Canucks @ Red Wings - 12/4
Posted December 04, 2008 - 03:23 PM
Tomas Holmstrom says he could play tonight but is being kept out of the lineup as a precaution.
The Canucks, having lost their past three games, will start Curtis Sanford in net.
Hall-of-Famer Igor Larionov will be honored before the game. The Canucks were Larionov's first NHL team and the Red Wings were the team he won three Stanley Cups with.
Posted December 04, 2008 - 07:57 PM
Great pass by Lilja to spring Hudler. Two defenders hooking him and Hudler still gets a real nice shot off.
And on that note, I'm out for now, I've got a soccer game to get to and will catch up later tonight.
Posted December 04, 2008 - 08:33 PM
Happy to see him doing well lately.
Posted December 04, 2008 - 11:34 PM
On Vancouver's first goal I asked, "Should Ozzie have been faster with the glove? How did that turn into a three-on-two?" My later notes are similar.
Blown defensive coverage on Raymond for the third goal or bad lateral movement by Osgood?
Vancouver's fourth goal: Bad rebound or missed clearing attempt by Lidstrom?
The questions raised by three of the Canucks five goals helped me realize why I haven't been able to put a finger on one thing that's been wrong with the Wings' play this season. It's not one thing, it's a combination of defensive lapses and weak goaltending.
If Osgood is faster with his glove it doesn't matter that there was a three-on-two. If the Wings change faster there's no three-on-two so Osgood doesn't need to be faster with his glove.
If there's no blown coverage on Raymond, Osgood's lateral movement doesn't matter. If Osgood's quicker moving right to left he makes up for Raymond being open.
The problem we've been seeing all year is that for some reason the Red Wings continue having these full-team momentary lapses. A "perfect storm of suck" if you will.
That said, the defense has made some great plays and Osgood has made some big, big saves. About 3:00 into the second period tonight Osgood had a great stop on the Sedins. These things shouldn't be forgotten.
Bill says trouble is coming. I say it's here but I'm not ready to worry about it. Moments of brilliance have been shown, it's just a matter of the Wings pulling it all together into one complete effort.
Posted December 05, 2008 - 04:55 AM
Check the facts:
Our GA differential is not what it was a year ago and Ozzie's GAA is in the gutter. Part of that can be blaimed on him however, part of that can be blamed on the defense hanging him out to dry. Mr. Norris just does not look like his normal self either.
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