I've been going to the first two home playoff games for the last 5 years, and I've gotten the feeling that the crowd isn't very engaged for most of the game. Something as standard as chanting the away goalie's name doesn't happen too often...
I look at those Montreal games and I get jealous (though that is probably comparing apples to oranges with a Canadian market).
Granted, I thought the 2011 crowds were pretty good.
Is it because the Wings aren't "new" winners? Ford Field seems pretty intimidating, but they are "new" winners (kind of) the same way the Palace was intimidating when the Pistons were "new".
He can't seem to carry rushes. In fact, it seems like rushes die when he carries the puck through center. He can't forecheck and can't seem to backcheck either.
Don't have the stats, but it seems like he is pretty bad in the circle too. Ottawa tied it up on a clean faceoff win against him.
I feel like playing the wing would be better for him at this point, ESPECIALLY considering it seems he never really gets premium chances. He as 16 goals and has scored in only 13 games of 73. 1 goal in his last 24.
The assists are still there, but the eye test is telling me that he has been ineffective for too many stretches.