Now now now… dry your eyes. I’m not pinning this one entirely on Chris Osgood, nor am I going to claim that Jimmy Howard wins this game. That right there, folks, was sixty minutes of uninspired, emotionless, no-fire hockey from everyone that wasn’t Pavel Datsyuk.
It’d be swell to get more than two goals from the Red Wings. Two doesn’t get you wins much anymore — particularly with Dan Cloutier 2.0 in net. But, funny how Tuesday five goals against was “getting burnt” and five goals Wednesday was all the defense. Interesting.
I know we all rag on our “beat writers” for being slow to the trigger or downright absent, but check out the first three words of the headlines from the following publications:
Look, I’ll ignore the .800 save percentage for a night (even though no one should ever ignore such abominations)…or that there were two different examples of allowing two goals in 70 seconds or less (one of which had a Red Wings goal jammed in the middle), and leave it at this: Chris Osgood spent more time on his knees than Jenna Jameson – and couldn’t seem to react appropriately when a pass went across the slot. The first goal, he hardly even flinched toward the eventual goal scorer. I’m sure everyone will make excuses for him (though, he needs zero help in that department lately) and say that those goals were re-directed, or beautifully set up, or gifts from the Heavens, or whatever… he needs to be better, period. Particularly after running his mouth. And I’m confident that’s something we can all agree on.
Minnesota played like they haven’t played since Saturday. The Red Wings played like they played the night before. Oh wait, really? Nevermind then.
So what happened to Todd Bertuzzi? Oh that’s right, he’s not directly benefiting from playing with Henrik Zetterberg and/or Pavel Datsyuk. Who — WHO I ASK! — could have seen that coming?
Brad Stuart left the game — apparently — and didn’t return after suffering an upper body injury. I say apparently because FSNorth made no mention of it, and I never caught up. Hollis thinks he’s out 2-3 weeks with a bruised ego. ZING! Upon further review, he has a “sprained shoulder” and will be re-evaluated Thursday. Why not?
The upcoming schedule
FRI :: Nsh :: Jason Williams in :: Brad May AND Ville Leino Out. It’s like a really lame Christmas present.
SUN :: Pit :: Tomas Holmstrom in :: Brad May, Ville Leino, and presumably Justin Abdelkader Out.
New prospect rankings are available at Red Wings Central. I’ll let you look through the list (and you really should), but here is their Top Five: Tatar, Kindl, Smith, McCollum, Nyquist.
REVISITING THE PRE-GAME QUICK THOUGHTS
1. Osgood needs to play well to back up his mouth. FALSE.
2. Kronwall delivers more of the goods. TRUE, I guess. He nearly scored and certainly scared the hell out of Martin Havlat.
3. Who will step up in Lidstrom-like fashion? Pavel Datsyuk. That’s who.
4. Patrick Eaves. I remember seeing him on the ice, but have no opinion.
5. Todd Bertuzzi Countdown. Still at five. The ill-timed penalty count, however, is off the charts. Not that it matter this night anyway.
Friday. Nashville. Willy Vanilla (HI BAROQUE AND WINGEDUP!) might play. That should make all the difference in the world. He plays goal, right?