Instant analysis: Wings clearly miss Datsyuk

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Detroit right wing Luke Glendening can't watch as Boston celebrates a goal by Reilly Smith in the second period.

Chris McCosky: The Wings will happily take the point — kudos Jimmy Howard —but they continue to be offensively challenged. For the third straight game, they've mustered two goals in regulation. Despite some quality time spent in the Bruins zone, they only had 12 shots on goal through two periods. (They were outshot 34-18 in regulation.)

Some of the better scoring chances were generated by the fourth line. Luke Glendening had a breakaway chance and a point-blank shot off a two-on-one. They made it easy on Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, missing the net on a lot of quality opportunities, or making one too many passes.

Coach Mike Babcock began shuffling lines in the third period. He reunited Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and Riley Sheahan and they responded with a couple of good shifts. But no goal.

Interesting, too, that on three of the Wings' four power-play attempts, Babcock put out his second power-play unit first. Using Tatar and Sheahan up front instead of Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen. That second unit struggled to sustain pressure and it was the first unit that wound up scoring the power-play goal in the third (Nyquist).

Clearly, Babcock is in search mode, but the guy he is looking for – Pavel Datsyuk – is still unavailable.

Ted Kulfan: Whatever tweaks the Red Wings have made to their penalty kill, they're working. That's a perfect 10-for-10 this season after snuffing three Boston power plays tonight. The Red Wings appear more aggressive on the PK and challenging most everything. It's working.