Having averted near-disaster Thursday night in Edmonton, the Wings will look to take the series lead this afternoon at the JLA. They have the momentum but they cannot let up and will need to pick up where they left off in Game 4.
The big thing for Game 5 will be their even strength play, which has not been up to par, as reader firebird995 pointed out
after Game 4. If the officials today aren't as willing to call everything, this will be especially important. That said, their power play needs to continue to click and could be even better, as could their penalty kill. For the league's sake, I hope this game is called correctly because the whining about the officiating at various times from both sides during this series doesn't do much to help the credbility of the game.
I would like to see Manny have a strong game across the board, not just in the end after allowing a soft goal or two. The defense isn't going to make many mistakes but he needs to be ready for the mistakes they do make.
Datsyuk needs to continue his period-by-period improvement and have an even stronger game today. The Oilers may go back to the trap and Pavel's ability with the puck will be a key part in breaking through center.
This game is huge for both teams and may even be a must-win. Should be a good one.
Head over to A2Y
, who has been blogging up a storm this morning, for more. I may add to this post as the day progresses but I have a lot of end-of-the-semester assignment crap to work on and I'll be pretty busy with that until game time.