Last night's 3-1 loss to Anaheim was tough especially coming off a 4-2 win over the 2nd place San Jose sharks Tuesday. Ducks just completely shut us down and I have to take my hat off to Jonas Hiller, this man made some incredible saves to keep Anaheim ahead by 2. I was impressed with a couple of things I saw from Detroit. 1 was winning the races to the puck, something Datsyuk, Helm and Cleary did a great job of. 2 was some of the saves that Howard made despite the 3 that got past him. Ducks had a lot of chances to make that score worse had it not of been for Howard keeping his net minding up. It was a frustrating loss thought. Only one pp goal out of 3 and thats just not getting better as the season goes along. I think once Franzen finally returns to the lineup the Wings will have the scoring threat that they need to complete their offense going into the Olympic Break. I can tell you this though Wings fans this season is not as bad as the CBJ are having. Hitchcock is gone and they in reality need a whole new team at this point. Detroit completes their Pacific road trip with a road to LA to play the 3rd place, (Pacific Division) Los Angeles Kings. Detroit is currently 2-1 against LA this season.
Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.