Weird. I know there’s been a few hiccups (Ericsson in game 1 comes to mind) but I feel like the D to F puck movement has been much improved and has probably had an enhancing effect on team speed. If you look at analytics, the Wings have had really good possession stats through these first 6 games. Some of that has to be because of decent puck movement from the D.
Not necessarily, a faster team will generally have better possession stats than a slow one (us a year ago) because your forecheck creates more turnovers and you get to more loose pucks. It's basically a team wide version of the same theory that has Helm on the powerplay right now. He's faster than everyone else so he gets to more loose pucks (i.e. keeps possession for the Wings). Babs was commenting on how much faster our team is this year. My guess is this attributes MUCH more to those possession stats than defense to offense transitions.
Against Montreal it was really obvious. ALL our decent scoring chances came as a result of the forwards mixing it up and making it hard for Montreal to get through the neutral zone. Even Datsyuk's "goal" (which came from deep in our d-zone) was passed up by Zetterberg and not a dman. Our defense is terrible at gaining possession in our zone, and getting the puck to the forwards competently (the aforementioned "turnover problem").