A new season, a new beginning as the Islanders began the 2013-2014 season. This is their first as a member of the new Metropolitan Division begun in Newark, NJ against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center Friday night. This was the first game of the season for the Islanders while the Devils were playing the back end of a back to back coming off a 3-0 loss last night on the road to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The New York Islanders made history last night, playing the New Jersey Devils in the first ever NHL game in Brooklyn. Granted, it was only a preseason game, but the sporting event brought in many fans since this is the future home of the New York Islanders.
Unfortunately, the final result isn't exactly what everyone would have liked to see, a 3-0 loss to one of their top rivals in the Metropolitan Division. But as stated above, this was only a preseason game with rosters lacking regular skaters for two teams that are looking to shake off some rust and evaluate line combinations and prospects.
Everyone knows how badly Detroit needed two points tonight, seems like a theme this season. Don't worry; you will not be reading any complaints about the lack of performance tonight, though! The Detroit Red Wings had a beautiful shutout tonight against Phoenix, winning 4 to 0!
One had to figure coming into this evening's game that the Detroit Red Wings were going to show some spirit, perhaps even two games worth. It would've been the least they could after their embarrassing showing in front of their own fans yesterday. Sure enough, the Wings played with passion and put their 7-1 drubbing from Chicago behind them and pulled out to a 3-0 lead on the Colorado Avalanche, holding on for a 3-2 final.
There are a number of factors that led to the 4-2 defeat the Red Wings suffered tonight at the hands of the Minnesota Wild, a team who had not won on JLA ice since 2006. Even the final score is misleading, as the match wasn't even technically as close as it might lead one to believe. Devin Setoguchi scored a pair and multiple miscues by Detroit made this an easy one for the Wild. Gustav Nyquist and Drew Miller notched the two Wings goals, though Miller's came with mere seconds left on the clock in the 3rd. For all intents and purposes, this game should be treated as a 4-1 loss.
The Detroit Red Wings have won the last two games in a row, which is hopefully an indication of more winning games to come. The Wings beat the Canucks in a late night game last night. What do you think contributed to this win? What do the Wings need to do to continue the streak?
The Detroit Red Wings were flying high after tonight's game against the Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver is one of the top ten teams in the league. Even after the beautiful shutout Jimmy had on Saturday night, the game was still expected to be a nail biter. However, our writer, Brad’s hopefulness about Saturday’s game being a portent of things to come was proven in tonight’s high scoring game. The Detroit Red Wings painfully beat the Canucks.
It is safe to say that the Wings are playing terrible. There is no way to put it besides tonight's game was unbelievably frustrating to watch. It is hard to imagine Minnesota was the team the Wings killed just three weeks ago, winning 5 to 3 with a hat trick from Henrik Zetterberg. Remember that? Tonight was definitely a different story. The Detroit Red Wings lost their third game in a row to the Minnesota Wild.
The Red Wings should be caught between fatigue and satisfaction after avenging their home opening loss last night against the St. Louis Blues, so this evening's matchup against the Columbus BlueJackets could be very interesting. With Detroit sitting in the middle of the conference, another win tonight would be extremely uplifting, bringing the Wings within 2 points of the Blues for 2nd in the Central. Can the Red Wings stave off exhaustion in the tail-end of this back-to-back, or will the BlueJackets seize on a rare opportunity to hand Detroit a defeat?
It's nice to go into a weekend and be able to smile with regards to one's favorite hockey team.
Welcome to Geek Week, a week-in-review article where the Detroit Red Wings go under the microscope and we take a closer look at some key points that arose over the last 7 days. Last week was opening week for the lockout-shortened 2012-2013 NHL season, and the Red Wings were likely well aware heading into the start of this campaign how significant each game would be.
So how did the Wings do in their first week back? Take a look.