Possible changes in Detroit, just not at the top
Those changes are being guarded with the typical playoff secrecy, but we know that the Red Wings won’t be touching their top line. Head coach Mike Babcock said that given Henrik Zetterberg’s recent return from a knee injury, keeping him alongside Pavel Datsyuk will alleviate the pressure on him to carry the offensive load immediately.
Helane St. James of the Detroit Free Press notes two possible players ready to be inserted into the lineup for Game 2, with veterans Kris Draper and Mike Modano waiting for the call.
The Sharks scored one powerplay goal in Game 1, which came when Joe Pavelski tied the game in the third period. But when the league’s second best powerplay unit in the regular season gets eight chances–with one coming in overtime–a better clutch performance is expected.
James Brady of SB Nation Bay Area sees a hesitancy in the Sharks’ powerplay that’s especially present on home ice.
The power plays from game one will not cut it going forward and the man advantage for the Sharks has hardly felt like an advantage at all, especially when playing at the HP Pavilion in San Jose. If they continue to hesitate at the top of the zone, the Red Wings will use their excellent ability to get after the puck to clear it away like we saw numerous times in game one.
Confusion is the new head shot
It would be a dramatic understatement to merely call the first round of the playoffs entertaining. The games were exhilarating, enthralling, exciting, and emancipating (what? that last one doesn’t fit?). But as Behind the Net observed, the usual inconsistencies surrounding the league’s rule book were also pretty confusing.
The scab that’s formed from your constant head-scratching will soon begin to bleed profusely.
Little surprise for injured Lightning players
Simon Gagne’s history of concussions has likely prompted the Lightning to be cautious with their 40-point forward after he suffered a head injury in Game 1 as a result of a hit from Capitals defenceman Scott Hannan. As of last night it looked like the chances of both Gagne and defenceman Pavel Kubina playing seemed slim. Kubina’s head was hit into the glass by Jason Chimera, who received a roughing minor, while Hannan wasn’t punished for his hit on Gagne.
Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Bay Tribune confirmed that Kubina and Gagne will indeed be out of the lineup tonight, with a pair of Jones’–Randy and Blair–stepping in to fill the holes. Gagne expects and hopes to be on the ice for Game 3 when the series shifts to Tampa.