What’s that black guy doing near Huey Lewis?
WHAT’S ALL THIS THEN?
Each goal tonight is worth at least $20.90.
A win is worth at least $95.70.
WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA?
1. Son of a bitch, two points against the NHL’s worst would have been nice. Now the Wings are forced to play overachievers against a top three club.
2. Mikael Samuelsson, who is having a career year (the nets must be bigger in BC), is out for the next three weeks with a shoulder injury, so we won’t be seeing him tonight. Let’s hope the doctor has better aim with that scalpel than Sammy does from the point!
3. Vancouver has the third best home record in the league. So…ya know. Enjoy.
5. Colorado :: 86 pts (12 GR)
6. Los Angeles :: 85 pts (13 GR) [play the Islanders tonight]
7. Nashville :: 85 pts (11 GR) [play Columbus tonight]
8. Detroit :: 81 pts (12 GR)
9. Calgary :: 81 pts (11 GR)
NOW WHERE WERE WE?
The Wings and Nucks played earlier this month, meeting on the 3rd. The final score was 6-3 Vancouver, and Howard was yanked after 32 minutes (and four goals). Scoring for the good guys were Zetterberg, Franzen, and Williams.
OH, HI AGAIN / MEMBA ME?! / BEST NAME NOMINEE
THEIR LAST GAMES
–Detroit somehow lost to the Edmonton Taylor Halls, 3-2, in a shootout, last night.
–Vancouver beat San Jose (of COURSE they did), 3-2, on Thursday.
–Detroit Red Wings :: 34-23-13 (3rd in Central, 8th in West) :: 15-13-8 on the road.
–Vancouver Hockey-Stick-in-an-Ovals :: 44-24-3 (1st in Northwest, 3rd in West) :: 26-8-1 at home.
CANUCKS SHOULD KNOW
Cam Neely (way to go, Vancouver) :: Igor Larionov (way to go, Vancovuer) :: Mark Messier (way to go, Vancouver) :: Trevor Linden (way to go, Vancouver) :: Markus Naslund (way to go, Vancouver) :: Pavel Bure (way to go, Vancouver) :: Dan Cloutier (way to go, Vancouver)
Eaves is out with a cefalgia, and Jonathan Ericsson is supposedly being considered to suck at forward tonight instead of defense. To be fair, he was originally a center in Sweden, so maybe he’ll find his calling. Because he sure as hell hasn’t found it on the blueline. Naturally, I’d assume Brett Lebda will be back in on D.
Franzen — Datsyuk — Holmstrom
Filppula — Zetterberg — Cleary
Bertuzzi — Miller — Williams
Draper — Helm — Ericsson
Lidstrom — Rafalski
Kronwall — Stuart
Lebda — Lilja
Derek “Don’t Need Money” Meech
Derek “Don’t Take Fame” Meech
Derek “Don’t Need No Credit Card to Ride This Train” Meech
Tomas “Heart and Soul” Holmstrom
Jonathan “Hot Lovin’ Every Night” Ericsson
Todd “Stuck With You” Bertuzzi
Darren “Here, There, and Everywhere” Helm
Jimmy “It’s Hip to Be Square” Howard
Marian “DC, San Antone and the Liberty Town, Boston and Baton Rouge” Hossa
Bobby “I Want a New Drug” Probert
Brian “One That Won’t Make Me Sick” Rafalski
Sergei “One That Won’t Make Me Crash My Car” Fedorov
Niklas “Or Make Me Feel Three Feet Thick” Kronwall
1. Well, we’ve half buggered ourselves not picking up both points against the Oilers. The Wings have no choice but to get a win — regulation or not — tonight.
2. Pavel, Z, and Franzen are on notice. Two thirds of them have been playing well, but more should have come from all three last night.
3. Vancouver’s offense is second only to Washington, so expect lots of pucks. Jimmy Howard, starting for the 18th straight game, should be prepared to stop more (and better quality) opportunities than 24 hours ago.
4. Speaking of which, the blueline needs to step it up — not that they haven’t been effective, but a misstep tonight is likely a puck in the twine.
5. Missing Patrick Eaves hurts. He’s a top-notch shot blocker, a good penalty killer, and an excellent transition guy. Missing those tangibles, not to mention the energy and grinding, might show up against a strong team like Vancouver.
WHAT WE LEARNED against the Oilers
Long Island extends a lot further West and North than I thought it did.