"I don't think I was really slipping," Kampfer said. "I just don't think I was doing things with a sense of urgency as much as I was in the beginning stages. You sit back and realize that maybe when you try and make the outstanding play instead of the easy play, that's when your game starts going that way. I think that's what I was trying to do. I was trying to force things too much instead of playing the simple, easy way I was playing when I got up. That was one thing we talked about before the Detroit game to watch. We talked about it this morning as well."
It was Kampfer's first healthy scratch as an NHLer. It just so happened to come against his hometown club prior to his first pro game at Joe Louis Arena. Kampfer got the call the night before while spending time with his parents.
* Daniel Paille was one of the first players to arrive at the rink this morning. Paille is ready to go tonight after serving his four-game suspension. "Obviously I'll think about certain plays," Paille said when asked if he would change his approach following the suspension. "I'll try to stay physical, especially with the line I'm playing with now. That's how I have to play. I have to be aware of certain plays and try not to extend the arm out."