No, but if he doesn't play well it makes it that much harder for the wings to get offense on the blues.
He's one of the keys to our offense. If he's not creating, Hull and some of the others aren't getting chances.
Datsyuk got over five minutes of PP time last game, nearly 21 minutes total, and played the most even strength minutes of any Wings forward (second was Zetterberg). His ice time hasn't been slashed that drastically...
As for tonight, for christmas, I want a fast, entertaining game with scoring chances, hitting, and maybe a fight or two (Danton and Bootland maybe?).
Since this is the NHL, I'll be happy for just a Wings win
Definitely not the prettiest game ever played. The Wings probably needed this one more because of the games in hand. They have the 2-1-1 edge in the season series but I think the Blues have probably played better in the four games.
It's great to see Cujo playing as well as he has. It'll be interesting if he keeps this up by the time Dom finally returns...do they dare send him back to Grand Rapids again? I think his trade value might be going up some but he's probably most valuable to the Wings themselves right now with the instability in goal.
Somehow I knew in my heart of hearts that Pavel wouldn't be quiet for long...you can't keep him down.
But just when you think you've seen him score every which way you can, he pulls another trick out of that bottomless bag he's got. I marvel at how he does it - talk about flukey goals...but take em any way you can, baby!
Now it's off for a nice three-day break, and what a better way to go into Christmas? Merry Christmas, guys, and thank you for all the joy you've given us this season so far.