Phoenix at Detroit (10/28/10)

The opponent for tonight’s home game was the Phoenix Coyotes.  Jimmy Howard had back spasms so Babcock decided to rest him as a precaution.  Osgood got the start and Joey MacDonald was called up as backup.  To do that they had to put Draper on long term IR and Rafalski on short term IR.  The Coyotes’ goalie was Ilya Bryzgalov.

The game got off to a rough start as Osgood let in a couple of stinkers.  Barely half way through the first period it was already three to nothing Phoenix.  Osgood settled down after that and played well but the damage was done.

It was a strange game.  It seemed like the Wings were doing a lot of good things but they just didn’t work.  They had some glorious scoring chances and weird crap kept happening to prevent them from scoring.  The puck was bouncing all over the place and never in the Red Wings’ favor.

Eventually the Red Wings did score a couple of nice goals and it was two to three in the late stages of the third period.  The Wings pulled the goalie and attempted to tie it up but, par for the course tonight, Kronwall fanned on a pass near his own end with the net empty and Korpikoski jumped on it for the insurance goal.

The Wings played well enough to have won this game if they weren’t already in a deep hole.  The early goals were just too much to overcome.

This 2-4 loss brings us to:
11 points

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