The Detroit Red Wings were searching for answers after their 10-1 loss Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens. The team struggled immensely and added to their losing steak which has now reached seven straight. Players had were in shock and captain Henrik Zetterberg was quite candid with his reaction after the team had previously lost the first game of the home-and-home series with Montreal, a 6-3 defeat at home, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free-Press.
“I’ve played professional hockey for 20 years, I don’t think I’ve been a part of anything like what happened here tonight,” Zetterberg said. “The way we played, with the way our last game went, with what happened after that game, the next day — and then we come out here with this tonight.”
St. James writes the team was shocked, because it had two players-only meetings, one after Thursday’s home loss to Montreal and then the following day on Friday. Yet nothing went right Saturday.
“It’s about time we look ourselves in the mirror,” said defenseman Niklas Kronwall. “It doesn’t matter what talks you have if you are not going to go out there, be prepared and be ready to play. Today, we had nothing.”
- Sticking with the Red Wings, The Athletic’s Katie Strang writes (subscription required) that after Saturday’s 10-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens and the comments from Zetterberg, the team has made it quite clear they are not a playoff team. However, it is not likely a coaching change or a change at general manager is in the team’s short-term future. GM Ken Holland’s contract expires at the end of the season and it’s likely the team will bring in someone new who will want to hire their own coach. That being said, Strang said she hopes that Holland will embrace a rebuild and at least start to trade players and promote the play of the team’s younger players.
- Speaking of futility, Buffalo Sabres forward Jason Pominville scored the team’s first goal Saturday after going scoreless for 232 minutes and nine seconds. The Sabres have now lost four straight, which included getting shutout twice in that span. The Buffalo News’ Mike Harrington writes that the goal is just a tiny speck of silver lining and the locker room must start stepping up. The team needs star Jack Eichel to be the one to lead them. “It’s tough to score goals in this league and you start gripping your stick a little bit, thinking, maybe fine-tuning it a little bit,” said Eichel, who has three goals in his last 18 games. “I’m guilty of it recently, fine-tuning my shots too much instead of getting pucks to the net and seeing what will happen.”
- James Gordon of The Athletic writes that Ottawa Senators’ defenseman Thomas Chabot is here to stay in the NHL after his performance in the team’s 6-5 OT victory over the New York Islanders on Friday. It wasn’t just that Chabot put up a goal and two assists in the win, but it was the minutes that the 20-year-old got in the game, which was 15:23, a very high number from a coach in Guy Boucher who is known not to give minutes out to young players.