Detroit looked uninspired at times tonight, gassed at others, and the result was a 2-1 loss to the Stars to kick off the home opener. Howard played an outstanding game and prevented another blowout with his performance, but the team gave him no help on offence.
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Passing is terrible right now. Even Pavel was putting the puck behind guys tonight. The terrible passing is preventing this team from breaking out of their own zone cleanly, get off quicker shots and is resulting in turnovers all over the ice.
Power play is terrible. Just like last year they can’t gain the zone and when they do, poor passing and bad shot selection is killing our own power plays. I don’t know what the final tally was, but at one point, the Wings were 0-3 on the PP with 1 shot, while Dallas had 4 shots while shorthanded. Unacceptable.
Lashoff played another good game as did the new FNG, Huskins. And there will probably be a third FNG because White was hurt and did not return. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.
Congratulations to Homestar on his first NHL goal. The man had plenty of chances again and pretty soon he’s going to bury a lot of them, but hopefully this first one gets him started.
If not for all these injuries, I’d call for Babcock to scratch Mule. Last year he wasn’t an asset when we needed him to be. So far this year he’s actually hurting the team. Anyone have a clue what he was doing just lying in front of the net after he got knocked down? Lazy. Replace Homer, they say. Homer would have gotten right back up and continued to battle. Give me a broken Homer over a lazy “power” forward any day.
That’s all I have for you right now. Red Wings need a better effort from here on out because this team can’t coast its way to a playoff spot.