The Detroit Red Wings have been struggling in the 2023-24 season, having missed the playoffs for the first time in HSHL history last year. The team was ranked third from the bottom in the NHL standings, had an aging roster, a low budget, and a frustrated fan base. Their former glory when they scored 365 goals in a year in 2021 seems far in the distant past. However, the team decided to make some drastic changes to turn things around. They fired the young and innovative Ryan Warsofsky and hired the defensive-minded David Quinn, who brought a new system and attitude. They traded some of their veterans and acquired promising prospects and draft picks. They also signed some free agents willing to take a chance on the rebuilding team. The focus was on developing their young talent and creating a hard work, teamwork, and resilience culture.
At the start of the season, the Detroit Red Wings struggled to find their footing, starting with a dull, flabbergasted whimper at 1-3-2. The team was built around their defense, led by Brady Skjei and newcomer goalie Joonas Korpisalo. There was a learning curve for Korpisalo as he sluggishly paced forward in net for the Wings, and it didn't help that there was no offense to support his slow start. They had a balanced attack, with contributions from stars such as Marcus Johansson, Jason Dickinson, Casey Cizikas, and their newcomers Elmer Soderblom and Mason Shaw. However, that balanced attack was at its starting point. They needed to learn to play fast, creative, and exciting to earn the admiration of their fans and analysts.
Since their slow start, the Detroit Red Wings have started to find their rhythm, increasing their record to 7-12-2 at the 21-game mark. While they are not necessarily in tanking mode, their roster does pose a threat to at least six other teams in the HSHL. But what kind of threat will that be? The realistic answer is that they could potentially ruin another team's chance to get the coveted 1st pick in the upcoming 2024 HSHL Draft. Despite their recent improvements, most fans are calling for the rookies to be promoted to help turn things around. Keep an eye out for Juraj Slafkovsky, Elmer Soderblom, and Mason Shaw, as they could be the deciding factor in the Red Wings' future success. Will the team continue to improve and climb the standings, or will they spiral down to the bottom of the HSHL and reach the coveted top pick? Only Tyler will tell.
Black & Red Friday: Detroit Red Wings Score Big Deals, Beating Boston Bruins 4-2
The Detroit Red Wings pulled off another stunning victory over the Boston Bruins on the Blackest of Fridays, winning 4-2 at TD Garden. The Red Wings, who had lost three of their previous five games, showed no signs of letting off the gas against the Bruins, who have seen better days in the HSHL.
The Red Wings were led by Alex Wennberg, who had a two goals, and Brendan Gallagher, who also had a goal and an assist. Wennberg opened the scoring in the first period with at 4:06, beating Bruins goalie Collin Delia with a wrist shot from the high slot. The Bruins got on the board right before the period ended as Brett Howden snuck in a goal past Joonas Korpisalo. The first period ended tied up 1-1. The Red Wings took the Bruins last goal as a sign of war and took over in the second period, when Elmer Soderblom scored his fifth goal of the season with a deflection in front of the net. The Red Wings continued their onslaught and increased their cushion with Wennberg's second goal of the game silencing the crowd a minute later. With 16 shots in the period the Red Wings barraged Delia with no answer from the Bruins. In the third period, Brendan Gallagher added the final insurance goal with a power-play goal making it 4-1. The Bruins’ only other goal came from Cole Caufield, who scored his fifth goal of the season with a slap shot from the left circle. The Bruins threw chance after chance to get back into the game in the third period, but they could not beat Red Wings goalie Korpisalo, who ended the night with 29 saves.
The Red Wings improved to 6-11-2, while the Bruins fell to 3-14-2. The Red Wings have now beaten the Bruins twice this season, having won 2-1 at home on November 4th. The Red Wings will look to build on their momentum when they host the Minnesota Wild on Sunday, while the Bruins will try to bounce back on a back-to-back when they visit the New York Rangers on Saturday.
