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PHT Morning Skate: How concerned should Detroit be after Saturday’s 6-0 loss?

Jan 20, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS, MO - JANUARY 19: Vladimir Tarasenko #91,center, of the St. Louis Blues celebrates with teammates Ian Cole #28 and Alex Pietrangelo #27 after scoring the first goal of his NHL career in an NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings on January 19, 2013 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Buffalo Sabres’ Ville Leino is questionable for Sunday’s game due to a “nagging injury.” (The Buffalo News)

The young Edmonton Oilers are getting ready to start their season on Sunday. Justin Schultz and Nail Yakupov will be making their NHL debuts. (Edmonton Journal)

Tomas Vokoun will make his first appearance with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Should the Detroit Red Wings really panic over just one loss, even if it was a particularly humiliating one? (Detroit Free Press)

Jarome Iginla is optimistic about the Calgary Flames’ chances going into his contract year. (Calgary Sun)

Islanders coach Jack Capuano wasn’t on the bench Saturday “due to medical reasons.” The Islanders wouldn’t go into details, but he is reportedly dealing with kidney stones. (ESPN)

Former 56-goal scorer Jonathan Cheechoo has inked a tryout agreement with the AHL Oklahoma City Barons. The Barons are affiliated with the Edmonton Oilers. (Nick Kypreos)

Jaromir Jagr had a superb night at the age of 40, but he’s not immortal. At the age of 40, the Dallas Stars are keeping a close eye on his minutes to make sure he stays fresh. (Dallas Morning News)

  1. harvupdyke - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Yes the wings should be concerned. They ought to be terrified.

    The way they were knocked off the puck, couldn’t clear their own zone, obtained minimal quality scoring chances….This screams of the 89-90 team.

    Sure Zetterberg & Datsyuk are terrific players, but I highly doubt they can be leaders of the Yzerman or Lidstrom ilk that can lead a team to championships. They are simply highly talented players, that complemented Yzerman & Lidstrom nicely.

    It’s gonna be a long short season in “Hockeytown”.

    Roll dam tide.

    • polegojim - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Sadly, I agree. And… what happened to hitting?

      Like I said last week… Kronwall has dropped off, Ericsson is soft, and Abdelkader is…wait – where IS Abdelkader? Don’t remember even hearing his name last night. Even Hank was skating in slush.

      Other than Dats, I didn’t see much I liked last night. Looking forward to Helm’s return.

  2. letsgopens8771 - Jan 20, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    What is going on?? Canucks get spanked by ANAHEIM 7-3 and The Red Wings get hammered 6-0!!??!?

    First off, the Redwings need to play better defense. To come out and lay an egg like that against a Division Rival does not bode well for them. I wouldn’t say that the Wings are in trouble, but they need to win next game and establish solid defense. Once they got that, Their top line will handle the rest.

    Vancouver…WOW. Cory Schneider had a bad day, but like I said with Detroit, don’t count them out just yet. We have only played one game. Hopefully Luongo doesn’t play like a sieve as well, or else too much of the workload will be shouldered by The Sedins and not the defense. The Canucks are looking like a mirror image of Detroit, only a tad younger. We will see what happens.

    As for my boys, I am interested to see what Vokoun can do against NYR. Hopefully, he can be a solid backup and provide balance in the net behind Flower. Great win yesterday, keep it up.

    5 things for further analysis and discussion:

    5. Stars had a great day, but Jagr cant to it all: Pay Jamie Benn what he wants if you hope to make the playoffs.
    4. Rookies shined yesterday, including Granlund, Huberdeau, Conacher, and definitely Tarasenko. Look for these young players to be a force.
    3. Stanley Cup Hangover. Sorry, Kings fans, but they had a bad day.
    2. I think the Blues and Panthers are for real again. Also, look for Tampa Bay to be a force this year. Lets see if Lindback can hold the fort. Good win against Washington. Interesting.
    1. Everyone was so big on Carolina making the playoffs just because they got Jordan Staal and overpayed for Semin, who doesn’t backcheck at all. Carolina will still not make the playoffs, and yesterday showed that. The Canes think their offense can stand alone, but they forgot to address the defense in the offseason. Staal will realize how good he had it in Pittsburgh, and realize that he cant score 35-40 goals a year, like Carolina wants him to. Good luck, though.

    Pumped that hockey is back! So relieving and yesterday did not disappoint. Get ready for another great season and another great day for HOCKEY!!!

  3. chill1184 - Jan 20, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Devils-Islanders game was certainly fun, both teams showed some rust but the Devils came out on top. In addition the Rangers lost so a good night all around. So glad that Hockey is back

  4. nvandy42 - Jan 20, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Ummm….. go Wild?!

  5. alexb64 - Jan 20, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Detroit really hasn’t been the same team in the last 2-3 years. Guys getting older, changing of the guard transitions tends to be a little lackluster. Despite being one of the top teams since seemingly forever, they’ve always done a good job of filling the system with talent, which is why I don’t think the salary cap will be too much of an issue. They brought in a lot of talent via free agency & trade but they’ve still mostly been anchored by their developed players, in particular finding elite European players later in the draft. I think they’ll be fine, but it might be a year or two of contending in the 6-8th seed range.

    • polegojim - Jan 20, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      I don’t buy the ‘older’ thing…. everybody gets a year older… after another year. They’re only 3 years older than the youngest team in the league.

      I agree with the changing of the guard though. IMO, Babcock and Co. have done a poor to mediocre job of grooming guys to fill spots over the past 3 years.

      Wing are playing with less and less edge… inspiring less and less fear.

  6. nananatman - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Never been this proud to not care at all about hockey!! Not gonna watch a game at all this year or maybe ever. Video games don’t go on greed fueled strikes and lockouts. I wouldn’t even give one of you a job.

    • alexb64 - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      “Never been this proud to not care at all about hockey!!” Says the guy that for some reason still made a hockey site one of his web browsing stops this fine Sunday morning.

  7. hines86for6 - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Where are you High Country Bear?

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