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CSSI Analysis: Red Wings 2 - Sharks 4

I once dangled a Wellwood THIS. BIG.
I once dangled a Wellwood THIS. BIG.

Detroit continued their slide against the San Jose Sharks on Friday night, losing by a score of 2-4. The Wings have now lost three straight and have only four goals in their last three games. While they did get 32 shots on goal, they didn't get enough of those into the net (at least ones that counted).

I said in the recap that the reffing was awful, no need to rehash that here. Both teams allowed one power play goal to their opposition: San Jose had three chances and Detroit had four. If you're looking for more telling stats though, how about the fact that Detroit won 63% of the faceoffs and still only outshot the Sharks by two? Also, homer scorekeepers are supposed to be more lenient on their own guys and the Wings STILL had more than twice as many giveaways charged to them.

CSSI Methodology Explanation here

Goalie Ratings

Jimmy Howard played a good game, despite his stats. While the save percentage numbers tell one story, I can't say that Niemi outplayed him. I'm going to give this game an Even rating for head-to-head. While I feel that Howard could have had one of the three he let in, I didn't feel any of them were bad. Still, I'm only going to give him a +0.5 in the overall game rating. He wasn't the reason the Wings lost, but he was the reason they didn't lose by more.

Scoring and plus/minus analysis after the jump

The Goals

Penalty Adjustment: 2:37 in to the period, the puck is dumped into the Detroit zone and takes a bounce out of the corner and into the front of the net. Lidstrom has to hook Andy Murray as a result of this. It's a good penalty to take, but if Lidstrom is in better position, he doesn't have to hook. Lidstrom will get a minus.

Goal-Saved Adjustment: With the Sharks buzzing in the offensive zone to end the power play, Havlat gets a great chance stopped by Howard. Marty recovers and comes around the far side of the net. Clowe gets the puck out front, but fortunately Brad Stuart is there to block the shot for Howard as he tries to recover his crease. Stuart will get a plus for this.

1st Period 12:20 - Detroit Goal: Henrik Zetterberg (wrist shot) from Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk
Zetterberg brings a puck into the zone and is muscled off in the corner where Datsyuk takes over. Here, Pavel wins a battle at the boards and gets it to Lidstrom at the point. The Wings' captain recognizes that his lane to the net is blocked off and instead one-times it low and just wide. The puck caroms off the end boards and out the other side to Henrik Zetterberg, who quickly snaps it in past Niemi to open the scoring. I'm going to first adjust to give Ian White's plus to Kronwall. White doesn't have an effect on this play, but before changing, Kronwall rags the puck well and gets it to Zetterberg in stride to gain the zone in the first place. I'm going to give half a bonus plus to Datysuk, Zetterberg, and Lidstrom on this play. Both Pavel and Hank work well to move people around in the corner to make room and Lidstrom does the very smart thing in getting the puck around the coverage and low into the zone. Blocked shots from the point have a habit of going the other way.

Penalty Adjustment: 16:46 into the 1st, Ian White is battling hard on the boards in the defensive zone for a puck. He wins the battle and forces Brad Winchester to trip him up. Ian White will get a plus.

2nd Period 02:10 - San Jose Goal (PP): Ryane Clowe (wrist shot) from Martin Havlat and Marc-Edouard Vlasic
The Penalty - Danny Cleary (tripping): Right off a faceoff, Cleary gets his stick between Pavelski's legs. The Sharks' player sells it pretty badly, but the stick shouldn't have been there. Cleary will get a half-minus.
After most of a successful penalty kill, the Sharks bring it into the Wings zone four astride. Datsyuk tries to make a step-up in the neutral zone, but completely misses, clearing Vlasic to carry it in along the boards. As Lidstrom and Zetterberg converge to pinch Vlasic, he throws a backhand pass toward Logan Couture in the middle. Couture is tied up by Ericsson, and the puck goes through them to Havlat right in front. He's not in a good shooting position, so Havlat immediately dishes on the backhand to Clowe on the far side to beat Jimmy Howard above the glove. Although it's a power play, I'm going to give Datsyuk a minus here. The step-up in the neutral zone was completely ineffective and he failed to get back to cover Clowe, who was his responsibility.

2nd Period 07:57 - San Jose Goal: Patrick Marleau (snap shot) from Douglas Murray
A good cycle in the offensive zone turns sour when after a shot by Zetterberg from the point, the puck goes the other way and ends up in the back of the net. Boyle ties up Cleary out front while Murray skates behind and picks it up. Flat-footed, Cleary takes a bad angle and a one-handed swipe at the puck which misses and frees Murray to get to the half-boards. Zetterberg steps up, but Murray bounces it off the boards past both Zetterberg and Lidstrom out of the zone. Ian White is back, but he whiffs on the puck as it approaches the Wings' blue line. This miss gives the hard-charging Patrick Marleau the break he needs to get positioning on White. The two race to the puck and White can't keep Marleau from getting a shot off that goes over Howard's shoulder and in. The only minus I'm going to clear is Datsyuk's, as he was in position the whole time. Cleary, Zetterberg, and Lidstrom each keep their minuses for their failure to stop the clear. The big mistake was White's though and he'll earn an extra coverage minus for missing the puck and letting Marleau get that shot off cleanly. This would have been a good spot to have hauled his man down and White chose not to.

