Game 8 of 48
The Red Wings played a deteriorating game against the Jackets on Saturday night and couldn't take advantage of the early jump that having played the night before affords you. By the end of the game, the Jackets had played a better contest than the Wings and did a good job of capitalizing on Detroit's mistakes.
The reffing standard in this one was looser than it had been for the last several Wings games, but it also felt more-consistent. Quite a few things that could have been called either way were let go, but Jarrett Boll's idiocy earned him calls, so I liked that.
It's hard to say whether this was the worst game of the season for Jimmy Howard, but he didn't have it. Howard definitely lost the head-to-head battle. I really didn't like any of the last three goals that Howard allowed. Overall, I'm going to give him a -2. I felt that a better performance carries the Wings through.
Scoring and plus/minus analysis after the jump
1st Period 08:36 - Detroit Goal: Johan Franzen (wrist shot) from Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson
Johan Franzen does his job in front of the net and gets to a rebound for a goal. Henrik Zetterberg will pick up the third assist on this play for winning the faceoff cleanly to start the passing that led to the goal.
1st Period 18:17 - Columbus Goal (PP): James Wisniewski (slap shot) from Fedor Tyutin and Derrick Brassard
Wisniewski blasts it through traffic on the PP to tie the game. The only minus here is going to Quincey (coverage minus). The Jackets get the setup to create the movement/lane thanks to Q trying to shove the puck to a double-covered Abdelkader after the dump-in.
2nd Period 02:32 - Columbus Goal: Artem Anisimov (wrist shot) unassisted
Anisimov snaps a shot from the bottom of the left faceoff circle that beats Howard high to the short side. This is a bad goal. Automatically, minuses for Brunner, Zetterberg, Franzen, Ericsson, and Kronwall will be cleared. However, Kronwall gets a turnover minus for a blind bounce off the boards to Anisimov. Franzen gets a coverage minus for making Kronwall look like the asshole here by not beating Anisimov to the puck. Ericsson will also get a half-minus for letting Anisimov get this shot off. He had a better angle to take here and didn't.
2nd Period 17:18 - Columbus Goal: Artem Anisimov (backhand) from John Moore and Jack Johnson
Anisimov gets a wide-open lane to walk in on Howard and embarrasses the Red Wings' goalie in front of his own net with a forehand-backhand finish. There's a comedy of errors with turnovers here by Quincey and Huskins that will earn each an extra minus (turnover) for the inability to control the puck. The blown coverage on Anisimov's is Franzen (extra coverage minus). However, this is also at least a half-bad goal. Howard gets caught sliding way to far over and never gets square to Anisimov. To cover for it, he tries a sweeping stick check that doesn't work. By rule, Quincey, Huskins, Franzen, Zetterberg, and Brunner will have half-minuses cleared (making the previous adjustments work out pretty well overall)
3rd Period 13:25 - Columbus Goal (SH): Mark Letestu (backhand) from Brandon Dubinsky and Fedor Tyutin
Ugly coverage and an aggressive PK leads to an odd-man rush and finish in front for Mark the Test Tube. Everybody deserves his minus on this play, but Nik Kronwall deserves an extra one for letting Letestu by him. He can't possibly think that Zetterberg (who is already two steps behind Letestu) is going to catch up as he simply decides to get out of the way of this developing play.
3rd Period 19:33 - Detroit Goal: Damien Brunner (slap shot) from Valtteri Filppula
Filppula wins a draw straight back to Brunner, who proves he's Jiri Hudler's replacement by scoring another meaningless goal during garbage time that has no effect on the outcome of the game. No adjustment.
Penalty Adjustments (pluses and minuses only)
1st Period 04:34 - Derek Dorsett (tripping): Pavel Datsyuk earns a plus here for some great in-zone work that causes Dorsett to bring him down.
1st Period 11:15 - Niklas Kronwall (interference): Kronner tries that subtle step in front of a guy that they've been calling all season. Minus for Kronwall
1st period 14:27 - Mark Letestu (tripping): Emmerton gets good position on a guy and shields the puck effectively, causing Letestu to hit only skates as he slashes at the puck. Emmerton will earn a plus.
1st Period 16:27 - Todd Bertuzzi (goaltender interference): Fedor Tyutin subtly butt-bumps Bertuzzi into the goalie, but Bert does a lousy job avoiding the goalie and avoiding that particular spot on the ice. Half-minus for Bert.
1st Period 19:51 - Kent Huskins (Cross-checking): The Red Wings' defender is either trying (and failing) to play good physical defense or trying to figure out if Jonathan Audy-Marchessault's last name takes up as much room on the back of his jersey as Huskins' stick would. Turns out refs are against field-measurements like that and Huskins gets a minus for a dumb penalty described in a dumb way. I apologize for this entire paragraph.
2nd Period 40:40 - haha just kidding. I just wanted to remind everybody that Jarrett Boll is a worthless hockey player.
-0.5 for Kyle Quincey: He stood out as struggling in a field of Wings players who just weren't in synch. Looking forward to his bounce-back performances before laying another egg next week.
-0.5 for Jakub Kindl: The bad outweighed the good in this one. Although I've liked him overall and I want his confidence high, I also want him to make fewer mistakes.
Don't worry, Kronwall's adjusted plus/minus for this game is already bad without needing a bonus minus.