Andersson scored a goal! He’s doing the skate-of-fist-bumps
The Red Wings defeated Toronto pretty soundly last night, and there were some real high points to note. This “writer” is being cautious though. I think we’ve gotten back on the right path, but the ship is not righted yet. Alfie finally got in a game, got some action, and performed well. I’ve never really had a chance to watch Alfie play before. I’ve watched a LOT of teams play regularly, but never Ottawa. Let me tell you what, even given his reputation, I am amazed. His release is smoother than Datsyuk’s, and faster than Franzen’s, and beautiful. His slapshot is booming, an “absolute bomb” quoting Babcock (who used a correct, understand analogy for once). If this guy can stay healthy, wow. If Weiss can learn to deal with the fact that Alfie can control the puck and know that he has to share, that’s going to be a deadly combination. However, when he was out there with Dats and Z…magic happened.
Anyway, I’m going through a slight man-crush of Alfredsson, so we’ll move on. The power play looks different with my new man-love working the point. A significant upgrade over Brunner/Sammy/Quincy working the point (I’m not counting Kindl cuz he’s different). It’s smooth, with a lot of dangerous weapons out there. It showed against Toronto for sure, but it’s still preseason, and our PP has been crap for 2 years. However, this gives me lots of hope.
The real surprise this preseason to me has been the play of Glendening. This guys is deceptively good for a bottom 6 guy. He’s small but tough, good on the puck, good defensively, has a little bit of touch and skill with the puck, hard on the forecheck…just all around good. I think he’d actually be a good upgrade over Emmerton. It’s great, I’m impressed. I had no idea who this guy was, as most PTO’s go, and he came in and has been in several preseason games and been good, for what he is. We did get another decent look at another young guy in Jurco.
I wasn’t as impressed with him. He’s pretty speedy, showed some flashes of creativity, but he’s still too small, too young, and doesn’t have NHL confidence, or near it yet. There are other, younger guys that, to me, have impressed further. Maybe I’m expecting too much from him, given all the hype though. I’ve been known to do that. But who makes such a stink and then goes so quietly around the ice?
More on the game last night. Wings started out flat, again. Someone (doubting it was Babcock, given the track record, see previous article) got the team fired up and on the same page, and game out just dominating in the second, laying the rubber to Bernier, who came up with some masterful saves. It was awesome. And we continued it into the 3rd and rest of the game. Ericsson got into a hugging match with Clarkson, and I’m not sure who out-loved the other in that one. Weiss went off after the 2nd period with a #TenderGroin (the Wing’s hastag of the presason), that is listed as “precautionary”. I’m sick of that, everyone on the team has a bad groin. Other hockey things happened too. It was good. Should’ve watched if you want to know what happened. I’m looking at you, Disciple.
How about this budding, potential rivalry between the Leafs and Detroit?! I was so excited just watching, listening to the preseason crowd that was as loud as some regular season crowds, dueling chants…wow. Toronto is close enough, that their fans can easily come on over to the Joe to get a piece of history and watch their much-improved team get schooled by the Wings. They are a rowdy bunch too. I, for one, welcome this. The only other teams we played on a regular basis were Chicago, who’s fans suck, and are too fair-weathery of fans to make the trip, and Columbus, who have 10 fans. Now we have true hockey fans close, and Original Six, and just awesome. I am very, very excited for this! YOU SHOULD BE TOO.
I was going to write other things, but now I’m not. Deal with it