFA eligibility we’ll see Holland’s made the assessment Mrazek’s the better goalie.  If Mrazek ends up signing a 2 or 3 year UFA deal then we can infer Holland’s just going to let the two guys battle it out for starts.

Given the way Detroit has unceremoniously dumped/pulled goalies that they didn’t think were getting it done when they felt they had options (Osgood, Legace, Hasek, then Osgood again), I don’t think the team would hesitate to pull the plug on Howard if this years proves to be more rule than exception.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/24/14 at 01:54 PM ET

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Interesting insights. I like to see how this discussion unfolds over time. Does Mrazek jump into the big seat? Hard to pay a backup $5M per season (remember Huet?). And, if Howard turns into a backup at that price, he’s a difficult guy to trade.

It makes me wonder how soon the team would recognize and decide to deal Howard, should they ever conclude Mrazek is the better goalie.

Also, I wonder if Mrazek would be willing to wait out Howard for 3-4 years. He just doesn’t strike me as a guy who will wait that long as a backup.

It will be interesting to see what happens, no doubt.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 03/24/14 at 02:09 PM ET

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Garth, I think the other thing to keep in mind is that the team has told Nyquist to shoot more and the goals are piling up.

Here’s the thing though… he’s not shooting a lot.  For the year he’s averaging just under 3 shots a game.  This past streak where he’s scored 18 in 25 games he’s averaged… just under 3 shots a game.

The thing that’s out of control isn’t his number of shots, it’s his shooting percentage.  He’s at 18.3 for the year, he was at 26.3 in the short February, and he was at 21.1 for the whole month of March.

Do you know who has shot 18+% from the forward position in Detroit recently?  Homstrom did it a few times, mostly by having a puck shot by someone else hit him and go in the goal.  Hudler did it once, getting around 40% of his total IT on a really good PP.  Datsyuk did it back in 2003-4 and 2005-6 when he was a Hart candidate.

That’s it, that’s the list.  Nyquist was around 13.5-14.3% in the AHL.  Against higher competition he’s going to be 30-40% more effective converting his shots?  He’s going to have a conversion percentage that rivals the best of Datsyuk’s career at the peak of his powers?

Man, I’m thrilled he’s doing it now… but that sort of anomaly just screams regression.

But he also couldn’t hold a 2-goal lead (again). He also let another one in so the team was trailing in the 3rd period after holding a 2-goal lead (again).

I was watching a game a couple back and Detroit lost a lead, so during the intermission I went through Howard’s game log and looked at how many times that had happened this year.  Based on a pretty unscientific accounting (running through box scores and keeping track in my head), Howard had given up around 70% of the leads he got… and I only counted leads, so once the team went up 1-0 if they subsequently went up 2 or 3-0 I didn’t double count the lead.

That’s a stat with no context, but man it sure seems like a lot.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/24/14 at 02:26 PM ET

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HiHD, the “percentage of times giving up a lead” is also an indictment on team defense.

The other thing, with Nyquist…I don’t think anyone thinks this will be the norm. I still think 30 goals per year in the long-run would be a very good contribution from him.

That said, what he’s actually doing is playing above that level. Not that it will continue, but it is quite possible that his shots total/averages go up and the shooting percentage goes down and the effect nets to close to zero, meaning he’s able to score a lot of goals because he shoots more.

Anyways, the point is, this is the first time we’ve had a forward come through the system and score like this. It’s encouraging that maybe he outscores the previous expectations. Johan Franzen came up through the system and through his first couple years in the NHL as a third line center. Starting March 2008, he became one of the best scorers on the team.

I’m not going to overblow the expectations for Nyquist since he’s still got a lot to prove, but he couldn’t possibly have done more this season than he has. Hopefully, he’s able to build this into a career that exceeds our expectations at this point. That and, after this, I will raise the expectations a bit - not overblown, but a bit. Previously, I thought he’d max at around 20-25 goals and 50-60 points. I might be willing to go 25-30 goals and 55-70 points. He’s got a lot to prove, but he’s made a case as the team’s MVP this season and hinted at a potential beyond my initial expectations.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 03/24/14 at 02:48 PM ET

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Also, I wonder if Mrazek would be willing to wait out Howard for 3-4 years.

