Outside of the second Bruins game, the Wings have played really good hockey. I am enjoying watching this group much more than the past couple seasons. They are quicker, more relentless and seem to have improved quite a bit defensively so far.
Still have some kinks to work out for sure, but this is all without Pav too.
Weiss needs to play to see if he can give the team much-needed help offensively. If he still can't contribute, then there's a serious problem, but Joakim Andersson and Andrej Nestrasil aren't going to solve the lack of goals issue.
Unless there are lingering injury concerns, I don't really understand Weiss being scratched unless there is more going on behind the scenes.
The Red Wings have six goals in three games now. Gus Nyquist has exactly half of those goals scored.
Tonight against the Bruins, Nyquist played 15:37. Joakim Andersson only played 11 fewer seconds, Drew Miller around 30 seconds less and worst of all, Luke Glendening played 17:09 tonight. A 4th line center registered over 17 minutes while the Wings best player and only goal-scoring threat so far this season received less or essentially equal ice time as two fringe NHL players and a PK specialist.
That's extremely poor coaching. I love Babs, but this team can't score goals right now. You don't have Pav, refuse to play Weiss and then give your most dynamic offensive threat third line treatment.
Take the point and be thankful. Awful peformance all the way around from everyone but Howard, Nyquist and DeKeyser. Babs included for having Nyquist start on the third line, not using him on the PP in OT and having Nestrasil lead the shootout. Tatar didn't even get to go and he's probably the best option with Pav out.
While watching the game last night I was upset with the non-call on Getzlaf.
However watching it today with a clear mind and from a few different angles it was the right (non)call.
He went down on his own. The stick barely touched him. It's the NHL. Be strong on your skates...
Kronwall falling is irrelevant. It wasn't a trip that needed to be called -- it was the textbook hook on Kronwall's hands before Kronwall even went down. The hook was completely separate and should have been called regardless of what followed.
You think he outplayed Rask? Debatable. Rask definitely was the busier goalie with higher quality scoring chances. Jimmy still let in his signature back breaking goal but the team responded. Always an uphill battle with jimmy in net
How was it a back-breaking goal? It happened in the first period of a scoreless game. Back-breaking would imply the Wings couldn't recover from it, which they clearly did. And I would contend that wasn't even a goal that was Jimmy's fault anyways. Jimmy was good in the third period against Boston and it gets overlooked because he didn't blow the lead and people couldn't jump all over him for it.