The Malik Report
by George Malik on 09/26/13 at 11:10 AM ET
I'm not thrilled with the Red Wings' collective or individual performances during their exhibition season, and while I can only scratch my head about the fact that the Wings continue to accumulate injuries (see: Jakub Kindl, Daniel Alfredsson, Jordin Tootoo, Jonas Gustavsson, Patrick Eaves, Jonathan Ericsson,etc.) at a worrisome pace, I'm glad to see the Free Press's Helene St. James suggest that the team's performances thus far are indeed worrisome:
The most jarring stat that has emerged so far is how problematic it has been for the Wings to score. They have 16 goals — the same amount they've allowed. But eight of those goals came in one game, that night in Boston when Detroit brought Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Howard, and the Bruins iced much less caliber. Eight goals divided by five games equals a scoring average that's not going to make hay later this fall.
A strong finish this weekend would assuage some of these concerns as the regular season beckons within a week. And there have been some positives during the past 10 days: Joakim Andersson, Gustav Nyquist and Bertuzzi have looked good as a line — not quite at the level of "two kids and a goat" (Brett Hull's moniker for his time with a very young Datsyuk and Boyd Devereaux) — but solid. Petr Mrazek, who might have to serve as the backup goalie if Gustavsson is out for any length of time, has shown he's capable.
It is just preseason, of course, and so the games don't mean anything in the standings. But what happens within the games means something and, so far, the revelations haven't been very positive for the Wings.
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