Story by Charlie Crowley, Sports Intern
Photo Courtesy of Tom Gromak
As the National Hockey League approaches its first full month of action, things are starting to get back into the swing of things: Edmonton has already hit a bump in the road, Jaromir Jagr is still a man/myth/legend who continues to dominate players half his age, and some young player is taking over highlight reels night after night. The Detroit red Wings are also starting to get back to what they do relatively well: win. After a rough start to the season, the Wings have recovered and are starting to rev up the engines, currently sitting at a record of 7-5-1.
The team’s offensive firepower continues to be led by their top line, along with a few other familiar faces. The points lead continues to be held by the captain, left wing Henrik Zetterberg. ‘Z’ currently has only three goals on the year, but has been in a giving spirit with 11 assists for 15 points. Right behind him is the 19-year-old wunderkind, Clarkston native Dylan Larkin. The University of Michigan product has lived up to the hype so far with nine points (4g, 6a), while also basting a plus/minus of +12, good for first in the NHL. Human highlight reel Gustav Nyquist leads the team with five goals, and sits second in points with nine.
The Wings goaltending has also started to get up to speed. Former Grand Rapids Griffin stud Petr Mrazek and Jimmy Howard have split time this year, with each starting six games. They also hold very similar stats; Mrazek is 4-3 with a 2.42 goals against average, while Howard is 3-2-1 with a 2.01 GAA. They have helped hold down the fort with comfortable save percentages, Mrazek with a .928 percentage and Howard a .934, respectively.
As the season gets ready for full takeoff, the Red Wings will hope to have the return of defenseman Mike Green and forward Pavel Datsyuk, both of whom have been sidelined with injuries. Green has been out since October 23 with an upper body injury, while Datsyuk continues rehab after off-season ankle surgery; he has yet to suit up for a game this year. Despite these small setbacks the Wings have a solid forward cast as well as a quiet but effective defensive corp that will help provide support on the back end. The Wings will look to improve on their current record in the weeks to come.
About the writer…
Charlie Crowley is a junior studying communication and journalism. He spends most of his time playing hockey, sleeping, eating, and on Reddit. He’s also a Hoosier, and proud of it, but can’t hit the open three to save his life.