Hey gang. I'm back to business as usual. I hope that everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday season and I do want to apologize again for my lack of posting during my vacation. I think that Chris did a good job of keeping you folks entertained during my absence. Hopefully, not too many of you have been scared away.
For those of you who care, my vacation in Arizona went splendidly. I ate a ton (had to get a membership at a local gym to try and keep the pounds off), I got engaged on New Year's Eve, and I had the pleasure of meeting up with Sullyosis (frequent Red Wings blog commentator/heck of a nice guy) and Jessie from Bingo Bango at Saturday's spanking of the Phoenix Coyotes. Made it home safe and sound last night and now I'm back to work.
Hopefully, the Red Wings will also get back to business. Here are the standings as of this morning...
We've still got a lot of work to do, boys. The good news: it's being reported that by the end of the month, only Franzen and Lilja will remain on our laundry list of injuries. The month of January should be a happy one with the return of Zetterberg, Cleary, Kronwall, Williams, and Ericsson.
The bad news is that it appears that Chris Osgood is starting to get a little whiney about his lack of playing. I suppose it was only a matter of time before the waiting for "STFU Ozzie" would turn into us saying "STFU, Ozzie" (see what I did there with the comma?) Howie's the man right now.
On another note, on my nice, cold, slippery drive in to work this morning I heard someone on NHL Home Ice say the following (which I am paraphrasing from memory):
"We have enough talent on this team that when certain players don't perform, we have others who can step in and cover for them"--Patrick Kane
Sounds like the Red Wings of last year doesn't it? Enjoy it while it lasts, Chicago. The 'Hawks are currently up 13 freaking points on us with Detroit only having one game in hand. Hopefully, the soldiers we have returning to the front line will help drive this run. But like I said before, we've still got a lot of work to do.