I like Abby on there. I was saying that cause Franzen was on there with them at the end of the period. I should have clarified that in my earlier post.
I understand. I hope Bert is able to come back (at full effectiveness) soon. The Wings have sorely missed him in the top six. Abby has done surprisingly well the last month, but IMO the Wings need someone like Bert (or Abby) on each of the top 3 lines. I wish Andersson was more physical, because he would be great with Brunner and Nyquist if he had that drive in the corners, in front of the net, etc.
Put Nyquist on the Dats-Z line. At least he hustles and does creative things with the puck.
Who's going to tie up guys in the corners, go to the front of the net, etc on that line? The Wings need to get tougher in front of the net and in the corners. Making pretty plays on the perimeter doesn't do much to score on a goalie like Rinne.
No Tootoo is annoying, but I kinda like moving Filppula to third line center. It's hard to believe Abdelkader and Miller are in the top-six fighting for a playoff spot. Then again, maybe that's why there is a fight.
Basically a playoff game tonight. Tomorrow in Chicago is going to be tough on back-to-back, so beating the Sharks is imperative. Desperation from everyone on the ice in red and white.
Right now, they are in the top-6 so the Wings can have three scoring lines. I'm hoping Tatar and Nyquist will be up next year to make it easier for the Wings to have three scoring lines.
Mrazek's development is better served with him spending another year in GR and playing 45+ games. As a backup to Howard he won't get enough games to develop. I do see him being the back-up when Gus's contract is up.