Detroit Red Wings
Per multiple reports, Jimmy Howard has broken a finger last night and will be out ~2 weeks. Joey MacDonald is being called up as the 2nd goalie until Howard's back. Obviously, if you are a Wings fan, this is not good.
UPDATE: The Red Wings press release states that Howard is out for the remainder of the road trip (games against Edmonton and Phoenix), after which he will be reevaluated. So hopefully it's less severe than initial speculation.
META OT NOTE: There is nothing in this post about Michigan except that Michigan is the state where the Red Wings happen to play; if you think this is an abuse of my blogging powers let me know in the comments so that I may summarily smite you. Brian has his soccer, me and Ace, we're Wingnuts. Deal.
So I was screwing around with a Wings stats database to try to string some thoughts together about the losing (oh the damn losing) which mercifully ended this weekend. Since it became a blog-like substance, I figured I'd throw it up here for the rest of the hometown fans of Blue who share a secret love affair with Red.
The burning question in Hockeytown this year is if the early losing streak was a blip or symptomatic of something very wrong. The easy answer is to say Detroit's not scoring enough. This is true:
Scoring is significantly down from last year. But is this from a lack of effort, e.g. are they not getting enough shots off?
- Brian Rafalski, 2010-'11: 4 goals in 106 shots = 3.8%
- Ian White, 2011-'12: 2 goals in 36 shots = 5.6%
Not there, unless it's in Raffi's passing.
- Modano/Draper combined 2010-'11: 10 goals in 136 shots = 7.35%
- Cory Emmerton 2011-'12: 1 goal in 11 shots = 9.10%
|Player||Goals||SOG||2011 ShP||2010 ShP||Diff|
There. It's not Zetterberg, although the dropoff in his accuracy since January last year is noted. Datsyuk and Cleary and Filpulla are way, way down, Holmstrom isn't getting the deflections like he's used to, and Eaves and Miller, Detroit's garbage goal guys can't get a puck in. Among Detroit's top shooters only Lidstrom, who had an uncharacteristically bad year last year, and Franzen, whose 2010-'11 season was slowed by his injury and creaky comeback, are doing better.
It could be their shots just aren't going in, and it could be that Ian White is passing to the bolded guys instead of Brian Rafalski. That it has affected the top scoring line (Datsyuk's) and the checkers the most suggests it might be Rafalski's passing that's missing. Extrapolating his season numbers from last year Raffi would have 8.38 assists and be a +2; White so far has 4 assists but is a +4.
Not that this makes up for an awful day for Michigan sports fans, but the Red Wings are 4-0 for the first time since 97-98. Franzen scored in the last minute of OT to beat the Wild.
So I was just going over my sports schedule this weekend and noticed this:
Michigan Football: 7pm EST
Detroit Tigers: 8pm EST
Detroit Red Wings: 9pm EST
Really? We have to have all three teams play at the same time?
I understand Michigan sets its schedule before either the Wings or Tigers and the Wings have to play an evening game after playing the night before, so why can't the Tigers play at 3:30pm? Anyone else frustrated with the scheduling?
Despite a freep report saying yesterday saying Chris Osgood and Ken Holland will be holding a teleconference to announce the goalie has signed another one year contract...sources are now saying he will announce his retirement at this press conference and take a developmental job with the organization.
It is expected the Wings will sign Ty Conklin as their backup for this upcoming season...
But now, to the more interesting aspect of this announcement: the Hall of Fame Debate. I am not sure that there is another HOF debate that gets more heated. On one hand you have a 400 win, three time Stanley Cup Champion, two as a starter (another all the way to game 7 where he would have won the conn smyth...but I choose not to remember that due to painful memories)...on the other hand, those who say he was never that good, but was supported by the best franchise in the past 20 years in the NHL (which I find to be a stupid argument...by that logic, Grant Fhur was not HOF worthy either since he played on arguably the most talented teams ever...). I think with over 400 wins, Osgood deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. I think a less obvious question is if the Wings will ever retire his jersey...
What do you think?