Sunday, October 10, 2010

Opening Weekend: Success

Mike Modano scored on his first shot as a Detroit Red Wing. Valtteri Filppula had a two-goal game. Pavel Datsyuk earned a Gordie Howe hat trick. The Red Wings ruined Chicago's banner-raising party. The Wings finished 2-0 for the weekend.

Pretty good first two games.

Friday night at Joe Louis Arena showcased Detroit's dominating depth on offense. With three lines rolling, Detroit made Anaheim look like little ducklings. And if the scoring wasn't enough, when Anaheim tried to rough them up, the Wings struck back, not afraid to drop the gloves. Datsyuk was no exception.

Friday night was a team effort. The Wings shined on offense, defense and with Jimmy Howard in net. Howard put in a solid effort for the shutout. He made the big saves when needed. He put on a clinic of conservative, position goaltending. He was never rattled, never beaten.

Saturday they crashed a party. The Chicago Blackhawks were supposed to be running high on emotions after their first banner raising ceremony in 49 years. Yet, it wasn't the same championship Blackhawks team. Literally, a huge chunk of the roster left in the offseason.

Detroit did not look great. They were clearly struggling from the back-to-back games. Luckily, Chicago was less-than-impressive. Consequently, the game was a little slow after a decent first period. Both teams made mistakes. Both teams notched cheap goals. It could have gone either way, but give credit to Detroit for silencing the United Center with the first goal of the game. Chicago was never in control of this one.

I think we're in for a fun season.


  1. Fun season yes, but can the retirement home roster last through the end of the season? Time will tell.

  2. It has before. I'm more worried about the D as a whole.