Detroit Red Wings: Clipped Wings Can’t Keep Collecting Casualties
Surely everyone remembers last season, where Detroit was struggling all through the season, mainly due to injury, and then after the Olympic break, we managed to put together some excellent form and pile into the Playoffs?
What I would give for an Olympic break right now.
We’re really battered with injuries and are beginning to struggle because of it. 6 of our last 11 games have gone to OT, Detroit winning 4 of them (including 2 shootout wins in 2 nights).
Currently the injury list looks like:
I mean that’s bad right there. You’re looking at what is easily a first forward line of Datsyuk, Cleary and Holmstrom, and then both your goalies, plus your best penalty killer and, uhmm, Mike Modano.
Since my last blog, we’re 9-5-3 (21 points from a possible 34), which looks ok, until you remember how hard we had to fight to get those points. 5 of those wins came in OT or SO, so we’re hanging on until the bitter end to get the points. When you’re playing your 3rd string goalie, and your 4th string is sat on the bench, looking terrified, and about 12 years old, you begin to cringe at every goalie interference, every time MacDonald dives to cover the puck inbetween multiple skates, and every time someone is shoved over around the crease.
Equally, our 3rd and 4th lines are being filled with guys from Grand Rapids. Mursak has been great, and is up there with Darren Helm in terms of speed. Tater seems to be a bit more laid back, but tends to be everywhere on the ice. When his shift ends he looks thoroughly shattered, which is what you would hope. The guys puts everything in to play the best he can, and nobody can ask more from him than that. Kindl also seems to be making the step up on a regular basis and doesn’t look out of place. He and Salei look to be to be forming a pretty decent 3rd defensive pairing.
Please guys, wrap yourselves in cotton wool, or whatever it is you need to do to make sure nobody else gets injured. Any more injuries as even Grand Rapids might start to look depleted!
Tomorrow night we play St Louis, who are buoyed by the return of T J Oshie off long term injury. Let’s hope his return is not a particularly happy one!