Detroit Red Wings Game Analysis, After-Action Report for Friday Dec 12th: Detroit Red Wings 3 - Florida Panthers 2 (SO)
The Red Wings lost their second consecutive game via shootout, blowing a game 3-2 against Florida.
The reffing was dogshit in this game. Florida 0/5 on the power play. Detroit 2/4 Shots 31-26 in favor of Detroit.
Howard sucks at shootouts now.
Guide to plus/minus adjustments
1st Period 05:03 - Detroit Goal (PP): Riley Sheahan (wrist shot) from Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Tatar
Detroit gets on the board first with a good power play goal on two rebounds. After a bad pass that brings the puck to center ice, the Wings regain the zone on a good cross-ice pass from Tatar to Sheahan along the boards which gets the team back in on an overload. A give-and-go with Weiss gets them deeper as the setup happens. It almost falls apart as they try to go to Kindl at the point, but Florida fails to clear, allowing Weiss to regain at the half-wall and successfully get it to Kindl for an immediate pass to Tatar above the opposite side circle. Tatar skates all the way to the dot before firing it on net through a Sheahan screen. The shot gets blocked out front, but bounces straight to Datsyuk in the slot for an immediate follow-up shot. This one gets in on Luongo, who knocks it down. Before Luongo can get his glove down over the puck, Sheahan turns on the doorstep and knocks it into the net. This is a good play to score, but ultimately, the success of this PP is due to Jokinen failing to clear on an aggressive move along the wall. That mistake compounded every advantage for the Wings. No adjustment.
1st Period 07:10 - Florida Goal: Tomas Fleischmann (snap shot) from Dave Bolland and Sean Bergenheim
The Panthers pull even on a cluster of mistakes by the Wings which frees up Fleischmann for a one-timer in front that he blasts in. After a near-catastrophe caused by Helm losing the puck in front of his own net, Kulikov loses the zone and has to interfere with Tatar to allow Mitchell to pick it up at center ice and turn it back into the zone. Mitchell gets past Datsyuk trying to stick-check him and makes a centering pass to Fleischmann for a shot attempt that Howard saves. As the rebound bounces in front, Ericsson misplays it, which allows Bolland to rush in and take it away. Datsyuk immediately ties up Bolland's stick just below the dot, but he's able to play it just to the interior where Bergenheim gets to it and throws it to the slot for Fleischmann with space in front of Kronwall. Fleischmann one-times it in and it's a tie. Tatar and Jurco will be cleared here as it's not their fault. Kronwall earns an extra half-minus for the bad gap control on Fleischmann. Ericsson will earn a minus for the turnover to Bolland and another minus on not immediately pushing back to the net-front, allowing Bergenheim to get the loose puck. Datsyuk will get a minus for allowing Mitchell to create a dangerous zone entry and then another half-minus for his failure to cover better in front of the net.
1st Period 13:55 - Florida Goal: Jonathan Huberdeau (wrist shot) from Nick Bjugstad
Florida makes the Red Wings chase around like idiots in their own zone for about 45 seconds before Huberdeau spins a shot in from out front. After a brief period cycling back to break the neutral zone pressure by the Wings, Florida dumps it in anyway and forechecks hard to get after it. Quincey has a pass blocked in the corner, but recovers and gets it to Datsyuk. Pavel tries dangling around Bjugstad only to have it swiped off his stick and fed to the middle for a chance by Huberdeau stopped by Kronwall. Datsyuk recovers, but again is hounded by Huberdeau, who keeps both Pavel and then Helm pinned until he steals the puck back in the corner for a bad-angle shot that's blocked out to Campbell at the opposite side point for a dump back-in to reset the play. Bjugstad digs it from the corner and gets it to Huberdeau just inside the dot for a scoring chance that Howard stops. The rebound is pushed wide, but Huberdeau follows up and recovers in the corner. A quick pass and shot from Fleischmann misses the short side and bounces out to the opposite wall where Campbell gets it. Tatar steps up on him, so Campbell leaves it as Tatar rides him to the corner. BeetlejuiceDad wins a race with Kronwall to poke it behind the net for Fleischmann, who is tied up by Quincey. Datsyuk comes in to pick up the loose puck with a couple chances, but he misplays it. Huberdeau steps up and pushes Datsyuk, sealing him low while the puck lays between Pavel's feet. Buglestead taps it from there up to Haberdasher's stick. With his back turned to the goal, Jonathan Horrorshow spins just enough to throw the puck on net through a mess of legs. Howard doesn't see it until it's too late and Hooverdough gets the goal. What an exhausting goal to write. Very first off, I'm going to give a half-minus to Jonathan Ericsson. About 1:20 before this goal is scored, the Panthers get a chance caused by him screwing up his turn at center ice. Hayes almost scores here, but it's what causes the Panthers to have control of the puck for the next 80 seconds while they set up this goal. You wouldn't think that on a setup this long that there would be minuses cleared, but amazingly Tatar will be cleared, as the only true defensive opportunity he's responsible for on this sequence is one that he plays right. Even more amazingly, Kyle Quincey will also be cleared despite being a defenseman and being Kyle Quincey. Away from the puck he is consistently and responsibly on his coverage. The two times the puck comes near him, he makes the right play and gives his teammates the puck. Quincey got let down here by his teammates. Helm keeps his minus for the board battle issue with BayousBad, but gets no extra punishment. Kronwall loses a board battle and then lets his man come in to help Huberdeau get the puck. This will earn Kronwall a minus. I feel like I'm getting into unprecedented territory, but Pavel Datsyuk is going to earn two and a half extra minuses on this play (two turnovers plus a half coverage). The first is the turnover to Bjugstad in the corner. The second is a half-minus for his failure to cover the passing lane to Huberdeau on his shot attempt from inside the circle. The third is a full minus for the turnover the Huberdeau which leads directly to the goal. What a horrible shift by Datsyuk.
