Even if Pavel somehow likes having Abdelkader on his line (which I doubt), the biggest problem is this extended trial together hasn't worked. At all.
Datsyuk needs skill around him. Not floating Franzen and a two-point grinder with no offensive ability.
The last 8 games the first line hasn't worked either. At least that line maintains some time in the offensive zone. Bert was the Wings most skilled big body and I think the Wings are missing him more than we'd expect.
We are a pass first second third fourth then shoot team!
K this is getting ridiculous...someone's gotta shoot. Dats makes Smyth dizzy and his linemates just watched him instead of getting open. GO TO THE SLOT AND DATS WILL PUT IT ON A PLATTER! what an uneventful period of hockey.