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Red Wings Physio Earns His Money

Detroit Red WingsAny hope we may have had that the Wings were about to start their charge to the higher reaches of the table, have now been swept away. Our form is back to it’s on/off frustration, and we’ve now lost Kronwall for up to 8 weeks with a knee injury, thanks to a George Laraque ‘trip’. Montreal called it an accident. Detroit called it dirty play.

The queue for the treatment table must be getting ridiculous now. Lilja has been concussed since last season. I have this image of him wandering around the Joe Louis Arena, bumping into chairs and peeing in cupboards, before some people in white take him by the arm, tell him everything is alright, and slowly lead him away for a lie down. Franzen is still out with ligament injury, Filppula with a broken wrist and Williams has leg injuries. I mean, come on. Our forwards for the first 3 lines are cut from 9 to 6, with Bertuzzi (who still seems to be a bit too quiet for my liking), Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Holmstrom, Cleary and Helm the only boys fit. Now I’m no accountant, but I can tell you that that 6 players, cannot fill 3 lines of forwards. We’re relying heavily on players such as Eaves, Leino, and Abdelkader. Unfortunately, these guys are just not causing the opposition as much trouble as they should be, and we’re paying for it.

With the loss of 1 of our 2 big open-ice hitters, Brad Stuart is going to have to start throwing his weight around more than normal if he’s to keep the 2nd line of defencemen as strong as they should be. Don’t get me wrong, I love having Lidstrom and Rafalski out there against the top opposition forwards, but their skill and poke-checking abilities just doesn’t get the heart going like a huge hip check. When was the last time you saw Nick Lidstrom flatten someone? I’m not saying he needs to, but that huge hit that Kronwall made on Martin Havlat in last season’s playoffs dramatically shifted the game’s momentum, and in Detroit’s favour. Not many forwards will get past Lidstrom and Rafalski. Not many forwards will survive Kronwall and Stuart.

The Wings were 7-2-1 in their last 10 games, but Nashville had won 5 in a row, and looked slick, fast, and confident. They deserved the win, there’s no doubt, and unfortunately Osgood looked too shaky. Both he and Howard are now very similar in stats, and despite our recent run of good form, those stats aren’t pretty.

Big props to 6’5” Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne who held firm in the 3rd, even though the Wings outshot the Preds 16-4.

Hopefully the staff at the Joe won’t do to our injured guys what my old sports teacher used to do to me and my schoolmates. If you were injured and it was your fault (challenged when you shouldn’t have done, mistimed a tackle etc), then it was punishable by training with no shirt on. Somehow I think we’d then have the players off for longer, with acute ice-burn.

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3 comments for “Red Wings Physio Earns His Money”

  1. The Red Wings and Penguins are experiencing the same pain. Pittpen wrote about his team’s woes here. You gotta figure since both your teams went to the finals back-to-back years that the lack of rest was going to have an effect. Going to the finals basically cuts out about 1/3 of your offseason - that’s a lot of rest time to lose.

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | November 24, 2009, 11:02 am
  2. I do believe that, at least for the Penguins, that the short off-seasons these past two years certainly might have caused some of the injury woes. However, I also contribute the injuries to the fast paced game that Dan Bylsma has implemented.

    For the Pens, the injury front is finally starting to look better but there is no guarantee on how long that might last.

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | November 24, 2009, 11:20 am
  3. I feel your pain but not necessarily theirs. We finally got back 2 defensemen with lower body woes. It’s tough especially when it’s a guy or guys that the team really relies on. And I don’t want to even think what frost bite could do to a bare chest. YIKES!!

    Posted by PuckGalNo Gravatar | November 25, 2009, 11:49 pm

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