The Detroit Red Wings put on a rare show on Sunday afternoon for the home crowd. They were faced with a daunting task with the Boston Bruins in town at Little Caesars Arena. However, for the second time this season, the Red Wings defeated the Bruins. They don’t have too many good wins this season, but their mostly talent-less roster has seemed to match up well against Boston.
It’s probably more a case of the Bruins not showing up to play against the Red Wings, but Jeff Blashill and the Red Wings will take a good win anyway they can this season. The 2019-20 campaign has been a horror in Detroit. Red Wings’ fans were spoiled with 25 straight years of playoff hockey, which included four Stanley Cups.
It was well worth it for the Red Wings, but the drop to the bottom of the league has been long and painful. A lot of fans that started following the team in the 90’s have never experienced something like this. However, things were pretty ugly in Detroit for a while before the Steve Yzerman era. Older fans will remember how bad the Red Wings were back then.
The Dead Wing error is back in Motown, though I think the new era of Red Wings’ hockey under Yzerman will work out fine in the next two or three years. Fans may need to be patient; however, the Red Wings likely aren’t going to be in the gutter for the duration of this decade or anything. Filip Zadina doesn’t get much attention now, but he’s going to be a guy you’ll want to pay attention to in the coming years.
If the Wings can put some legitimate talent around him, they’re going to be alright. I have to say that it hasn’t been as disappointing of a year as in Buffalo, depending on how you look at it. No, the Red Wings were not expected to do anything this season, but the Sabres were expected to play competitive hockey and finally go to the playoffs with Jack Eichel.
Just like last season, there was a lot of potential at the start of the season, which has since fizzled out. The Sabres enter Tuesday with a record of 24-24-8 and 56 points. Their odds of going on a monster run in the next two months are really long, so 2019-20 will likely be chalked up as another failure despite hype early on. Head below for our free Red Wings vs. Sabres pick.
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The Red Wings have to find a way to stay focused after knocking off the Bruins. After the season they’ve had, it would be easy to get a little too excited over one win against a formidable opponent. The last time they beat the Bruins, the Red Wings were able to parlay it into a three-game winning streak with wins over the Golden Knights and Ducks. That said, they had the luxury of following the Bruins win with another game at home. Not the case here.
Detroit immediately free fell after that with a 12-game losing streak. It helped greatly that the Red Wings got to play the Bruins at home in both of those wins. While they haven’t played well consistently anywhere this season, the road has been a difficult task for the Red Wings.
Detroit has won just five games on the road for a record of 5-21-2. There aren’t many positives to try and spin out of that, as the Red Wings hold the worst record on the road as well as overall. The Red Wings are an abysmal 14-39-4 despite beating the powerhouse Bruins on Sunday. They are dead last offensively and defensively, with just 2 goals scored per game and 3.7 goals against.
Jimmy Howard, who originally likely was intended to be a trade chip for Yzerman at the deadline, has been anemic between the pipes in 2019-20. He holds a 3.98 GAA and 0.889 save percentage. Jonathan Bernier was sharp against the Bruins with 39 saves on 40 shots, and has been the better performer overall this season.
Zadina will miss another contest on Tuesday night, though there is hope that Anthony Mantha will return against the Sabres tonight. All indications are he will play in this one, so that’s a bonus. It doesn’t help that this game is on the road, though. The Sabres have typically played better at KeyBank Center.
They own a record of 15-10-4 as opposed to 9-14-4 in a road setting. They’ve scored 3.1 goals per game and 2.93 goals against, which isn’t too bad. Conversely, the Wings have been hammered for 4.1 goals and scored just 2.04 goals per on the road. Expect Detroit to have a letdown spot Tuesday night in Buffalo.