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Detroit Red Wings: A Step In The Right Direction

Detroit RedwingsIf the last two games have shown anything, it’s that confidence and motivation matter as much, if not more than skill and ability.

The home game against the LA Kings was a game of penalty kill. With 12 minor penalties in the game, it’s amazing that there was just 1 powerplay goal. Both teams penalty kill lines worked harder than ever to stop the game being a landslide, or to stop a comeback, depending on which team you were rooting for.

In the end though, it appeared the 3rd period was just a touch too far for LA, and their gruelling road schedule (this being their 3rd game in 4 days) must have had a part to play. Detroit though, seemed all to happy to capitalise on the fatigue, with the shots on goal stats showing the LA Kings ran out of steam in the 3rd. In the 3rd, Detroit outshoot LA 15-7, scoring 3 times. Wether the win was due to opposition fatigue, or due to a good 3rd period of pressure, Detroit won’t care. A much needed win against the high-flying Kings will have boosted the team’s confidence no end.

Then last night, we play the Avalanche, losing from a shootout, but I can’t help but feel a little lucky. The game was a show of Detoit’s skill until the 3rd period. Shots on goal were 23-13 in Detroits favour until the final period where we stepped back and allowed Colorado back into the game. After the Avs successfully killed a 4 minute penalty, their tails were up, they had a glint in their eye, and they looked dangerous. Detroit just let it happen.

When you’ve dominated the game until this point, to see your team sit back and relax like this is terrifying. The Avs attacked with power, outshooitng the Wings 13-7, and scoring 3 times. When you’re playing a team that is 5-1-1 coming into this game, you should be pinning them to their own blue line for as long as possible.

So it’s a distinctly average record for the Wings (3-3-1), which for the fans, will be a bit disappointing. When you’ve been a dominant team for 2-3 seasons in a row, you expect to get your season off to a blistering start.

Maybe times have changed?

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