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Have The Wings Been Clipped?

Detroit Red WingsYou know it’s funny. The Red Wings are setting up a season of being excessively average (5-4-3), but I still can’t imagine us not making the playoffs.

Maybe it’s optimism, maybe it’s because we’re used to being in the top 2-3 teams, or maybe it’s because life without the playoffs is too scary to contemplate.

Our main problem is goaltending. With just two goaltenders (when many teams have 3 available for each game), I feel we’re in trouble. Osgood is a legend, and will always be a hero to the Joe Louis arena, but this season he sucks. There’s no other comment to be made. He sucks. And don’t get me started on Howard. His NHL career is 2-7-1, and to me and the rest of the Red Wings fans, that’s just not good enough. Too hesitant, too indecisive, and too slow to react. When Jerome Iginla hits a slap shot your way from 6-7 yards out, you need to be alert and responsive. Howard is not.

Unfortunately, our leaky goaltending has brought the rest of the team down. The defence is becoming über protective of the final 3rd, and this is drawing a lot of penalties with desperate defensive manoeuvres. And thus, we play a lot of time a man down, and that’s inviting the opposition to odd-man rush, and put pucks toward the net. When you’ve got Osgood scratching his head, idly wondering where his skill went, or Howard reacting to a shot that was 90 seconds ago, then it’s no wonder the Red Wings are a shocking 28th in the Penalty Kill stats (just 70%).

The Calgary win was hard-fought, and we held on, catching an empty net in the final minute to make it a 3-1 victory, but in all honesty, we only played to our potential for about 10 minutes, in the 2nd. Detroit should be peppering Kiprusoff with 13 shots and 2 goals in every period, not just the middle one. Calgary were unlucky, and for most of the game were the better team I think.

Unless in the last couple of days, the Wings have managed to install some confidence into the Wings, some fighting spirit, and a bit of Patrick Roy-esque ability into the goaltenders, I think tonight, Boston are going to destroy us.

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4 comments for “Have The Wings Been Clipped?”

  1. The amount of new faces on the team certainly doesn’t help speed the process up any. In what I have seen the Wings defense has been extremely suspect and mostly to blame for blowing late game leads. I think the Wings are still safe to assume as playoff contenders though.

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | November 3, 2009, 12:07 pm
  2. Amen, on the goal tending. According to NHL.com, Ozzie has the third worst save percentage in the NHL. Howard has the worst.

    I’m beginning to wonder why the Wings refused to sign Conklin. He’s doing a much better job this year in St. Louis.

    Posted by EricNo Gravatar | November 3, 2009, 12:29 pm
  3. Was there any reason to think Howard would be playing that bad? From my friends that are Detroit fans, they made it seem like they thought Howard would be good.

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | November 3, 2009, 12:37 pm
  4. Howard has been the eternal prospect. He’s set records and broken long standing stats in the AHL but simply cannot make the step up. Potential is only any good if you fulfill it. Conks would be the main man right now.

    Posted by rocknrollnobodyNo Gravatar | November 3, 2009, 5:09 pm

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