Against the Panthers on April 1, Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk slipped behind the Florida net. Normally when an offensive player goes there, he has two options — pass the puck in front to an open player or try a wraparound. For Datsyuk, neither existed. So in his creative, Picasso-like hockey mind, he tried to bank the puck off the head of Florida goaltender Scott Clemmensen. The play ultimately failed, but it was yet another reminder of the danger Datsyuk brings in the offensive zone. He can make plays out of nothing and score from anywhere between the blue line and the goal line and beyond. Datsyuk will be Detroit's main threat when the Predators begin their playoff series with the Red Wings on Wednesday at Bridgestone Arena.
Detroit Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk is Nashville Predators' nemesis
Tennessean | Apr 10