So is it doom and gloom? Many day that the Wings are done, and after that 4-0 loss the other night I can't say it's not tempting to jump on that bandwagon. Does losing DeKeyser hurt? Yup. Is Abby's ill fitting suspension going to cripple the team offensively? Probably not, but it still stings.
What's tonight going to bring us? I would hope its hellfire wrought down from the heavens where the hockey gods sit perched waiting to smite the sinful ducks. Kick Jimmy in the head... Charge Abdelkader head first into the boards... Break DK's thumb... We see how you play, and at some point you will pay.
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There are options for filling Abdelkader's spot on the top line. You probably won't like the choice Babs makes, but we didn't think Abby was a good choice up there at first either. Personally, I'd go with Bert. They need size on that line, and though he's not in game form he's grittier than Sammy.
It's going to have to be a better outing tonight if they don't want to go down 3-1. The last two series between these teams in 2007 & 09 the team down 2-1 went on to win the best of 7. The team flat out gave up Saturday.
Franzen set a playoff record on may 6th putting up 6 points (4 goals, 2 assists) in a 7-1 win vs the Sharks. My hope is that Franzen, Datsyuk and Z hit the gate on fire tonight.