The Detroit Red Wings are now only 4 points behind Minnesota and Chicago for the top spot in the West with games at hand. If the Wings hadn't struggled for a stretch they would be well ahead of the pack by now, but the reality is they did slump, and they have struggled to stay consistent, so it is what it is. I for one am glad that they are getting this out of the way early rather than at the end of the year.
Follow me after the jump for some notes on tonight's game...
The last time these teams met it ended up ugly for Detroit. Tonight the Wings need to avenge that loss with a brilliant display from top to bottom. Ian White is back, Zetterberg and Datsyuk have hopefully returned to form and Bertuzzi cleared up his sinus troubles, which I hope makes him angry.
• Fabian Brunnstrom was sent back down to Grand Rapids and does not have to clear waivers this time.
• Brendan Smith is still with the team and could make his home debut tonight (rumor is that Kindl is a bit banged up)
• Pavel Datsyuk is currently tied with Reggie Leach for 232nd place in NHL history with 666 career points
• Johan Franzen has recorded 6G-7A-13P in his last 8 games played
• Nick Lidstrom will tie Steve Yzerman for 13th place in NHL history/3rd place in Detroit history for games played (1514)
• No Red Wing has scored a hat trick against the Flame since Brendan Shanahan score 4 goals on March 15th, 2001
Discuss: Mike Comodore seems to be the odd man out, and with the play of Brendan Smith could be pushed even further down the line in the press box. What do you think the Wings should do? Trade, Waive, Parise, Semin?
To be fair, if your not gonna use Commie, waive him. He'll ether go to Grand Rapids and play or he will be piked up by a team who will more then likely use him. Sucks because he is such an awesome person, but Id rather him be somewhere and playing then have him warm the press box.
I was hoping for some more grit out of Commie, i guess he hasn't played bad but he hasn't really stood out. I was hoping for big hits and attitude. But we got him for cheap and only for a year, I still think he was a good pick up. When more injuries stack up his value will really be known.
Me too, from what I knew and the impression that people gave when Detroit signed him he was supposed to come here angry and hitting everything in sight. He really hasn't had the opportunity, but this is Detroit. If they give you 6 minutes then make them the best 6 minutes of your life, then next time you may get 8 @JOHNxJOHN
I say we keep him around especially if Smith proves to be NHL ready for the playoffs. And the reason I say this is for 2 reasons:
1. Having 8 NHL defencemen for the playoffs is never a bad thing
2. If we do make a deal at the deadline, Ericsson could be a trade chip and still having Commie around as a 7th would be beneficial.
I like both of these statements, The depth we have at both ends with Commie and Smith as well as Brunnstrom and Nyquist is what wins championships. If one piece goes down we have a few more than capable replacements.@DetCapC19
Comodore has been a let down so far this season, I understand it's a relative small sample size, but those few games I haven't seen anything impressive, he seems content with being a warm body out there...
I was at a game and was close enough to see his face... the dude isn't happy right now. He seems pretty dejected in a way like he's trying his best. I remember him taking a penalty at a bad time and he looked so disappointed with the call. Perhaps it was just me, but I feel bad for him. He was super happy and proud to be a Wing in preseason.. not so much now. He's in ConklinLand currently. Not good, not bad, just not playing. @D.M.N
@moorecha @Josh Actually that's exactly what it means... We're only assuming he's out there trying his hardest and not happy, based on the fact we feel we know him from a summer of 140 character conversations. Imagine no twitter account is ever created, and all you have to go on is that half naked money pic, his stat row of goose eggs would have all chirping to keep Smith and Kindl in the lineup and let commie keep his million dollar chair in the pressbox.
@D.M.N @moorecha Pretty much. That's the crappiest part of getting to know a player is when they don't meet expectations. Oh well.
I'd love to see him at least get traded to someone who would use him if we aren't... then again, I'm trying to be a nice guy.