Belated Opening Night Wrap-up

Now that I finally have time to sit down and put together my thoughts on last night’s home opener, I really don’t even want to talk about it anymore.

For starters, you can find the few photos that actually turned out in the Multimedia Gallery.

I’m sure it’s been said elsewhere – I haven’t been able to read any recaps of the game and being at the Joe means I missed any in-game commentary (or even replays, since the Wings still haven’t bothered to start showing those on that fancy high-def scoreboard) – but the Red Wings played absolutely awful last night.

The team had two good stretches, one after each of their goals. Speaking of those, I have to say I’m surprised at least one wasn’t called back just because I expect that when Tomas Holmstrom goes to the crease now.

Outside of those two stretches there were off-the-mark passes, miscommunication and tentative play in the corners. The latter really had me annoyed, as I don’t know how many times a Wing gave up the opportunity to go fight for the puck in the offensive zone corners or went in there stick-first rather than laying on the body.

It was disappointing to see on opening night and reminds me a lot of last year’s matchup with the Maple Leafs. The loss isn’t the end of the world (nor is it a championship equivalent, Leafs fans) but it is a disappointment.

Author: Clark Rasmussen

Clark founded the site that would become DetroitHockey.Net in September of 1996 with no idea what it would lead to. He continues to write for the site and executes the site's design and development.

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