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Are You Well Enough To Watch?

Bubba doesn’t feel well. He’s got the flu, a broken foot, an upper body issue and a back thing going on.  But he’s the picture of health compared to the Wings. 

Injuries: Detroit—Tomas Holmstrom (upper body), G Dominik Hasek (thigh), F Todd Bertuzzi (back), F Henrik Zetterberg (back), F Dan Cleary (knee), F Mikael Samuelsson (foot), F Tomas Kopecky (collarbone), out.

Nashville—F David Legwand (upper body), F Jason Arnott (flu-like symptoms), probable; F Peter Forsberg (upper body), doubtful; F Steve Sullivan (back), F Scott Hartnell (foot), out.

Can you recall a game this allegedly important with such a rash of injuries? Me either.


I say “allegedly” because I’m still not sold on just how important winning the Central is to the Wings.  Bubba? Oh, he wants it bad.  Terry Crisp has been rocking back and forth all day, sucking his thumb and speaking in tongues.  Wait, he’s speaking English as usual.  All 9 Nashville school children who could name a Pred player whose last name isn’t the Tennessee spelling of an Asian nation will receive free rabbit ears to watch the game tonite, and they’re pumped.

But, does that make it a vital win?  Nah.  Tied but down in the win column, down by four points, down by two points, second in the division, fourth in the conference, President’s Trophy…none of it matters and we all know it.  At least those of you in Detroit know it.

We’re more concerned with the injuries, the broken Wings if you will.  Tell me, which is more worrisome:  Zetterberg’s back, Hasek’s “thigh”, Bertuzzi’s back, Cleary’s knee, Holmstrom’s “upper body”, Kopecky’s collarbone, Samuelsson’s foot?  Take into account the severity of the injuries as well as the role of each player.  The easy choice would be Hasek’s “thigh”, especially considering Osgood’s mediocrity on Sunday.

But, Uncle Mike says he’s back on Sunday or sometime close to that.  He lies to us all the time though, so take that for what it is.

Myself?  Homer’s got me frowning a bit.  Obviously we can’t lose Zetterberg.  Cleary and Samuelsson we need back as soon as possible and Bertuzzi…well, that’s kind of icing on a big volcano of a cake.  But Homer’s the wild card, I believe.  I have to think Zetterberg would be in there IF THE PLAYOFFS STARTED TODAY, but they don’t (despite the world-stopping importance of tonite’s matchup), same with Hasek.  But any time Holmstrom has to sit, it worries me because he takes so much abuse that this must be fairly serious.

Back to tonite and your Grand Rapids Griffins. As George Malik pointed out this morning at Snapshots, we’re looking at a lineup with 8 recent AHL’ers:  Lebda, Filpulla, Hudler and Howard; plus Hussey, Ellis, Bootland and Langfeld. 

So despite Bubba’s ailments, a win tonite would be something to take note of if you’re a fan wearing a baby-poop colored jersey.  Even more so if Howard starts.  I haven’t seen any news of whether that’s the case or not.

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com