This is dedicated to my pal eh-plus-canuck, a Red Wings fan suffering through all of this. Hopefully, I don’t break your heart any further.
Things are looking grim in Detroit. The Red Wings are 3-8-1 to start the season and are currently on an 8 game losing streak. The team has just 27 goals for and a whopping 45 goals against.
First, let’s talk about scoring. Their a little top-heavy when it comes to scoring points.
Of those 27 goals, 10 of them have come from one line. The Tyler Bertuzzi–Dylan Larkin–Anthony Mantha line has put up 10 goals even-strength goals in 11 games together. Sometimes Darren Helm will be thrown in on a wing which has given him 4 goals on the season so far. But that Bertuzzi-Larkin-Mantha line has been dominate. In total, those three players and Helm have 38 of the 77 team points.
Their group on the ice that is controlling the game and actually clicking were other lines seem to struggle.
The puck control has seen improvement over the last few games. Their Corsi For as a team has seen improvements, mostly throughout the last 2 games.
|5||2019-10-12||Toronto Maple Leafs||2||5||L||31||60||34.1||20||38||34.5|
|12||2019-10-27||St. Louis Blues||4||5||L||OT||48||24||66.7||35||19||64.8|
Keeping control is step one to improving, next you gotta take advantage of the High Danger Scoring Chances. Over the course of 12 games, the Red Wings have an average of 45.49% High Danger Chances in their favor but they have only scored on an average 28.05% of those chances. Those chances are what give you the edge when you need it and it’s imperative to success that they’re taken advantage of.
The defense is not as heavy-hitting as they could be. Mike Green leads the team in blocks with just 24 and Filip Hronek leads defensemen in hits with 12. They’re not being as physical as they could be. It’s a relatively young defense team and they’re majorly over 6 feet tall, use it to your advantage. Their giveaway to takeaway ratio is not fantastic either.
The goaltending has been a sore spot as well. Between both Jonathan Bernier (2-3-1) and Jimmy Howard (1-5-0) the average save percentage is .894 and the GAA is 3.55. The quality starts is .333 and the “Really Bad Starts” (which I didn’t know was a thing) is 2 games – both to Bernier.
There is room for improvement on almost every front but they have the ability to be a better team. Maybe too many offseason moves have made chemistry all jumbled or the players just aren’t clicking.
The team has added Brendan Perlini from the Chicago Blackhawks to try and boost their offense. Perlini has played in one game with the Hawks this season but was open to a trade to gain more ice time and opportunity. Perlini won’t solve all of their problems but it is a definite start for the team to change things up.
Hang in there Red Wings’ fans.
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