Abel to Yzerman
Hooray for matinee games.
My second favorite team in all of hockey is the Montreal Canadiens.
I was probably attracted to them because of the way Dann Gallivan called the game.
OK, enough memories, time for the big game tonight.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict a hockey game between two teams.
Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press states...
It’s too early for panic with the Wings currently fighting for one of the two conference wild-card playoff berths in the new league realignment. But it isn’t too soon for genuine concern because their absurd rash of injuries doesn’t fully explain the unevenness of effort and execution.
Face it. The Wings are an average team. If they were fully healthy, they would remain an average team — incapable of advancing beyond the second round of the playoffs the past four years. They haven’t been a serious Stanley Cup contender since their Game 7 loss to Pittsburgh in the 2009 Stanley Cup final. But they still cling to the perception that they remain reasonably close to the hockey elite.
It’s especially frustrating for the Wings because Chicago is a reminder of what they once were — fast, deep, hoggish with the puck and shrewdly opportunistic in decisions made on and off the ice. But the roles have reversed.
Perhaps it’s time the Wings follow the Blackhawks’ blueprint and trust their youth more instead of thinking of them as merely a stopgap until many of the veterans return from their assorted aches and pains. Half of the roster has missed 20% of the games this season. Only Drew Miller and Kyle Quincey have played in every game. Nyquist, Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco comprised half of their top-six forwards against the Blackhawks.
I question Sharp and wonder if he even know what the Blackhawks' blueprint is? Lose badly for at least five years, draft high and hope the picks work out.
Last year proved the Wings know how to beat the Blackhawks, can they do it again tonight?
Yes Detroit is devastated by injuries but the game must be played so why not play a perfect game and come out with two points?
Big game needed from Zetterberg, Gustavsson and others.
Would be nice to see Bertuzzi score and Ericsson play like he hasn't missed a game.
The Wings should be tired of losing right now, just like most of us are.
What's this about a "rivalry?"
First off, I could use whatever you folks are drinking tonight.
One of each would be just fine, just overnight it!
It feels like ages ago since we faced the Blues and things have changed.
The Wings are barely treading water while the Blues have grown up to become a team to deal with this season.
But none of this matters tonight and all we can ask of this winged-wheel team is keep delivering the effort.
Helm should help, but once again, it is all on Jimmy.
Deal with those cross-ice passes the Blues like to make and maybe, just maybe, we can start this stretch of home games at 2-0.
Well this should be a fun one...
It's all on Jimmy again tonight.
Scoring has been a huge issue of late and until some of the injured return, it is going to stay that way.
So, it's all about Howard again.
Also expect the Kings to be even more physical this time around especially since the power-play of the Wings has not been good of late.
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