Having attended the game, this was unfortunately a bit of a snoozer. Regardless, if anyone's interested in impressions...
-Weiss looked reasonably effective and saw ice time on both special teams. He is ridiculously good at retaining possession but came off as a puck hog and needs to make better decisions on when to pass.
-Jarnkrok looked great. Played a good north-south game and was visible.
-Ditto Nyquist. He has a knack for forcing the play and created some great chances. Drew a penalty after intercepting an aerial breakout pass and giving himself a mini-breakaway. Half the crowd was hollering for a penalty shot.
-Franzen was excellent. Made some very smart, cerebral plays and put in a good effort.
-Bert did fairly well in his scrap and wanted to go again with Caron later in the game. He maintained strong possession in the zone but made a very unfortunate gaffe that ended with the Wings taking a penalty. Bert hung on to the puck too long, and when he was stripped of it a 2-on-1 was created, which led to either Smith or Ouellet taking a penalty (I forget who).
-Sproul and Ouellet were very strong after their first couple of shifts and did not look out of place at all. Both certainly have the look of future players in the league. One of the two (couldn't tell) delivered a ridiculous hip check, which may have been the only good hit the Wings laid on the whole game.
-I did not notice Quincey and Lashoff much, which I consider a good thing.
-Dekeyser was strong and appeared to be the best defenseman the Wings dressed tonight.
-Both Wings goaltenders played well. Gus was effective but badly overplayed the first goal and injured his groin attempting to compensate. It's the sort of mistake I'd expect from someone who hasn't seen much game action in a while.
-Emmerton had a strong game. I'm starting to like him.
-The entire team struggled badly with the Boston forecheck. Breakouts were bad. It brought back memories of the early going last season. This was particularly bad for the first 5-10 minutes of the game. Several breakout attempts landed directly on a Boston stick.
-The team didn't do a good job of getting pucks to the net. Johnson was not really challenged for long stretches. A number of opportunities came from the point, but mid- and low-slot chances were few and far between.
-The power play was dreadful.
-Smith was absolutely horrible. He was a stumbling, falling mess and turned the puck over a few times in the defensive end.
-Cleary was distinctly mediocre, but did put in a good effort.
-Something seems to have happened to Ferraro. He was having a good game until he took a BS penalty in the first, and I felt like he barely appeared the rest of the game.
-Andersson had zero luck. He had a couple of great opportunities that he couldn't put home.
-Jurco seemed a bit lost and outmatched.