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Quick Recap- DRW/SJS

11/18/2022 at 1:05am EST

A pretty lethargic first period for the Wings and they were down 2-1 after twenty minutes.

A much different second period as Detroit dominated the play and led 3-2 at the second intermission.

In the third, Detroit scored early to make if 4-2 but the Sharks scored two goals in less than three minutes to tie the score at 4-4.

Mo Seider scored his first of the year with just over six minutes to play to make it 5-4, then Pius Suter made it 6-4. Kubalik added an empty net goal and the Wings win 7-4.

Team stats

Below watch a pregame interview with coach Lalonde, a great save by Ville Husso and the Detroit goals.

added 1:44am, post game talk added to the comments along with the game highlights...


comments right now are going through but not appearing like they should, will be addressed in the morning.


from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

David Perron, who had a goal and two assists, found Seider near the dot and Seider whipped a shot past Sharks goaltender James Reimer giving the Wings a 5-4 lead at 13 minutes 54 seconds of the third period.

"I saw a little bit of open ice and the (defenseman) stepped out on me and I kind of used it as a screen," Seider told Bally Sports Detroit afterward. "I'm really happy it went in the back of the net."

Getting that first victory on this trip, before it ends Saturday in Columbus, was crucial.

"Really important," Seider said. "We wanted to finish positive on this road trip and it was a big step toward that goal. Guys competed hard. There were some tough bounces and unlucky goals, but we stayed with it and fought all the way back and got the W."...

"Really proud of the group," coach Derek Lalonde told BSD. "We got thoroughly out-competed in the first period that led to some of our issues. Probably of the nine periods we've been on this trip, that (first period) was probably our worst period. But I give our guys a ton of credit for bouncing back. Our best period was that second period, we established a forecheck and we started winning battles.

"Then again at 4-4, our was game was fine. Unfortunately, a couple lost faceoffs led to goals but we stuck with it. It was a resilient group and a real good win."



from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,\

  1. - For the first time since April 1, 2017, the Wings got goals from three defensemen in Seider, Walman and Hronek
  2. - Hronek has accounted for four points in his last two games
  3. - Walman’s goal was his first as a Red Wing. Considering it was a point shot and taking into account where Tomas Holmstrom was situated for the majority of his 243 NHL goals – at the net front – it was likely the longest goal ever scored by a Detroit player wearing No. 96
  4. - Kubalik is the first Red Wings player to reach the 20-point plateau. He’s one point ahead of captain Dylan Larkin for the team scoring lead
  5. - Sharks forward Evgeny Svechnikov was a popular Red Wings player and several of his ex-teammates took him out to dinner Wednesday night to reminisce about the old times

more on the game


DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today assigned center Austin Czarnik to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins.


Fun third period, I did not even fall asleep:) A lot of good things happened in this game, a lot of bad things, but very important win in the building we normally lose.


I’ll keep saying this because I don’t get many original thoughts, after all I’m no pharmacist.

Yzerman’s FA signings this summer have been a huge lift to the team. They come with about $30M AAV price tag, which we were lectured that Chris Ilitch would never do because he is a cheapskate. Well, that wasn’t the case, it was a matter of timing and who was available. $30M seems cheap for the combined contributions of team leading scorer Kubalik (2.5), Perron (4.75), Husso (4.75), Chiarot, Maaattta et al. Copp was the most expensive and longest pick up and on the surface one of the least productive so far, but we’ll see over time.

The team roster had a major facelift.

Some of the young players we’ve seen on the ice the last couple of years hoping they would grab their piece of cheese will find themselves on the outside as others will be given their chance and also the shrinking number of opportunities to get visibility in the NHL lineup.


once again, Reimer comes through for the Wings.

early doubts about Perron have been dispelled, next up is Copp…relax.

now what about Bert? looking for that killer Dman..package?

Wings remain in search of that elusive 60 minute effort..


I say give Bert around 7 games, he looks really rusty right now. Hopefully he can score a few before the trade deadline to maximize a return for him.


I am concerned with how bad their 5on5 possession numbers are and the percentage of scoring chances they are giving up versus the scoring chances they are getting (per Natural Stat Trick). Last nights game they were 42% CF%, 42% FF%, 43% SOG%, 36% SCF% (36 to 20), and 27% HDCF% (16 to 6). It looks like their goalies are bailing them out and they are scoring more on their limited HD chances than they are giving up on the HD chances against them. With last night's numbers they'd lose 4 out of 5 games so I'm glad Reimer was awful last night; good for us.  I saw a video image that said the Wings had 17 chances while the Sharks had 14 but Natural Stat Trick said (5 on 5) the Wings had 20 chances while the Sharks had 36!  Who is reporting on this, the team PR staff?

The point is, I don't see any improvement of these relative numbers even with all the new offensive and defensive talent.  The team structure seems to be designed to give up more possession than they get by suppressing our possession to cover defensively.  That seems to be evident in that last year's vs this year's xGA/GP is about 2.21 vs 2.16 (a slight improvement in numbers) while the xGF/GP is 1.91 vs 1.60 (a serious regression in numbers).

All in all, when I see improvement in these underlying numbers then I'll believe they are improving. New structure, new players, I'll give them time.  But, I think the numbers are showing they have quite a ways to go.

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