Monday, November 4, 2013

Wings Waddle out of Winnipeg after 4-2 Loss

Let the record show that I am about as uninspired to write this post as the Wings were to play hockey tonight.  For anyone who doesn't know, that's pretty damned uninspired.

Detroit came into Winnipeg looking to close out their Western Canada roadtrip with a 4-game sweep.  Obviously they only brought enough fuel for 3 games, because the Jets were allowed to do whatever they pleased for almost the full 60 minutes.  Jimmy Howard had to make an embarrassing 43 saves just to keep his team in the game, which should have earned him one of tonight's 3 stars, as he was effectively thrown to the wolves by his teammates.

Defense was non-existent, so much so that the good things that happened offensively for the Wings were greatly overshadowed.  Constant turnovers, breakaway chances, and odd-man rushes against were what fueled the Jets offensive this evening, and they made every attempt to cash in all of them.  The Red Wings were too busy playing against their own fatigue and sloppiness to muster much resistance.

Henrik Zetterberg managed to open the Detroit scoring, netting his 8th goal of the season, while young defender Danny DeKeyser got his 1st NHL career goal on a bullet from the point while short-handed.  Detroit won an offensive zone faceoff while down a man, and when the puck got back to Kaiser, he drilled it past Jets goalie Al Montoya.

Those were pretty much the only Red Wings highlights, besides a couple above-average chance that were kept out of the net and the AMAZING show Howard put on to try and keep Detroit alive.  Thankfully the Wings now take the next 2 days off and should come back fresh and ready to start a new winning streak as they play host to the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

Till then, see you next time right here at TDG!