All your goals are belong to us. Still some frustrating dumb play, but hard to be too upset after putting up 4 goals. ****box 2.0 has played well, only one huge ***** so far from what I have seen. Helm is a refreshing sight. New lines seem to be working pretty well. Bert looks solid, good to have him back. Franzen has only taken a couple shifts off, and he's looked dangerous at times.
Franzen and Filppula have also been surprisingly good. Even if they aren't scoring.
Franzen actually looks like he kind of wants to play hockey, which is perhaps the most important thing we could have happen this season (as our D is probably going to be somewhere around this level for the majority of the year)
I get Kindl, but Abdelkader is there for net front presence probably.
Even at the end everyone was screaming at Filppula to shoot. The guy has no confidence when shooting the puck.
D and Z saving this team's ass yet again. They are trying to be too cute in their own zone. The reason Lidstrom was so successful, he kept things simple. They forechecked well and played physical and got bodies in front of the net to protect Howard. Old time hockey...it works.
I still think Brunner should not QB the PP. He should be in the slot ala Stamkos for the one timers. Kronwall, Smith, Kindl and White when he comes back should be on the blue line with a combination of Z, D, Franzen, Filppula, Brunner and Bertuzzi (maybe Samuelsson) up front.