The Detroit Red Wings (13-7-1 2nd in Central Division) have been playing on a level only they can dictate. After yesterdays incredible 3-2 victory on the road ending defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston’s 10 game winning streak, I asked myself…
What do the consecutive numbers 5-6-4-2-4 mean to me, and moreso what should it mean?
Well, that number describes the roller coaster ride Detroit fans have been on since opening night at the Joe against Ottawa back in October.
5 wins-6 losses-4 wins-2 losses- 4 wins.
Notice, the Red Wings have not won or lost a game back to back this year- win loss win or loss win loss. That stat folks is simply amazing considering where we are at this point of the season. Don’t quote me 100%, but I’d like to believe the Red Wings are the only team to still be in that situation in the NHL.
One can’t say it enough, but our top 3 forwards are playing some Fantastic puck. Really earning those paychecks. Defensively speaking, you cannot ask for more out of your forward stars. The influence these guys have on a game is remarkable, it’s pretty to watch. And best of all, Babcock and the rest of the coaching staff know just how fortunate other players are to benefit, play and develop alongside Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Franzen.
Case and point- Valterri Filppula – the Vantaa Finland native is quickly becoming a top tier player not only on our roster but in the league. Just watch how his game has transformed into Datsyuk’s on both sides of the puck and most importantly on the stat sheet. Valterri is tied for third in overall points with Great Nick this year and spends on average, 7 minutes less on the ice than his fellow Captain. Talk about being productive. Let’s hope he remains healthy because I have a REALLY good feeling about him come playoff time.
If you watch the same game I watch every night you’d notice Ian White’s presence out there on the ice surface. White is just another example of Ken Holland’s true genius. What a trade. I love what I see from the former San Jose Shark.
Ohhh by the way Jimmy Howard must have read my last article. Since I called him inconsistent to start the year a few weeks back he’s been playing brilliantly. He’s started between the pipes for the Red Wings the past 14 straight games, going 8-2 in his last 10.
Tonight the Red Wings look to continue their four game winning streak at home against Central division foe – the Nashville Predators. Puck drops at 7:30, should be a duzzie. Detroit after tonight hits the road for 14 out their next 19 games.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE FOR NEXT WEEK:
Wednesday @ HOME against Stevie, Marty, Vinny and the rest of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Friday @ Buffalo against former Spartan legend Ryan Miller.
Sunday @ Colorado against Matt Duchene, Milan Hejduk and the remaining Avs bunch.
Last thing before I watch my Spartans hit the field against Northwestern: The NBA has come to a TENTATIVE agreement to end the lockout. The lockout though is still NOT over. If the players and owners, who separately vote amongst themselves, both vote yes the season will begin Christmas Day to start a 66 game campaign. Stay tuned on that!
FENKELL’S DETROIT SPORTS PREDICTIONS: MSU-37 NW-20, DET-4 NASH-2, MICH-31 OSU-34.