A Jimmy Howard shutout wasn’t enough to give the Wings a victory over the San Jose Sharks.
Detroit’s big guns fired blanks all night and were unable to solve Antti Niemi.
If you thought the Wings would struggle with Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson out of the lineup Monday night then you were mistaken… sort of. Danny DeKeyser looked the part of a number 1 NHL defenseman, stabilizing Detroit’s defense in the absence of their top 2 defenders.
Detroit’s young d-men stymied the NHL’s highest scoring team in San Jose, earning the Wings an important point in a tight Atlantic Division.
However, offensively speaking the Wings didn’t muster much and could have used the big point shot Kronwall provides on the power-play.
Although Mike Babcock’s line juggling didn’t exactly set the world on fire, his team responded from their desert debacle with a much more consistent effort against the Sharks.
Rookie defenseman Xavier Ouellet performed admirably in his first NHL game, logging a total of 16:55 minutes. He kept his game simple, was not a liability, and had a solid hit on Sharks’ forward Andrew Desjardins along the wall.
All in all a pretty solid debut for the 20-year-old.
The Wings will look to get back on the winning track Wednesday when Daniel Alfredsson faces off against his former Ottawa Senators team in what is one of the most anticipated games on Detroit’s 2013-2014 schedule.