Detroit Red Wings: Henrik Hits Home A Handful!
Whilst I sit in my snow-bound office, watching the droves of people panic they’ll get stuck in work, I reflect on what has been a fantastic start by the Red Wings in this 10-11 season.
As the cars slide around on the ice and snow, as Britain grinds to a halt because of the huge amount of white stuff (in Winter as well, can you believe it?!), I’m buoyed and cheered knowing that the Wings are looking dominating, and they’re not just intimidating in the results area, but on the ice, they’re playing the kind of hockey that frightens teams.
16-4-2 speaks for itself, and knowing that we’re 4 points ahead of Chicago, with 5 games in hand, and 5 points ahead of Dallas with a game in hand, really shows that Detroit have a strong team that can get the best out of their players, young or old.
Goals have come from throughout the lines, and from both forwards and defencemen, showing some good strength in depth. It’s all good news so far in the Red Wings camp.
Last night saw the Wings take on the Sharks in the 1st of a 3 game stint out on the West coast (Anaheim on Friday and LA on Saturday), before coming home to play the Sharks again on Monday.
Detroit ran out 5-3 winners, and the usual suspects hit the scoresheet, with 2 goals and 2 assists from Zetterberg, and a goal each for Datsyuk and top scorer, Dan Cleary. The fourth line also proved its worth, with another goal from the forwards. This time, it was Patrick Eaves on the board, and his line with Miller and Helm is proving to be a real tough nut to crack, as well as chipping in with a few more goals than maybe some people expected.
Modano’s serious wrist injury is projected to keep him out of the season until the playoffs. Big blow that this is, the Wings certainly don’t look to be too poorer for it, as Miller and Eaves now both get a regular game, which their efforts and performances certainly deserve. The only person not really keeping up with hope is Hudler. He was a healthy scratch earlier in the week, and it looked like he was going to have to really fight to keep his place until he was saved the effort after Modano’s wrist was slashed.
Howard is really growing as a player and his recent performances are showing that last year’s Calder runner-up was maybe worthy of the award win, as he’s posted 14-2-2, is joint top of games won in the NHL with Carey Price (who has played 4 games more), has a 2.52GAA and a 0.915 save %.
The team, as I said, is getting points from all over, with 11 players registering 10 points or over so far this season. It’s surprising to see Detroit’s PK only at 18th in the NHL, after watching the 2nd Blue Jackets game where the PK unit was called out for a double minor, and then a 2-minute 5 on 3, which were all successfully killed off.
Onwards and upwards my dear friends. The Red Wings are back this season, as we look forward to the good run continuing!