Three games in the last week for the Red Wings led to two losses. They earned three points, but only scored three goals. Looking ahead, Detroit has games against Colorado, Edmonton, and Columbus (twice). This is the week the Wings need to earn points and get their offense playing at least as well as their defense has been.
With that, we're going to take a look at the roster from an individual standpoint on a good/bad/neutral perspective and see what kind of trends are working out. We'll be doing this on a week-by-week basis. Everybody will get a good/bad/neutral rating based on what they've done this past week and what we can expect from them for the coming week.
They'll also be ranked in order of strongest-to-weakest in their category.
Valtteri Filppula (Shoulder)
- Patrick Eaves - The Wings put three goals on the boards and Eaves had two points. I'd say that's pretty darn good.
- Tomas Tatar - Also having scored, Tatar belongs near the top of this list. He's getting easy competition to play against and he's kicking ass doing that.
- Joakim Andersson - It's telling that the entire fourth line leads the way for the "good" forwards. That's what happens when they're the ones putting up points. Andersson now has 6 points in 12 games after adding the primary assist on Tatar's goal against Chicago.
- Henrik Zetterberg - Z needs to find his scoring touch again, but he gets onto the good list for his defensive play. Two road games automatically turn Zetterberg's role more defense-minded and he succeeded at that.
- Daniel Cleary - No, seriously. 9 SOG in 3 games, good PK work, +14 overall corsi for the week. Dan Cleary is not the problem on that line.
- Jordin Tootoo - Toots benefited from getting some shifts with higher lines and answered with some fairly good play. I've got him at the bottom of the good list. He's barely not neutral.
- Justin Abdelkader - I don't really have to defend this, do I? I mean, Justin Abdelkader is having just an awful go of things and everything gets better for the Wings after Justin Abdelkader stops doing it.
- Pavel Datsyuk: Datsyuk's game against Los Angeles put him in a hole to crawl out of in the following two games which he didn't quite do. He took two penalties which put his squad down by two men and didn't make up for it. Yes, he's lacking a top-tier scoring winger and that's a valid excuse...mostly. The 6:33 he spent on the power play this week saw him matched up with better linemates against fewer people on the ice and he didn't score.
- Damien Brunner - Brunner had a good overall game against Chicago, but looked scary on defense in California. His job is to score and he didn't do that well. His effort is noteworthy, but he's got to do better. This is a "just-barely" bad.
- Cory Emmerton - Emmerton is just above Brunner for almost getting to neutral, but just having too many mistakes. His hustle is good, when he's moving, but sometimes it takes him too long to decide where he should be going.
- Johan Franzen - Franzen's primary responsibility is to create offense and he didn't do that this week. He's looked better every game and I think he's due for a breakout week, but he didn't get the job done. He's saved in the ratings by being good defensively.
- Drew Miller - He did his job fairly well, but also got beaten on possession. The eyeball test saves him on this one.
The Invalid IV: Filppula, Bert, Helm, and Sammy didn't play, so they neither sucked nor ruled. Great analysis, huh?
- El Scratcherinos: Not that there's much purpose to typing anything about Mursak or Nyquist at this point, but whatever. You're the one reading it.
Carlo Colaiacovo (Shoulder)
- Niklas Kronwall/Jonathan Ericsson - Kronner and Ericsson are neck-and-neck for the good in this one. Kronner didn't do as well possession-wise, but did better penalty-wise (2 PIM to 4). Both of them had an assist for the week and were pretty good for basically the first 180 minutes of hockey the Wings played.
- Brian Lashoff - Lashoff's performance in the first two games earned him the 21 minutes he got in the third. I really liked his odd-man defense against San Jose.
- Kyle Quincey - Blasphemy, I'm sure. I know his goal was a fluke, but it was a goal. He took pretty well to the stay-at-home role he got to play next to Smith and got six shots through.
- Brendan Smith - It's hard to remember a single largely notable thing Smith did in the defensive zone and that's a good thing. He did get himself caught up ice a couple of times trying to make offense happen, but he got back well.
- Jakub Kindl - He's been using his size more effectively and had a good game against the Sharks. He certainly wasn't great, but I think he deserved a good rating.
- Ian White - Not playing this week would have gotten him a neutral rating if he didn't whine about being benched.
- Kent Huskins - See? Huskins got benched and DIDN'T whine about it.
- Carlo Colaiacovo - He should be back soon.
- Jimmy Howard - Two games out of three and 59 of 62 saves. It's not fair that he didn't get a win this week, because he was spectacular.
- Jonas Gustavsson - One goal allowed against the Sharks was a good showing. It wasn't a strong goal to give up, but c'mon... it was one freaking goal. He was good this week.
- Henrik Zetterberg - Tee-hee! Suck it, Marleau.
- Petr Mrazek - Jerk didn't even get called up this week. What a loser!
- Tom McCollum - It would be fun if he won a Stanley Cup ring and then went insane over it. He could be Tom McGollum.
The Red Wings had a good week defensively, but need to put up more goals. Two road games is a little bit of an excuse, as it turns the strategy onto doing more to prevent the other teams' top lines from producing, which was done generally well. Babcock said that their top guys need to get back on the scoreboard and he was right. Big games against some iffy teams coming up.
I like the blueline corps right now. I'd probably not mind if it had one fewer person on it when they get one more back to being healthy.
As a bit of a bonus, here are the lifetime career stats of the Red Wings against the three teams the Wings will play in the next seven days.
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