Found September 05, 2013 on
“What is your greatest weakness?” It’s that one question you can always expect when going in for a job interview. Luckily enough for the Detroit Red Wings, there was no interview process for changing conferences, so instead I will try to answer that dreaded question for them.
I’ll leave out corny promotion videos because that joke would just be too easy.
History in Hockeytown
Everyone knows the Red Wings are in search of their 23rd straight postseason appearance and it puts a huge target on their back. Last season, when the team was a loss away from breaking the historic streak, Jimmy Howard had this to say, “The streak means a lot to all of us. It just says how high the bar was set before us. It’s good for us to have high expectations and lofty goals.”
It’s like a hitting streak in baseball; the pressure builds each game until the batter finally goes hitless. In this analogy the Wings are well past Joe DiMaggio’s record, making a new record each game they get a hit (make the playoffs).
My point is that no sports franchise has ever had to face this kind of pressure in order to continue their success before, making it a great weakness to have in Hockeytown.
That would have been my go to answer but here are two more solid answers that would also work.
Lack of Experience
It was a “rookie” mistake is no longer a valid excuse this season. (Photo Credit: Bill Smith / Getty Images)
The Red Wings are looking to start six players under the age of 25: Joakim Andersson, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Danny Dekeyser, Brian Lashoff, and Brendan Smith. You have three forwards that should make up the third line along with nearly half of the defensemen.
It’s possible that the Wings could have 5 skaters on the ice at one time with less experience combined then Daniel Alfredsson has total (17 years). Now that’s a scary thought.
Inexperience will create costly turnovers, but there is a positive tradeoff in the form of energy. Younger players are more energetic and play at a faster speed. It’s a valuable asset to have if you want to shift the momentum during a game.
Some games they’re going to look like the future of the organization that they are. While other nights we will be wishing Steve Yzerman and Nick Lidstrom could come out of retirement to show them how to play Red Wings hockey.
It’s rolling the dice; they could be heroes or scapegoats at any time this season.
Pressure between the Pipes
Expectations are high, can Jimmy Howard live up to the challenge? (Photo Credit: Derek Leung / Getty Images)
Jimmy Howard has 31.8 million reasons to be great this season after getting his six-year contract extension. It’s well-earned after he carried the team through last season with a 21-13-7 record with 2.13 goals against per game. He was the key reason why the Wings lasted as long as they did in the playoffs.
Motown has always been critical of our goal tenders and Howard is no exception. We are quick to throw them under the bus and slow to give them praise. That’s just Detroit, Chris Osgood and Dominik Hasek went through the same process. In addition, the United States national team will be keeping a close eye on Howard as he is competing for a spot on the Olympic roster in Sochi in 2014.
No pressure. Really, I’m rooting for Jimmy. But if the pressure does get to him he will become our greatest weakness.
BEST OF MAXIM
This is...different...per the NHL:
TOP OF THE ROCK® TO HOST NHL PLAYERS ON FRIDAY, SEPT. 6
Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center® will host 10 NHL players on Friday, Sept. 6 at 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for a special photo, video and interview opportunity to celebrate the six regular-season games set to be played in outdoor locations during the 2013-14...
Detroits dynamic duo of Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk were back together again on the ice at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday, and if everything goes according to plan, theyll stay on the same line.
Earlier this week, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told reporters that his plan is to have Detroits two best players on the same line.
(Stephen) Weiss will play with (Johan) Franzen;...
Red Wings prospect Nick Jensen is very noticeably absent from Detroit's prospect tournament roster, and the Saint Cloud Times' Mick Hatten reports that Jensen's absence involves a shoulder injury incurred when Tyler Bertuzzi broke the ONE rule of summer development camps in choosing to fight Jensen to prove his toughness.
Jensen will attend the Wings' main camp...
Paul already posted the Free Press's Helene St. James' report about Pavel Datsyuk returning to the ice at the Joe, but the Wings' beat writers Tweeted some updates--including a contradictory note regarding the Daniel Cleary story:
Pavel Datsyuk joins Wings on ice for informal workouts at the Joe. Kyle Quincey also arrived. pic.twitter.com/MXeHStBqip
From the Red Wings' PR department:
RED WINGS DROP PUCK ON THE 2013-14 SEASON WITH FIFTH ANNUAL MI WINGS COMMUNITY TOUR PRESENTED BY ITC
… Eleven Players to Make six stops en Route to Training Camp on Sept. 10 …
Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings announced today the itinerary for the fifth annual MI Wings Community Tour presented by ITC Holdings Corp., with...
The Red Wings' prospects prepared for a stiff test in facing Jim Nill's Dallas Stars' prospects this evening at 7:30 via a brisk and superbly-organized practice this morning at Centre Ice Arena. The vast majority of Jeff Blashill's drills were very specific, involving dump-in retrieval, neutral zone play, breakouts, rotating penalty-killing "boxes" and power...
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The Detroit Red Wings' prospects defeated the Minnesota Wild's prospects by a 3-1 tally tonight in Traverse City, with Andreas Athanasiou scoring 2 goals, Riley Sheahan scoring the third and Jake Paterson stopping 20 of 21 shots--and the Wings face a stacked Dallas Stars team (Dallas defeated St. Louis 5-2) tomorrow night at 7:30 (the team practices at 11:30, and all practices...
Via RedWingsFeed, MLive's Ansar Khan's confirming the Free Press's Helene St. James' report about Daniel Cleary:
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Cleary has an open invitation to join the team for training camp next week in Traverse City on a pro tryout, but with no guarantee of a contract. Holland hasn't heard back from Cleary, who hasn't indicated...
For those of you who are in Traverse City this weekend, take note: there are no games scheduled for Centre Ice Arena today, Saturday the 7th, and the Red Wings will not be practicing at 12 PM.
They chose to take the day off after defeating Dallas 4-2. Wings assistant coach Jim Paek stated that the coaches are well aware of the fact that the prospect tournament players are going...
The Detroit Red Wings opened their slate of round-robin games at the prospect tournament with a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. The game included a pair of scraps--Tyler Bertuzzi more or less played "tug and pull" with Carter Sandlak, and Richard Nedomlel got some serious pops in on Kurtis Gabriel--and then there was this moment with Wild prospect Oliver Archimbault.....
Amongst this morning's Red Wings-related news stories:
The Red Wings' prospects defeated the Minnesota Wild's prospects 3-1 last night, and while I tried to focus on player evaluation and posted audio of my interviews, the Traverse City Record-Eagle's James Cook penned a superb recap, noting that Andreas Athanasiou's two-goal performance and all-around hustle...
I arrived in Traverse City relatively safely a little earlier this evening, though I can't say the same for the windshield on my Pacifica, which now sports a 4-inch battle scar when it lost a battle with a pebble near Flint. I'm here, I'm unpacked, and I'm...
Overwhelmed. Continue reading "Red Wings early overnight report: on making it up as I go along and...
The Red Wings' prospects defeated the Minnesota Wild's prospects 2-1 on Thursday evening, but as there are no games scheduled for Saturday, and as only one more game remains on the Wings' schedule (the Wings play against St. Louis on Sunday), Detroit's prospects absolutely must defeat what is a star-studded and stacked Dallas Stars team this evening (at 7:30 PM)....
Just landed back in Detroit! Hard work is ahead!!!
— Pavel Datsyuk (@Datsyuk13) September 4, 2013