Lightning Vs. Red Wings
November 15, 2016
Three minutes into the first period the Lightning scored the first goal. Nikita Kucherov intercepted an attempt to clear the puck by Petr Mrazek and put it into the net. About three minutes later, Steven Stamkos got the Lightning’s second of the night with a slap shot. With a little over a minute left in the first, Frans Nielson put the Wings on the board with a backhand shot. The score at the end of the first was 2-1 in favor of the Lightning.
The second period did not see a change in the score. With six minutes left in the period, Steve Ott put a rather hard hit on Cedric Paquette, many assume because of a similar hit on Alexei Marchenko during the first period. Brian Boyle took offense to that and soon the two were fighting. Both Ott and Boyle received a five minute fighting majors, with Boyle getting an additional two minutes for instigating and a ten minute misconduct. With the second period ending, Justin Abdelkader took a two minute roughing penalty.
The Lightning started the third period on the power play and with only 30 seconds left in the power play, Nikita Nesterov scored. Brayden Point was then put in the box for tripping and Ryan Sproul tallied his first NHL goal with a wrist shot. About two minutes later, Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg tied the game up with a wrist shot. It looked like it was going to go into overtime but with a little over a minute left, Kucherov put one past Mrazek for the last goal of the game. The final score was 4-3 with Tampa Bay defeating the Detroit Red Wings for the second time this season.
Capitals Vs Red Wings
November 18, 2016
The first period started off on of a bad note for the Wings. A little before the halfway point of the first, Danny Dekeyser pushed Wilson into the board from behind. He received a five minute for boarding penalty and the Red Wings were forced to try to kill off the major penalty. The Wings were able to successfully kill off the penalty. With 28 seconds left in the period, Washington’s Tom Wilson took offense to a hit by Detroit’s Tomas Tatar and was sent to the box for retaliating.
The second period started with the Capitals short handed in more ways than one. Wilson was still serving his roughing against Tatar but the Capitals were also missing three forwards. T.J Oshies, Lars Eller, and Andre Burakovsky all received upper body injuries and left the ice. They did not return for the rest of the game, effectively playing with three lines. The second period brought a lot of shots on goal, but the score remained 0-0.
The majority of the third period played out like the rest of the game. The game looked like it was going to go into overtime. However with a little over five minutes remaining in the game, Jay Beagle got one past Howard making the score 1-0. That would be the only goal of the game. The final score was 1-0 Washington.
Flames and Red Wings
Detroit started fast by scoring the first goal of the game. Eight minutes into the first period, Tomas Tatar got his third goal of the season with a wrist shot. Tatar had been trying for weeks and just could not buy a goal. He was clearly relieved and thanked the heavens after he put the puck in the net. Tatar’s goal was the only one of the period and after the first twenty minutes of play, the Wings led the Flames.
Three minutes into the second period Garnet Hathaway tipped the puck into the net to tie the game at one. There were no major or minor penalties during the second period. However, there was a little bit of disconnect in front of Jimmy Howard. Tatar had a pass intercepted which led to a Calgary shot on goal. Howard was able to stop it, but it showed the lack of chemistry the Red Wings have been experiencing this season. After the second period, the Red Wings and the Flames were tied at one.
Calgary had another tip-in two minutes into the third by Matt Stajan putting the Flames ahead 2-1. At almost the eight minute mark Anthony Mantha got his first of the season with a wrist shot making the score even at two. About four minutes later, Mikael Backlund scored the game winning goal with a wrist shot past Jimmy Howard. Detroit tried to tie it up with a flurry at the end, but were unable to do so. Calgary defeated Detroit 3-2.
Injuries, Returns and Call Ups
Darren Helm was put on Long Term Injured Reserve after the hit by Nikita Nesterov on 11/15/2016. He will be out for at least six weeks with an upper body injury.
Alexi Marchenko was hit late in the second period against Calgary. He left the ice and did not return to the game with an upper body injury. He will be out for at least a week. Brendan Smith, who was a healthy scratch for two games, will be in for Marchenko.
Thomas Vanek, who has four goals and four assists returned after missing eleven games with a hip injury. He returned to Sunday’s game with Calgary.
Tyler Bertuzzi was sent back to the Grand Rapids Griffins but was called back up when Helm was injured against Tampa Bay
Did Jimmy Howard do something to the forwards? I started thinking that as a joke to kind of make me laugh but now I am starting to wonder if maybe it was something. Howard has been excellent goalie year. It looks like he is trying to get his number one spot back, and he is doing everything possible to do that. He has played in ten games and has had 282 shots made against him and has had 17 goals against him. His goals against average is 1.85 which is lower than his career average of 2.44. Detroit’s goaltending has been decent if not good. What Detroit is lacking is people putting the puck into the net. The goalies can stop shot after shot, but it does not mean much if they cannot score.
Detroit’s current record is 8 wins,10 losses and 1 overtime loss, they are in eighth place of the Atlantic Division. The Wings are in a slump and fans are hoping that they will be able to pull themselves out of it. There are many issues that could be worked, but being able to keep leads would be a good starting point.