I picked a good game to miss, apparently. Not that what I was watching in Grand Rapids was much better.
Catching back up on highlights and reports, there are clearly good things and bad to take from the 5-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Any loss to a previously-winless team stings. A loss like this doubly-so. Giving up five goals to a team that had only scored five goals all season? Brutal. Jimmy Howard didn’t play up to the level he had been at for his first two games of the season, which earned him the first consecutive starts by a Detroit goalie this year. Rebound control, long an issue for him, came back to bite him again. That said, the defense couldn’t move the puck. Or clear the puck. It looked like the duct-taped blue line that it is.
Oh the plus side, three goals for in an awful game. I mean, Cam Ward isn’t a good goalie, but the offense kept clicking so at least it wasn’t a complete failure. And, hey, point streaks for Henrik Zetterberg and Dylan Larkin.
Next up is Montreal. A game like Friday’s from Detroit and that’ll be a blowout.
For the second weekend in a row, the Red Wings are looking at back-to-back games featuring a matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes. This time the Wings are hosting the Canes in the first game of the set.
Detroit will roll the same lineup as they used to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-1 on Tuesday night. Forward Johan Franzen has been placed on short-term IR with the return of his concussion-like symptoms. Luke Glendening, after sitting out Thursday’s practice, is good to go. Neither Darren Helm nor Danny DeKeyser are ready to make their first appearance of the season, though both are possible for Saturday in Montreal.
Jimmy Howard gets the start in goal, marking the first time in the young season that the Red Wings go with the same goalie for consecutive games. Petr Mrazek will get consecutive starts in Montreal and Edmonton.
Stupid stat of the day: This marks the fifth time since 2000 that the Red Wings have faced the same team twice in the first four games of the season. It’s just the second time that it was not part of back-to-backs. The first was last year against Boston.
Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.