How can Nyquist and his skill still be in the minors when Bertuzzi and Cleary are here in prominent roles? That's inexcusable. There's a spot for Nyquist playing top-six minutes if they cut the dead weight out.
Emmerton has been basically what I expected. A marginal skill player in a bottom-six role that doesn't provide much of anything. He's a decent skater and can be used on the PK, but beyond that he's filler until Helm is healthy. I would prefer a 4th line center that hits, forechecks and is physical instead. Abdelkader does all of those things more effectively at wing.
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.