This matchup between the Red Wings and Senators went exactly as you would expect. A sloppy, mistake riddled game that was hard to watch at times. In today’s pregame, I suggested this could be a sneaky fun game because of both teams struggling on defense. Boy was I wrong. This was the complete opposite of fun.

Falling 5-2, this was just brutal to watch. I’m not entirely sure either team deserved a win. The Senators were just the less worst team, I guess? The NHL is weird.

Thoughts and Highlights

  • Penalties galore. From hooks to too many men on the ice, powerplays were being handed out left and right through the first 40 minutes. In the Red Wings case, they got 5 opportunities on the man advantage and came up with nothing. Actually, they did get something, but not in a good sense. Ottawa capitalized on an Anthony Mantha turnover at the blue line by potting a short handed goal.
  • The first of two goals scored, Darren Helm broke the ice for Detroit. Helm is not tied for second on the team in goals (!).

  • Goal number two came soon after. Noted junkyard dog Tyler Bertuzzi pounced on a rebound for his fourth goal of the season.

  • Turnovers were a major issue. Like, rip you hair out type turnovers. Madison Bowey had one in particular in the third period that sprung Nick Paul for a breakaway. It almost felt like a burn-the-tape type of game.
  • Luke Glendening left the game midway through. His status is still uncertain. Justin Abdelkader also left the game after blocking an Erik Brannstrom slapshot in the ankle region. He was in obvious discomfort following the block.

  • Over the course of this current six game losing skid, Detroit has allowed at least 5 goals five times. That is a real statistic.

Gif of the Game

Is it possible to unsee a hockey game?

Motor City MVP

Evgeny Svechnikov

It may have been in limited minutes, but Svechnikov was one of the lone bright spots, in what an otherwise forgettable performance. On three occasions he made eye-catching skill plays to get around defenders and get to the net. He’s starting to embrace physicality and throwing his body around.

Logging just 12 minutes of ice time, I have to imagine that number only rises. He’s certainly making a statement to remain with the team, even when Adam Erne returns from injury.