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Morning Skate: Gooch Gone Wild

Hide yo kids, hide yo wife...

Because The Gooch has gone (to the) Wild.

This past summer we saw half of the underachieving Sharks roster shipped to Minnesota for half of their underachieving roster.  One of the prominent names send packing to the land of 10,000 lakes was none other that one of the biggest Wings killers in most recent memory, Devin "Divin'" Setoguchi. 

Gooch and his new best pal Dany Heatley are now living the dream in crazy spring break hotbed of Minneapolis/St. Paul.  When they're not partying with fellow athletes on Lake Minnetonka, they get together and go wild at big events like The Great Minnesota Get-Together and chase after butter sculptures of dairy princesses.  Afterwards, they'll get together with local Minnesota folk to watch replays of the Lions beating the Vikings and hang out at their favorite baseball watering hole while they watch the Twins' rival, the Tigers, play in the ALCS.  If I know one thing, it's that The Gooch does not miss the sunshine of San Jose.  


Hockey Wilderness is your SBNation Wild blog.

Puck drop is just after 8p ET


The Expected Lineup


Pavel Datsyuk -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Danny Cleary

Jiri Hudler -- Valtteri Filppula -- Johan Franzen

Justin Abdelkader -- Darren Helm -- Todd Bertuzzi

Tomas Holmstrom -- Drew Miller -- Cory Emmerton -- Patrick Eaves -- Fabian Brunnstrom


Nicklas Lidstrom -- Ian White

Niklas Kronwall -- Brad Stuart

Jakub Kindl -- Jonathan Ericsson


Jimmy Howard

Ty Conklin


Scratches:  The members of the top three lines remain the same, while the carousel on the fourth line continues.  Neither Emmerton or Miller have beens scratched yet and Brunnstrom is the only player yet to see action so far this season.  I can't imagine Eaves being scratched for the third time in four games.  We'll likely see Miller scratched and Eaves in, or both Miller/Emmerton scratched in favor of Eaves/Brunnstrom, or Homer scratched.  Uncle Mike likes to work in mysterious ways.

InjuriesMike Commodore (MCL) and Jan Mursak (ankle)

Suspensions: Brendan Smith



  • The Red Wings are 27-6-3-4 (W-L-T-OTL) all time against the Wild
  • The Gooch is good against the Wings.  In 11 career regular season games he has 5 goals.  In 12 career postseason games, he has 7 goals.  
  • Detroit is one of six teams without a power play goal this season.  Of the six teams without a PPG, the Wings have had the second most opportunities (16).  Columbus leads the way at 0-for-20 and the Ducks are third at 0-for-11.
  • Minnesota enters the game with a 2-1-1 record.  They defeated the powerhouse Oilers 2-1 in a skills competition on Thursday.


Prediction:  Wings win the game 3-1.  Another solid performance from Jimmy.  Setoguchi will score for the Wild.  Heatley will suck.  Datsyuk will be the first Wing to score more than one goal this season.  In fact, he'll score two in this game and he's the player of the game too.


Let's Go Red Wings.