To me Wings look slow and 'off'. Their passes are delayed, sluggish and off target. They are not skating like they are capable of, and they aren't battling like they are capable of. I'm not sure if it's 'rust' or just lost their compete?
Against the 'Yotes, Red Wings were making quick crisp passes and skated very well. They were cycling well and the D was pinching at the right time. But from I notice the most is how slow and off their passing is. We've seen this before, when Wings passing is off, they struggle. Wings play better with the puck.
Another big issue is their skating. It's like they are skating in mud. They are not moving around the ice like they normally do (Especially notice Helm.... He been a fire-cracker on skates all season). Franzen looks like he's struggling with an ankle injury. Zetterberg lost his bursting quickness...
The Red Wings bread and butter is their quick, crisp tight passes and mobile skating... without that, they are an average team.
Howard has been a wall.
P.S. I also felt Red Wings should have won GM1. That Bertuzzi 'roughing' penalty was complete horse s***. Refs helped the Sharks in that game. GM2, Red Wings just flat out lost... and they lost with, in my opinion, the edge in calls. When they can't score on a full 4minute double minor to tie the game, they don't deserve to win. I am bitter about game 1, however. Series should be tied 1-1 right now.
I caught it on my DVR while watching the game. There was a wrap around where Niemmi stopped a stuff in with his pad waaaaaay behind the goal line.
NBC quickly went to commercial and never mentioned it again or showed a replay. I thought i was the one crazy person who was seeing things but calls have been going into 97.1 about it.....