Weird bounces, Shea Weber slap shots, and blown defensive coverages - all things that Jimmy Howard has little to no control over.
Oh and how about that magic puck that got away from Datsyuk on the door step that would have put the game on ice? Pretty sure it was the same magic puck that Weber wristed...that's right....wristed from the point that took a hop over Howard's shoulder.
The hockey gods giveth and they taketh away...
More details after the jump (including some real news!)
The only problem is they tooketh from Datsyk and gaveth to Shea Webber last night...a double whammy for us Red Wings fans.
But those games will happen - like it or not. Here's how the standings shake out heading into tonight's action...
Let's see if two evils (Bruce Boudreau and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks) can keep us within three points of Chicago with two games in hand...it's not often that I root for the team that Emelio built. Regardless of how the Poultry do against Little Brother tonight - I seriously doubt that Chicago is going to be able to maintain the pace that they're on. The hockey gods of offense have been kind to the Hawks...but the gods of defense are getting pissed on account of neglect. And I suspect their spite will come raining down one of these days. Chicago is second in the league in terms of goals for but sits 12th in goals against. They've given up 28 more goals than Detroit has this season...28.
But back to in-house business. Justin Abdelkader is okay...relatively speaking. Abdelkader took a rocket off what appeared to be the ankle last night. But it appears to only be a bruise on his foot, according to the Detroit Free Press:
"It's sore. It's going to be sore, but it's just one of those things where there's always going to be bumps and bruises during a season." --Justin Abdelkader
As for the game against the Los Angeles Kings tomorrow...the force is strong with Abdelvader:
"I'll be ready. When you put your foot in the skate, sometimes it gets sore. That's all."
So the hockey gods gave us a loss, but didn't take away another player. It could have been worse.
I have a feeling the Hawks world will come crashing down on them around December 30th... They're a slump, injury and demoralizing defeat from the wings away from non contention. And I don't want to take anything away from the wonderful contributors here at NOHS, but I really hope you find more time to get some posts on here Drew... The standings board, the crude shops and the ever so slight jabs at everything not wings, make me nostalgic for why this site is my #1 bookmark.
Hey...the shops are only crude compared to most. @D.M.N
@NOHS Drew That's good... Real good... Cause let me tell you brother... The last thing you would want is a commenters suicide on your hands...