The Detroit Red Wings dropped a 3-2 decision to the Florida Panthers in the second game of the teams’ weekend series at Little Caesars Arena, which means that the Wings came out of the weekend with a single point (in the form of Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss) against a Panthers team that’s 9-0-and-1 over their past ten games in Detroit.
The good news for the Red Wings is that they at least played with some vigor, vinegar and jam on Sunday–from players like Michael Rasmussen, Givani Smith and Troy Stecher as well as Mantha, Larkin and Ryan–and that’s good news, mostly because the Wings need to summon everything in their power to erase its 0-5-and-1 trajectory of late as it heads off for a 6-game road trip against Tampa Bay, the Panthers (again) and Nashville.
Just as was the case yesterday, the player comments–this time the comments made by the Florida Panthers–throw some cold water on any enthusiasm Wings fans may have had from the ways in which the Red Wings competed in this one, however. Florida Hockey Now’s George Richards noted that this game was, for the Panthers, at least, a case of, “Lather, rinse, repeat“…
Subsequent to the Red Wings’ 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers on Sunday night, Fox Sports Detroit posted post-game video comments from Dylan Larkin and coach Jeff Blashill, as well as a bit from Mickey Redmond:
NHL.com was also first to the mark with highlights:
Update: Fox Sports Detroit also posted a clip of Givani Smith speaking with Trevor Thompson…
The Detroit Red Wings attempted to snap an 0-4-and-2 streak opposite a Florida Panthers team that’s won 7 straight games in Detroit.
Florida made it 8 straight in Detroit and 9-0-and-1 over their last 10 vs. the Wings–with 4 more meetings between these teams on tap in February–via a 3-2 victory over a Red Wings team that was damn determined to rally from a 3-1 deficit. Detroit opened the scoring, gave up 3 straight goals (2 on the power play), and Detroit ulttimately was unable to rally completely.
The Wings got gutsy performances from an injured Larkin, a healthy Mantha, a big and ornery Givani Smith and Michael Rasmussen, Troy Stecher was excellent, Thomas Greiss was competent and strong in goal, and Detroit at least pissed off and distracted the Panthers at times due to their willingness to play a little dirty and work their tails off.
None of that resulted in a much-needed win for the 0-5-and-1-of-late Wings, but there was a sense of hope throughout this game that has been missing for half a month now. That counts for something in the “growth and learning” department.
At the start of the 3rd period of the Wings-Panthers game, Fox Sports Detroit’s Trevor Thompson offered a North American, English-language update on Moritz Seider, who suffered a shoulder injury playing with Rogle BK last Thursday.
According to Thompson, the Red Wings believe that Seider will be out for “quite some time” due to his issue, which, again, is presumed to be a shoulder injury.
Rogle BK’s website reported that Seider’s injury was of the soft tissue variety, and that’s hard to narrow down.
In the Swedish Allsvenskan, William Wallinder scored a goal, finishing at -1 with 3 shots in 16:37 played, and Theodor Niederbach assisted on Wallinder’s goal, scored a goal of his own and finished at +1 with 2 shots in 16:37 played as MODO Hockey lost 4-2 to Tingsryds IF: