You’ve probably written this wrap in your head before you even get to this. The Hawks aren’t great, Crawford holds a deluge of shots and chances at bay, Hawks get enough from the power play and a couple mistakes from the opponent to make it look like an easy win. I don’t know how many of the Hawks now 41 wins would fall into this category, but it’s gotta be approaching 40% or 50%. It matters not, he is your king.
I thought the Wings would try and come out a little more conservative than they did on Wednesday. Shows what I know, Detroit was even more aggressive this time, though it led to a bad pinch for the first Hawks goal and a penalty for the second that each came on Hawks rushes.
But after that… well you could safely say the Hawks were rolled. From the time Keith scored in the first until Anisimov scored in the 3rd period the Wings had 43 attempts. The Hawks had 20. The Wings constantly buzzed the Hawks defense down low, causing a gaggle of turnovers and mistakes. Their defense held the line and the Hawks couldn’t get past them. They couldn’t play at the Wings’ speed, but it didn’t matter because Crawford was in net. You don’t take advantage of dominance like that, you’re asking for it when playing a team like the Hawks. Sure enough, Hawks get a PP in the 3rd, ballgame. It’s just that simple.
To the bluffs!
The Two Obs
-While Q is certainly experimenting with things and trying out all his new toys, scratching Ehrhoff against a team as mobile as the Wings are made little sense. He was excellent in the first meeting, and putting the lead-footed Rozsival with the only slightly more quick TVR was not a recipe for smoothness. Needless to say, that was the pairing that ate it most in that 2nd period where the Hawks barely left the zone.
-If Braden Holtby has a case for the Hart Trophy according to Eddie Olczyk, then so does Crawford. I’ll investigate this more in the coming days.
-Oh man is Niklas Kronwall bad these days. It’s really kind of satisfying.
-This is the fourth or fifth horrific turnover from Artemi Panarin, and the second to turn into a goal against in the last two games. There’s a lot to enjoy about his game, but the freestyle, improv, “try shit” portion of it is getting more damaging with other teams paying more attention now. He’s one more bad one from betting benched for a period.
-I thought it was harsh for Detroit to pull Mrazek. He was beaten clean for Kane’s goal and that could have been stopped, but he was screened by both Abdelkader (cuz the revolution’s here) and Dekeyser (Dekeyser… Dekeyser… Dekeyser…) and the puck went off Dekeyser’s skate. Maybe it was just to get the team going. It obviously worked.
-Andreas Anathasiou is truly scary in person, and if he ever figures out the proper direction even most times he’s supposed to be skating the Wings have another weapon for a decade to pair with Larkin. So that’s nice that they’re over there now.
-Not that it’s going to matter, because Kronwall has plenty of company in blue liners that blow on that team.
-Dale Weise was out on the PK today, in case you thought it would take Q any time to warm up to him as well.
It’s always hard to judge these because you’re never sure how much the Hawks care at this time of year. Even if you were worried in any way, there are few teams that boast the speed the Wings do at forward. It’s like Dallas and… Dallas. So there aren’t too many candidates that can do what the Wings did in the 2nd. And again, it hasn’t mattered because Crow is just that good right now.