The Detroit Red Wings have been on an absolute role. Detroit's been putting things together as of late, and they are currently clinging to life in the Atlantic Division wildcard spot, tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning. But the Red Wings needed more wind under their sails against Carolina on Friday night.
It was quite a dull game between the Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes. There are lots of icing calls, pucks out of play, and dump-and-chase hockey. Both teams played really well in transition, and it felt like watching a game of back-and-forth hockey where neither team was getting things going.
The bang-bang play kicked things off. Klim Kostin scored the game's first goal, getting a leg up on the Hurricanes. Jordan Martinook rallied right back for Carolina to make it a 1-1 game. After that, it became a need for more shots from Detroit. Carolina was putting some pucks on the net, but Detroit only had four shots through the first 30 minutes of the game clock.
It felt like Carolina had the upper hand and was producing the more meaningful scoring chances in the game. The ice conditions were also lackluster, from the looks of it. Martin Necas made a nice move to give Carolina the 2-1 lead. Quickly after that, Jaccob Slavin took a penalty for holding Lucas Raymond. After that, Dylan Larkin made a cross-crease pass to J.T. Compher, and he tied things up at two in the second period.
Detroit put together some more offense in the second half of the game, but there was a real lack of scoring chances. Andrei Svechnikov was able to make it a 3-2 game, gobbling up a rebound on the power play to put Carolina ahead. Then an empty-net-goal from Sebastian Aho sealed things, making it a 4-2 game.
Detroit Red Wings' point-streak comes to an end.
The Red Wings may have fallen to the Hurricanes, bringing their record to 6-1-1 over their last eight games. Since the calendar flipped to 2024, they have managed points in every game except Friday nights, with their loss ending that point streak. But that's okay; Detroit is still on a roll, even with a loss on the schedule.
They have a chance to get back on track with their high level of play with a big game on Sunday against Tampa Bay. Who knows, a big performance from the Lions could send a crowd from Ford Field over to Little Caesars Arena for one heck of a day in Detroit sports.
While Friday's game may not have been action-packed with excitement, it was a fun one overall. But the fun mostly came from the off-the-ice content that the game had to offer.
The Detroit Red Wings television crew deserves a tip of the cap.
The Bally Sports Detroit television crew is fantastic. They always work wonders and leave fans more than happy with the results of the broadcast. On the call, Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond are two of the best announcers around; in my biased opinion, they are the best duo.
But the fellas back in the studio, John Keating, Larry Murphy, Chris Osgood, Trevor Thompson, and even Jimmy Howard, are quite the group. Put them all together, and you have quite the cast. On Friday night, the game breaks were not from the Bally Sports Detroit studio but rather "Ozzy's Shack and Backyard Rink."
Keating, Osgood, and Redmond (who seldom travels with the team these days) put on quite a show. With on-ice performances that included old friend & Macomb Township native Danny DeKeyser, comments about Dolly Parton, and some really interesting boots that Redmond wore.
The light-hearted content and the happy-go-lucky attitude that the staff brings night in and night out keeps us fans entertained, and this Ozzy's Shack performance on the outdoor rink was really something. Heck, it caught my attention enough to mention it in our postgame article.
The Bally Sports Detroit crew is something special. They know how to execute at a high level and never disappoint.