In the absence of Ribeiro, the Preds played Mike Fisher beside James Neal and Colin Wilson (the second line from last year) and moved Forsberg up to the top line. Calle Jarnkrok dropped to the third line, beside countrymen Pontus Aberg and Viktor Arvidsson. The third line played very selective minutes, and the top two lines were more effective.
Is this lightning in a bottle, or a recipe to get back in this series?
There are few different schools of thought with this. I'm paraphrasing our readers on Twitter and in the comment section with these scorching hot takes.
"Mike Ribeiro is a veteran who has been there before. Pontus Aberg has not."
This is true.
"Mike Ribeiro has the hockey personality of a basset hound; not good against San Jose who forces you to move."
"Mike Ribeiro makes a lot of things happen on the ice with Forsberg and Smith."
Both had excellent seasons beside Ribs... yes.