The Malik Report
In the midst of this little "involuntary hiatus," I have at least watched three of the four games the Wings have played and am basically doing an, "As I watch the Leafs game I might as well do something" post hoping that it makes some sense. I hope you'll grant me the luxury of doing so.
The Wings had some great opportunities to score more than one goal but could not finish when it was needed.
As Babcock would probably say, the Wings were good in the 2nd period but the other team played better in the 1st and 3rd.
Jimmy Howard was okay and should have stopped the 3rd Toronto goal.
Detroit is still a team trying to find their identity. Babcock stressed a quick start to the game tonight but the Wings did not show that.
They have flashes where they dominate but still have issues with scoring.
Detroit now comes home for two games, Monday against Ottawa and Wednesday against the Flyers.
The only Detroit goal by Tatar is below...
from Ian Shantz of the Toronto Sun,
Zetterberg has seven goals and 15 points in 11 games against the Leafs.
"He's one of the best players in the game. You have to be aware of him when he's on the ice," Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly said. "You have to play him hard, just like playing (against) any other star. He's dangerous."
His "hockey sense is next-level," added Franson, who, with a point against the Wings, will match Tom Kurvers' 10-game point streak, tops all-time among Leafs defencemen....
The Leafs will have to contend with piping-hot forward Tomas Tatar, who comes in with four goals and five points in five games, including two game-winning goals.
"We're really happy right now, the puck is finding the net," said Tatar, who has been stationed on Detroit's second forward unit alongside Riley Sheahan and Justin Abdelkader. "We're trying to play a simple game ... we're getting the good bounces right now, so it's fun."
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
... coach Mike Babcock once again stressed the need to for him team to play well from the opening faceoff tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.
"Catch-up hockey is losing hockey; you got to start on time," Babcock said after the morning skate. "Eighty percent of the time the team that scores first wins. You got to get started.
"We didn't do that in Winnipeg (Thursday in a 4-3 win). We didn't like our game, in particular in the second period, but we dug in as a group and were mentally strong and found a way to stick with it and stay with our structure. The biggest thing is you can't shoot yourself in the foot in those games and get impatient and we found a way to stay patient."
The Maple Leafs have been outscored 24-14 in the first period, but Babcock pointed out that they're 7-3-1 in their past 11 games.
Khan also has the Wings' plan for Stephen Weiss....
I will add to this post as needed.
Ken Holland tells the media in Toronto Stephen Weiss will play again for Grand Rapids tonight, return to Detroit on Sunday then up to Babcock to decide when he will play for the Wings.
The Grand Rapids Griffins went down to the Lake Erie Monsters 5-4 last night but Stephen Weiss did score a goal for the Griffins.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
"They're a team that is right there with us in the standings," Babcock said. "There's nothing to pick between us and them. It's going to be an important game for them and an important game for us."
Toronto has been up and down. It won three a row recently, before losing its next three, and then pounding the Lightning.
"They can flat-out score," Babcock said. "They have good players. We've got to play. They just beat Tampa. They just beat Boston (6-1 on Nov. 12). They've lost two games badly like lots of us do. All depends on life what you focus on. They're a good team."
more including Babcock still not talking about Kindl's lack of playing time...
via Elliotte Friedman tweets and it makes sense...
Little more on Daniel Alfredsson: hearing he would like retirement announcement to happen as soon as Monday when Senators are in DET...
But there is possibility of a larger send-off in Ottawa. After all, it is fitting that's where on-ice portion of his career ends.
I know the Wings spent the night in Winnipeg last night and arrived in Toronto a few hours ago.
This from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,
Like a father who knows his child possesses great potential; Mike Babcock has been relentless in pushing Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar to achieve even more this season.
“I might be harder on Tats than anybody on the team just because I think Tats has a chance to be a real player,” Babcock said. “We’re going to hold him to that. We think he should be good every night because he‘s capable of being good every night and every shift.”
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
"We were really confident going into the third period," Tatar said. "I think we took the game from there."
Tatar had a big hand in that, scoring the winning goal after Abdelkader outworked his man off the boards and threw the puck to Tatar's stick. Tatar also had the Wings' first goal, and Johan Franzen also scored to give Mrazek the win he so deserved after the Jets were allowed to roam freely for 40 minutes.
"They were better than us early," coach Mike Babcock said. "They came out and they were physical and we were kind of standing around watching them, didn't want to get involved in the game. Our goaltending was good and our penalty killing was good and kept us in the game, and then we got upset, and we got playing.
"Once we got executing, we had lots of opportunity. In the end, it's a big road win for us."
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
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