Hockey’s ‘biggest disappointment’ for Boudreau, Red Wings in loss to Nashville
The Detroit Red Wings have a tough road ahead of them.
They’ll have to make a lot of tough decisions at the trade deadline, especially if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive.
That’s why the team’s management and coaches had to be so surprised when the team was beaten 5-1 on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena by the Nashville Predators.
It was the most disappointing loss for the Red Wings, who have had a lot to work with and struggled mightily in their last three games.
What the team has been doing right and wrong: Defenseman Brendan Smith and goaltender Anders Nilsson had to do a lot with the Red Wing’s loss.
Smith had one assist and Nilsson three, while the Red Sox have struggled in their own zone all season.
The Wings also lost center Alexey Marchenko, who is out for the season with a broken foot.
He has been out since Dec. 23.
Detroit’s goalie coach, Paul Maurice, has a reputation for going to the line and going to extremes to stop scoring chances.
He is the same guy who was fired by the Anaheim Ducks last season.
The Wings are hoping that Marchenko will be ready for the start of training camp, but they will have to be patient.
Detroit has a tough stretch of games against the Penguins, Senators, Sabres and Wild, so they should be looking to get out of their funk as quickly as possible.
The Red Wings also missed the playoffs last season, but are looking for a bounce-back season.
Their season will be affected by a suspension for defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and the lack of scoring from goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.
Boudreau will have a lot on his plate after this loss.
The team will have two home games this season and two away games.
That makes the Red Wings difficult to win games at home, but the team is still hoping that the young players can carry them through the stretch run.
Who is to blame?
The Wings were lucky that they had the play of Smith and Nilson.
Smith was the primary playmaker and got the majority of the points for the Wings.
He finished with seven points, two goals and four assists.
Nilsson also had a goal and an assist.
They were the team that scored the most goals against, but it was mostly because of Smith’s and Nilssons defensive play.
“We got a lot out of that group.
We got a good mix of young and old.
There was a little bit of a mismatch there.
We could have got it in our favor a little more, but we got it out of it,” Babcock said.
Coach Mike Babcock on Saturday: “We had some good guys on the ice that could have done more.
That was not the case today.
That is a tough one for us to swallow.”
The Wings had one more point, but their chances of winning the Stanley Cup are on shaky ground.
They lost two of their last two games to the Wild and Predators, but have been playing better this season.
They beat the Penguins on Friday night, but were outscored 6-1 in the final period of that game.
They also beat the Senators on Saturday, but lost 3-2.
It is hard to imagine them winning more than one of those games this week, but this was a tough loss for them to swallow.
They are hoping to get a bounce back season from the defense.