January 04 2017 06:42AM
Last season, fans were calling for Jimmy Howard to be traded. His mediocre play as the Red Wings starting goaltender had been holding the team back for the last couple of years. And, when he fell to injury, backup Petr Mrazek rose to the occasion, posting a .951 SV% and 1.31 GAA through January and the first half of February.
Now that the Wings had a young goalie with a high ceiling, there was no need for the aging Jimmy Howard and his $5.3 million cap hit. Unfortunately, his contract doesn’t come off the books until 2019-20. Due to this, Howard was deemed “untradable”.
As it turned out, this was a blessing in disguise for the Red Wings. Jimmy Howard has been the strongest player on the team with stats that rank him with the best goalies in the league. Before falling to an MCL Sprain that is keeping him out 4-6 weeks, he was making a strong case for himself as a Vezina Trophy candidate.
December 20 2016 10:24AM
In a recent episode of Watch The Game podcast, Wings Nation Associate Editor Sam Blazer interviewed hockey historian Mike Commito about the history of the NHL. Throughout the course of the interview, the question was asked: “Which three people, living or dead, would you want to have dinner with?”.
The question, though a little cliché (sorry, Sam!), is an interesting one. It really got me thinking about who I’d have dinner with. Sure, JFK and the Pope would be great party guests, but I couldn’t take my mind away from having a table full of hockey minds. More specifically, hockey minds from Detroit.
Here are the three Red Wings, living or dead, that I would love to have dinner with.
December 17 2016 02:01PM
EPIX released the first episode of “Road to the NHL’s Outdoor Classics” Friday night and the Red Wings got a whole twenty minutes of screen time. In those twenty minutes, the EPIX crew captured three Red Wings losses and very brief glimpses of the home life of some of the players.
Here are three things I took away from this week’s episode.
December 16 2016 02:07PM
In their predictions for the 2016-17 season on NHL.com , only two of their twenty “experts” penned Detroit into a playoff spot. If you had asked the majority of the Red Wings fan base, they would have said that the boys in red would secure a Wild Card spot, but fall once again in the first round. The season so far has been much, much worse than anyone had anticipated.
This awful start to the season has been somewhat of a puzzle. Their possession is the worst it’s been in years. They’re not getting shots off and when they do, they are low quality shots. Their scorers are not scoring. Their powerplay has been abysmal. But what’s driving all this poor play? There are many players underperforming on the team and they’ve all received their fair share of critique. Some of it has been well-earned, but most of it is purely an emotional response.
So instead of rattling off an angry hot take supported by surface numbers that don’t say much, I’d like to take a deeper look into one of the team’s players who had some of the highest expectations placed on him: Danny DeKeyser.
December 11 2016 06:10PM
After a 4-1 beating on home ice on Friday night, the Red Wings had Saturday to lick their wounds and prepare themselves for the bounceback game. The red hot Philadelphia Flyers coasted into Detroit on an eight game win streak and an 8-2-0 record in their last ten games. In the thick of the playoff mix, the Flyers were looking to climb out of their wild card spot and into division spot. The Red Wings were looking to close the gap between themselves and the Boston Bruins. They were an important two points for both teams.