Overall: Another one for the “generally unimpressive/uninspiring” column. The Wings came out reasonably well, but gradually lost their legs while the Coyotes worked them. They didn’t seem to be on the same page from a passing standpoint and were mostly disjointed in their own end. They gave up an embarrassing shorthanded goal on a play that began with Zetterberg throwing a too-hard pass to nowhere and was compounded by a White/Kronwall collision. That was emblematic of the Wings’ relative cohesiveness in this one.
MacDonald: Didn’t get a win, but looked very sharp and further built up the confidence stock I have him him. He gave up two goals, but his teammates didn’t score more than one so I’m not going to hang this loss on him. I think he earned another start.
Special Teams: They managed one PPG, but they’re still horrible with the man-advantage. Fixing the power play has got to be a priority and it needs to be a priority now.
And I’m not too interested in being positive about the PK success in this one. The Coyotes suck on the PP.
Franzen: Scored, but his giveway led directly to the empty-net goal that sealed it for the Coyotes. Not his best night. Way to live up to the goal scorer stereotype, Johan.
Zetterberg: Continues to mystify. I’m starting to wonder if his wrist issues aren’t flaring up. He’s just not himself.
The Race: The Wings weren’t competing directly against a Central rival last night, with everybody else idle, but they blew a chance at two points and to improve their road record. They’ve got some padding in the lead built up, but they can’t afford many more nights like that.
Travel: They’ve got an easy schedule left from a travel standpoint, so hopefully we’ll see less of this late trip focus loss crap, which seemed to be the story last night. They no doubt saw home shimmering on the horizon and that colored their focus against the Coyotes.