Red Wings - Blue Jackets Postgame Thoughts

After a win like this, in a season like the Red Wings are having right now, you kind of just want to sit back and smile a bit and bask in the warm, fuzzy feeling it gives you. It's easy to do that, the good heavily outweighs the bad in a game like this.

However, just like in the ridiculous 8-2 losses the Wings suffered on back-to-back Saturdays last season, the score of the game doesn't always mean the most. Last winter those losses to Nashville and Columbus were written off as outliers, anomolies, games you just forget about and move on. As such, you have to look at a game like this in the same way.

A 9-1 win is fun but it shouldn't be forgotten that the Wings are just back to even in the standings. Just as when the score goes the other way, there is bad to see along with the good and good to see along with the bad.

Some of the bad...

The Blue Jackets looked a lot like the Wings have looked in some games this season. If we discount the Wings' losses when they just don't show up to play then the wins against teams that don't show up can't mean as much either.

Though the score shows domination, Detroit let up for about the first half of the second period. With the Blue Jackets still not entirely out of the game the Wings started to play sloppy, making bad passes and giving up the puck. Rick Nash got Columbus on the board and even with a three-goal lead the Wings seemed on their heels. Detroit snapped out of it but it was not something you want to see.

Some of the good...

Todd Bertuzzi finally scored. He's played an extremely solid game this season and has been robbed of goals in just about every way possible. That also happened tonight, with a chance to jam the puck home that Mason somehow stopped. The look of relief on his face after scoring says it all. The same goes for Ville Leino.

Balanced scoring. With all of the injuries, Detroit needs goals from people who aren't expected to score. The Eurotwins did not carry the scoring tonight. Pavel Datsyuk had one goal, the rest all came from people who need to step up. Bertuzzi and Leino and Kris Draper and Dan Cleary and a pair each from Niklas Kronwall and Justin Abdelkader. By my count that's two goals for the first line, two for the second, one for the third, two for the fourth and two more from the defense. Not bad.

Jimmy Howard looked good. His reliance on rebound control scares the hell out of me but he was on tonight. The puck was hitting him and dropping dead, falling to places where it could be cleared by his defense. If the Blue Jackets crashed the net at all it could be a problem but the Wings' defenders were on top of things tonight, taking care of those loose pucks.

In all, it was a good night, as any win is. I just don't think we should get caught up in the score.

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How many pregame reports for tonight's matchup will end up saying something like "The Wings look to rebound...?" It's a common theme this year.

Here's the quick notes 'cause I've been working too much lately so I want to get in a 15 minute nap before the game starts:

In goal: Jimmy Howard.

Back in the lineup: Patrick Eaves.

Other changes: None.

Drew Miller: Picked up off waivers today, won't be available until tomorrow.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/11/2009 at 6:44 PM


FSN says it's Chris Osgood in goal. Dunno if that's a change or if they're wrong or whatever.

Now they say Howard.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/11/2009 at 6:58 PM


Cleary! He's feeling good after getting off the schneid on Saturday.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/11/2009 at 7:10 PM


Another one! This is a good start. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/wink.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.png" />

Mason really should have had that, Datsyuk's shot bounced all over but he had a piece of it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/11/2009 at 7:13 PM


Bad idea for May to accept that fight.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/11/2009 at 7:18 PM


Giveaways absolutely killing the Blue Jackets. Mason deserved better.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/11/2009 at 7:23 PM


Nice move by Kronner to hold in the puck at the point and then he gets the puck back to score. Bert with a nice screen.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/11/2009 at 7:33 PM


The guy the Jackets got for his defensive play gets them on the board.

Wings are getting sloppy.

Edit: On replay, it was Nash.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/11/2009 at 8:18 PM


Holy hell, I take a call from my grandma and come back to two more goals.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/11/2009 at 8:30 PM


I just want the Wings to get out of this game unscathed, but that was a nice power play to watch.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/11/2009 at 9:01 PM


Abdelkader sneaks one through. Everyone's getting on the damn board tonight.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/11/2009 at 9:05 PM


Mein Gott, Abs with another. Can we go to running time yet?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/11/2009 at 9:21 PM


Holy crap. I am almost afraid to watch the highlights of the game, it looks like the Jackets were slaughtered.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 11/11/2009 at 10:01 PM

Niklas Kronwall

Niklas Kronwall
Credit: Chris Creamer

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