Since we didn’t get a pregame up before the San Jose game, I’ll offer up a few of the regular “tidbits” in the postgame instead. Don’t thank me all at once.
- Bert: Fresh off of his moment of glory in Minnesota, Big Bert’s follow-up act is a clunker against an opponent who could have playoff ramifications for the Wings later this year. -2 with 4 shots on goal may not seem that bad, but I can’t think of a single instance other than a slick breakout play that Bertuzzi just missed high on where #44’s presence was actually felt on the ice. Oh wait…there was San Jose’s third goal where Bert jumped up early on Thornton during the rush, thus taking himself out of position to backcheck effectively and allowing Setoguchi to get position for a goal. Look, I’m not trying to hate on ol’ Todd here. I was just hoping he would follow up that “I love YOU, You love me, Let’s Go Hang Out and Maybe Chill While We Keep Things Awesome for Awhile” moment with a little bit better performance.
- The Injury Bug vs. Scoring Depth: No word on the severity of the injury that forced Patrick Eaves out of the game, but there were plenty of repercussions from his loss. Chiefly, Detroit’s lines got jumbled up, guys were playing with different linemates and the chemistry was lacking throughout the later stages of the contest. That’s to be expected. The bigger question that will ultimately have to be answered is whether or not the Wings are prepared the compete and win games when the top guys aren’t scoring. The Wings desperately miss Valtteri Filppula – and probably even Mike Modano to an extent – because those are guys who put pucks in the net. Scoring depth is key and the Wings struggled with it mightily against the Sharks.
- Dan Cleary: I guess I should call him out more. Two minutes after this tweet and BOOM on the board.
- Hank Finally Tallies Again: Yes, I know he scored against Boston on the 11 days ago, but even with that goal, Hank’s only potted 2 goals in his last 17 contests. Assists are great but goals are better, sir.
That’s enough from me. Hopefully the lazy passes and lethargic work ethic will work itself out before Thursday. In the meantime, come get some loss candy:
Kate Upton for the boys (thx @Detroit4lyfeRob)
Channing Tatum for the womenz. Enjoy.