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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Thoughts on Game 15 (3-2 shootout win vs. Nashville)

-- Pavel Datsyuk is the most fun player to watch in the NHL. For me, he's the most watchable player of the past 20 years. Amazing control and athleticism and hockey sense.
-- When you're team has someone like Jiri Hudler filling a role as a fourth-liner and second PP unit guy and producing three goals in four games, you've got a superb team.
-- Derek Meech is one of the top six defensemen on this team right now. It might be time for him to bump Brett Lebda on occasion although that's not likely to happen.
-- Wow is Chris Osgood playing well. But it's not time to debate whether he should supplant Dominik Hasek. Osgood has stepped in wonderfully in November. But the playoffs are a long way away. Hopefully, the Red Wings will have Ozzie playing like this in the spring to give them options.
-- It's remarkable that Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg haven't been better shootout performers thus far in their careers. Datsyuk was at 44 percent entering last night and Zetterberg was at 33 percent.


Anonymous Nathan said...

Bruce, I agree with your comment about Meech, but wouldn't you think that Lilja has been the weakest link? He's already have a handful of giveaways this season that have led directly to goals, including his inability to simply whip the puck around the boards before the first Nashville goal last night (nevermind the bank pass that Ozzie had to bail him out for).

I'm curious to hear your analysis on this. Meech has definately looked real good, and I obviously don't see practice, but based on his game performances I'd say he deserves a few more minutes per night.

November 8, 2007 at 8:46 AM 

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