Thoughts on Game 4 (4-3 OT loss to Vancouver)
-- The home-road difference in the Red Wings' play has been notable. Two games at home, 32 giveaways. Two games on the road, six giveaways.
-- Pavel Datsyuk's line was a force against the Henrik Sedin line. Darren Helm's fourth line was pretty good. But Detroit's second and third lines weren't productive. It was Kris Draper's line that was most often matched up against the Ryan Kesler line, a line that scored three goals for the Canucks.
-- The first power-play unit has scored every one of Detroit's power-play goals this season.
-- The Stuart-Niklas Kronwall defense pair hasn't been good thus far. Detroit has allowed nine even-strength goals this season. Either Kronwall or Stuart has been on the ice for seven of those goals. They've both been on the ice for five of the nine goals allowed. From my vantage point, Kronwall is off to a slower start than Stuart.
-- Datsyuk won 16 of 24 faceoffs.
-- I'm sure that when Johan Franzen and Willie Mitchell roughed each other up that Mitchell's late hit on Franzen two seasons ago (that left Franzen sidelined with a knee injury) was brought up.
-- For the second straight game, Jiri Hudler and Mikael Samuelsson were switched on the second and third lines midway through the game.