Detroit Red Wings: Outstanding Ousting Of Oilers
Well, aren’t I just the happiest little bunny (or big bunny, as at 6’4” and 250lbs I’m neither little, nor bunny-like)?
If the Red Wings were an adjective, that adjective would be awesome. At 10-3-1, top of the Central Division, just a point behind LA, the Conference leaders, and a team that looks to be brimming with confidence and creativity, then it’s no wonder most Detroit fans have smiles as wide as Lake Michigan right now.
The win over Edmonton last night was particularly satisfying. Cleary has scored in the last 4 games and has points in the last 6, Lidstrom and Datsyuk have points in the last 10, all 9 of the top 3 lines forwards had at least a point against the Oilers, and both Datsyuk and Zetterberg are averaging over a point a game. Even those players who are struggling did themselves proud, with Modano getting an assist on Cleary’s 1st (we’ll ignore the saved Penalty Shot), and Hudler setting up Filpulla for the cheekiest goal I’ve seen all season.
If the season continues, then Hockeytown is in for a treat, but of course, it never really works out like that, and I’m sure that there will be problems along the way, just as every hockey fan knows their own team, I know Detroit have a habit of putting themselves under pressure. Maybe by losing to some bottom ranked teams, at crucial times, or maybe by picking up a collection of injuries, we always make it hard for ourselves, and so, whilst the going is good, I’m going to make the most of it.
Watch us now get beaten by Colorado on Saturday! Hockey fans are a superstitious bunch, and raving about your team’s good fortunes is bound to call a halt to any kind of good results, but still, I can’t say I’m not relishing each game.
Slightly noteworthy are the number of fighting majors. Detroit have 6 in 14 games. No big deal you might think, until you remember that we had just 19 in the whole of last season. We’ve gone from 1 every 4 games or so, to now one every other game (almost), we have however, given up some of the fewest penalty minutes, which can only be a good thing. Add to that a top 10 PK, and it’s not looking like you’re going to get much from a power-play against Detroit.
I’ll sign off finally, with this from a good friend of mine who is a Maple Leafs fan:
“Enjoy your victories, no matter how small, insignificant or early in the season they may be. We both know something will kick you in the nuts in the near future.”