Time for a mini awards ceremoy!
Best Forward: Tomas Tatar. The entire team had an off night, but Tatar was certainly the most visible. He skated well, made some nice moves to the net, and even laid down a nice czeck along the boards at one point. If there's a blessing in disguise to this game, it's that Babcock finally gave the kid more of a chance to show his stuff. Seriously, Babs, czeck this guy out! He's the real deal!
Worst Forward: Daniel Cleary. Sure, I may be biased---my new sig (thanks, Mabus!) says as much---but Cleary really did have a dreadful game. More, he is arguably the single person on this roster who contributes virtually nothing on a regular basis; he isn't even able to grind anymore. If there's another silver lining to the loss, it's that Babcock might have noticed this.
Best Defenseman: Jakub Kindl. Sadly, I exhausted my repertoire of Czeck jokes on Tatar. Anyway, Kindl had a pretty decent game, all told, while his compatriots in the blue line corps did not. In other news, it seems Jakub Kindl led all skaters in ice time in Monday's game against the Sharks; at a shade over 26 minutes, he played almost three minutes more than anyone else on either team. Who knew? Not bad at all.
Worst Defenseman: Everyone else. None of them had a terrible game, per say, but they all played poorly.
Game Grade: D. This was an affair summed up by ineffectual play, endless line-juggling, and persistent frustration. Very little went right. That said, it could rightly be argued that the bounces absolutely went the way of the Senators, and that keeps the mark out of 'F' territory. But seriously, what a terrible game to watch for Red Wings fans.
Fictional character best personified by the team's performance in this game: Wile E. Coyote. Lots of speed and cunning, coupled with terrible execution and comically bad luck.
Edited by Crymson, 23 October 2013 - 11:52 PM.