As for the forwards, they were tossed around like rag dolls tonight. Datsyuk actually seemed rusty despite having played all season in Russia. Brunner didn’t disappoint as far as effort.
Skating was an issue. The Blues got to every loose puck tonight.
Howard did his best, but it was a shooting gallery out there.
Special teams were terrible. Couldn’t kill a penalty and they gave up a shorthanded goal.
Red Wings dominated faceoffs. Have to build on something, right?
I have nothing else to say about the team, but want to make one thing perfectly clear: This is not “Life after Lidstrom.” This is life when your team doesn’t show up. We could have had Lidstrom out there along with Suter, Parise, Nash and whoever else you guys wanted this offseason and the result would have been the same because they were not prepared. When one or two guys don’t show up, that’s on them. When it’s the entire team, that’s on the coach. I don’t think the Wings will keep getting blown out, but if they don’t bring any effort, Mike Babcock will be job hunting before March.
Next game is Monday night against the Blue Jackets.