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Red Wings Rank 'Em Roundup: Games 11-15

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Detroit won four of the five games in this look, so we get to see some pretty great numbers for people out there in this span. A 5-3 win against Ottawa followed by wins against Tampa and Toronto led into a 4-1 loss to Dallas that wasn't as bad as the score indicated before a 1-0 victory over Washington on Tuesday night closed us out.

Again, what we do here is post a Rank 'Em post immediately after every game giving people an opportunity to vote positive, negative or neutral (through abstaining). At the end of each of these looks, we tally the results to see how the fans are reacting to the players. To reiterate, neutral votes are taken as the difference between the maximum votes any single person received in a Rank 'Em post and the total number of votes that person received. There's always one person in each game who has no neutral votes because of this.

Votes tallied late on 11 November:

Player GP Total Diff Total Percent Avg Diff Avg Percent
Petr Mrazek 3 554 95.59% 184.67 94.30%
Dylan Larkin 5 880 89.90% 176 94.93%
Andreas Athanasiou 2 375 89.20% 187.5 96.27%
Jimmy Howard 2 354 88.57% 177 94.16%
Henrik Zetterberg 5 710 75.15% 142 87.75%
Danny DeKeyser 5 646 69.50% 129.2 79.51%
Mike Green 2 253 65.06% 126.5 90.30%
Alexey Marchenko 5 541 60.00% 108.2 72.82%
Gustav Nyquist 5 422 56.04% 84.4 69.93%
Tomas Tatar 5 370 51.58% 74 62.95%
Brendan Smith 4 130 41.18% 32.50 44.51%
Jonathan Ericsson 5 192 40.89% 38.4 55.32%
Niklas Kronwall 5 267 40.69% 53.4 52.51%
Riley Sheahan 5 179 38.91% 35.8 47.97%
Darren Helm 5 193 37.33% 38.6 50.16%
Jakub Kindl 4 50 35.52% 12.5 41.23%
Drew Miller 5 152 34.06% 30.4 47.98%
Teemu Pulkkinen 5 130 33.37% 26 45.01%
Landon Ferraro 3 8 28.70% 2.67 27.68%
Justin Abdelkader 5 -29 24.95% -5.8 31.95%
Luke Glendening 5 -184 20.00% -36.8 27.31%
Joakim Andersson 5 -215 16.63% -43.00 22.23%

Rank 'Em Links

Game 1 (5-3 W at Ottawa)
Game 2 (2-1 W vs Tampa Bay)
Game 3 (2-1 OTW at Toronto)
Game 4 (4-1 L vs Dallas)
Game 5 (1-0 W vs Washington)

The Awards

Rank 'Em Ruler - Dylan Larkin drove a total ranking differential of +880 in these five games, scoring two goals and an assist in that time while also experiencing his first ever NHL game where he ended up a negative on the official plus/minus ratings. Part of this is the love for new blood, but it's hard to argue that Larkin isn't significantly stirring the drink.

The "unnngh" Goalie Alliance - If you treat the two goalies combined as just the one position, the Red Wings' goaltending is the ruler in both raw thumbs up voting and also in percent of thumbs up votes received. Howard and Mrazek are pretty solid bets every game for the player of the game.

Roller Coaster Tycoon - This time we didn't have anybody bouncing each game between positive and negative, but Riley Sheahan went -9, +195, +9, -18, and +2 to be the bounciest guy since Ales Hemsky.

Mr. Meh/Falling Stock - Once again Justin Abdelkader pulled this award for being the third-best guy on a line with Zetterberg and Larkin. This time it was close though, as Abby edged out Teemu Pulkkinen by a mere 11 votes for players who don't drive thumbs up or down. On top of that, Abby had positive rankings in his first two games here and then went red for the final three. Seems fans are getting a little impatient with his little scoring slump.

Crash Override/Acid Burn - Joakim Andersson edged out Luke Glendening for least-popular Red Wings players overall in this five-game sample. Joker just didn't seem to do a whole lot to make things look good while Glendening still drives a decent number of silent voters who like him.

Good Morning Sunshine - So people like Athanasiou a bunch, huh?

Working the Averages

Since not every game is voted on equally, let's take a look at how everybody worked out by average rankings rather than totals.

Player GP Total Diff Total Percent Avg Diff Avg Percent
Andreas Athanasiou 2 375 89.20% 187.5 96.27%
Dylan Larkin 5 880 89.90% 176 94.93%
Petr Mrazek 3 554 95.59% 184.67 94.30%
Jimmy Howard 2 354 88.57% 177 94.16%
Mike Green 2 253 65.06% 126.5 90.30%
Henrik Zetterberg 5 710 75.15% 142 87.75%
Danny DeKeyser 5 646 69.50% 129.2 79.51%
Alexey Marchenko 5 541 60.00% 108.2 72.82%
Gustav Nyquist 5 422 56.04% 84.4 69.93%
Tomas Tatar 5 370 51.58% 74 62.95%
Jonathan Ericsson 5 192 40.89% 38.4 55.32%
Niklas Kronwall 5 267 40.69% 53.4 52.51%
Darren Helm 5 193 37.33% 38.6 50.16%
Drew Miller 5 152 34.06% 30.4 47.98%
Riley Sheahan 5 179 38.91% 35.8 47.97%
Teemu Pulkkinen 5 130 33.37% 26 45.01%
Brendan Smith 4 130 41.18% 32.50 44.51%
Jakub Kindl 4 50 35.52% 12.5 41.23%
Justin Abdelkader 5 -29 24.95% -5.8 31.95%
Landon Ferraro 3 8 28.70% 2.67 27.68%
Luke Glendening 5 -184 20.00% -36.8 27.31%
Joakim Andersson 5 -215 16.63% -43.00 22.23%

Observations

While just three skaters ended up total negative in voting during a 4-out-of-5 wings segment, we have nine players who drove an average of less than 50% positive votes. I think this means a lot of guys are doing a decent non-flashy job that doesn't inspire love or hate, but does more appreciation than anything.

Mike Green was 1-1 in regards to the standings during his two games, but people were very impressed with him in both contests. He adds a layer to the defense that's been sorely missing with how well he moves the puck. Big things coming for him I feel.

Jonathan Ericsson and Danny DeKeyser is a popular pairing. Nice to see Riggy getting more positive reviews next to a partner who drives very positive results for himself.

Ranking the Refs

Player GP Total Diff Total Percent Avg Diff Avg Percent
The Refs 5 -450 12.97% -90 13.72%

Refs had a pretty brutal week in terms of making fans happy. I thought they did a worse-than-usual job in this bunch of games, so they deserve this scorn.

Blash's Class

Player GP Total Diff Total Percent Avg Diff Avg Percent
Jeff Blashill 5 343 49.31% 68.6 62.69%

We tried something new this go-round by adding voting for the coaching job (seeing if maybe we could improve on Glendening's rankings maybe? Hell I don't remember the reason). Blashill's sacrificial line usage isn't  endearing him much and his performance against Toronto (which was a boring game) earned him a negative rating.

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We've got another five games to go before we see you here again. LGRW!