Wings ride momentum into Nashville
Friday's game against the Los Angeles Kings was a breath of fresh air for Wings fans.
After the third period heroics of Darren Helm and Joey MacDonald, the Wings were able to comeback after trailing the Kings. With no signs of Niklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk, Jimmy Howard, Jonathan Ericsson or Todd Bertuzzi, it was quite the relief.
What type of contest will the Wings have on their hands tonight in Nashville? Not an easy one.
It can't be said enough that the Wings road performance has left much to be desired this season. So upon looking at who tonight's possible impact player might be, Henrik Zetterberg should be acknowledged first. With Datsyuk out, he has definitely stepped it up. Friday saw his first two-goal game in nearly a year, and he has nine goals and 14 assists in his last 16 games.
Valtteri Filppula, another impact player for Detroit, has nine points in his last five games. The 27-year old forward has been having a great season all around, and is one of the players fans should be looking at in the absence of Lidstrom, Datsyuk and Howard.
With Z and Fil left to lead the team, and under the watchful eye of Mike Babcock, nobody should completely count the Wings out. Add the fact that Joey MacDonald still continues to make great plays in the net, and now the team that seemed to have too much bad luck down the stretch, is starting to look like a team with a lot more depth to stay afloat.
They are certainly going to need it to hold on in the Central Division race. Nashville's Martin Erat has been playing very well (goals in consecutive games, 26 points in 29 games). And with St. Louis already holding the top spot, the Wings are going to need even more people to make an impact. A road game against a division rival, is a great opportunity.
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