Columbus is playing the style that Detroit still struggles with....anyone who is willing to get physical and not give Detroit's playmakers time to make the right decisions will be able to play Detroit close like this assuming the goaltender is playing ok....
Detroit really needs to score some messy goals for it to work. They can't rely solely upon skill to get by in games like this.
I lived north of Baltimore when the Orioles built Camden Yards and it revitalized the Inner Harbor and made it a place to be....hopefully this arena is able to do the same thing for the city of Detroit.
Everyone needs to be honest with themselves. Holland is going to re-sign Sammy, Cleary, Alfie, Bert, and Quincey. Next year Dekeyser will be playing in the minors for no reason and Tatar, Nyquist, Sheahan, and Jurco will be traded. They will be replaced with Ray Whitney, Jaromir Jagr, Teemu Selanne, and Hal Gill.
So has Holland by not improving this defense over the years. We've got one defenseman hurt, so that results in a scrub like Lashoff having to be inserted into the lineup. What does that say about our depth?
Slow down. I'm not going to defend anything Holland has done. But other than Datsyuk, Boston has dominated every single legit NHL player on this roster as well as the AHL-level defense.
This team has been barely squeaking into the playoffs the past few years for a reason. they aren't that good. Boston is on a completely new level compared to Anaheim last year.