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Detroit Red Wings: Has Motor City Broken Down?

Detroit Red WingsWe’re 5 games in, we’ve lost Franzen for 4 months, we’re missing the majority of last year’s attack force due to salary cap limitations and tonight we play one of the most aggressive teams in the league so far (obviously the Maple Leafs are far and away the most regular inhabitants of the penalty box at the moment!). Los Angeles have 4 major penalties and a game misconduct, in just 6 games. It definitely sounds like the kind of team that wants to win the puck by mutilation, rather than poke-checking.

Detroit on the other hand have just one major penalty (thank you Brad May!), and a handful of minors for hooking/tripping etc. Hardly the sort of record that’s going to terrify the Kings.

So with Detroit looking pretty toothless and a bit goal-shy (scored 14, conceded 19), how are we going to fare up against the rampant Kings tonight? It’s going to go one of two ways.

Either there’ll be an uprising in the Detroit camp, with our duck-taped front lines fighting hard for the puck, and players such as Helm, Filppula and Holmstrom putting the LA defence under pressure early, hustling hard to steal the puck on the LA blue line, and hoping to breakaway.

Or, it’s going to be a massacre. The Kings skating circles around our shaky, sieve-like defence, and slotting the puck easily though our very suspect goaltender(s). There’ll probably be a couple of massive hits and a fight that’ll see us lose another couple of forwards to injury.

Obviously, I’m hoping for the former scenario, but if the performances in Sweden against the St Louis Blues, or against Buffalo on Tuesday night are anything to go by, it’s not looking confident.

Every Red Wing fan I know is hoping the team can find that confidence (that often borders on arrogance), and that smooth passing that we’ve seen for 2-3 seasons in a row now. Maybe we lost too many players in the off-season? Maybe we lost the nerve?

However, the Wings being as they are, I’m sure that in a few weeks, we’ll be back in the scoring zone, beating the majority of teams that try to play the aggression game by skilfully dekeing and weaving through the offensive zones. With back-to-back Stanley cup finals (taken to game 7 each time, no less), nobody’s going to count out the Red Wings….are they?

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3 comments for “Detroit Red Wings: Has Motor City Broken Down?”

  1. After two runs to the finals, you gotta figure that’s a lot of hockey in a 24 month period. That alone had to take it’s toll on your team.

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | October 15, 2009, 10:58 am
  2. Glad to have you on board!

    Posted by CanuckulheadNo Gravatar | October 15, 2009, 2:12 pm
  3. Welcome aboard! Honestly, I am not too worried about the Wings. Yes, they have a lot of scoring to replace with the loss of Hossa and of course the loss of Franzen will be difficult considering how great of a 2 way player he really is. I think the Wings will be fine.

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | October 15, 2009, 8:45 pm

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