Dominance (cont): Way to wrap up March with yet another dominant win, Wings. Seriously. Aside from the whole blowing the four-goal lead thing, that was another flat out dominant performance by the Wings. By all rights, they should have won 8-0. Or 8-4 if you’re of the opinion that the Oil would have managed to score those four despite being browbeaten to the tune of 8 goals in the first 34 minutes. A little more finish on the part of the Wings and no way the Oilers come back.
The number of incomplete chances still hurts today, but sometimes you just don’t get the puck luck. The Oilers did. The blown lead is troubling, but it’s less so with the fact that they managed to staunch the flow in the end.
Tin Foil: And how did they do that? Because they’re the Detroit Red Wings and this is March. But also because of this:
Howard: Pedestrian game. The skaters wouldn’t be winning any awards for their part in the meltdown, but I have to lay the bulk of the blame at Jimmy’s feet. After the season he’s given us, he’s allowed a weak game or two, but can we all admit this may have been one of them? But he’s starting Thursday, so no worries about punitive action on Babcock’s part.
Franzen: A little snakebit, despite the goal. And even that one I’d argue was a little flukey as it seemed to me he didn’t get all he wanted on it, but ended up scoring anyway because Deslauriers conveniently moved out of the way. He had 4-5 awesome chances and should have had 3-4 goals easily. His shot is just a little less potent than you’d like to see from him. He gets so many chances and could be really lighting it up.
Miller: There have obviously been better players to get picked up on waivers (Bryzgalov for one), but I don’t think many have offered the bang for the buck that Miller does. Another nice night from Drew. Would really like to see him signed, Kenny. Make him and Eaves the new Maltby and Draper.
Puck possession: When the Wings were on last night, they were so much fun to watch. I love when they’re moving the puck like that. As Ellen said, “I love the sound of tape-to-tape passes.”
Standings: One point behind Nashville and one point ahead of the Kings. And six points back of Chicago. Just saying. Imagine if April 11th meant something.