Last night was the second time this season that the Red Wings rode their goalie to a win and I’m trying to decide if I’m worried about it or not.
Is it a sign of a bigger problem? I’ve said for years that I think this team (especially the defense) is duct-taped together, and games like this one show that a bit more than others. But every team – even ones without duct tape – has games like that over an 82-game season.
That said, two in the first two weeks is a little worrisome. Of course, they came against two teams that are expected to be very good.
At the start of the season, I didn’t think the Red Wings were going to be very good. Eight games into the campaign, they’ve rattled off a six-game winning streak. I don’t know if it’s sustainable, but I think they’ve earned a little bit of the benefit of the doubt for now.
So I’m not worried about it. Still a worried about the team as a whole, but relying on Petr Mrazek a bit too much last night can be forgiven.