Red Wings Lose to Wild 3-2

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The Red Wings lost to the Wild in a carbon copy of any game this season.

This being a Red Wing blog, I guess tonight's recap should have total brilliance and insight combined with the greatest writing you've ever seen before devolving into me literally smearing boogers on the computer screen. However, since that was a terribly frustrating game to watch, I'm going to skip right to the bullets.

  • I'll just leave this here: Mike Babcock was critical of Valtteri Filppula, stating that Flip needed to pick his game up and play better. So to get him going, he made him play with Dan Cleary and Mikael Samuelsson.
  • It's ok, Tomas Tatar: there's not a man in the world who hasn't been a little premature before ensuring he got the job done.
  • One thing I've noticed so far this season is that the Wings do not react well to being scored on. I think this is where they miss Darren Helm the most; the ability to throw out an energy line after a goal against has always been a strength of this team, but now it feels like that first goal will snowball into something very bad. The Wings could put Tootoo out there, but his brand of energy isn't what I'm talking about.
  • It's been real, Petr Mrazek. Good luck in Grand Rapids when you're inevitably sent down this week.
  • I understand the cliche about 2-0 leads being the hardest to defend in hockey, but this is getting ridiculous.
  • At what point do the Wings spend entire practices working on the PP? The Wings can't get out of their own way with the man advantage, and there's something obviously wrong (and don't fucking say "Mikael Samulesson" because this shit has been bad for over a year). First things first: get Damien Brunner off the point and into the faceoff circle in the Steven Stamkos-position. Then, do some sort of "The Program" type of deal where anyone who passes has to face Mike Babcock in a steel cage.
  • Quick, name the only Red Wing players besides the top line to have more than 2 SOG tonight. If you guessed Drew Miller, Tomas Tatar and Joakim Andersson, give yourself a cookie. Or a shot of whiskey. The latter is probably more necessary right now.
  • If you cheered that Kyle Quincey was injured (not that it gave the Wings a power play; legitimately happy that it was Quincey who was hurt and wished it to be a serious one) then go fuck yourself. In case you haven't been paying attention, Quincey has been playing decently as of late, and in my opinion has been miles ahead of Niklas Kronwall for the last 6 or 7 games. It's also extremely poor form to wish injury on any player on the team you cheer for, regardless of how poorly you think he's played. I'm not happy with Dan Cleary's play and I would like him either on a different line or in the Leino Lounge, but I don't want him to be hurt. I don't normally play the "how to be a fan" card, but this one seems like a no-brainer to me.
Look, I'm frustrated too. The problem I have is that I don't know "what" this team is right now. They could be the team that won 3 straight and looked pretty good doing it. But I fear they're closer to what we've seen the last 3 games: a team that has a razor-thin margin of error that can't afford to make the kind of mistakes and have lulls in competitiveness that we're seeing them make lately. Ultimately this team is just one of many that is going to hang around the middle of the pack all season, unless management decides that what they're seeing on the ice isn't good enough and make a deal.
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