Hey there gang, it’s been awhile. Our last post was October 9th, our last tweet November 4th, and here we are a couple days before Thanksgiving after an entire quarter of the NHL season. Where does the time go?
Anyway, the boys here at GHE had a quick grading session on the Red Wings so far this season. Trev, Jeremy and myself gave them a B+ so far, trev and I citing the plus for being exceeding expectations. Trev also thinks they are fluky, I think they are playing fast and tenacious, and Jeremy’s lack of reasoning for the grade leads me to believe that he is the 5th hour film teacher making his kids fill out a worksheet as they watch video of a D- Michigan State team. Trev is the 4th hour teacher with a split lunch, different moods before and after the meal, like they are playing good, but on 2nd thought you guys do have homework due tomorrow telling me why they are so fluky. I’ll say I’m the 1st hour teacher for the simple fact I like being up early, andddd I’m pretty sure my colleagues here hate me. Bobo gives them a B, citing that the plus was too much for him and when the comment about exceeding expectations was mentioned he said “B is still above average” followed by a slight chuckle. Bobo is clearly the 2nd hour stickler. Trav was the high grader here, the 6th hour gym teacher just looking to get the grades in and get to the bar, with an A-. No reason given, other than I saw him check in on twitter drinking a Beard of Zues by Shorts Brewing Company and I now know that he hates Muse.
Here we are again and it’s time for RED WINGS HOCKEY!!! After a summer that lasted wayyy too long for the Wings, they are back on the Joe Louis Arena ice as they begin their season with the team that ended their last campaign. Boston comes to town tonight after winning their home opener last night over the Flyers 2-1. I could get long winded here looking into the season ahead but I would rather stay positive for now, so I’m going to keep it short and light. Andddd I’m going to the game tonight with a couple other GHE members and I’m just too excited to sit here and pound away at my keyboard when I can be watching videos like the one above, dancing around my house.
1. Hockey is back!!
2. Inured Wings are mended. Hank is fully healthy and turning 34 today. Ericsson is also back, just in case you forgot he was part of this team.
3. Cleary and Weiss are where they belong, in the press box. Ok, they actually belong in the junkyard but wearing a suit at the top of JLA will do for now.
4. The youth movement continues. Joining the apparent young studs of Nyquist, Jurco, Tatar, and Sheahan is Andrej Nestrasil, who for now is on the opening night lineup card over guys like the 2 mentioned above. Granted he will probably be sent down when Pav gets healthy, still exciting to see new young players moving into the lineup over old farts. He had 16 goals and 20 assists in Grand Rapids last season, and finished the preseason with 2 goals and 2 assists.
5. Boston is coming off a game last night.
6. Ken and Mick are back!!! I met Mick once, and boy oh boy is he a beauty.
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That may be to this day the greatest theme music for any video game. That sound ladies and gents, means the NHL season is just around the corner. This will be the first of 5 total Red Wings preview posts. This one will be breaking down the top 6 forwards with following posts covering the bottom 6 forwards/stragglers, the defense, and the goalies, with the last post being a full season preview/prediction piece. These first 4 will be heavy with stats and opinions, while the last post will be a much more fun piece. but let’s talk stats.
The top 6 forwards are going to consist of potential lines of Tatar-Datsyuk-Helm and Nyquist-Zetterberg-Franzen. This list obviously has a bunch of big names on it that I’m sure you all know very well. If not, then I don’t know how you got to this site. Also note, my favorite advanced stats site, extraskater.com, shut down because the guy who runs it got a job with the Leafs. Come on man, priorities!!! But I will be using a mixture of sites to compile more in depth analysis, giving hockeyanalysis.com a test run, and if you need to brush up on advanced stats definitions, hockey analysis has a helpful glossary. I also just decided to change the format of this due to length issues, so I turn on The Weeknd and trek forward. Continue Reading
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So maybe the Red Wings didn’t follow my 3 keys to a tee, but they did get the win, and two out of three of my keys were spot on. They didn’t exactly pepper Viktor Fasth, but they put 23 shots on him which I suppose is respectable. The Wings did however, shut down Taylor Hall, who only had two shots for the game and finished a -1. My last key was to stay healthy, and they did so far. You never know until some point the next day but it didn’t look like anybody went out with anything to serious.
So the game wasn’t the 5-2 offensive explosion that I expected. That’s ok, the entire metro-Detroit area is just a little bit happier today after the Wings got the win.
The Wings scored once in regulation and it came early on an excellent play from behind the net by Tomas Tatar to Riley Sheahan who buried it with a little over 6 minutes left in the first. The first period ended with a little chippiness but it didn’t carry over as much into the rest of the game. The second period was a little slow with both teams racking up 7 shots but nothing found the twine.
The third period started and the Red Wings were in a position to do what they seem to do so well, blow third period leads, but Jimmy Howard wasn’t going to let that happen. The only issue was the Brendan Smith wasn’t as determined as Jimmy. With 11 minutes and change left in the third period, Smith found Ryan Smyth of the Oilers for a perfect tape to tape pass in the slot and Jimmy had no chance as R. Smyth buried it high. This goal came about a minute after Mickey Redmond claimed that the Wings needed to “get their head out of the sand” following a slow start to the period. The rest of regulation finished without a ton of fire works.
As per usual in the NHL, nobody looked to be interested in taking risks in OT, and were comfortable with taking the game to the shootout. Jimmy was stellar in the shootout and didn’t let any of the Oilers 3 shooters sneak anything by him. The winner came on the Wings third chance when Tommy Tats came through again, with one of the niftier moves I’ve seen in the shootout this season.
It’s two points, it doesn’t matter how it came. The Wings hit the ice in Chicago on Sunday night looking to take another two from an old rival.