Three Bold Predictions – Red Wings vs Stars
1. The all rookie line Nyquist, Andersson & Emmerton will make an impact in limited minutes. Why Babcock will limit the group to under 20 mins in ice, the three have enough energy and skill to make a difference for the Red Wings tonight. Look for Babcock to use them early if the road woes continue for the Red Wings.
2. Jiri Hudler will be back on the scoresheet. Sure playing will Filppula and Zetterberg never hurts, but the Czech fired 4 shots on goal, including a late 2nd period goal, in the New Years Eve win. Hudler should see close to 15 minutes of ice time and find himself on the box score tomorrow.
3. The Red Wings’ Power Play unit will score. Detroit is just 1 of 19 on the man advantage over the last seven games, but they will come alive in the New Year against Dallas, who allowed 2 or more PPG’s during a 4 game stretch in December. The Red Wings have to much talent to struggle for this long, so look for them to net at least one PPG tonight.
FSD and Vers…I mean NBC Sports Network. That’s going to take awhile to get used to.