Red Wings burn the Candied Yams as they fizzle out to the Devils 4-3 on Thanksgiving Eve
In a nail-biting showdown at Little Caesars Arena, the Detroit Red Wings faced off against the New Jersey Devils in a high-octane contest that kept fans on the edge of their seats until the final buzzer. Unfortunately for the hometown crowd, the Red Wings fell short, succumbing to the Devils with a final score of 4-3. The atmosphere in the arena was electric as fans eagerly anticipated the clash between these two Eastern Conference teams. The Red Wings, fueled by the energy of their home crowd, started the game with intensity and determination. However, the Devils proved to be formidable opponents, showcasing their offensive prowess early on.
The first period saw both teams trading blows, with end-to-end action and plenty of scoring opportunities. The Devils managed to capitalize first with Chris Kreider getting his 11th goal of the year halfway through the period, taking an early lead and setting the tone for the game. Four minutes later, Kreider(12) added his second goal of the night to quiet the crowd. Despite the setback, the Red Wings responded with resilience from the 4th line, and Mason Shaw(3), lighting the lamp and bringing the crowd back into the game at 2-1 before the end of the opening frame.
As the game progressed, the intensity only heightened for the Devils. The second period featured a clinic by New Jersey gaining the upper hand in the match. Joonas Korpisalo came out too relaxed at the beginning of the period, letting in Sebastian Aho's 11th goal and Kreider's 3rd goal of the night a minute later, giving him 12 on the year. Jonathan Quick made crucial saves to keep the Red Wings out of the scoring column for the period. The pins dropping in the stands brought the end of the period to a somber 4-1 as the players made their walk to the locker room.
The final frame was a rollercoaster of emotions for Red Wings fans. Detroit fought tooth and nail to get on the board with a slap shot from the point from Tanner Pearson(3). The spectacular goal had the crowd erupting in cheers. Feeding off the cheers, the Red Wings scored a minute later on a snap shot by Marc Staal(3). Eminem's "Without Me" reverberated deafly as fans shouted the lyrics in chorus. With time winding down, and the Red Wings down by one, they pull the goaltender in a last-ditch effort to tie the game. The move came too late as the Devils secured the 4-3 victory in the dying minutes of the game.
While the outcome was disappointing for Red Wings fans, the game showcased the team's resilience and fighting spirit. Despite the loss, there were several positive takeaways, including standout performances from key players and a never-say-die attitude that bodes well for the rest of the season. As the Red Wings regroup and look ahead to their next matchup, fans can take solace in the fact that their team displayed heart and determination, promising exciting battles to come in the quest for success in the competitive HSHL season.
Atlantic Division Rivals Ravage Red Wings over the Weekend
The Detroit Red Wings suffered humiliating defeats last Thursday and Friday, losing 4-2 to the Ottawa Senators and 5-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Wings looked sluggish, sloppy, and clueless in both games. The only bright spot was the gradual emergence of rookie Elmer Soderblom, who scored a goal on four shots for Detroit in Ottawa, and Casey Cizikas, who has stepped up his game with the promotion to the first line, sharing two assists and boasting a 60% faceoff percentage.
The losses to two division foes left a bitter taste for the Wings, who are five points behind the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The fans at Little Caesars Arena booed loudly as the final buzzer sounded on Friday, expressing their frustration with the team's performance. Some even threw their jerseys on the ice, a gesture of disgust and disappointment.
The Wings have struggled a few years since they missed the HSHL playoffs after back-to-back showings in 2020 and 2021. They have not been able to rebuild their roster with young talent, nor have they been able to attract any marquee-free agents. They have been stuck in a cycle of mediocrity or worse and have shown no improvement.
The coach, David Quinn, has been criticized for his inability to motivate his players and make adjustments during games. He has also been charged with improper line combinations, power-play strategy, and defensive schemes. Many fans and analysts have called for his firing, but the general manager, Derek Sheahan, has not made any changes.
The Wings' season has just started, and they have played 17 games. It looks like another year of playing for pride and draft position. They will likely finish near the bottom of the league and hope for some luck in the lottery. They will also hope for development from their prospects, such as Elmer Soderblom, Juraj Slafkovsky, and Mason Shaw.
The Wings have a long way to go before returning to their glory days of winning 51 games. They must face the reality that they are one of the worst teams in the HSHL and need a significant overhaul. They must find a way to make their fans excited again, not just angry and sad.
