My Detroit Sports: #MyRedWings Weekly #2

The Red Wings got a much needed, 3-day break before facing the St. Louis Blues last Saturday at LCA, but not before giving back for the holidays.

More than $16,000 was raised on Friday for the Salvation Army. $7,800 coming from Red Wings alum, Kris Draper and Chris Osgood.

The Wings find themselves in another 3-game losing streak after a 6-1 rout against St. Louis, Saturday along with 2 overtime losses versus Florida and Boston.

Jake Allen was phenomenal at goal for the Blues with 28 saves. The offense matched his performance, as 6 different Blues scored. Detroit’s lone goal came from Frans Nielsen in the 3rd period.

On Monday, there was a buzz in the building over the new Dylan Larkin “D-BOSS” bobblehead giveaway. The bobblehead is modeled after, Dylan’s famous YouTube videos.

The Red Wings came right out of the gate with a goal from the captain, Henrik Zetterberg, scoring at 18:27 in the 1st period. The goal snapped a career-long 22-game scoreless streak for Z. His last goal came October 18th in a 6-3 loss against Toronto.

After a scoreless 2nd period, it would be the Panthers time to counter with a goal from Vincent Trocheck, assist from Jonathan Huberdeau in the 3rd period. The game-winner came from Florida’s Mike Matheson at 2:02 in overtime, sending the Wings to their 9th loss in 10 games.

Jimmy Howard was great behind the net with 27 out of 29 save opportunities, but it was the Panthers, James Reimer who was a little better, recording 34 saves.

Keeping busy. The Wings would take the time out on their day off to visit the Children’s DMC Hospital.

Wednesday, Detroit kept it close at Little Caesars Arena, but would fall short, yet again in overtime, 3-2 versus Boston. Tomas Tatar and Dylan Larkin would score a goal each. Noel Acciari would counter and David Pastrnak scored the Bruins 2nd goal in the 3rd with 1:26 left to go in regulation. From there it didn’t take long for Boston to seal the overtime victory as Brad Marchand scored just 35 seconds into OT.

The Red Wings are now 0-6 in games decided in overtime.

Next Up: Detroit takes on the Toronto Maple Leafs at LCA, 7:30 PM.

My Detroit Sports: #MyPistons Weekly #1

The Pistons are still searching for their first win in December. Since their last win at home against the Suns on November 29th, the Pistons have lost 7 straight games. All 7 games have been tough ones, with road losses in Washington, Philadelphia, and San Antonio heading into this week. The Pistons have had great effort and close games, but the shots simply haven’t fallen. Stan Van Gundy has also tried some lineup changes by moving Reggie Bullock to the starting lineup and giving meaningful minutes to fan favorite Boban Marjanovic for the first time this season.

Last Wednesday the Pistons went into Milwaukee to face the Bucks for the first time since their trade for Eric Bledsoe. The Pistons shot poorly, 41.4% from the field, but were kept in the game by Andre Drummond’s monster 27 point/20 rebound effort. The game was tied after 3 quarters, but a 14-1 run by Milwaukee to start the 4th and 4 free throws in the final minute by former Piston Khris Middleton provided the Bucks with a 104-100 victory.

The Pistons headed home to face the defending world champion Golden State Warriors. The Warriors were without 2 time MVP Steph Curry, but still had plenty of star power with Kevin Durant plus Saginaw native and Michigan State product Draymond Green. The story on the evening was blocked shots, with Durant and Green combining for 11 of the 15 Warriors rejections. And again, poor shooting doomed the Pistons. A valiant effort to rally from a double digit deficit in the 4th quarter came up short in the final seconds. Avery Bradley’s 3 pointer and 2 missed free throws by Shaun Livingston cut the Warriors lead to 2 points heading into the final possession. Reggie Jackson was unable to convert and the ball landed in Klay Thompson’s hands. Thompson made both of his free throws and the Warriors escaped with a 102-98 victory.

In the middle of their homestand, the Pistons made sure they gave back during the holidays.

It didn’t get much easier on Sunday against the Eastern Conference leading Boston Celtics. The Pistons poor shooting hit a low point with a 28-84 (33.3%) effort from the field. Former Piston Aaron Baynes was able to match the production of Andre Drummond with both players scoring a half dozen points and Drummond grabbing only 2 more rebounds in 4 more minutes of action. Anthony Tolliver and Ish Smith did their part providing quality production off the bench, but the balanced scoring of the Celtics starters was too much on this off shooting night. The Pistons fell 91-81.

More Pistons in the community, as Andre Drummond visited U of D Jesuit and Stanley Johnson was at Say Play Detroit.

 

The homestand ended with a match against the shorthanded Denver Nuggets. 35.4% shooting from the field prevented the Pistons from taking advantage of Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap’s absence. The Nuggets took a 10 point halftime lead and turned into a blowout behind a 3rd quarter surge from Jamal Murray and his outside shooting. Langston Galloway and Boban Marjanovic had season highs with 18 points and 14 points/5 rebounds respectively. But the Nuggets shot over 50% from the field behind Jamal Murray (11-19 for 28 points) and Trey Lyles (7-7 for 20 points) as the Pistons fell 103-84 and the losing streak extended to 7.

The Pistons will try to reverse their fortunes on the road Thursday night in Atlanta against the Hawks in the first night of a back to back. The road trip continues Friday night in Indiana in an important game between Central Division rivals.