With the NHL Awards Show taking place Wednesday evening here are my picks in some of the major categories. It’s certainly different this year. Most years there are clear cut favorites. But not tomorrow night. Many of these awards could go to each of the three finalists in the different categories. Here’s my picks: HART … Continue Reading →
Insights, notes and updates from The Detroit News hockey writers
Quite the personal dual this evening between Pavel Datsyuk and Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin. They were the best players on the ice, bar none. Give Datsyuk the slight edge overall, and the fact the Wings won 4-1. There was some head-scratching early in the season when Datsyuk (and Henrik Zetterberg) were struggling to score. But Datsyuk is playing at a world-class level right now. He was brilliant down the stretch in this game.
PITTSBURGH – This might not be such a cakewalk for the Wings after all. The speculation was this morning the Penguins would be without star centers Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal. That would be along with Sidney Crosby (concussion). But that won’t be the case. The Penguins will have Malkin and Staal both available to play this evening. It’s a different looking Penguins roster with only Crosby not on the playing roster.