NHL – Game 5 is Key!!!

pavelnick pic front Pavel Datsyuk and Nick Lidstrom must step up today and lead their team to victory in a pivotal game 5.  The Wings have had great production from youngsters, Johan Franzen, Darren Helm,  and Valtteri Filppula, among others.  With Draper being back for one game, expect him to have a spring in his step!!  He seems to fly once he gets going.

Detroit’s power play AND penalty kill will be in full force tonight, and they’ll need to be.  If they can get past Marc Andre-Fleury in the first, look for the flood gates to open!!  Pavel Datsyuk is happy to be back in the lineup after being out the entire finals.  Look for him to provide the spark that the Wings have missed the last couple of games.  The boys, need to and will stay calm and not get rattled.  Remember, this team has been there and knows what it takes to win, in a long series.

The biggest key, in the game, is Thomas Holmstrom, who needs to get in front of the Andre-Fleury and obstruct his vision and annoy the Pittsburgh defense.  The last two games, the Penguins have done a great job of clearing the crease and winning the individual battles.

holmstrom in front of net

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