Red Wings – Rangers Game Thoughts

I’ve said several times tonight that the Red Wings got two points they didn’t deserve tonight.

Once again they looked sloppy all over the ice and seemed afraid to forecheck. It wasn’t until they had blown the lead they got earlier that they seemed to have any jump to their game.

The first three Detroit goals came on rushes and good bounces, not from any form of continued pressure. By contrast, the Rangers four goals were the result of blown defensive coverage.

With about ten minutes left in the third period, it seemed as though the Red Wings flipped a switch and were suddenly on. For those final ten minutes they looked like the team we’re all used to seeing, unafraid of going into the corners and controlling the puck all over the ice.

If they had played the whole game with that kind of intensity, these two points would be deserved.

Stuart Out, Meech in Against Rangers

Derek Meech will replace Brad Stuart in the Red Wings lineup tonight, according to Mlive’s Ansar Khan.

Stuart did not take the morning skate, opting to rest his bruised knee. He’s expected to return next Wednesday when Detroit visits the St. Louis Blues.

This will mark Meech’s first game of the season. He will play in Stuart’s spot alongside Niklas Kronwall.

One other change for the game against the New York Rangers will be Dan Cleary donning a visor to protect an irritated left eye. Cleary says that if he can get used to the visor he will keep it on permanently.