(Delayed) Morning Skate: Back to the grind

How do we go back  to watching the NHL after such an exceptional game yesterday between the Canadians and Americans? The show must go on though so let's get started.

  • Jimmy Howard will start in net against the Avalanche tonight. It'll be interesting to see how the goalies play after such a long break. There could be some rust on both sides but the Wings can't afford any rust.
  • Will Andreas Lilja make an appearance in the line-up? Lilja, as you all know, has been out since February of last year and finally shook the headaches.
  • On that same note, Kirk Maltby opted for shoulder surgery and in result freed up the cap space for Lilja to return. Maltby's tenacity on the PK will be missed for sure but it will give other guys a chance to step up and maybe even Lilja, given his shot blocking ability.
  • Tonight's game is the first of following the incredible Olympic play.
  • Colorado's top goal scorer: the rook, Matt Duchene with 20.
  • Craig Anderson will be in net for Colorado and the Wings know about his abilities with his great performance earlier in the year.
  • How will the play of Brian Rafalski in the Olympics translate to NHL play? Will he be able to keep up the torrid pace offensively?
  • The early exit by Team Sweden should benefit the Red Wings. The four players got some valuable playing time in but there's also a lot to say for the rest that they received.
  • The Red Wings need to make up serious ground in the Western Conference and as a reminder, 1 point behind Calgary and tied with Dallas for the 8 spot. That's not terrible in terms of points  but the keeping pace needs to start.
  • Johan Franzen played well in his early return before the Olympics. He really turned it on and looked great moving around. How will that continue in tonight's game?
  • Key match-up to watch when the Red Wings are on the attack: Johan Franzen's line.
  • Key match-up to watch when the Avalanche is attacking: Wojtek Wolski's line.
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Winging It In Motown

You must be a member of Winging It In Motown to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Winging It In Motown. You should read them.

Join Winging It In Motown

You must be a member of Winging It In Motown to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Winging It In Motown. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker