January 31, 2015

Power Play Lights up the Islanders

The Red Wings’ special teams led the squad to a victory over one of the East’s elite squads. Despite being out possessed at even strength the team did a good job of keeping the Islanders to the outside and the special teams returned to the form that got the Wings to the top of the league. The grinders and Mrazek killed off 3 of 4 penalties while the skill players effectively went 3 for 3 on the Power Play. This was a big win for the home team and an excellent game for Mrazek who was due for a bounce back performance.

January 27, 2015

Strong Second Period & Third Line Power Wings to a Win

Coming back from the All-Star break the Red Wings showed some rust against the perpetual pain in our side that is the Florida Panthers. After falling behind early, the third line of Weiss, Sheahan and Glendening added 3 goals to give a lead that Mrazek would preserve to earn the win. Thanks to the current 6 game winning streak the Red Wings now sit atop the Atlantic division and look to be in excellent shape as teams begin to battle for playoff positioning.

January 17, 2015

Predators Become the Prey

Nashville was a tired team flying into Detroit after a comeback victory over the Washington Capitals last night in the Music City. Surprisingly the Red Wings came out with a great start and before the visitors had a chance to get settled, they found themselves in a 3-0 hole. The Red Wing’s speed was apparent all night as the tired Predators were unable to out skate defenders through the neutral zone and routinely gave up costly turnovers.

January 8, 2015

Mid-Season Review

Halfway through the regular season, despite many pundits’ predictions the Red Wings are solidly the 3rd best team in the Atlantic division. With a record of 22-10-9 the Wings are on pace for 106 points, easily safely in the playoffs. After taking into account a few more variables, @IneffectiveMath projects the Red Wings finishing closer to 100 points but still battling with Montreal for home ice in the 2 vs 3 matchup. Despite out current optimism, not long ago things weren't so great for the Wings, as at 6-5-4 record in December included 6 straight games without a win. However the Wings were still able to earn 4 points during that span to maintain their playoff positioning.

Wings Put Out the Flames

Coming off a win last night in Edmonton that went down to the final minute, I wondered how the Wings would respond playing on a back-to-back. The wonderment quickly turned to worry as the Flames scored less than 3 minutes into the game. After a Flames' PP generated multiple scoring chances, I feared the Wings would be unable to climb out of this hole.