Postgame: Avalanche @ Red Wings - 2/25

Quite honestly put... The Red Wings did not deserve to win tonight. They put forth 20 minutes of effort and in no world should that be enough to win a game in the National Hockey League. The third period was pretty fantastic but, as the score showed, it wasn't enough to outweigh how bad the first two periods were.

Detroit has got to stop coasting into games like this. They were out of this one five minutes in. Twice they completely failed to cover Colorado's (arguably) best player, leaving Gabriel Landeskog open in the slot. These aren't things caused by lack of skill, it's all mental. They're just not thinking out there.

That said... It was brutal to see Jiri Hudler hauled down in front of the Avalanche goal with about 45 seconds left, the puck nowhere near him, and no call made. If the refs didn't see it because they were looking elsewhere, it's an embarrassment that they missed it. If they chose not to call it because it was so late in the game, it's gutless on their part.

And to make matters more fun... Jonathan Ericsson is now expected to miss a month with a fractured wrist. I give him sh*t often but the Wings need him healthy and playing well to make a long playoff run. Bottom line, he's usually better than Jakub Kindl and Mike Commodore and that's who the Wings have to work with if Ericsson is out.

On the plus side of things... The reunited line of Henrik Zetterberg, Hudler and Valtteri Filppula single-handedly provided the Detroit comeback. I like the idea of keeping that line together as the new first line and then having Johan Franzen center Todd Bertuzzi and Danny Cleary on the second line. Fil just doesn't work as a center on this team, to the point that Franzen is actually better there than he is.

The third line of Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader and Drew Miller provided just about all of Detroit's chances in the first two periods. Had they managed to score, we might be talking about something different, but as it is it was still good to see them continue to click.

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With their NHL-record home winning streak over (though does anyone know what the streak for home wins in regulation is?), the Red Wings start anew tonight, hosting the Colorado Avalanche.

Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey was with the Avs less than a week ago, so he faces his former mates early into his second stint with the Red Wings.

Detroit will be going with the same lineup they used on Thursday, with Jakub Kindl and Mike Commodore as healthy scratches, Pavel Datsyuk still on the shelf, and Jimmy Howard starting in goal.

Game time is 7:00 PM (I know I'm firing this up late) on FSD.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/25/2012 at 6:55 PM


Not a good start. Avs up and Bert looking hurt.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/25/2012 at 7:12 PM


Oh, yea, shorthanded goal for Colorado. Ugly, ugly start.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/25/2012 at 7:14 PM


Pretty solid PK. Take what good comes.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/25/2012 at 7:37 PM


Come guys!!! Let's do this!

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/25/2012 at 7:55 PM


Wings do know that a rookie on the Avs doesn't mean the same thing as a rookie in Detroit, right?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/25/2012 at 8:22 PM


Are we going to let Landeskog get the hat trick?

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/25/2012 at 8:49 PM


I'll be damned, Hudler on the power play. Wings may be alive.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/25/2012 at 8:51 PM


Not over yet

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/25/2012 at 8:56 PM


Can we have another Mar 26th to light a fire?

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/25/2012 at 9:06 PM


Hrm. Wings alive again? Undead?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/25/2012 at 9:13 PM


And Huddler of all people

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/25/2012 at 9:16 PM


Definitely seem alive, not undead.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/25/2012 at 9:18 PM


That line is HOT!

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/25/2012 at 9:20 PM


Well sh*t...

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/25/2012 at 9:27 PM

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