My take on things:
1) the wings were nervous - Ericsson was fumbling around like it was his first playoff game. Smith was sloppy with the puck as well. I know this will improve in game 2.
2) Howard has to make that save on Selanne. Doesn't matter why. We are missing 2 snipers and have an invisible floating player half the games (see #3). Jimmy needs to stop all shots he sees.
3) Franzen is worthless if he isn't going to hit. The one guy that can make a difference in this series is Franzen. And he doesn't have to do it scoring. I expect the one hand / 10 feet away poke check from Filppula, but if Nyquist and Eaves are going to bump guys along the boards, then 93 better pull his head out real quick and do the same. We need Franzen to be a bytch to play against. Last night, he was just a little bytch.
4) Hell yah, Red Wings. Anaheim was 3rd in pts this year. They are a good measuring stick for us. And I'm liking the way we are measuring up. I honestly don't believe they are a better team than us in a year when we've cleaned up our garbage, added a sniper, and got the youngsters another year under their belts. We might lose this series, but I guarantee we won't lose to Anaheim next year.
BTW, I was preaching the last two years that we should try to pull Selanne away from the Ducks. You gotta have a guy like that who can find the corners. Brunner is not that guy yet.
In regards to #3, there is a real easy way to see what kind of game he is going to bring real early on in the game.
When Franzen comes in on the Wing, and tosses it down the boards like he is flicking a booger he is in Johan mode.
He doesn't chase it down, he doesn't try any moves, he just crosses the blueline standing almost straight up, legs barely moving, and flip goes the puck behind the net!
We he does the things above, then he is in Mule mode!
that last sentence is confusing, I meant when he dumps and chases his own puck (which he started doing late in the game), puts a move on the defender, or is even at least skating hard in the zone, not just coasting!
Edited by Opie, 01 May 2013 - 11:27 AM.
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