Much like with the Winter Classic, there are two stories to last night: The event and the game.
Actually, the game was two stories, as well. Through the first two periods, the Red Wings controlled play. The Avalanche didn't even have a scoring chance in the first period, even having the only power play of the game to that point.
I'll be heading down to Detroit for Lidstrom Night shortly so I figured I'd throw together a whole bunch of stupid notes leading into it...
At last season's trade deadline, Detroit general manager Ken Holland somewhat-famously declared "I like our team" in explaining why there wasn't a need to make any moves to either gear up for a playoff run or sell off assets in preparation for missing the playoffs..
Well, that was heartbreaking but not entirely unexpected.
Detroit spent the entire third period running around looking lost, aside from the power play on which they scored their third goal. It was like after Daniel Alfredsson lost his teeth, so did the Red Wings..
In the final twenty-four hours before the NHL's trade deadline I want to talk on a couple points based on some of today's news.
Red Wings' general manager Ken Holland has said the team is looking to make a "hockey trade" and that they want a top-four defensemen.
It's been awhile since I've put together some real postgame notes. Coming back from the Olympics seems like as good of a time as any to give it another shot.
I'll admit I was working through much of the game so my attention was split, but I feel like the third line was pretty invisible. That could just be because the second line gets all my attention now, though.
I've been (finally) going through my photos from the Alumni Showdown at Comerica Park on New Years Eve and my lack of familiarity with some of the Toronto players has been causing some problems. I look at my photos and say "Who is that guy and why don't I see a #28 listed on the roster?"
Well, it's because the announced rosters weren't the final rosters.
Misconduct is DH.N publisher Clark Rasmussen's personal blog. Originally named because I thought I'd complain a lot about refs in this space, I'm surprised at how little it happens. Now it gives me a place to ramble about hockey that's not DH.N's news section.
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