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TSN analysts brutally honest about Red Wings

Posted on: October 30, 2009 12:16 pm
Edited on: October 30, 2009 12:17 pm
 

If you follow the Red Wings with rose tinted glasses, last night's TSN (Canadian cable network) broadcast of their game against the Edmonton Oilers would have a been a shock to your beliefs in the team.

You would probably say they were over-critical of your favorite team, but in reality they were simply being brutally honest.

Chris Cuthbert does the play-by-play with color commentary provided by former player Ray Ferraro. Ferraro's son Landon was the Red Wings first pick in the 2009 Entry Draft. Between period analysis is provided by host James Duthie, and analysts Bob McKenzie, and former Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish.

The Oilers had not scored a goal in their last seven periods heading into last night's game, but found themselves up 1-0 just 42 seconds into the game and ahead 3-0 by the 13-minute mark. They stretched the lead to 4-0 with another first minute goal to open the second period, and it was 5-2 after 40 minutes of play.

During the broadcast Ferraro had some biting comments about the goaltending in particular but also had some observations about the play of the defense as well. His comment just prior to the second period was particularly insightful and the timing of the comment was incredible. He pointed out that from a player's perspective when your team is not getting good goaltending you play with a lack of confidence because your worried that every turnover or giveaway you make will end up in your net, and that's how it appeared Detroit was playing. One minute into the period Todd Bertuzzi made an ill-advised pass to a flat-footed Brian Rafalski at the Oilers blueline that the Oilers turned into a turnover and scored on the ensuing breakaway.

Later, Ferraro noted that the Red Wings defense has become a giveaway machine, and moments later Jonathan Ericsson was weak on clearing pass and the Oilers were able to generate a couple of opportunities off the turnover. Ferraro was also fair in his analysis, as he astutely pointed out that the Red Wings had found and exploited a seam in the Oilers neutral zone coverage with long breakout passes resulting in two goals during the Red Wings furious comeback in the third period. He also noted that the Oilers were unable to withstand the comeback because the Red Wings had returned to their game plan and did not allow the Oilers to have the puck for much of the period.

During the second intermission Duthie asked if it was too soon to question what's wrong with the Red Wings, to which McKenzie responded that is not too soon, after all this is a team that has competed for the Stanley Cup the past two seasons, and the expectation should be that they would play better than they have. McKenzie pointed out two factors for the slow start, the first being that the goaltending has not been good, and they have had injuries to significant players such as Johan Franzen who is out of the lineup, Henrik Zetterberg who missed all of training camp, as did Darren Helm, and Pavel Datsyuk has also missed games. He also factored in the large roster turnover from last year. MacTavish was far more blunt stating that the Red Wings have not played well enough to overcome "mediocre" goaltending.

Injury Update
Valtteri Filppula did not play the third period last night and has been diagnosed with a broken wrist. He is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

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Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2009 11:46 pm
 

TSN analysts brutally honest about Red Wings

LOOKING BACK TO PINPOINT A CHANGE IN GOAL KEEPING PERFORMANCE IT BECAME APPARENT THAT OSGOOD'S PERFORMANCE BEGAN TO SLIP SHORTLY AFTER HE WAS SIGNED TO HIS LONG TERM CONTRACT A COUPLE YEARS BACK.  COULD A PLAYER'S PERFORMANCE BE THE RESULT OF WHETHER THEY ARE LOCKED INTO A GOOD CONTRACT OR TRYING TO INFLUENCE THE CONTRACT NEGOTIATION BY PLAYING OVER THE TOP?  I KNOW HE HAD HASEK TO COMPETE WITH AT THE TIME, BUT HE ALSO HAD A STABLE FULL TO ALL-STAR PLAYERS AHEA OF HIM.  ALSO, NOTICE THAT THE RED WINGS ARE ALLOWING MORE SHOTS ON GOAL PER GAME NOW THAN WE ARE USED TO SEEING.  IS THE COMPETITION GETTING THAT MUCH BETTER OR ARE OUR PLAYERS NOT BLOCKING THE SHOTS THAT THEY DID IN YHE PAST.  OUT SHOOTING THE COMPETITION BY 10 OR MORE SHOTS PER GAME HAS GOT TO MANIFEST ITSELF IN MORE GOALS PER GAME OVER THE LONG HAUL.  WHEN YOU PUT ON THE OFFENSIVE PRESSURE AS THEY HAD IN THE PAST IT FELT GOOD.  THE EMPHASIS ON DEFENSE WITH OUT MAINTAINING THE SHOT OUTPUT YOU BETTER HAVE THE GOAL KEEPER IN THE MIX THAT DOESN'T GIVE UP CHEAP POINTS IN THE OPENING MINUTES OF THE PERIOD. 




Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2009 4:51 pm
 

TSN analysts brutally honest about Red Wings

i was actually worried about how fast the young guys would fit into the big game but i thought we would be able to handle it better because of the vets like franzen who is not here with injury. we have had a hard time playing through injuries, some small, some huge, some pestersome. the guys are starting to get healthy and flow together and are playing and scoring better. we are still getting the crap plays out of our system like the stupid turnovers from the D but it goes to that whole confidence in the team thing. if you are scared,worried, hesistent you are more prone to mistakes. we got a bit of a scoring touch going against some good teams with good goalies, and it is helping with the attitude of the team.

 as for the goaltending it is a issue howard is not ready to start alot of games and still gives up the stupid ones because he still has stubborn rookie tendencies. he has the stuff to make the big saves and put the game on his back he is just not ready to do that alot this year. as for ozzie he has slow starts and needs his cage rattled to get him to step it up. he always does this to us early i just hope he can snap out of it faster than usual, because we need him to step up and give us consistentcy and take pressure off howard from having to be the good goalie or savior. i am thinking that as the team gets healthy and more confident it will get a good ball rolling down hill and we can pick up the wins we are supposed to.


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