Mrazek just turned 22.  He’s 5 years younger than Kindl and seven younger than Howard.  It’s amazing how young he is, for being as developed as he’s gotten.  Considering be on the roster late in his 22nd year and he’ll have every chance to win the full time job by age 23 or 24, it’s tough to think he’ll chafe too much at it.

It’s a lot different from the Jarnkrok situation, IMO, where he’s behind 3-7 other guys and it would be age 24 before he’d really even get a long look on the NHL roster.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/24/14 at 02:49 PM ET

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You had to bring up Calle….

No lie, I couldn’t sleep last night for the second time because of this trade. The night of the trade and last night, I legitimately lost sleep over that guy.

I know, it’s ridiculous.

Anyways, that’s a decent assessment. I can buy what you’re selling about Mrazek.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 03/24/14 at 03:09 PM ET

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It was far from his worst effort, but not above mediocre.  Ya get 3 goals, you only face 25 shots… if you’re an elite goalie that needs to be enough.

This is such an odd oversimplification from somebody who usually does nuance pretty well in non-goalie considerations.

I mean, we all watched the game, right? We shouldn’t have to just look at the shot counter and the scoreboard then say “that’s not good enough.”

Which one are we asking for back?

- The screened goalscorer’s slapper on the power play?
- The net-front scramble rebound that got played off the post by a guy taking advantage of a defenseman without a stick and put home by a guy the other D-man didn’t box out?
- The other crease-crashing goal where both players who got into his crease did so behind their defenders?
- The tip-in off a shot he had to play honestly where the guy was given the room to both establish the zone and wait for a play to develop by one defenseman while the other one took a guess and got it wrong on where exactly he should be going to tie up the stick on a guy doing a set play?

It just seems convenient how easily the goalposts move for what is and isn’t an acceptable goaltending performance. The amount of big saves he should have made in a loss is expressed by the function of n+2, where n = the number of big saves he actually made.

- Three minutes into the game, he saved two slot shots from Jason pominville

- 5:23 in, Lashoff turned the puck over to the interior to allow a good scoring chance and Kindl didn’t puck up a guy coming across and he made a spectacular stop on Kyle Brodziak,

-18 seconds into a Wild power play in the first, Koivu found a seam to Matt Moulson on the back door and Howard got his pad out to make a stop.
-3:49 into the second he came across his crease to get his blocker on a Marco Scandella shot from 15 feet aimed at a post he wasn’t covering half a second sooner because he had to trust that Brendan Smith and David Legwand wouldn’t allow the play to develop like that and he bailed them out.

-16:19 into the 2nd, Danny Dekeyser tries hooking a pass around a forechecker in the corner and turns the puck over in the middle of his own zone. Suter waits for the play to develop and wrists a shot that Coyle tips in front and Howard gloves for no rebound.

NHL.com cut 19 save highlights out of yesterday’s game. 13 of those were Jimmy Howard saves. Of those thirteen, these five are shots that, had they made it into the net, they would not have been “the kind Howard would have liked to have had back.”  Of the five Bryzgalov highlights, two of those shots came from inside the scoring box (from Drew Miller and Darren Helm).

I mean, if we want to cross our arms, stamp our feet and say that Howard’s contract simply states he MUST do better than earning the Wings a point in a game where they were thoroughly outplayed, then fine. It just seems that there’s a lot of actual detail of the game being left out in such a criticism.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/24/14 at 03:16 PM ET

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I’ll add that the disbelief in Nyquist’s ability to continue to shoot at 18% or better. I’m happy that it’s going so well and I share in VitoLambruski’s hope that he simply increases his shot output to make up for the eventual drop off in shot accuracy.

general feeling is that sustainable skill for shooting percentage can drive it to around 14% or so.  If that’s Nyquist’s sustainable skill level, then he would need to increase his shot output by about one shot per game.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/24/14 at 03:21 PM ET

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