Postgame Notes: Red Wings @ Rangers – 10/19

Alright, I’m going to make this one quick because, admittedly, I was mostly watching this out of the corner of my eye with the volume down low.

You know when the Red Wings were a powerhouse and they’d come up against some random horrible team who, for some reason, they just couldn’t beat?  Those games against Nashville (usually in Nashville), 1999ish, where they doubled up the Preds in shots and controlled play and just couldn’t solve frikkin’ Mike Dunham, while some random like Mark Mowers (future Red Wing) would score goals on multiple deflections and Detroit would lose, 2-1?

That’s what happened tonight.

By all accounts, the Red Wings had no right to win this game.  The Rangers controlled play for the most part.  But Jimmy Howard – in his first start of the season and playing in his favorite arena – stood on his head and the Wings managed to get another power play goal out of Thomas Vanek and a goal from their fourth line and it was enough.

It wasn’t a good game but a win is a win.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Rangers – 10/19

Coming off their first win of the season and their final home opener at Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings are back on the road tonight, visiting the New York Rangers.

Jimmy Howard gets the start in goal for the Wings, his first of the season.  Howard grew up a Rangers fan and loves playing at Madison Square Garden, so that’s not much of a surprise.

Any other lineup changes will be determined after the pre-game skate, per coach Jeff Blashill.

Game time is 8:00 PM on NBCSN.


In the meantime, Down Goes Brown has an interesting time-waster going on Twitter.

I gave it a couple shots.

I mis-counted, that total is actually 143. But when you can add a seven-time Norris Trophy winner, which also allows you to swap Wendel Clark for Marian Hossa, you do that.