Red Wings – Thrashers Postgame Thoughts

Disinterested.

That’s how someone (Saler, I think) described the Red Wings in a game a few weeks ago and I think it’s something we’ve seen a lot from them this season. They’ve won despite it at times but tonight Detroit’s disinterest bit them in the ass in their 5-1 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers.

How many times do you remember the Red Wings having sustained pressure in the Atlanta zone tonight? I can think of a single second-period shift from the first line.

Forget sustained pressure, how many times do you remember the Wings cleanly gaining the zone and getting set up? How many odd-man rushes did they have?

I look at the boxscore and see that the Wings were credited with 33 shots but I’m shocked to see a number that high. It felt like no more than 20.

Detroit had nothing going on offense and then they were sloppy on defense. It’s what we’ve been seeing for the past week taken to an extreme. A loss like this was bound to happen the way they’ve been playing.

Red Wings – Thrashers Pregame Notes

The Red Wings hit the road for the first time in about two and a half weeks, visiting the Atlanta Thrashers tonight.

The big news is that Jiri Hudler will be the healthy scratch tonight, with Justin Abdelkader bumped up to the second line in his place. Huds is less than thrilled about that but I say too damned bad.

Somewhat ironically, Hudler did score in Detroit’s last visit to Atlanta, a 6-3 win on March 20, 2009. It was a nice breakaway goal. I was there.

The Wings are 9-3-0 against Atlanta all time, though Saler questions whether I can be believed about that. Detroit is also 12-18-7 on November 24th going into tonight’s game, not that it means anything.

Oh, and this one’s on FS+.