The Detroit Red Wings need to play with a lot more energy against the Anaheim Ducks tonight if they want to even their 1st round series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They have to play with the sense of urgency they had when trying to make the playoffs in the first place. They have been presented with a golden opportunity with the 7th seed. With it they have as good a shot as any but need to be aggressive and take the fight to the Ducks. Although the talent of Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk is immeasurable they can’t do it themselves.
What seemed to plague the Red Wings in game 1 was the old bit you hear from Wings fans every season: “they have to get tougher”. It is hard to argue against that point based on the success they had in the final week of the season. Pavel Datsyuk and Justin Abdelkader were in everyone’s face looking to crush anyone that looked at them the wrong way. That fire brought the Wings back from near playoff extinction.
The fire had fizzled in game 1 of the playoffs. During the second period, Jimmy Howard took a knee and skate to the head from Corey Perry. Everyone in the arena expected retribution. But none came. The Wings from a week ago would have stomped Perry into the ice. But that is when they were playing like they had nothing to lose. Clearly now they have tightened up and are gripping a bit. They need to get back to the tough “Mo-town beat down” style they played with during the stretch run.
So I put the question to you:
Will The Wings Even the Series Against the Ducks??
- Yes (83%, 5 Votes)
- No (17%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 6
The puck drops tonight at 10:30 from Honda Center in Anaheim. You can catch the game on Fox Sports Detroit or Fox Sports Detroit plus depending on the Tiger game. Catch Detroit Jock City on Twitter during the game. (@detroitjockcity) and after the game right here for the latest Stanley Cup Playoff coverage.