2nd Period 14:44 - Detroit Goal (PP): Tomas Holmstrom (tip in) from Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom
The Penalty - Martin Havlat (cross-checking): High in the Detroit zone, Havlat gives Helm a cross-check to the elbow and goes to the box. No adjustment.
About a minute into the power play, Detroit gains the zone as Datsyuk carries it in through the middle, slows up and then changes speed to make people back off enough for the Wings to get set up. He goes from his spot on the right side of zone to White at the opposite point. White lets the PKers adjust before going back to Datsyuk, who one-time tips it back to Lidstrom at the point in the middle of the zone. Lidstrom draws out Handzus, who has done a lot of adjusting so far on this play before getting it back to Datsyuk at the top of the circles. Pavel skates into the middle where he finds a shooting lane and takes advantage by throwing a wrister aimed top shelf. Holmstrom gets his stick on it out front and tips it under Niemi's outstretched blocker. I'm going to give Datsyuk a half-assist for quarterbacking this power play. He gains the zone and works the setup and he's the most-responsible party for getting the PKers out of position to create the shooting lane.

2nd Period 18:18 - San Jose Goal: Joe Thornton (snap shot) from Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau
The Wings' top line is again pressuring in the San Jose zone when Marleau gets tied up on the low boards by a Lidstrom pinch. Marleau tries to kick it into the middle for the breakout, but Cleary pokes it lower into the zone. Datsyuk also anticipated the play going the other way and Marleau is allowed to skate back and retrieve it to dump around the far side. The puck ends up on Joe Pavelski's stick just outside the Sharks' blue line when White steps up to pressure. Unfortunately, by this point, Joe Thornton has already stepped behind the defense and is in the clear. Pavelski sees him and hits him with a pass to spring Thornton for the breakaway and the eventual five-hole goal. I'm going to give extra minuses to Lidstrom and White here on the coverage. White needs to recognize that he's the last man back and back off Pavelski. However, Lidstrom lets Thornton completely by him and behind the defense for the breakaway. When he pinched, Cleary went back to cover the point, but there was enough time for them to switch back and they should have. Lidstrom took only a couple of steps and just let Thornton by. This breakdown is on the defensemen though. Datsyuk, Cleary, and Zetterberg will not receive minuses.

Penalty Adjustment: 2:09 into the 3rd, the Wings have the puck in the Sharks' zone. The puck is coming to Hudler at the top of the zone in the middle of the ice. Instead of going to get it and making the defense adjust to him, Hudler waits on the puck, gets caught up on from behind by Pavelski, and has to hold Havlat to keep him from getting position going the other way. Hudler will get a minus.

3rd Period 19:25 - San Jose Goal (EN): Joe Thornton (wrist shot) from Martin Havlat and Ryane Clowe
With the goalie pulled for the extra attacker, Datsyuk tries to pull it out of the corner to get a chance, but Logan Couture makes a great diving play to poke it away from him. Lidstrom tries stepping up to stop the inevitable, but the puck is dumped out. Ryane Clowe gets to it first, but is cut off by White. While they tie up, Havlat pulls it back and sets it up on a short pass to Thornton just outside the blue line. Thornton chucks it into the empty net to put the game out of reach. No adjustment.

Penalty Non-Adjustments:

2nd Period 19:15 - Martin Havlat (hooking): This is again a lazy job of stickwork with Havlat. If I were adjusting the Sharks, he would have gotten a minus, but I don't think Stuart drew this one.
3rd Period 07:38 - Antti Niemi (tripping): Franzen is right to be around the net, but it's a fluke play that probably shouldn't have been called considering the reffing standard.
3rd Period 15:15 - Jiri Hudler (holding) & Marc-Edouard Vlasic (cross-checking): Hudler is getting good at wrestling people. Unfortunately, this is still illegal in hockey. No adjustment for these two taking each other to the box.

Bonus Ratings

+1 to Brad Stuart: He had a very solid game on Detroit's blue line. Aside from the goal-saved, he cleared the front of the net, he cleared the board, and he jumped up in the play well. It was good to see him rebound.
+0.5 to Tomas Holmstrom: His hustle, grit and stick-handling showed that he's still got plenty left in the tank. I thought he was the Wings' hardest skater in this game.
+0.5 to Henrik Zetterberg: 14/17 on faceoffs is fantastic. Z was consistently in good position and driving the puck in the right direction. He got seven shots on goal and only had one blocked.
-0.5 to Todd Bertuzzi and Justin Abdelkader: Mr. Invisible and Mr. Visibly-Bad showed up on the Wings' lower lines. Babcock noticed too, as Bertuzzi didn't get a single shift for the first ten minutes of the third period. Abdelkader went a similar span in the third without seeing ice time. They were not effective in this game.

Honorable Mentions:

Both Filppula and Hudler did things that made me very happy... then they did things that made me very sad... then I wrote about them in a post for Winging It In Motown where I didn't give them any bonus adjustments because of their fuck-ups. The end.

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