Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Red wings.... what's wrong?

What's going on? The Wings have a respectable record, currently 12th overall in the NHL, but in a stacked Western conference they're barely a playoff team. They've come on hard lately but there are a lot of struggling guys on this team.

Nik Lidstrom has 1 goal
Jon Eriksson is -7 (and now he's hurt)
Jason Williams, disapointment has 2 goals and -5 rating
The much anticipated debut season for playoff hero Darren Helm.... 3 goals and 5 assists, +1. Pretty underwhealming midseason numbers.
Ditto for Justin Abdelkador, 3 goals and 3 assists only

Everyone loves to hate Chris Osgood, and although he hasn't been great in the last couple years, he is not the problem.

Jimmy Howard - 10-6-1, GAA 2.40, SV% 9.15
Chris Osgood - 7-5-4, GAA 2.70, SV% .900, 1 SO

Not bad numbers. All of the amateur GM's would have you believe that Martin Biron is the answer, but would he really be an upgrade on Ozzie and Howard?

Martin Biron - 2-9-2, GAA 3.33, SV% .898, 1 SO
Dwayne Roloson - 10-5-5, GAA 2.90, SV% .911

Now if you want to keep throwing out the garbage response that Biron's numbers aren't as good as Ozzie's because Detroit is so much better than the Islanders, then how come Roloson is able post respectable numbers with those same Islanders?

Anyway's the real problem in Detroit is offense. Datsyuk has only 7 goals, and the only Red Wings who have been really good are Zetterberg and Holmstrom. Cleary and Bertuzzi have been contributing offensively but have -8, and -6 ratings respectively.

Basically everyone needs to pick it up, and Johan Franzen can't get healthy soon enough for this team.

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