I thought we did a good job of setting up in their zone. They didn't get too many second chances on Howard. They were better but not out of our league. It's not Like Detroit reverted to their old bad habits. The overreactions here are getting old.
Bertuzzi might be a smart change, in for someone like Nyquist, who I thought looked bad. Bertuzzi would help Andersson's line.
I hated this season until the last week. There are some bright points but it wasn't fun watching them put zero effort in 50% of the time. I hope they win tonight so we can say this season was at least a partial success.
I don't agree with giving Abdelkader an A. As Doan so eloquently put it: "How do you have only 11 points playing with Datsyuk?" He's doing good things without the puck, and I get why he's on Datsyuk's wing now, but the guy should have more points just accidentally from playing with Datsyuk. He's just not an all-around good player. He's just a poor man's Holmstrom.
I think with a full season we wouldn't be worrying about playoffs. We sometimes dipbdown to the average range for a few weeks. With another 35 games or so the Wings could've climbed right back up to the top.
I really miss quality teams. I don't mind parity. But I'd rather have a smaller league with stacked teams than a larger league with mediocre teams. It's too watered down. I don't like the 2 stars, 18 average ratio the league uses now.