Thoughts on Game 2 first round
They'll certainly avoid the Zetterberg line with its three great defenders, but who will they be able to get up front? They'll avoid the Datsyuk line and try to get on the ice against the Filppula line. Even then, Filppula and Samuelsson are very good defenders and Hudler is adequate.
With the ice time they log, there won't be many times that Lidstrom, Datsyuk or Zetterberg aren't on the ice. So if the Jackets get too caught up in matchups, Nash's ice time will dwindle.
Did you notice the little adjustment they made with Nash in Game 2, lining him up on the left side instead of the right? That put Nash closer to Rafalski than Lidstrom and opposite a smaller forward in Cleary rather than Franzen. Didn't work, but it was creative.
-- The Red Wings power play was as dominant as it has been in the past four seasons. The plays were working so well that the Jacket players could have been counted in the JLA attendance because they were doing little more than watching.
-- The Vermette hit on Datsyuk with 8:39 was pretty high on the dirty scale. It also shows how frustrated that the Jackets are. After watching -- again that word watching -- Datsyuk go around two of his teammates for a good scoring chance, Vermette hit Datsyuk from behind, then climbed on top. The bad part of the hit was that Vermette slammed Datsyuk down head first. Datsyuk's neck was in a position to be hurt. So was Datsyuk's face as Vermette purposefully climbed over the back of his head. Very dirty. The toughness of the Wings always impresses me.
-- The Helm line really set the physical tone for the Red Wings.
-- I don't know why, but it makes me smile when Holmstrom starts moving forwards away from the Detroit net after Osgood covers up the puck. I wonder if he gets a kick out of the role reversal.