Hodgson continues to impress in every area, it would be great if his linemates could be consistent with him. Liked his speed and hustle, and he's just driving the slot and carrying the puck with more and more confidence every game it seems.
Samuelsson continues to march to the beat of his own drum. That PP in the 3rd where he was carrying the puck in and turned it over, his linemates looked totally frozen like they weren't sure where he was going with it.
Sturm is more and more a waste of skates, if there was any doubt about that he removed it in the opening period when he had loads of room coming in on Howard with a delayed penalty coming to Detroit, he changed up on the shot fake and then just put a weak slap shot straight into Howard's chest. Torres would have been a bargain at $1.75M compared to this guy.
Malhotra must be having trouble with his eye, multiple times on the PK he went to clear the puck and put it softly into a Detroit point man.
We need a scrapper. The game's energy and momentum were all ours up until Lapierre turtled as Abdelkader had his way with him, ironically enough it was Abdelkader who potted the first goal. (Speaking of scrappers, anyone see Asham 2-punch Beagle in the Penguins/Caps game?)
Schneider was ver good tonight in the loss, at first I was about to throw him under the bus after the second period.....then I saw the SOG total in that frame and digressed. I don't know why, but as poor as the team looked tonight, they actually appeared more calm and collected in our end out there in front of Schneider than they did against Philly and Pittsburgh. As a fan I was much more relaxed and not worrying about every shot through traffic or from a weak angle. At the other end, Howard was lights out for 20 minutes and then relatively untested.
Edler needs different sticks.
Hodgson's "goal" at the end of 2 and Burrows' crossbar in the dying minutes pretty much summed up our night on offense, if Howard wasn't going to pull a horseshoe or make a crazy save the hockey gods were going to do it for him.
The officiating was abysmal, and several calls stand out.
Holmstrom should have a reputation for selling calls by now, refs should know this. Hamhuis stood him up, and may have been a tad late, but Holmstrom's headlocking of our dman and then pulling him down onto the ice as he fell should have resulted in coincidentals, Hamhuis could not disengage from that play even if he wanted to.
Samuelsson's hit on Stuart was a joke, at full speed there is no way for him to avoid contact when Stuart spins like that at the last second, and in Samuelsson's favor, he let up and didn't even look to try and finish that hit.
Bertuzzi on Tanev was also weak, certainly not boarding.
Ballard's penalty for "tripping" was an embarassment to the NHL, how the hell is a hip check tripping unless the player in question is the size of tie domi and coming in on his knees to take out at the ankles? When the attacking forward tries to jump over the hip check and gets his legs clipped that's not a trip, it's a stupid move by the forward in question.
Hansen had a chance to go for a loose puck behind/beside the net on a shoot in in the 2nd period and was dumped in the middle of the ice by the Detroit defenseman, this apparently does not warrant a call.
Our PK was excellent tonight, perfect in fact. When was the last time Detroit started out a season 0-16 on the PP?
Things to re-evaluate, things to build on, things out of the control of players and coaches. After 4 games I'm missing Kesler and wishing that Gillis had done something else during the off-season other than sign Marco Sturm.