Well, we went from playing after my bedtime to playing before dinner, so anyone experiencing whiplash will be excused.
Please forgive us, but we had a mixup in communication, and I took over this recap at the end of the second period, so you will get a little less detail in the first 2 periods.....
Detroit wanted to get off to a good start. That didn’t happen.
Gabriel Landeskog scored less than 4 minutes in. MacKinnon shot it from the point and Landeskog tipped it in front.
That first Colorado goal pic.twitter.com/e0jsPbsesA— Peter WIIM - Numbers Surgeon, Analytics Nerd (@pflynnhockey) March 18, 2018
After that, Blake Comeau scored with about 5 minutes left in the first.
It was really a nice re-direct in front.
The second Colorado goal pic.twitter.com/wVnv3R24wf— Peter WIIM - Numbers Surgeon, Analytics Nerd (@pflynnhockey) March 18, 2018
The period ends 2-0 Jerks.
Detroit really needed a goal to get back into it, which is why Colorado scored the next goal.
Nathan MacKinnon scored the goal to make it 3-0 off a ridiculous backhand shot. DeKeyser and Coreau seemed to play it pretty well, but that was a dirty shot.
That MacKinnon backhand... pic.twitter.com/oV7T2W7L1v— Peter WIIM - Numbers Surgeon, Analytics Nerd (@pflynnhockey) March 18, 2018
Hey, we scored! Abdelkader got into an open area to the left of the goalie and roofed one to put Detroit on the board. How was the goal?
How was that Abby goal? pic.twitter.com/JMKrhapiKP— Peter WIIM - Numbers Surgeon, Analytics Nerd (@pflynnhockey) March 18, 2018
3-1 at the end of the 2nd.
Patrik Nemeth takes a penalty early on to give the Red Wings a power play. Detroit keeps it in the zone for a good while, leading to a few chances.
Like I said above, I half-watched, half-listened to most of the game, but based on the game so far, I’m surprised that Detroit is leading in shots on goal. Colorado has a great top line, but the other forwards can move the puck well.
Darren Helm hits Nemeth in the mouth, and it’s a high-sticking penalty.
Shorthanded, Luke Glendening had two shots right in front of goal to score a shorthanded goal, but the force was not with him.
Oh come on.
We really gotta get Duchene back onto Colorado, because MacKinnon is unreal now.
He fans on the initial shot going wide around Jensen, but takes the puck around the net to score on the wraparound.
For that latest MacKinnon goal, I have to go to one of my favorite actresses of all time. pic.twitter.com/UVaqPyWdc6— Peter WIIM - Numbers Surgeon, Analytics Nerd (@pflynnhockey) March 18, 2018
I hate to tell you this, but it’s not looking good for the playoffs.
If Detroit takes zero points, then they will be eliminated by New Jersey taking a point or more.— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) March 18, 2018
If Detroit takes exactly one point, they will be eliminated by New Jersey winning in regulation or overtime.
If Detroit takes two points, they will survive the day regardless.
Green goes to the box for cross-checking at 15:28 of the third.
Abdelkader goes to the box to make it a 5 on 3.
Tyson Barrie scores to make it...5-1? Yeah, that’s it.
5-1 Colorado. pic.twitter.com/XFHCN76JGy— Peter WIIM - Numbers Surgeon, Analytics Nerd (@pflynnhockey) March 18, 2018
Abdelkader also gets a 10 minute misconduct. I don’t blame him for being frustrated.
OK, so Detroit can score 4 goals in 2 minutes to keep the playoff hopes ali........sorry, I’m laughing too hard to keep typing...
And it’s over. 5-1. We’re out of the playoffs, assuming that New Jersey gets one point tonight, so we don’t have to hear from the Fox Sports Detroit people about how we MIGHT make the playoffs!