Feb 17, 2013; St. Paul, MN, USA; Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk (13) passes during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Red Wings 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings In A Slump


After another disappointing loss to the Minnesota Wild, the Detroit Red Wings fall to a 7-6-2 record. This record drops them to ninth place in the Western Conference, not a position they want to stay in. The Red Wings show serious signs of struggle, battling many team injuries that effect their play. Injuries include Pavel Datsyuk (Day-to-Day), Carlo Colaiacovo, Jonas Gustavsson, Darren Helm, Brendan Smith, and a few

Feb 17, 2013; St. Paul, MN, USA; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (55) reacts following the game against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Red Wings 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

others. With this being one of their main problems, this means a few players on the ice during the game are AHL players.

Some players from the AHL are Brian Lashoff, Joakim Andersson, Kyle Quincey, and Tomas Tatar. They are young and maybe not ready to play in the NHL. Plus, with having to be there because of the injuries, it could put a heavy weight on their shoulders. Brian Lashoff made a little noise when he joined the Red Wings this season, and Tomas Tatar has made a bit of noise recently. But the newer players aren’t the only ones not pulling their weight on the team.

During a break in my advertising class the other day, a classmate of mine told me one of her concerns. Daniel Cleary. I realized that she was right. He can get a great pass from just about anyone and miss the net, which he can make. He has taken 28 shots this season, only scoring one goal. This is a major problem, because if Cleary isn’t scoring like he does, it will effect the team in a big way.

Another problem is Ian White. He has just one goal and one assist in 10 games. He has taken 12 shots in the 10 games he has played in, and needs to get in on more plays. I always say the defense is the most important part of the game. Not only can they score goals, but they have a chance to stop pucks from going in their own net. Without the defense scoring, it puts a huge dent in the scoring for the team. Bottom line is the defense needs to start scoring.

The Red Wings are struggling right now, which is mainly caused by injuries. The list of injuries seems endless, but they can pull through it somehow. The only reason I’m concerned is because if they keep playing like this, they won’t be in the playoffs, which they have made for the past 20 years. I don’t want to see that streak end

anytime soon, so I hope they can pull their game together and play like the team the hockey world knows they are.

Tags: Brendan Smith Brian Lashoff Carlo Colaiacovo Darren Helm Detroit Red Wings Ian White Joakim Andersson Jonas Gustavsson Kyle Quincey NHL Pavel Datsyuk Tomas Tatar