It used to be rare when a Red Wings opponent would get 40 shots on net. Usually it was the Red Wings who continually got pucks on net. But during their 3-2 overtime victory over the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena Saturday, the New York Rangers put 40 shots on goalie Jimmy Howard, thus becoming the second team in five games (Colorado had 40 on Oct. 17) to do so. It's becoming a trend, one the Red Wings realize isn't helpful to winning games. "Something has to be done about it," Howard said of the Red Wings’ sudden inability to contain teams. "We're trying to do too much out there." Specifically, the Red Wings are turning pucks over in the neutral zone and the opposition is roaring in and getting pucks on Howard. All of which makes life difficult on the Red Wings defense. "We're getting skated and turning pucks over," coach Mike Babcock said. "If you don't get through the neutral zone, if you can't make them turn around and spend time in their zone, you're going to spend time in your own zone. "If we're stubborn and turn pucks over like that, you put a lot of miles on the defense." The tide of Saturday's game began to change in the second period, as the Rangers outshot the Red Wings 16-8 (40-34 for the game). "They kept it really simple," forward Henrik Zetterberg said. "As soon as they got the puck in their end, it was glass out, three guys went and we got caught a few times." The Rangers finally begin their home schedule Wednesday when they host Montreal. Saturday's game against the Red Wings was the ninth consecutive road game the Rangers have played to open the regular season while Madison Square Garden was being renovated.
Allowing too many shots is beginning to to cost Red Wings
Detroit News | Oct 27