Looks like Niklas Kronwall got the memo about Halloween, and dressed up as his pre-2014 self in the Detroit Red Wings’ Tuesday night game against the Arizona Coyotes.
This is the Kronwall that we miss dearly.
Ken Holland, this defense is your mess; clean it up or ship out
This season’s Detroit Red Wings team is a mess; I don’t think I’m out of line saying that.
After an unexpectedly pleasant 5-1-0 start to the season, including a shootout victory over the Ottawa Senators, the Red Wings have garnered just 3 points in their last 7 games, going 1-5-1 in that stretch. Many will point towards our last off-season and gripe about the lack of moves that the Red Wings’ brass made to shore up our shortcomings, but the ineptitude can be traced as far back as 5 years ago now.
May 31st, 2012. A sour day in the Motor City, as arguably the best defenseman to ever lace up and hit the ice, Nicklas Lidstrom, announced his retirement from the NHL. Many Detroit faithful knew the day was rapidly approaching, but also thought the Red Wings captain had at least a few more years under his belt before hanging them up. In 1,564 NHL games, Lidstrom notched 264 goals and 878 assists, good for 1,142 career points (.73 points per game). Add to it the fact that of those 264 goals, 132 were scored on the power play; that’s an astounding amount of offense for a blue-liner.
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