I hate to say it but I see us losing tonight because we're away and no Helm or Bert (mostly Helm), but I think it'll be a good game and Brunner will surprise. Plus everyone will love Tootoo. And it's nice to see Mursak will be starting!
4-3 Blues in OT, Stewart with the GWG.
1st line dominates ES: Pavs with 2A, Hank with 1G 1A, Brunner with 1G. 2nd PP unit gets it done: Sammy with 1G(PP) from Fil and Smith.
But the loss of Helm is noticeable as we have trouble containing the Blue's bottom-six.
Anybody know if Smith will be on the PP? I really hope so.
Yeah, I definitely like the decision but it also makes sense to not throw Eaves right into the lineup after such a long hiatus.
Especially against a team as physical as the Blues.
I think they have a good shot at winning, as much as I like both Tippett's and Hitchcock's system I do think it takes a bit longer to get into a defensive rythem. More moving parts and each mistake is usually more costly. I know a lot of people view offense as a timing deal but in certain defensive systems with major structure points it will take a second to get in order. Hoping for a 3-2 win, I do think the Blues will have their hands full with the Wings top line.
Good test for our backend as the Blues are pretty easily a top 5 forechecking team, so we will get to see if all that speed helps absorb the pressure and the puck movement plays the keep away game.