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Detroit Red Wings Roster Analysis: Week of March 24th

Christian Petersen

The Wings shit the bed at home against the Wild and once again led everybody (myself included) to ask seriously whether they can hack it. Then, Detroit took back-to-back games against the Ducks in Anaheim to solidify their spot in the top eight of the Western Conference for the time being.

Coming up, the Wings take on the Coyotes Monday before getting two days to make it to San Jose in time for a Thursday meeting with the Sharks. The Wings return home for a Sunday matinee game against the Blackhawks. Once again, points are important.

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.

The Forwards

Drew Miller - Henrik Zetterberg - Valtteri Filppula
Johan Franzen - Pavel Datsyuk - Justin Abdelkader
Daniel Cleary- Joakim Andersson - Gustav Nyquist
Patrick Eaves - Cory Emmerton - Jordin Tootoo

Todd Bertuzzi (Back)
Darren Helm (Back)
Mikael Samuelsson (finger)

Damien Brunner

Up arrow green The Good
  1. Justin Abdelkader: After Friday's hat trick, there's no way it could have been anybody else.
  2. Pavel Datsyuk: Career goal 250 and career assist 500 for the Magic Man this week. Look forward to him dominating the Coyotes.
  3. Drew Miller: One of them was garbage, but Miller scored two goals this week and earned his way onto Zetterberg's wing with some very solid play making room for his linemates.
  4. Henrik Zetterberg: He could still be better at putting up points, but he's getting a lot of things done in ways that make good things happen for the Wings.
  5. Johan Franzen: The three-point night on Friday was too good to take the Wild game away from him, when he didn't appear to play very well.
  6. Gustav Nyquist: After being challenged to force his way into the lineup, Nyquist responded by having a good week, including a goal against the Wild.
  7. Daniel Cleary: Cleary got moved to the third line, but it feels like that was more so he could help Andersson and Nyquist. He scored against Anaheim and played well.
  8. Cory Emmerton: Two assists this week for Emmerton, who needs to put more shots on net.

Down arrow red The Bad
  1. Damien Brunner: I still hate having him here, but he ended up a scratch against Anaheim on Sunday and the Wings perhaps didn't miss him. He'll be back against Phoenix and I'm looking forward to his next outburst of goals.
  2. Joakim Andersson: Friday's game was fairly bad for Andersson, who at times has struggled to remember his size.
  3. Patrick Eaves: Taking a puck to the face was just really bad luck for Eaves, but he had two fairly disappointing games against the Ducks.
    Pictogram voting neutral The Neutral
  1. Valtteri Filppula: Good defensive play kept him out of the bad category, as he put up 0 points with only 4 SOG.
  2. Jordin Tootoo: He's had a good attitude every time he's been scratched. Tootoo needs to play just a little better.
  3. Todd Hurt-toozi and the Uzi Koozie Floozy: I don't know. Shut up.

The Defense

Niklas Kronwall -
Ian White
Brendan Smith-
Jonathan Ericsson
Brian Lashoff
Jakub Kindl


Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder)
Kyle Quincey (Cheekbone)

Kent Huskins

Up arrow green The Good
  1. Jakub Kindl: Extremely promising week for Kindl, who had two assists and looked very confident as the week progressed.
  2. Brendan Smith: Points in two straight games, Smith is doing less in the neutral zone, but playing better in his own end.
  3. Jonathan Ericsson: Just barely good for Riggy, who did very well in his own end most of the time, but wasn't noticeable anywhere but behind his own blue line all week.

Down arrow red The Bad
  1. Ian White: The assist on Sunday doesn't make up for the brutal play on Friday. I'm not confident White doesn't end up in the press box again soon.
  2. Brian Lashoff: The rookie has struggled recently with covering areas while forgetting about man assignments. The Wild game was brutal for Lashoff.

Pictogram voting neutral The Neutral
  1. Niklas Kronwall: Big minutes against tougher competition for Kronwall, who might have deserved a bad rating, considering he had 0 points and 6 PIM. Going +2 helps him.
  2. Kent Huskins: No games played.
  3. Carlo Colaiacovo: Cleared from IR, Cola should be seeing game action soon.
  4. Kyle Quincey: Wear a visor!

The Goalies

Up arrow green The Good
  1. Jimmy Howard - Howard started the week off shaky, but had two very solid performances against the Ducks, including a very good performance on Sunday for the win.
Down arrow red The Bad
  1. Nobody - Sign him to an entry-level deal.
Pictogram voting neutral The Neutral.
  1. Jonas Gustavsson - I'm not going to keep him in the bad for something more than a week ago. Here's to seeing how well he'll do against Phoenix.


The Wings have been maddeningly inconsistent. They could destroy the Yotes or they could get face-stomped. I'd like to have a week where everybody is in the good.

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.