Wings fall in a shootout to the Jets, 3-2. They played well for the most part, but can’t win.
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Howard has to be better. He’s making too much money to have a goal per game that he regrets giving up. Defend him if you want, but he has been better before.
Still, you’re not going to win many games when you only score 2 goals. The team has to find offense. They have to start burying their chances. Seems like all but two guys have resorted to playing like grinders. They just hack at the puck in the general direction of the net. It’s horrible to watch.
I don’t know for certain, but did Pavel and Hank play more than 1:00 together in OT? I know Pav played a lot because of the PK, but the point is this: what good is it to play guys from your third or fourth line when you have your two best players sitting on the bench for 3 minutes straight? Roll 3 Lines in OT, moron.
NOHS Three Stars of the Game:
First Star: Datsyuk had two goals.
Second Star: Kronwall with a couple of helpers.
Third Star: Zetterberg with a great pass on the first goal.
Things to Stop Doing Forever: Stop losing at home.
Next game is Friday against the Caps.
Stop begging for Nyquist, there is literally no way to work him into the roster right now. We can't get rid of Sammy and we are going to have to drop guys just to get Big E back into the fold. Argue all you want about what got us into this ridiculous roster situation in the first place but right now the teams hands are tied.
If we keep playing like we just did, 9/10 we win that game. Yes, we need to capitalize more. Missed empty netters keep this game from being 4-2 Wings.
Howard doesn't exactly suck, but he has certainly become mediocre this year. Nothing at all remarkable, he has played utterly and completely like an average goalie, and that's not acceptable. We've all seen him be much better so he needs to step it up.
This team has loads of people who can score who are, like you say, playing like grinders for no reason whatsoever. It's so frustrating to watch such messy hockey from a team I expect better of. Why the hell is Nyquist not on this roster. And why does Quincey keep seeing ice time? And WTF is with the not winning in OT/SO!?!? We have the most OT losses in the league, tied with the Sharks and NJ.
My two game comments...
Howard didn't seem to be tracking the puck or the play well tonight. I would say less than 100% concentration for some reason.
Datsyuk didn't play as much as he appeared to have. Misses the minute pk from his ice time and he played two minutes less then Z. I noticed it early on that Helm was out there a lot of the time due to Datsyuk going for a quick change. I would say he isnt 100% which makes what he did on the ice all the more impressive.
@Old Fat Bald Guy Whoa there buddy, what are you trying to do? Improve our offense?