Skid Over: It wasn’t pretty at times, but the Wings finally got their win, bringing the skid to an end at six games. There was enough positive in this one on top of the win to think they may have a streak in them next.
Nick: Nick both was and wasn’t one of those positives. He was in that his presence in the lineup was an obvious plus from a morale perspective. He wasn’t in that he was definitely a bit rusty. He started shaking off that rust as the game went on, however, so there’s no reason to believe he’ll continue to make the kind of misjudgment that led to the LaRose goal. He was a big part of the comeback, manning the blueline in the offensive zone like a boss and creating scoring chances.
Zetterberg: Carried the team on his back for swathes of the game. The Wings weren’t playing badly per se, but they were down due to some freak opportunity capitalization by the Canes. Zetterberg assessed the situation and started taking care of business. It was great to see. And every time he does that, I’m reminded of all the folks who doubted him.
Hudler: Had a strong game from a scoring chance perspective. Finally scored on one of them in the third. He could have had a hat trick, though.
Kindl: The other injury return. I didn’t notice him.
Holmstrom: Homer pushes the envelope as part of his game-to-game job. There’s no denying that. So I don’t expect much outside sympathy for what follows. But that goaltender interference penalty was a steaming pile of bull. When a defenseman cross-checks a forward into his own goalie, that forward shouldn’t get hit with a penalty. That’s basic hockey rules. I guess the ref nailed Homer on the qualification that he had to make a “reasonable effort” to avoid Ward. Which is weak.
Nyquist: I saw some commentary that because Nyquist hasn’t taken advantage of the chances he himself is creating, the commentators are losing faith. That’s asinine. Nyquist is going to be a force, but he’s still young. He’s younger than Pavel Datsyuk was when he entered the League full-time, for example. Yet he’s being held to that standard by some. Lame.
He was very good last night.
The Race: The win kept the Wings a point ahead of the Predators, who won at home against the Jets. Now we face the awkward necessity to hope Chicago wins over the Predators tonight to keep the Wings in 4th.