The Malik Report
by George Malik on 03/31/11 at 12:11 AM ET
The Detroit Red Wings dropped a 10-3 decision to the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night, seriously endangering their hopes of finishing 2nd in the Western Conference and at least letting the Nashville Predators off the mat in the Central Division race by playing perhaps the worst game they’ve issued in a season or three, leaving Joey MacDonald out to dry and doing the same to rookie Thomas McCollum.
In theory, I’m supposed to say something that is either inflammatory, like, “This proves that the Wings are too old/slow/vulnerable and will totally bomb in the first round!” or, “No no, really, they stank on ice, but this is a regrettable aberration, and while the Wings went an ugly 1-2-and-2 on their 5-game home stand and have been playing plain old incompetent hockey, never mind lackadaisically, of late,” and while I do lean toward the latter suggestion…
I am a Wings fan, too, and in lieu of swearing, I’ll offer you a list I wrote during the game…
Players who have shown up to play tonight:
1. Nicklas Lidstrom
2. Jakub Kindl
3. Tomas Holmstrom
4. Johan Franzen
5. Mike Modano
6. Darren Helm
7. Joey MacDonald
8. Thomas McCollum
That’s not to say that the above-mentioned players didn’t struggle like nobody’s business—Lidstrom finished at -3 and the team was a collective -30—but they did work hard and do their best to actually play hockey, which can’t be said of their other teammates.
I actually thought that the Bertuzzi-Filppula-Franzen and Abdelkader-Modano-Holmstrom lines looked very good in terms of offensive chemistry, too, but no one looked decent defensively.
And before opening up this thread to discussion, laments and criticism toward the Wings’ horrific effort—and the Wings earned everything you’re about to say and more, so please do vent—I’d encourage you to watch the following video, because there’s nothing like a North Korean dance party when it comes to cheering me up.
Also: When the Wings lose, I tend to buy a pack of hockey cards because I feel the need to do SOMETHING that involves spending money to realign hockey karma. I’m gonna try to find a box of cards at Wal-Mart tonight.
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