This is an article I have thought about writing for a while, but now seems like the best time to do it. With the Wings on a three game losing streak, the critics have started to come out of the woodwork to voice their displeasure with the current direction of the team. So, the question is simple…are Wings fans spoiled?
This is a feature that those of you familiar with my writing will remember. For those of you who are new readers, allow me to explain. Each and every game, I assign three stars to members of the two competing teams. They aren’t always consistent with the “Official Game Stars”, however, as I might feel someone had a particularly good game without getting much attention for it. Then, at the end of every month I add up what three Wings players had the most “3 Star Selections” and announce them as the Three Stars of the Month. At the end of the season, I will also have a Three Stars of the Season post. Everyone get it? Good. On to the fun stuff!
Todd Bertuzzi has been as hot as any one in the league lately, netting 6 goals in his last 4 games headed into this afternoon’s battle with the Minnesota Wild. While he was officially held off the scoreboard today, it was his shootout winner that decided the game in the Red Wings favor.
Red Wings 4 – Panthers 3
The Red Wings coughed up and then regained a two goal lead for a second straight night, and picked up their 4th straight win. The game wasn’t without it’s dangerous moments, though, which I’ll get to after the break.
Red Wings 6 – Lightning 2
In a game that was a measuring stick of sorts for the Lightning, they did not stack up well against the Red Wings. With players coming back in droves off of the injured reserve, the Wings have begun playing like the team we were treated to in the first two months of the season. Follow along after the jump for the breakdown.
Very soon, the Red Wings will have to deal with a problem they’ve barely had to think about for two full seasons. When Brad Stuart, Valtteri Filppula and Mike Modano all return sometime this month (hopefully) the Red Wings will have…*gasp* too many healthy players!
In a rare home and home with the Boston Bruins this weekend, the Detroit Red Wings took home all four points, thanks in large part to the four goals scored by #44.
Red Wings 6 Bruins 1
There are times as a writer where it is tough for me to pick the three stars of the game. Some of the time, it is because the Wings got thoroughly dismantled and no one deserves a star. Then there are games like tonight’s…