After a disastrous five game losing streak threatened to put Detroit’s playoff hopes on life-support, the Red Wings got back to their winning ways with back-to-back victories over the Nasvhille Predators and Vancouver Canucks this weekend.
Playing host to the Predators on Saturday Night, the Wings got off to a quick start and never looked back, keeping Nashville off the board in a 4 – 0 shutout victory. It was Detroit’s first shutout of the season, and couldn’t have come at a better time, with Jimmy Howard coming off a series of poor starts, and with the team reeling on a five game skid. Drew Miller opened the scoring early in the first period, and Tomas Tatar put the Wings up by two with his third of the season.
That was all Detroit would need for the victory, though Niklas Kronwall and Dan Cleary would both chip in with goals of their own later in the game, adding insult to injury for the Predators, who were fresh off a loss against Vancouver on Friday.
On Sunday, Detroit faced off against the surging Canucks, who after a poor start to the season have found their groove. Like Jimmy Howard, Roberto Luongo was also coming off a shutout win over Nashville, though he would get no such thing against Detroit. After a back and forth first period that saw five goals scored by the two teams, the Wings’ offense exploded with six unanswered goals to take the 8 – 3 victory. Damien Brunner scored twice to take the Wings’ team goal-scoring lead and added two assists in his first career four-point NHL game. Luongo was shelled for all eight of the Wings’ goals, though he can’t take the blame for all of them.
Jordin Tootoo scored his second goal of the season for the Wings, in addition to a huge, clean hit on Vancouver defenseman Christopher Tanev. Kronwall had his second three-point game of the weekend, giving him the highest points total among NHL defensemen this season. Recent call-up Joakim Andersson netted his second and third goals of his career in the third period, and Captain Henrik Zetterberg and Dan Cleary both found the scoresheet in the lopsided victory.
The two wins come at a perfect time for Detroit, and puts them back into a playoff position after falling as low as tenth in the Western Conference standings. The Wings are now off until Wednesday night, when they will start a road trip on back to back nights against the L.A. Kings and San Jose Sharks.
The easy part of the season in over for Detroit, as they’ve played the vast majority of their games at home to this point in the season. Detroit will have to continue to prove their worth on the road throughout the rest of the season in order to keep the playoff streak alive.
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Written by Kyle Myers
Journalism student at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. Sports fanatic, aspiring sports journalist.