This last week of Red Wings hockey will be one everyone in Hockeytown will love to forget. A depressing stat that was given at the end of the Vancouver game, the Wings only managed to get 1 out of 8 possible points this last week.
It all started with the 10/16 game against Tampa Bay, a 3-2 loss to the Bolts. Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov were the kryptonite for the Wings that gamet. The Wings then went across the Ambassador Bridge to face the Toronto Maple Leafs.
This was the game we all wanted to forget as soon as the first period came to a close. By the end of the first period, the score was 4-1 Toronto. Things didn’t get better through the next two periods as the Wings fell to Toronto with a final score of 6-3. The Toronto game was also the first time this season a goalie was pulled. Jimmy Howard got the hook after he let in three goals, and as soon as Petr Mrazek took over, Toronto just added more salt to the wound. The one thing that stung the most from that game, is that Toronto was on the tail end of back to back games. A sane hockey fan would think that a team playing back to back would be dragging by the third period of the second game, well that wasn’t the case. The kiddos in Toronto kept showing off why they are one of the most underrated teams in the leauge.
The Wings had a chance to redeem themselves on Friday (10/20) against the Washington Capitals. Darren Helm opened up the scoring for the Wings in the second period. The third period started out being tied 1-1 until Washington scored just a few minutes into the period. Tomas Tatar then scored a pair of goals giving the Wings a 3-2 lead. With those two goals from Tatar, that had him hit a career milestone – 100 goals.
The excitement of a regulation win was taken from the fans and the Wings when TJ Oshie scored the tying goal with just a minute left to play in the 3rd. Then, the one and only Alexander Ovechkin then scored the game winner in overtime; the final score being 4-3.
After three losses, one would think the Wings would be ready to come out and fight tooth and nail for two points. On 10/22, the Wings welcomed the Vancouver Canucks to LCA for a Sunday night tilt. The first period was solid for both teams; Jimmy Howard was playing his best and saving his team from silly mistakes. The Wings were going hard on Vancouver’s net, but no bounces were going their way until Anthony Mantha scored with two minutes left in the first period, tying the game up at 1-1.
Sadly, the Mantha goal was the only goal celebrated that game. The Canucks then laid down the law and annihilated the Wings in every aspect of the next two periods that resulted in a final score of 4-1. Shots on goal for VAN were 37 compared to the Wings 21. The worst and most embarrassing stat of the night…the Wings had 16 turnovers.
A look ahead:
The good thing about hockey, is that there is always another game. The Wings will be on the road this week. First stop, Buffalo on Tuesday, October 24th. The boys will then head down to the Sunshine State to have a rematch with Tampa Bay on Thursday followed by the first meeting of the season with the Panthers on Saturday.
One more thing:
ICYMI, the Red Wings and Andreas Athanasiou came to an agreement on a new deal.
To make the salary cap work, KH sent Riley Sheahan to Pittsburgh for forward, Scott Wilson and a 2018 third round draft pick. KH also sent Ryan Sproul to the New York Rangers in return for forward, Matt Puempel.
Puemple was assigned to the Griffins (AHL), and Wilson made his Red Wings debut against the Canucks where he played on a line with Glendening and Witkowski and saw 9:28 of playing time.