The Red Wings’ much anticipated regular season opener last night came with a huge thud in likes of a 6-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues.
In every aspect the game the Wings were simply dominated by a Blues team who the Wings have had plenty of success against in past seasons. And aside from being 0-1 to start a lockout shortened season where each game can be extremely crucial, the Wings struggled in several areas that were big question marks entering Saturday night.
After the departures of Nicklas Lidstrom (retirement) and Brad Stuart (traded) in the offseason, it was assumed that the defense was going to have their struggles as they acclimate themselves to life without those two pretty big pieces. Mike Babcock and the Niklas Kronwall (who now takes over as the centerpiece on the blue line) will have their work cut out to make sure the defense doesn’t become any more of a liability in front of Jimmy Howard.
Furthermore the special teams appear to be a huge area of concern as well. On th...