Even with some of their key players back in the lineup, Detroit proved to be no match for the Predators tonight. Overall, the game was pretty well executed. Nashville was rather disciplined, which they sometimes get away from when playing against the Red Wings. Just as Monday's game was the antithesis of how this team should play; tonight's game was about as close to the benchmark of how the rest of the season should play out.
A few post-game thoughts:
How many goals do you think this team would score if Coach Trotz was always riding them to find their place on the scoresheet?
I think you could put anyone on a line with Joel Ward and Jerred Smithson and they would have instant chemistry. While certainly not permanent, putting Colin Wilson out there with Ward and Smithson adds a good injection of offense on a line that plays their hockey a little more defensive-minded.
The upper-body injury that sent Marcel Goc to the locker room in the waning minutes of the first period better be a minor one. If not, could David Legwand withstand the increased ice time over a longer stretch of games?
The team gets a couple of days off (with a little GnashVegas fun thrown in tomorrow night) before they face the Colorado Avalanche at the Bridgestone on Saturday. Can they build some momentum from this win heading into a four game homestand? The best way to find out: be there on Saturday.