For Mrazek to make that save late in the third with the game tied and his team being outplayed, then they go down and score immediately after is just.... whew. These are the kind of things that happen to very special players. Such a neat and tidy game from him, sprinkled with a bit of magic
Holy smokes can't believe we won this game. All thanks to Mrazek unquestionably. Wings got bullied to the outside the whole game but that's what a good goalie can do for you. I think we were good to not give up very high quality chances other than a few but definitely were badly outplayed.
Ericsson just can't do anything right out there. Sharks have a good forecheck and he missed quite a bit of time so hopefully he can regain his form. Wings got outmuscled badly. Frustrating to watch. Nyqvist doesn't exist in hockey games like this
Mrazek was great. He does a lot of little things that really help the defense when the puck is around the net and he made the big saves when he needed to.
The Wings didn't look very dangerous, but that could be because of New Jersey's stifling style of play. The E and Kronwall pairing was no doubt the worst but I'm optimistic that E just needs time to improve, also doesn't help they were playing a very good, physical forecheck. Smith looks confident out there and making the smart plays in his own zone.
Pretty sure Marchenko led the Wings in ice time again? If this kid had the same amount of hype when he entered the league as DD I wonder what the depth chart would look like. If any defensemen is struggling just stick Marchenko on his pair and he'll turn it around. He's the Larkin of defensemen
Mantha should get a call up sometime this year similar to AA with significant ice time just to get his feet wet. A season of being the go to guys and a deep playoff run with another good training camp and they'll both be approaching overripe status and should dominate the AHL next year (until their full time red wings at least)
Our offense output has gone down every year as Z and D get older, it's no coincidence. They're not guys you build your team around anymore. We have no core players, that's why we're not good at anything. Painfully mediocre
What exactly is this team especially good at? They have no identity other than they're bad qualities. I say we just go young? When's the last time we had a guy with size that fans were excited about? Franzen? How about a guy that part of his game was his physicality? Even our grinders don't hit. You can't be a good hockey team without a physical identity