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Up-to-the minute updates and insights from the Red Wings locker room at home and on the road. By Chuck Pleiness of The Macomb Daily.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Turnover factory

The Chris Osgood and Dan Cleary turnovers were spectacular in Thursday's 3-2 loss to Toronto, both leading directly to Maple Leaf goals. But the Red Wings were turning the puck over at an alarming rate.

In the end, Detroit had 19 giveaways. What was remarkable was the balance of miscues across the roster. Of the 19 Red Wings who played, 14 had at least one giveaway, including the netminder. But no one Red Wing had more than two giveaways. The only Red Wings without a giveaway were Andreas Lilja, Kirk Maltby, Marian Hossa, Tomas Kopecky and Johan Franzen.

Only once last season did the Red Wings have more than last night's 19 giveaways -- 20 in a 3-0 win in Los Angeles. Last season, the Red Wings averaged just 8.3 giveaways per game. In the 82-game slate, Detroit only reached double-digits in giveaways 32 times.

7 Comments:

Anonymous voline said...

I didn't catch the Cleary give-away. But I could not understand why Ozzie didn't just smother the puck instead of trying to shovel it to the left boards.

October 10, 2008 at 2:01 AM 
Anonymous Justin said...

It was like the Wings were playing hot potato with the puck.

October 10, 2008 at 7:19 AM 
Anonymous Brandon Allin said...

I sincerely hope Babcock is making the team work their asses off in practice today. I know it's only the first game of the season, and there's bound to be growing pains, but that was a horrible, horrible performance all around last night.

October 10, 2008 at 11:59 AM 
Blogger Jack said...

agree with brandon

October 10, 2008 at 2:11 PM 
Blogger Shanahan1414 said...

Was this loss something that you saw coming from their last practice, or was this game just a result of a few bad breaks and poor communication?

October 10, 2008 at 4:44 PM 
Blogger Nick said...

I'm not going to freak out over one game, but how long until Datsyuk and Zetterburg get back together? They just click too well to separate them.

October 10, 2008 at 5:13 PM 
Blogger Jack said...

yeah but they both want to play center and either one of their lines can be considered the first. Id like it if they were together on a pp line. thatd be nice.

October 11, 2008 at 1:43 PM 

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