Petr Mrazek doesn’t even have to try

Possibly the most “casual” save of the year, check out what happened at Red Wings practice. Goaltender Petr Mrazek was doing Petr Mrazek like things yet again. We know you’re good Petr, but this ridiculous!

Turnovers and ‘mental mistakes’ causing Red Wings to struggle early

With a young, talented offensive core showing flashes of what they should be this year during the preseason, and a defense corps that looked game-ready by the end of the exhibition games, the biggest question mark heading into the Detroit Red Wings’ regular season this year was their goaltending. But the tandem of Jimmy Howard … Read more

Mrazek sets up Nyquist to snipe game-winner in OT [VIDEO]

The Detroit Red Wings finally snapped their losing streak, with a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks in OT, their first ever win in the new 3-on-3 OT format. Petr Mrazek took control of a loose puck in the Red Wings’ end, breaking up the chance of an odd-man opportunity for the Canucks. He sent it up ice to a waiting Gustav Nyquist at the opposing blue line. Nyquist went in alone on Ryan Miller and sniped it glove-side for the game-winner.

Red Wings need to limit shots against in order to get back on track

The Detroit Red Wings got off to a fast start in the 2015-2016 season, winning their first three games by a combined score of 11-4. Since that start, they dropped the past two games, giving up five goals against Carolina and four goals against Montreal. While this team is capable of making a good run this … Read more

Friedman: ‘Gallagher goal raises replay questions’

Over the weekend, Detroit Red Wings fans learned two big things, with their team playing a back-to-back over the course of Friday and Saturday nights. The first thing is that their team still has the habit playing down to their opposition, as they did in their 5-3 loss to the Hurricanes Friday night.

The second thing is that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

I’m of course referring to Brendan Gallagher’s goal against Detroit Saturday night in the Montreal Canadiens’ 4-1 win over the Red Wings, where he guided the puck with his skates into Petr Mrazek, and forced it through the goalie pad and into the net. The goal was reviewed by the War Room in Toronto, but the only thing they looked for, and were allowed to look for, was whether or not there was a distinct kicking motion before the puck entered the net. (Along with whether pucks are gloved in or batted in with a high-stick, neither of which applied to this situation.) There wasn’t, so the call on the ice stood as a good goal. The most intriguing part though, is that Jeff Blashill didn’t use his coach’s challenge on the play to check for goaltender interference. Apparently there was a reason why.

From Elliotte Friedman’s piece on SportsNet:

Go back and listen to referee Dave Jackson’s explanation. The last few words are buried in the crowd’s cheers, but he says, “After video review, the puck entered the net in legal fashion, before contact. The goal is good.”

The broadcast showed angles that disputed the puck going in first. Blashill’s probably being told, “Challenge, challenge.” But, if the referee is saying contact happened after the goal, you have to believe you’re not going to win. Don’t bother wasting your timeout.

Suddenly, Detroit’s punt makes sense. Watching live, I assumed the game was already delayed by the first review and someone was trying to prevent a second, meaningless slowdown by warning the Wings, “Don’t bother. It doesn’t end well for you.”

What he’s basically saying is that the official may or may not have told Blashill after the review that yes, the puck entered the net before contact with the goaltender was made. Which if that were the case, the Red Wings using their challenge would have been completely in vain and they would have burned up their timeout for nothing. The interesting thing is that there’s nothing saying that you can’t ask the on-ice official about the order of events concerning a goaltender interference call. So if you can, why wouldn’t you? Why burn up your challenge and your timeout hoping that the call goes your way, when you can simply nonchalantly ask the official if there was contact before the puck entered the net, no harm no foul?

The question this raises is if this diminishes the value and efficacy of the coach’s challenge. Will we see a rise in coaches simply conversing with on-ice officials after questionable goals or calls or non-calls instead of just using their challenge as intended? We may see a couple of more tweaks to the rule book down the line if the answer to the previous question turns out to be yes.

This does not take away from the Canadiens’ win, though. Detroit managed a single goal on the night, courtesy of Dylan Larkin (2), and the defense looked sloppy all night. Montreal took advantage and reaped the rewards. But it is still an interesting point to think about moving forward in the season.

Detroit Red Wings: The week ahead (10/13/15 – 10/19/15)

The Detroit Red Wings have gotten off to a roaring start to the 2015-16 NHL season. Two games in they sit at 3rd in the Atlantic Division with 4 points, behind the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning who are tied for 1st with 6 points. Detroit has some big match-ups coming this week, including … Read more

Red Wings surge in third period to beat Hurricanes 4-3 (w/ videos)

The Detroit Red Wings keep on rolling to start the season, with a bad outing against the Carolina Hurricanes still resulting in a 4-3 victory. The Red Wings did not look good early. At all. Their skating was sluggish, they were swarmed when they had the puck, and they couldn’t get anywhere near the net … Read more

DSN staff predictions: 2015-16 Detroit Red Wings

With the start of the 2015-16 NHL regular season, fans league-wide are forming their predictions and opinions about how their teams will progress over the course of the year. We here at DSN are no different, already formulating hypothetical roster moves and game results. The Detroit Red Wings hit the ice for their season opener … Read more

24 Years in the Playoffs: The Detroit Red Wings

For me, as a 28-year old man, it is hard to imagine being a fan of a hockey team that doesn’t qualify for the playoffs. Having followed the game for as long as I can remember, playoff hockey is just something that is considered “normal”. The Detroit Red Wings have qualified for the playoffs in each of … Read more

Looking Ahead: Red Wings 2015-16 Season Preview

In the 2014-15 season, we saw an improved Detroit Red Wings team who was one year removed from an incredibly injury-riddled season. While they were still eliminated in the first round, they took a very good Tampa Bay Lightning team to a 7th game in the series. If it wasn’t for a suspension to Niklas … Read more

2015-16 Detroit Red Wings: 5 keys to the season [w/ video]

[tps_header]You can almost taste it now, folks. The 2015-16 NHL regular season officially starts tomorrow, with the Detroit Red Wings’ season opener on Friday. The team went further than any of the analysts last season anticipated, taking the eventual conference champs Tampa Bay Lightning to a Game 7 in the quarterfinals last post-season. The mix … Read more

Kevin Allen (USA Today): “Red Wings have developed into a threat to win”

While the hockey world paid closer attention to the likes of teams such as Chicago, Tampa Bay, L.A., and Montreal, the Detroit Red Wings silently moved along their off-season with a few goals in mind; bolster the defense with a veteran scoring presence, bring in a veteran forward that can contribute points and lead the … Read more

Looking back: Mrazek robs Boyle with amazing stick save [VIDEO]

With the 2015-2016 NHL season right around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at some of the more extraordinary plays of the 2014-2015 NHL season. We will start it off with the Red Wings young goaltender in the playoffs.

With the Detroit Red Wings already down 2-0 to Tampa Bay in game six of the first round of the playoffs, goaltender Petr Mrazek made what was easily the best save of the first round, and perhaps of the playoffs. Brian Boyle was able to split the defense and get an open look at the net. After a slick move, it appeared that a goal was all but certain. What happened next had to be seen to believe.

Hockey is only a couple of weeks away fans, it is time to get pumped!


Petr Mrazek should start over Jimmy Howard

NOTE: The views expressed in this EDITORIAL do not necessarily reflect the views of Detroit Sports Nation or a majority of its writers and should not be misconstrued as such. The views contained within are the views of the author and the author alone. Last April, Jimmy Howard had a rough span, giving up numerous soft goals, … Read more