Outcome was largely decided going 0-6 on the PP against a tired team. The Red Wings played well in the third, but to score only one goal is disappointing with that many opportunities.
The defense is improving each game at least. That's certainly a positive with no Nick and a ton of injuries. It all comes down to whether the offense can get going now, especially on the powerplay. Has anyone from the third or fourth lines scored yet? They provide solid energy, but chipping in with some goals would be a huge boost to Datsyuk and Zetterberg.
I'm just curious, but what or who would you call a consistent playoff performer? First of all, as Wings fans, we're spoiled because we make the playoffs every year. Has Datsyuk or Zetterberg been a "consistent" playoff performer? Yzerman? Fedorov? Each of them has had good playoff years and not so good. Just having a hard time figuring out what your criteria is? What would be a large sample size to you?
Zetterberg without question. He has probably been the best playoff performer in the league since the lockout along with Briere.
Best game of the season outside the parade to the penalty box and not a very strong first. Helm being back does wonders for the third line and splitting up Z and Datsyuk spreads out the talent in the top-six much more.
Bertuzzi looked like he had some very fresh legs for his first game. He creates a lot of space for Datsyuk to work his magic. Filppula was also very noticeable tonight. Huskins and Lashoff stood out to me on defense.
Nice team win. Gonna be a tough challenge on Sunday.
Did you count yours in the sarcastic category as well? More commentary on how people should react is always refreshing.
As for Huskins, he's a body and the Red Wings need those desperately right now on defense. Unfortunately, a depth signing doesn't do much to help stabilize an already weak group as a whole. Still think Holland has to pursue a trade for a top-four defenseman sooner than later.