Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The PK is Improving

The Free Press did an early morning piece on Detroit's penalty killing.  It's not as bad as you might think...
The Wings' overall penalty kill is at 75.9%, but since going 5-for-9 in the two losses in Stockholm, the Wings have gone 17-for-20 (85%), and they're 8-for-8 over the past two games.

That 85% would give us the 9th best PK% in the league, as opposed to the lowly 20th spot we currently occupy.  Brad Steward commented on the improved performance...

"It's getting better, and we feel better about it, for sure.  We're pressuring a little bit more -- we're all kind of working as one, moving together instead of being spread apart, forcing them so that if they're going to score a goal they're going to have to make a great play and if they're going to do that, then hats off to them. But we want to make it as hard as we can."

A lot of that has to do with Chris Osgood.  His games against Chicago and Washington were awesome, but he looked vulnerable against Buffalo and Colorado (in the 3rd period and shootout).  We're all waiting anxiously to see which Osgood will emerge from this chaos of Ozzie, or 2008-2009 regular season Ozzie?

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