As previously mentioned, I was running around for this game so I followed it but not too well.
Great to see Jiri Hudler with another goal. Same for Kris Draper. Hell, same for Brad Stuart. Guys who usually don’t score putting it in the net is usually a good sign.
Patrick Eaves… I told you he was going to break out. I love the way he’s been skating. He’s getting the grindy goals but he’s also getting open and getting opportunities because of it. It’s easy to forget that the Wings turned him into a grinder, he was a scorer in Ottawa and Carolina (though a somewhat-failing one). This was supposed to be his game, he knows how to play it.
Since Pavel Datsyuk went down, Detroit is 3-1, with all three wins coming in a three games in four nights post-Christmas road trip. Not bad. The December that started with the Red Wings going 1-2-1 has become a 8-5-2 month with one game left to play.
One last note… I can see why Jan Mursak was called up from Grand Rapids rather than Ilari Filppula or Tomas Tatar. Mursak is skating very well and started getting some chances.