Red Wings salute veterans with thrilling shootout win over Blue Jackets
Saturday was a big day in the HSHL, with 12 games happening throughout Veterans Day. The 4-8-2 Detroit Red Wings welcomed the 7-3-3 Columbus Blue Jackets to Little Caesars Arena. The first 300 Veterans Day Red Wing fans were provided with "Hero-Gami", origami of captain Brady Skjei saluting the Veterans. The Red Wings pulled off a thrilling shootout victory over the Blue Jackets for thier fans, thanks to some clutch saves by goalie Joonas Korpisalo and a dazzling goal by Brendan Gallagher in the shootout. The game was a tight defensive battle, with both teams scoring only once in regulation. The Red Wings opened the scoring in the first period, when Alex Wennberg fired a wrist shot past Louis Domingue for his first goal of the season. The Blue Jackets responded in the second period, when Tage Thompson unleashed a slap shot from Lawson Crouse for his ninth goal of the season. The third period went scoreless, as both goalies made some spectacular saves to keep their teams in the game. Merzlikins finished with 31 saves, while Korpisalo stopped 40 shots for the Red Wings. The overtime period was a wild affair, with both teams trading chances and playing with reckless abandon. The Red Wings decided to spend the overtime as a defensive team shilling shot after shot allowing the Blue Jackets to have a 2-on-1 rush even, but Korpisalo denied them again. The overtime ended without a winner, setting the stage for a shootout.The shootout was a showcase of skill and nerves. First round the Blue Jackets sent Mika Zibenajad, he deked and dipped and missed wide as a sigh of relief came over the crowd. The Red Wings Captain Brady Skjei was next in the first round, and he went simple, opting for a toe drag to a five-hole shot, stopped by Domingue. 2nd round brought up Tage Thompson for the Blue Jackets. He faked front hand and at the last minute went back hand but Korpisalo saw the whole thing. The Red Wings sent up Marcus Johansson. As the leader in goals, Johansson circled the neutral zone before taking the puck to hopefully distract Domingue, he started off with a backhand toe-drag and flipped back to the forehand before going backhand as he passed Domingue, but Domingue lunged and swatted the puck away from net. In the 3rd round, the visitors sent Sam Reinhart up who skated speedily towards Korpisalo and faked glove side, switched and attemped high pad side but Korpisalo grazed the puck just enough for the stop. Alex Wennberg took his turn for the Red Wings 3rd, and skated towards Domingue deking back and forth in an increased rate, the head bobbing Domingue's ended his shot glove side snatching it out of the air. This shootout wont be settled in three rounds. The Blue Jackets sent up Jordan Eberle. He traveled along the boards and toe-dragged the puck right in front of the net as Korpisalo poke checked the puck away. Brendan Gallagher took the ice with a mission, and he had a highlight-reel goal, deking Merzlikins out of his pads and sliding the puck into the open net sealing the win for the Red Wings.The Red Wings celebrated their fifth win of the season, while the Blue Jackets lamented their fourth loss in overtime. The Red Wings improved their record to 5-8-2, while the Blue Jackets notched a 7-3-4 record. This was a gutsy win for the Red Wings, who showed some resilience and character. They also showed some flair and fun, especially Gallagher, who had a cheeky celebration after his shootout goal. He later explained that he was mimicking his teammate Tanner Pearson, who had done the same move in practice. "I saw him do it yesterday in practice and I thought it was hilarious," Gallagher said. "I told him if I ever got a chance in a shootout I would do it. I didn't think it would be tonight, but it worked out."Gallagher's goal was also praised by his coach David Quinn, who called it "unbelievable"."I don't know if I've ever seen that move before," Quinn said. "He's got great hands and great confidence. He's one of our leaders and he stepped up big time." The Red Wings have a little bit of a breather and will look to build on this win when they face the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. The Blue Jackets will try to turn the tables on losing when they head to New York to faceoff against the Rangers on a traveling back-to-back.That's all for now, folks. Stay tuned for more updates on the Red Wings and the Wingnuts.