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Red Wings’ Thomas Greiss remains even-keeled while seeking first win - mlive.com

“I think said he it to our goalie coach (Jeff Salajko), he’s been in those games before and he’ll be in them again. That’s just the reality of playing goal. I think he has a good demeanor about him. We just all have to grind together and find ways to play better hockey and find ways to win.”

Another loss last night in another low goal support outing. Greiss has played well in most of the games, and his performance is way down the list of what has been wrong with the team. Gotta be frustrating for him, and you know the players feel bad about it.

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As for disappointment, the expectations were low, but did we think the Senators would be this bad? With their young players getting ice time and the veteran additions of Evgenii Dadonov, Derek Stepan, and Braydon Coburn, you’d think there would be baby steps forward this season.

Nope!

The Senators are 2-8-1 through Thursday, own the NHL’s worst goal differential (-23), have allowed the most 5-on-5 goals (33), and are sporting an .872 ESSV%, which is 31st overall. That last one is also a reminder that Matt Murray is signed through 2023-24 with a $6.25M cap hit.

To be fair, you could replace “Senators” with “Red Wings” and the first sentence would be accurate, but let’s enjoy that it’s another team for once. The last sentence here is a reminder of why signing goalies to high dollar contracts can be so dangerous. Something to remember for the future.

I wanted to add another excerpt because I cannot believe what I’m reading:

Michael Finewax, Rotoworld Senior Hockey Writer/Editor: The one pre-season prediction I would like to take back is Rasmus Dahlin winning the Norris Trophy. I still think that he is the best overall young defenseman in the NHL but his poor start looks to have knocked him out of any consideration unless he has a tremendous finish to his season.

I stopped reading to internally yell “WHAT?” at least twice while reading these two sentences.