The Red Wings have the margin for error of a heart surgeon these days, when it comes to games played at Joe Louis Arena.
They’ve lost games at JLA while giving up tons of shots. They’v lost games because of an inept power play. They’ve lost games because of turnovers.
Well, they lost again at home on Tuesday night, 3-2 to the Winnipeg Jets in a shootout, and it hardly seems fair.
The Red Wings yielded just 23 shots on goal, while firing 45 at Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec. They scored two power play goals. And they cut down on the turnovers.
Yet the Red Wings have now gone six straight games at the Joe without a win. Andrew Ladd, who has a habit of scoring big goals, tallied the eventual game-winner for the second game in a row for the Jets in a shootout.
Despite doing better in the categories mentioned above, there’s still one area that didn’t improve on Tuesday—coaxing anything, offensively, from any player not named Zetterberg or Datsyuk.
Pavel Datsyuk scored both Red Wings goals, one from a bullet, cross-ice pace from Henrik Zetterberg that Datsyuk fired into a half open net to tie the game, 1-1.
But once again, the Red Wings are a one-trick pony on offense. The lack of secondary scoring is killing them. Nobody else can put the puck in the net other than the EuroTwins.
The Red Wings (9-5-5) played one of their best home games of the season yet still didn’t come away with two points. This is a time for belief, faith and patience. The season is too young to panic that those extra points at home aren’t coming.
At least this wasn’t a contest where the Red Wings had more turnovers than a bakery. The Jets mustered just 19 SOG in regulation. Yet it was Detroit that played catch-up all night; the Jets were never behind in the only column that mattered—that being on the scoreboard.
BOTTOM LINE: It’s getting tiresome watching the visitors in white shirts celebrate on JLA ice, isn’t it?
THE WINGED WHEELER SAYS: The Jets’ two goals in regulation were both the result of pretty passing and deadly accurate shots. Ladd continues to vex the Red Wings, even as a member of the Jets, after doing so to Detroit as a Chicago Blackhawk. This is a game the Red Wings can maybe build on, however, despite the result. The Wings will win far more games than they’ll lose if they play the way they did on Tuesday.