It took 61 games but the Red Wings are finally back to last-season form.
Two shootout losses and two shutout losses pushed Detroit to a 5-3-2 record over the past 10 games, earning the team for 12 points.
The Red Wingers garnered 12 points per segment consistently throughout all of last year and barely made the playoffs. This year they have a cushion, but this segment reminding us of last year’s injury-riddled season isn’t a good sign.
Most of their splits were similar to last year:
|2013-14 Avg||Seg 1||Seg 2||Seg 3||Seg 4||Seg 5||Seg 6|
(*The splits don’t add up to the total because I didn’t include empty-net goals, short-handed goals, 6-on-5 goals, etc. on the chart.)
The Red Wings were out scored both overall and 5-on-5. Their power play continues to be good, but is regressing back to the mean. In the past five segments Detroit has scored 12, 10, 10, 9 and 8 power play goals respectively.
Poor five-on-five play mixed with a power play that is coming down from it’s astronomical high isn’t a winning combination.
There was some good news individually, though. Here were the top five Red Wings last segment based on Adjusted GRM.
(A note before the numbers: Unadjusted GRM numbers favor forwards and punish defensemen. With a year plus of data we somewhat overcome that by making adjustments based on position. I averaged all the GRM totals from every segment ever recorded — including this one — separately for forwards and defensemen, and subtracted that number from a player’s score depending on his position. The average GRM for a forward was 0.741. For a defensemen it was -0.846. So a forward who posted a 0.00 GRM will have an Adjusted GRM of -0.741, while a defenseman with a 0.00 total GRM has an Adjusted GRM of +0.846.)
1. Niklas Kronwall, 2.43
2. Pavel Datsyuk, 2.07
3. Tomas Tatar, 1.75
4. Jakub Kindl, 1.27
5. Darren Helm, 1.13