Too Legit To Quit

Tonight the Detroit Red Wings take on the Anaheim Ducks in their first of four meetings this season.  The Red Wings (5-5-1) are trying to recover from a 6-game losing streak, and the Ducks (5-5-3) are trying to recover from a 4-game losing streak.  It’s clear that both teams are desperate for a win. It’s also clear that the Red Wings need our support now more than ever. They haven’t given up and neither should we.

Yes, things seem a little odd in Hockeytown. The most obvious is their 5-5-1 record to start off the 2011-12 season. The Wings went 8-2-1 in their first 11 games of the 2010-11 season.  Another oddity: Jimmy Howard is the ONLY one on the “Who’s Hot” list on the game preview, and he definitely deserves to be there. But it’s not common for only our goalie to be “hot.”  Also, Zetterberg and Kronwall are -6 and Datsyuk is -5. Last year Datsyuk was +11 and Kronwall was +5 (Zetterberg was -1 but we’ll move on). And lastly, the Red Wings have scored a shockingly low number of goals.  Last season the Wings had a 3.13 goal per game average and have no scored only SIX GOALS in the last six games.

But fear not. Remember that this is a team that has gotten 100+ points each season for the last 11 years straight. This is the team that has had 20 consecutive playoff appearances–the longest active post-season streak in all of North American professional sports…by far.  The San Antonio Spurs (NBA) have a 14 season streak, Indianapolis Colts (NFL) have a 9 season streak, and the Philadelphia Phillies (MLB) have a 5 season post-season appearance streak. It is odd to me that fans have already lost their faith in their team after only 11 games.  It pisses me off. Nicholas Cotsonika, a writer for Yahoo! Sports, puts it perfectly: “There isn’t enough evidence to suggest the octopi won’t fly again this spring.”

Tonight:

  • Out: Bertuzzi (ill), Eaves (sore back), Kindl (healthy, but being replaced by Commodore), and Mursak (IR for ankle injury)
  • In: Fabian Brunnstrom was recalled from Grand Rapids after being assigned there on Monday after clearing waivers.  He has only played in one game for the Red Wings this season–the 7-1 loss to the Washington Capitals.  He had 8:09 TOI and was -1
  • The Red Wings went 3-0-1 in the 4 meetings with the Ducks last season
  • The Wings are going to try to keep it simple, according to Henrik Zetterberg:  “When you keep losing, losing, losing, you’re making changes, changes, changes instead of, keep it simple and believe in yourself and do what you’ve been doing all these years”
  • Remember how 4-time winner Pavel Datsyuk wasn’t even nominated for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy at the 2011 NHL Awards? We have Anaheim’s Corey Perry to thank for that…or maybe we have Pavel Datsyuk to thank for that? In the 2010-11 home opener against the Ducks, shit head Corey Perry decided to drop the gloves on Datsyuk. And what was the result? A 4-0 win for the Detroit Red Wings and a Gordie Howe Hat Trick for the great Houdini. Round 2? Maybe?

Don’t lose faith in your team–they’re still legit. They’ll get back on track. They’re the Red Wings for goodness sake! Let’s Go Wings!

stats: courtesy of redwings.nhl.com

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