Due to an insane amount of travel for work I haven't actually been able to watch a single Red Wings game since what seems like 1985, in reality I haven't watched since the 2-1 win over the Sharks back on February 28th. It sounds like I didn't miss much. The Wings have been trapped in some alternate version of 2013 where Dan Cleary and Justin Abdelkader are considered top 6 forwards.
Lets kick it up to 88 mph after the jump for all the goodies.
Nyquist has been recalled, and Tatar sent down. I know this seems a bit odd since Tatar was one of the Wings more consistent forwards over the last 16 or so games, but when you hear the explanation for the swap it's not all that bad. Tatar was sent back because there isn't space in the power play for him. Why? Because Filppula is back. Well, hes back if the morning skate doesn't give him any setbacks. That means the top line will consist of Filppula, Zetterberg and Brunner.
More good news in the Nyquist saga! He has been practicing on the 2nd line with Datsyuk and Franzen. The top 6 looks pretty dangerous all of the sudden right? I wonder how he convinced Babcock to give him the chance he deserves? Was it that he was leading the AHL in scoring, or did he go back in time and convince mama and papa Babcock to go easy on him?
Even better news! Helm is eyeing a March 20th return date. If you are counting, as I am, that's only 3 games away. A top 6 that can score, a bottom 6 with speed and energy. This is the Red Wings we all know.
14 of the next 22 games will be on the road, which by all accounts will not be easy. This is a time for the team to bond, and really gel as a group. So as
DMC-12 Red Bird 3 gets its engines roaring just remember...
Where were going we don't need roads...
This Movie poster is by far my favorite. When I have room in my next house i'm going to have to line the basement walls with a this and a few others.
What's our road PP% like this year? That's what worries me most. I understand sending Tatar down (though I don't think Fil deserves a spot on the PP or really even team the way he's played every year with us except last year), but I don't understand why Nyquist gets into the Top 6 where Tatar didn't but oh well. LGRW!
Can someone refresh my memory, what were our top two lines before all the injuries. I know Brunner & Z were together and Bert & Pav, but who where were Fil and Franzen?
Also, THANK JESUS, NO MORE CLEARY AND ABDELKADER WITH DATSYUK. I'm popping champagne tonight, baby!
Paulette, I'm so glad you like it. I thought of you when I started it. Much love from the D. -Josh P.S., See you two in a few weeks in GR. I will be there on the 22nd.
After posting this I see that Howard is out with the flu and Ian White didn't even skate. Could be injured, could be awaiting a trade. Not likely just a healthy scratch if he didn't skate.
@marti783 Pav must be the most elated player in the NHL today.
@Jordan_Reis Oh my! I didn't even see that. Went on lunch almost immediately.
Holland says he has the day off. Not sure why you need the day off on a game day against a former team when you've only played 1 of the last 7 games. Sounds a bit fishy.