Game 4 Red Wings grades: Not-so-special teams fail

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News

Forwards: Gustav Nyquist and Darren Helm, two players who hadn’t scored in the series, did in Game 4. But there wasn’t the push after the momentum created in Game 3, veterans Henrik Zetterberberg and Pavel Datsyuk were relatively silent, and the Luke Glendening line didn’t make the same defensive impact it did in the previous game. Grade: C-plus.

Defense: Coach Jeff Blashill reinserted Kyle Quincey for Alexey Marchenko, but generally the unit continues to struggle in defensive coverage and has a difficult time containing Tampa Bay’s overall speed. It’s been a growing problem this season. Grade: C-minus.

Goaltending: Petr Mrazek faced a lot more pressure in Game 4 and didn’t get much of an opportunity on the three Lightning power-play goals. Grade: C.

Special teams: Nothing was good. The Red Wings were awful on the power play, and the penalty kill was ineffective. Grade: F.