Flyers Vs. Red Wings
The week actually started on a positive note for Detroit. They once again found themselves playing the Flyers in Philadelphia. Detroit hadn’t beat the flyers in Philadelphia since 1997 and just a few weeks ago they had lost in Overtime.
It looked like history might have been repeating itself when the first goal was from Giroux for Philadelphia. However Tatar answered with a wrist shot and they were tied at one at the end of the first.
The second period saw no change in the score. It did in a fight between Ericsson and Simmonds. Ericsson was the first to go down but it did show some of the physicality that the wings have been playing with this year. For many fans the willingness to get into fight has been a welcome change this season.
The third period had Couturier scoring with a backhand that one again putting Philadelphia in the lead. Than just a little bit past the halfway mark Athanasiou tied up the game which eventually took them into overtime.
Overtime seemed to be the younger players game. Larkin, Athanasiou and Bertuzzi played the majority of it and even if they failed to provide a goal they still covered the ice well and were fun to watch. The overtime saw no goals and the game was taken into a shoot out.
Overtime is usually nerve wracking enough but for Wings fans seeing Jimmy Howard in the net for a shoot out. Howard has been a good goalie for the season but many fans think the shootout is a weakness. However, Howard stopped all the attempts and then Athanasiou swooped in and put one in ending the game and the Wing’s Philadelphia losing streak.
Canucks Vs. Red Wings
The second game of the week brought the Vancouver Canucks to the Joe Louis arena. Since this has been a season of streaks for the Wings many fans were hoping that Tuesday’s win against The Flyers was the start of a winning streak.
Larkin seemed to answer all those wishes when he scored the first goal of the game within seconds of the puck dropping. The scored stayed 1-0 for the majority of the first period but near the end Smith put the puck in the net to get the Wings a 2-0 lead.
Having a 2-0 lead is normally a good thing but The Wings have had a history of becoming complacent when they have a 2-0 lead and losing it. However, they managed to maintain their lead throughout the second period. The second period wasn’t the most exciting but The Wings were able to maintain their lead and that was a good sign for the Wings and their fan.
Vancouver’s Sedin took away Howard’s hopes of a shutout early on in the third period. The Wings were still ahead, but only by one. Than Ott scored his first goal as a Red Wing to give them back their two goal lead. Ott’s goal was the last night and the Wings took that game 2-0.
Canadiens Vs. Red Wings
Jimmy Howard got his third start in a row when the Wings traveled to Montreal. There was hope that he and the Red Wings would continue their winning streaks. The first period didn’t look promising. Montreal dominated with Danault, Byron and Weber scoring. The first period ended with a 3-0 lead to Montreal.
The second period didn’t have the score change for about half the period. A little after the halfway mark Radulov but the Wings challenged it because of goalie interference, so the goal remained the same. Than with four minutes remaining Shaw brought Montreal up to a 4-0 lead. Pacioretty followed a few minutes later for a 5-0 lead. Dylan Larkin dropped his gloves with Emelin, he failed to create both a fight and some momentum and the period ended with the wings trailing 5-0.
The third period had a goalie change Petr Mrazek taking over for Jimmy Howard. Mrazek managed to save everything that was shot at him but the Wings failed to produce any goals of their own and the game ended with a 5-0 win for Montreal.
Injuries and Call Ups
The Wings had two injuries or injury updates this week. Thomas Vanek has a lower body injury. He was put on long term injury reserve, but is now hoping to come back on November 20.
After both the tying and game winning goal on Tuesday Andreas Athanasiou suffered a knee injury and is now on a day to day injury watch.
Tyler Bertuzzi was called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins for the game against Philadelphia. He played for an average of 9.71 minutes with an average of 15 shifts.
Anthony Mantha was called up to play against Montreal. Mantha made his NHL debut last season and played for the Wings for 10 games last season and had two goals and one assist. He played for 18 minutes and 58 seconds. He didn’t produce any goals but he will be getting another chance against Tampa Bay on November 15.
The Red Wings are currently ranked fifth in the standings with 17 points. They are second in the Atlantic division for penalty minutes with 10:58 average, they have 60 minor and 7 majors. Penalties might not be something to brag about normally, but it’s nice to see the Wings stand up for each other. It’s especially nice to see Jonathan Ericsson using his big body to get in the way of other teams.
The Wings continue to be frustrating. When they are playing well they are a very good time. The lines seem to click and they look like they know what they are doing. They create opportunities and aren’t afraid to jump in and defend each other when the situation calls for it.
Unfortunately, that’s not the team we see every time, and when they are bad they are really bad. They don’t know where their teammates are, they sometimes just skate around aimlessly. It’s hard to watch them do that especially when they can do so much better.
Hopefully the wings can figure it out and start playing like the team that we all know is in there somewhere. Vanek is scheduled to return next week and Athanasiou is rumored to not be out for long. Hopefully, they will bring some life back to team and we will never have to see a 5-0 loss again.