That’s Kinda More Like It: As far as followups to Saturday’s performances go, this was a move upward. But still, the Jackets took the Wings to a shootout, and contrary to what James Wisniewski might believe, I’m not convinced they’re not still the league whipping boys. So, it’s a plus to get a notch in the win column, but I award no points for the execution.
Brunner: I will award Damien Brunner points for this, though. Pretty sweet.
Even without that, Brunner had a strong, if frustrating, night. He was a puck magnet and had some great scoring chances that he has to be burying before too long.
Colaiacovo: Got knocked out of the game in the third period with a shoulder injury and was largely unnoticeable before that. Now he’s out for a while and the Wings have signed Kent Huskins as an exciting replacement.
Eurotinws: Much better in this game. Between Brunner’s puck attraction and the Eurotwins’ ramping it up, this line was a threat most shifts.
Kronwall: Also looked better. He made a sweet heads up play to Datsyuk for the final real goal of the night and seemed sharper on defense.
Eaves: Had a couple chances in his first game back but otherwise I didn’t notice him a ton.
Lashoff: Gotta say I was wrong. He looked impressive in his first NHL game and managed to score with the help of a screen. We’ll see if he can carry it through but I’m glad I was wrong about last night.
Tootoo: I could have done without the dumb staged fight.
Quincey: Another poor game from him. That’s going to get old real fast if it hasn’t already.
Refs: The refs really got involved as the game went on and sapped the energy out of it. Frustrating. We lost nearly half the season, guys. Let them play.
Next: The Wings host the 1-1-0 Stars for the home opener. Jaromir Jagr already has four points.
Update: I should add that Gustav Nyquist has been recalled to replace Mikael Samuelsson, who will be out with a groin injury.