A lot can be said about the lackluster performance of our top players, our special teams, the tenacity of the Sharks, or the officiating. Those things aside, the Wings were 23 for 69 in the face off win percentage for game 2. That doesn’t even break 40%! Yzerman used to be our go to face off guy and we could count on him to win the defensive zone face off during a penalty kill or an offensive zone face off during the power play. In the past few years Draper filled that role and was there when we needed him. Sadly, he played just over 4 minutes in game 2 and the Wings that did play couldn’t win the face offs when we needed it the most.
Will the success or failure of game 3 rest heavily on the guy in the face off dot?