Detroit Red Wings: 2017-18 Season Serves As Clean Slate In Many Ways
Many hockey sites have stated that the Detroit Red Wings will have some questions heading into the new season. Due to the under achieving performance last season, these questions are rightfully posed. Detroit may have questions about their offense, defense, and goalies after last season.
But, as fans found out, the Red Wings offense, defense, and everyone else looks more than capable to win. Detroit took it to the Minnesota Wild in game one of their season. In looking at the score (4-2 Red Wings), it looks as though some of these questions may have been answered already.
Anthony Martha scored at 14:40 mark of the second period. Dylan Larkin would score on the Power Play soon after. The Red Wings Power Play would go 2/5 on opening night. The Red Wings penalty kill, however, would kill off all four Minnesota opportunities.
Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard would start this night. Howard would allow two goals on 39 shots. With that said, one has to wonder if Petr Mrazek can raise his level of play to compete with Howard for the Red Wings #1 goalie spot.
Going back to the Red Wings offensive concerns, Mike Green had four assists in the game against the Wild. Anthony Martha wasn’t far behind with two assists, and one goal. Speaking of which, Frk, Mantha, Zetterberg, and Dylan Larkin were the goal scorers for Detroit.
For the Red Wings defense, they did allow 39 shots against. While Minnesota only scored on two shots, this statistic must be cleaned up before the Red Wings play Ottawa tonight. An 82 game schedule is a long season, for sure. And, while some questions may haunt them from last season, taking a “one game at a time” approach can help them get back to the playoffs. Can the Red Wings conquer past demons? We will find out.