Red Wings Top Arizona Coyotes 5-1
The Arizona Coyotes dropped the puck against the Detroit Red Wings last night in Joe Louis Arena. For about three minutes things were looking very bright for the Coyotes…and then Klas Dahlbeck’s early goal was challenged and overturned. From that point on it was the Red Wings show to run and run it they did, chasing goalie Mike Smith with a two goal flurry late in the first period. Enter Anders Lindback who managed to save 26 of 28 on the night (.929 save percentage) but the damage was already done.
Here’s how it went down:
- Sometimes he’s hot and sometimes he’s cold. Goalie Mike Smith did not have the mojo on Thursday night in Detroit, and he will certainly rue the Gustav Nyquist goal as one of the most embarrassing moments in his career.
- Everyone who has ever watched an NHL team Steve Downie has played for has noted that when he’s doing hockey related things he’s quite alright. When he’s cruising around trying to injure opposing players or instigate a fight after the game is already out of hand? Not so much.
- Jordan Martinook had a gorgeous goal off of the Steve Downie pass. Unfortunately for the Coyotes he was one of very few bright spots in the lineup against the Red Wings.
- Oliver Ekman-Larsson has made it two straight games with an absolute bone-headed pass that lead to a goal. That’s not something we should be seeing from our Norris Trophy-caliber defenseman. I have a feeling he’ll clean it up tonight in Buffalo.
- Anders Lindback played well out there last night. The effort was completely in vain, of course, as most of his outings have been this season. It was good to see, though, particularly after the way Mike Smith looked in that beleaguered first period.
The past several games have saw the Coyotes look exactly like the team we expected after their awful preseason. No possession of the puck. Porous defense. Bad goals allowed. Very little offensive creativity.
It’s been a very painful set of games to watch and the in game adjustments have just not been there from Dave Tippett and co. One could argue that the Coyotes should be 0-4 and not 2-2 in their last four games. Barring the Calgary Flames game where the Coyotes took seven penalties to only three for the Flames, the Coyotes have been outshot on a tremendous level that is completely counterproductive to winning hockey games.
Simply put, the boys have to do a better job exiting their own zone and shoot more. From there better results will come.
The Coyotes take on the Buffalo Sabres tonight in Buffalo.