1st Period 19:21 - Detroit Goal (PP): Gustav Nyquist (backhand) from Henrik Zetterberg
The Wings tie it with one second left on the power play as Nyquist gets a chance out front under coverage and flips a backhander on net that bounces past Luongo off Willie Mitchell's shorts. Florida gets a shot on goal off an icing faceoff with 18 seconds left on the power play. Zetterberg recovers and passes to Nyquist to get the Wings started up ice. Goose gets it to the half-wall and dumps it behind the net. Z races in to get to it before Willie Mitchell can, taking it to the corner with Kulikov watching him. Hank feathers a pass to the midle of the ice where Nyquist has found a soft area after his dump (tee-hee!). Four seconds remain on the power play and Fleischmann gets immediately on him to take away space. Nyquist spins away from Fleischmann to protect the puck and throws it on net just as Mitchell is coming out to the front of the net. Mitchell dicks the backhanded puck in past Luongo and the game is tied just before the power play expires. I like both Nyquist and Zetterberg for their hustle here. Both will get a half-plus.
1st Period 03:43 - Dmitry Kulikov (tripping) against Pavel Datsyuk: Kronwall springs Pavel with a good pass through center. Pavs turns Kulikov inside out and the only thing the Florida D-Man can do is bring him down. Pavel will get a plus for this and Kronwall a half-plus for the pass to help set it up.
1st Period 08:42 - Johan Franzen (tripping) against Brian Campbell: Mule chases hard on a puck dumped into the Florida zone as Campbell stays in front. Franzen gets his stick caught in Campbell's skate and takes him down. Minus for Franzen. Not intentional, but it's Mule's job to make sure he doesn't trip his guy here.
1st Period 15:02 - Johan Franzen (interference) against Dylan Olsen: Olsen clears the puck in front of the Florida goal and then Franzen hits him. The ref sens Mule to the box for interference because Olsen goes flying. No adjustment here. This is a bad call.
1st Period 17:23 - Brandon Pirri (tripping) against Tomas Tatar: The Florida forward is forechecking against Tatar in the offensive zone as Tatar gives him a little shimmy to shake the kid. Pirri chops Tatar's skates out from under him and sits. Tatar will get a plus.
2nd Period 07:26 - Tomas Jurco (tripping) against Nick Bjugstad: Florida gets into the Detroit zone with speed as Bjugstad cuts in across the middle. Jurco tries a panic sweep-check to prevent a chance and takes his man down instead. Jurco will get a minus.
2nd Period 10:19 - Aaron Ekblad (high sticking) against Darren Helm: Detroit gets a few good chances in the Florida zone which ends as Helm takes a stick to the grill from Ekblad. Helm will earn a plus here because his hustle helps lead to this happening.
3rd Period 05:18 - Jakub Kindl (interference and cross-checking) against Vincent Trocheck: As Kindl and Trocheck both approach the net-front, Trocheck does a head-snap to make it look like interference. This offends Kindl, who says mean words to him and then cross checks him in the face. The first penalty is horseshit, but Kindl earns the follow-up with a stupid penalty. Minus for Kindl.
3rd Period 09:42 - Derek MacKenzie (hooking) against Tomas Tatar: After a double-minor to Kindl, the Wings put on pressure in the offensive zone that ends when Tatar draws a call by driving the net. Tatar and Helm will both get a plus for being so dangerous on this chance.
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Even-strength Corsi numbers provided thanks to NHL.com via War-On-Ice.com.
War on Ice changed their page, so I don't have the same information that we usually have and I probably won't going forward. What I've done here is put up the same numbers sorted two different ways. The top chart is Corsi plus/minus while the bottom is sorted by zone start %
The Wings' best players were not their best players.
Check out more from war-on-ice.com, including the visualized shift chart here.
Don't crumple this one up. Tattoo it on your face so every time you have to look at yourself in the mirror you see how awful you are against the Florida Panthers.
Corsi Timeline from Hockeystats.ca