Not a lot has gone right for the rebuilding Red Wings, who find themselves near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings and a season-high, 7-game losing streak. This comes after having a 6-game losing streak in the middle of October. Detroit has been a team searching for an identity and leadership. While they’ve seen flashes of greatness from their young core in Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou and Dylan Larkin, they haven’t been able to gain traction.
Last Tuesday, on “Hockey Fights Cancer” Night versus the Los Angeles Kings, Detroit came right out of the gate with a Mike Green goal at 14:12 in the 1st period. The Wings would not score again for the rest of the night as Anze Kopitar and the Kings proved to be too much in the 4-1 victory. With only 24 shots on goal, as oppose to LA’s 36, Detroit couldn’t get the offense going.
The Kings captain, Kopitar would finish the night with 2 goals and an assist to Dustin Brown. Adrian Kempe also scored a goal in the 3rd period.
The Wings wouldn’t let their loss to LA dampen their spirits though, as AA, Anthony Mantha and teammates would take to the Pistons court for the first time.
Motor City Casino hosted the Detroit Red Wings annual charity poker tournament this past Friday. With the proceeds going to the Detroit Red Wings Foundation.
Detroit would get 2 cracks at the Montreal Canadians. One at home, Thursday, the other on the road, Saturday. To say the Wings did not fair well would be a drastic understatement, being out scored 16-4 in both games.
Jimmy Howard allowed 6 goals, Thursday and 5 more goals on Saturday after relieving Petr Mrazek who allowed 5 goals, as well. Mantha, Tatar and Nielsen would score a goal each in the 6-3 loss, Thursday night. Luke Glendening scored Detroit’s lone goal in the 10-1 rout, Saturday.
The Red Wings would get a chance to respond, but not before treating the fans to the NHL Centennial Fan Area. Over the weekend, the Wings allowed fans to participate in activities, photo opportunities and autograph signings from Larry Murphy and Darren McCarty.
Detroit would respond in a big way, snapping their 7-game losing streak against Winnipeg, 5-1, Tuesday night at Little Caesars Arena. Gus Nyquist led the way with 2 goals and an assist. Abdelkader, Helm and Booth would add with a goal each. Jimmy Howard was near-perfect with 25 for 26 save opportunities.
Continuing their 5-game homestand, the Wings get 3 days off before taking on the St. Louis Blues in a 1 PM matinee at LCA.
If you get a chance, come out to Hockeytown Authentics and select Kroger locations for the Wings annual, Salvation Army Bell Ringing hosted by current players and alumni. For more details, click here.