Third-quarter Wings grades

After a minor bump in the road, which saw the home crowd boo the team of the ice twice in a three-game stretch, the Detroit Red Wings seem to be getting everything in their game back in order.

The Wings extended their win streak to a season-best five games after downing the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.

The players in the locker room are all nearly fully back to health and Wings coach Mike Babcock has really seemed to find line combinations he likes.

Thursday will mark the end of the third quarter of the season for Detroit, which means there’s no better time to hand out more grades.

Forwards

Justin Abdelkader (B+/C+/C) – 4 goals, 9 assists. Is fifth on the team in shots on goal with 21 since the All-Star break, despite less than 13 minutes a game.

Todd Bertuzzi (A/B-/B+) – 14 goals, 22 assists. Has found his scoring touch, potting six goals in his last five games.

Dan Cleary (A/A-/A-) – 19 goals, 15 assists. In 10 games since returning from a broken ankle, Cleary has three goals and five assists.

Pavel Datsyuk (A-/A-/A) – 17 goals, 31 assists. Despite playing just 40 games this season, Datsyuk is second on the team in scoring.

Kris Draper (Inc./B/B) – 6 goals, 2 assists. He sees the least amount of ice time of any of the forwards, but is tied for 12th on the team in goals scored.

Patrick Eaves (B/A/B) – 13 goals, 6 assists. Eaves has really cooled down on the offensive end of things not scoring a goal since Jan. 20.

Cory Emmerton (Inc./Inc./Inc.) – 1 goal, 0 assists. Seems to have moved up to No. 2 on the forward call up list from Grand Rapids.

Valtteri Filppula (B-/B/B-) – 12 goals, 19 assists. Has not been the offensive threat the Wings had hoped coming out of camp. He’s currently sidelined with an MCL sprain.

Johan Franzen (B/B/B+) – 29 goals, 19 assists. As streaky a goal scorer you will find. Franzen has gone nine straight without a goal after scoring eight in a nine-game span, including that five-goal game against Ottawa after the All-Star break.

Darren Helm (A+/A/A-) – 7 goals, 17 assists. Has really driven the Wings’ third line and continues to be one of their best penalty killers.

Tomas Holmstrom (B/B-/C+) –12 goals, 13 assists. On the fourth line since returning from a broken hand, but does see his normal power play time.

Jiri Hudler (D/D+/C+) – 6 goals, 21 assists. Since playing on a line with Datsyuk, Hudler has two goals and seven assists in seven games. He extended his point streak to five games Sunday.

Drew Miller (B/C/C) – 4 goals, 8 assists. A team worst minus-3 since the All-Star break.

Mike Modano (C+/Inc./Inc.) – 2 goals, 6 assists. Has played just 20 games this season. Scheduled to return to the lineup Saturday in Buffalo.

Jan Mursak (Inc./D/Inc.) – 1 goal, 0 assists. Made a name for himself in 17 games this season. All indications point to him being the first forward called up if needed the rest of the year.

Tomas Tatar (Inc./C/Inc.) – 1 goal, 0 assists. Lost his spot in Detroit when Cory Emmerton got an emergency call up Jan. 22.

Henrik Zetterberg (A/A/A+) – 17 goals, 48 assists. Put the team on his shoulders when the Wings were without a number of their top forwards.

Defense

Jonathan Ericsson (C/C+/C+) –3 goals, 11 assists. Has a career-best 14 points this season, but more impressive is his plus-13, which is third best on the team.

Jakub Kindl (D/D/D+) – 1 goal, 1 assist. Seems to have found himself back to being a healthy scratch now that the Wings’ blue line is fully healthy.

Niklas Kronwall (B+/A-/A-) – 10 goals, 18 assists. Has a career-best 10 goals already this season.

Nicklas Lidstrom (A+/A+/A+) – 12 goals, 35 assists. At 40 he continues to be the leader on the blue line and has played all 59 games this season.

Brian Rafalski (A/A/A-) – 4 goals, 33 assists. Has really had a calming effect on the young defensemen he’s been paired with on-and-off. Leads the team with a plus-16.

Ruslan Salei (B/C+/C) – 1 goal, 8 assists. Scored his first and only goal of the season on Feb. 9 against Nasvhille.

Brad Stuart (A+/A/Inc.) – 3 goals, 10 assists. Missed most of the quarter with a broken jaw.

Goalies

Jimmy Howard (A+/B+/B+) – 30-10-3, 2.76 GAA, .908 SV%. Since being pulled in a loss to Nashville, Howard has won four straight and has allowed just six goals. He leads the league in wins.

Chris Osgood (C/B/Inc.) – 5-3-2, 2.77 GAA, .903 SV%. Been sidelined after having sports hernia surgery.

Joey MacDonald (Inc./Inc./C) – 2-3-1, 2.49 GAA, .930 SV%. Is playing like the Wings had hoped if called on when they signed him this offseason.

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5 responses to “Third-quarter Wings grades

  1. This scoring system is way off on some. Do you even watch these players play? For instance, Ericcson a C+? You’re out of your mind he’s been nothing more than awful on defense. Maybe if we could get him on a forward line he’d have some success, but he’s out of position, doesn’t move his feet, cannot utilize his size to up the physical game, and pinches when he shouldn’t causing scoring chances when we’re up in a game. He continually coughs up the puck, and can’t win the battles in the corner. Puts a lot of weight on his linemates which has a tremendous overall negative effect on the team. I think Kindl played much better in a lot less games. And Salei a C? He’s been great! One of the best “positional” defensemen on the team at this point. I think these ratings should reflect how well the player plays his position. Statistics only paint a piece of the picture. The forwards’ ratings seem relatively fair, but hey, I guess it’s a lot easier to score someone when you can use their points as determining how well they’re performing. Who the hell are you? Re-watch the games and come back and tell me I’m wrong.

    • Thanks for reading. Ericcson I feel has played much better than Kindl. Salei I feel has been shaky of late, but a lot of it has to do with being paired with Kindl. My grades are based on more stuff than just points. I would like to hear your overall grades if you want to.

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  3. although i will not be as insulting as Nick i do agree with him. Erricson is aweful and i can NOT understand why he still is allowed to wear the winged wheel. things are starting to go better for the wings untill Erricson gets involved. ) sincerely

  4. The pairing of Kindl and Salei needs to be broken up. Boston’s top line was all over them in the home-and-home series. Erricson really needs to improve his game in the last quarter going into the playoffs if the Wings want to go deep.

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