Detroit Fans Going Wild After Watching Loss to Minnesota
It is safe to say that the Wings are playing terrible. There is no way to put it besides tonight's game was unbelievably frustrating to watch. It is hard to imagine Minnesota was the team the Wings killed just three weeks ago, winning 5 to 3 with a hat trick from Henrik Zetterberg. Remember that? Tonight was definitely a different story. The Detroit Red Wings lost their third game in a row to the Minnesota Wild.
The game was nothing special. We had two penalities per team, a couple goals and let's call this the entire recap, right? I wish.
The first period was looking good. Damien Brunner tipped on in eight minutes into the first period with assists from the Euro twins (Datsyuk and Zetterberg). The Wings left the period feeling pretty good with 1-0 on the scoreboard and were leading shots on goal 14-8.
The second period was not so pretty. The Wings were lucky to start the period with an effortless goal from Pavel Datsyuk and a 2-0 lead. But after 14 short minutes of the period, Minnesota was in the lead. Within a four minute period, the Wings allowed three goals from Dany Heatley, Jason Zucker and Torrey Mitchell. The second period ended with a 3-2 lead for the Wild.
The third period was just boring. There were no goals and not many shots. Detroit lead shots on goal, 7-5, but it was not much action. Even with an extra player at the end, the Wings could not solidly produce something to score a goal. Detroit lost 3-2 against Minnesota.
The Wings were actually shooting, which the stats prove with a 31-24 lead by Detroit. However, can you name any player, besides the top line, to have more than two shots on goal tonight? It's close to impossible seeing how only three of the players did. Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Damien Brunner cannot be the only players scoring goals. There are so many players on the Wings that are just not producing (Cleary had one shot on goal and Filppula literally had zero shots). In order for a team to win, the entire team needs to play. Seems like common sense.
Most Wings fans wouldn't like to hear this just as much as I do not like to say/write it, but this team is just not going to be the team we are used to watching this season. Face it; the Wings lost some of our major talent last season and did not really replace it with equal talent. Don't get me wrong, we have good players, but many of our players are developing. I think realistically the Wings will be lucky to make a playoff appearance this year. I guess we can address that when the time comes.
If you are loyal fans like we are, you will stick by the Wings. When you do, you will see winning streaks like we had a couple games ago (seems like weeks ago, right?). We will be right here to bring you some good hockey discussion until then.
We will be hoping for a better game on Tuesday night when the Detroit Red Wings face the Nashville Predators in Tennesse at 8pm. Follow our Twitter tonight for live discussion of the game and like our Facebook for more Wings coverage.