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Red Wings Rank 'Em Roundup: Games 15-20

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Welcome back to the Rank 'Em Roundup. Right around the last time we were doing this, the Red Wings were announcing a brand new seven-year extension for Justin Abdelakder, so that one got a little lost in the shuffle. We've seen another six games since then, but we're only going in five-game increments, so clear the St. Louis game from your mind.

Detroit went 2-2-1 for a total of 5 points in those 5 games, but they continued to trend up in important possession numbers. Let's go to the votes to see how they made the fans feel in that stretch.

Votes tallied as of November 21st

Player GP Total Diff Total Percent Avg Diff Avg Percent
Dylan Larkin 5 708 96.21% 141.6 95.01%
Pavel Datsyuk 5 582 81.46% 116.4 89.08%
Petr Mrazek 3 277 77.65% 92.33 74.03%
Alexey Marchenko 5 531 74.15% 106.2 82.33%
Mike Green 5 262 69.02% 52.4 58.30%
Andreas Athanasiou 4 369 68.69% 92.25 79.19%
Tomas Tatar 5 414 67.36% 82.8 71.92%
Gustav Nyquist 5 325 58.49% 65 65.07%
Teemu Pulkkinen 5 239 53.95% 59.75 70.14%
Darren Helm 5 259 51.57% 51.8 58.84%
Henrik Zetterberg 5 222 49.09% 44.40 57.23%
Riley Sheahan 5 205 48.83% 41 54.56%
Brad Richards 1 56 46.15% 56 81.82%
Danny DeKeyser 5 184 45.69% 36.80 51.13%
Justin Abdelkader 5 99 42.04% 19.8 50.07%
Jakub Kindl 4 -70 28.03% -17.5 28.22%
Drew Miller 5 -61 25.59% -12.2 33.46%
Jimmy Howard 2 -97 25.00% -48.5 21.83%
Niklas Kronwall 5 -77 24.80% -15.4 33.02%
Jonathan Ericsson 5 -170 22.45% -34 29.20%
Luke Glendening 5 -292 16.58% -58.4 20.37%
Brendan Smith 1 -70 12.82% -70 18.18%
Joakim Andersson 1 -72 4.21% -72 4.21%

Rank 'Em Links

Game 1 (3-2 L vs San Jose)
Game 2 (3-1 L at Boston)
Game 3 (4-3 OTW at Ottawa)
Game 4 (2-1 OTL vs Washington)
Game 5 (3-2 W vs Los Angeles)

The Awards

Rank 'Em Ruler: I'm going to have to just name this award after Dylan Larkin, he wins it so much. At this point, the only people giving Larkin the thumbs-down are super-grumps, drunk people, and the occasional opposition fan trying to screw up the numbers.

Roller Coaster Tycoon: Henrik Zetterberg won the up-and-down award this time around by going positive against the Sharks, Sens, and Kings while hitting the lows against Boston and Washington. His negative differentials weren't that low, but they were definitely offset wildly by the +116 against Ottawa

Mr Meh: Drew Miller won the no-thumbs trophy for this week, earning 313 passover votes by people who didn't feel strongly enough to vote one way or another. Justin Abdelakder usually wins this one, but Miller had him by almost 80 (non)votes. Nik Kronwall earned 2nd with 309 neutrals.

The Pincushion: Smith and Andersson took heavy negative votes in their one game played each, but Luke Glendening got in all five and pulled a negative ranking in each, for a total of -292. Glendening got easier usage than he's used to, but he made a number of big, obvious mistakes in goals against the Wings this week, driving him to be the only player to go negative in all five games.

#1 in your Hearts, #1 in your Rotation: Petr Mrazek got into three games to Jimmy Howard's two, earning positive rankings in two of three games. Jimmy Howard gave up 3 goals on 14 shots against the Sharks to pull a negative and then got a negative ranking for beating Ottawa because the Wings blew a two goal lead in the third period. Mrazek is starting to stand out (even more) as the fan favorite.

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
Dylan Larkin 5 708 96.21% 141.6 95.01%
Pavel Datsyuk 5 582 81.46% 116.4 89.08%
Alexey Marchenko 5 531 74.15% 106.2 82.33%
Brad Richards 1 56 46.15% 56 81.82%
Andreas Athanasiou 4 369 68.69% 92.25 79.19%
Petr Mrazek 3 277 77.65% 92.33 74.03%
Tomas Tatar 5 414 67.36% 82.8 71.92%
Teemu Pulkkinen 5 239 53.95% 59.75 70.14%
Gustav Nyquist 5 325 58.49% 65 65.07%
Darren Helm 5 259 51.57% 51.8 58.84%
Mike Green 5 262 69.02% 52.4 58.30%
Henrik Zetterberg 5 222 49.09% 44.40 57.23%
Riley Sheahan 5 205 48.83% 41 54.56%
Danny DeKeyser 5 184 45.69% 36.80 51.13%
Justin Abdelkader 5 99 42.04% 19.8 50.07%
Drew Miller 5 -61 25.59% -12.2 33.46%
Niklas Kronwall 5 -77 24.80% -15.4 33.02%
Jonathan Ericsson 5 -170 22.45% -34 29.20%
Jakub Kindl 4 -70 28.03% -17.5 28.22%
Jimmy Howard 2 -97 25.00% -48.5 21.83%
Luke Glendening 5 -292 16.58% -58.4 20.37%
Brendan Smith 1 -70 12.82% -70 18.18%
Joakim Andersson 1 -72 4.21% -72 4.21%

Observations

Alexey Marchenko is really popular as a defenseman. Part of this is the thing where he's a younger guy and just about anything is more popular than a lot of the Wings' defensemen who haven't been good enough these last few years, but that sells Marchenko short. Sure, he gets kind of easy third pairing duties, but he's well-positioned, strong with the puck, and doesn't make mistakes very often at all. Marchenko doesn't stand out, but that's exactly his job.

Jonathan Ericsson earned one plus and DK got two minus performances. The two have been paired together lately taking on some real tough competition, but I think they've done a real good job as the Wings' top shutdown pair. Riggy still turns the puck over more than anybody, but the DK effect on him has been positive.

Pavel Datsyuk is back! Hey, it's an easy observation, but I just want to take a moment and appreciate how amazing he still is with the puck.

It's weird seeing Darren Helm not earning more positive votes considering the effect he's had on Luke Glendening's wing. A big part is also that the Glendening line isn't taking nearly as many minutes against top scoring threats, but Darren Helm has singlehandedly turned that line into one that's capable of transition instead of simply dumping the puck out of the defensive zone.

Ranking the Refs

Player GP Total Diff Total Percent Avg Diff Avg Percent
The Refs 5 -417 10.05% -83.4 11.16%

The Refs did best against San Jose, according to the voting, earning a mere -24 ranking in a game that featured only three power plays total. Washington earned the refs 34% of their total differential, as the Caps were given six power plays to the Wings' two. Fans were especially displeased with the fact that the Caps got away with two different too-man-men plays while Detroit got called for one in the third period. The Refs are never going to win, but yeah they were shit.

Blash's Class

Player GP Total Diff Total Percent Avg Diff Avg Percent
Jeff Blashill 5 128 42.17% 25.6 49.33%

Blash earned a positive differential overall, but is drawing too many neutal votes to have an approval rating over 50%. The coaching took hits for San Jose (where Detroit outshot the Sharks 2-to-1 and lost), and against Boston (where they were very bad), but got positive ratings in the last three games where they got five out of six points. Amazing what winning does for the coach's popularity. huh?

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We're already one game into the next five-game segment, as the Wings took out the Blues in overtime. We'll get back with you once we're all done with four more.