May 09 2016 05:54PM
This is a big next six months or so for 24-year old Teemu Pulkkinen.
Picking up an assist today in Finland's 3-2 win over the USA, the goals are considerable for the Red Wings forward.
April 22 2016 12:04PM
So that's that. That giant "25!!!!!!!" logo at centre ice at the Joe Louis Arena barely had time to settle in and feel a part of things. As hokey and it was embarrassing to push the marketing of a playoff streak to a fanbase which hasn't seen a Conference Final game in seven seasons and counting, maybe it still ended a whole lot sooner than anyone imagined.
Regardless, the Red Wings in a 1-0 loss in Tampa, are now 13-24 in their past 37 playoff games, have been knocked out in the first round in four of the past five seasons (three of those four defeats in five games), and will have their toughest task yet to make the postseason a 26th straight season in the spring of 2017. It's also the second time in the past five years, the Red Wings have had the ignominity of being the first of the sixteen teams to have to offer congratulatory handshakes to a conquering opponent. They were that team against Nashville in 2012, and were the second team to be eliminated in 2014, when they lost Game 5 to Boston, just two days after the very same Lightning squad were swept out by the Montreal Canadiens. There's tons of big-picture stuff I'll attempt to get to over the next several days, but let's stick to last night's Game 5, and some slightly larger-scope issues for the entire series, now that it's complete.
April 20 2016 10:30AM
Well, extremely long odds now for the Red Wings to be headed into a second-round matchup with either the New York Islanders (man, would that have been intriguing) or the Florida Panthers (slightly less intriguing). And is it all because the puck on Dylan Larkin's backhand lob bounced off the right goalpost at just slightly the wrong trajectory and stayed out of the net behind Ben Bishop, with under eight minutes left. Can't alter that time-space continuum thing, can you?
Here's my ten takeaways from Game 4, with elimination looming in Tampa on Thursday night:
April 18 2016 10:00AM
Well, it seems we have a series to dig into now. After losing 13 of the previous 17 playoff games, and scoring 2 goals or fewer in 14 of the previous 18, the Red Wings did neither on Sunday night in a Game 3 shutout victory, ensuring a Game 5 in Tampa on Thursday and seeing Jeff Blashill's lineup changes either praised, because they had a positive effect on Game 3, or mocked because they should have taken place earlier in this series -- like, you know, when it started. My ten takeaways from Game 3:
April 16 2016 08:24AM
The Red Wings were in the same place, at nearly the same point in the contest, in Game 2 in Tampa, as they were in Game 1 in Tampa. Tied at 2. Chances for both teams. All to play for.
Unfortunately, for the Red Wings, they find themselves down 2-0 in the series, headed back for a Sunday evening contest at Joe Louis Arena, and needing to win four of the next five against a Lightning team, that as it did last year, may be growing more emboldened and confident with each victory.
Here's "Ten Things I'm Sure Of" after Game 2's 5-2 defeat, and in advance of Game 3.