Two wins against bad teams aren't enough for the Wings, who needed to pull off 8 points and got 5 thanks to a terrible weekend showing against Columbus.
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.
Daniel Cleary - Pavel Datsyuk - Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Tatar - Joakim Andersson - Patrick Eaves
Valtteri Filppula (Shoulder)
Mikael Samuelsson (finger)
- Johan Franzen: Saturday's game in Columbus nearly ruined this, but Johan Franzen scored 2 goals in 4 games, put 15 SOG and overall was a positive. I'd like him to be more dominant, but Franzen wasn't the problem for the Wings this week. Not even close.
- Cory Emmerton: I really liked Emmerton's game this week. The goal he scored against Edmonton was a culmination of good chances that finally paid off. The only complaint is that he's got to do better on faceoffs.
- Henrik Zetterberg: Z was essentially mostly at-fault for the lone PP goal against the Wings this week and didn't score a goal. Zetterberg has not been good with the puck lately.
- Danny Cleary: For a guy playing top six minutes and PP time to not register a single shot on goal through both games over the weekend isn't going to cut it.
- Justin Abdelkader: The Anti-scoring chance. Abdelkader got gifted an empty-netter. I appreciate that he's a piano-mover, but maybe he could stop moving it into the basement of the concert hall?
- Jordin Tootoo: He hasn't really brought value to the Wings this week with the penalties he's taken. Zero shots in his last three games.
- Damien Brunner: Three points in four games might earn a guy a good rating in a better week, but those are three assists for what's supposed to be a goal-scorer and only three shots on goal in the last three games for what's supposed to be a shooter. Brunner's working hard, but he's not getting results.
- Pavel Datsyuk: Datsyuk is flat-out struggling and he still has three points in four games. I'm afraid he's hurting again because the last few games, it looks like he's been getting by more on skill than hard work and that's not what Datsyuk does.
- Drew Miller: A beautiful assist in Edmonton is nice, but Miller is playing too many minutes to make as little impact as he has this last week.
- Patrick Eaves: He earned his lone point of the week by making a cross-ice outlet pass at his own blue line. I'm not unhappy with his play, but I'd like more.
- Tomas Tatar: His scoring has cooled off in the last week. I'm still impressed with his play, but this just wasn't a good enough week for him as far as creating chances, especially now that he's getting PP time.
- Joakim Andersson: The kid went silent this week as well
- Hurtin' Bert and the Three Limp Bizkits: Come back, you jerks!
Carlo Colaiacovo (Shoulder)
- Jakub Kindl: Two goals scored this week will earn Kindl top honors among Red Wings' defensemen. Kindl wasn't great, but he was good and good is enough to do it right now.
- Brendan Smith: I think his return brought a different dimension to the blueline. He wasn't able to get on the scoreboard, but he moved the puck well, with 9 SOG in the four games this week.
- Niklas Kronwall: After a previous solid week, Kronwall took a step back. He struggled with the puck too often.
- Jonathan Ericsson: I think Riggy played decently well in his own end, but he wasn't terribly impressive.
- Kyle Quincey: It's hard to hammer down what his expectations are from week-to-week, but I liked his defensive play about as much as I disliked his offensive play.
- Brian Lashoff: He only played three of the four games and held his own, but didn't stand out in any way.
- Ian White: One game played and he didn't make an impact one way or another. I think he'll have a good week if he stays in the lineup though.
- Kent Huskins - No games played.
- Carlo Colaiacovo - He should be back soon.
- Jimmy Howard - Howard allowed three goals on 80 shots in his games this week. I don't like him losing the shootout, but I like the team taking it that far even less. The shutout of the Oilers and the 36-save perfromance against Colorado were excellent.
- Petr Mrazek - Jerk didn't even get called up this week. What a loser!
- Jonas Gustavsson: He didn't steal a game in which his team scored 0 goals. Shame on him.
Detroit turned a 5-1-1 run into back-to-back losses against Columbus which they could ill-afford. Late-season road trips are looming and the Wings need points where they can get them. Health will help, but the team's top scorers finding their touch again would help significantly more than that.
I'm happy with the defense still and if we have to slog through relatively boring 2-1 games to get wins, I'll accept that.
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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