Here we go again! How will this injury decimated Wings team handle Hudler and the
hookers Flames? I dont' know the answer, but in the words of REO Speedwagon, we're...
"Ridin' the storm out, waitin' for the thaw out
On a full moon night in the Rocky Mountain winter.
My wine bottle's low, watching for the snow
I've been thinking lately of what I'm missing in the city.
And I'm not missing a thing
Watchin' the full moon crossing the range
Ridin' the storm out
Ridin' the storm out."
Hold on to your butts!
First, the good news...
- Captain Henrik Zetterberg skated with the team today for the first time in 2 weeks and Ken Holland said Zetterberg will be ready on December 28th "for sure".
- Justin Abdelkader has been free of any concussion symptons for 2 days now and said he feels fine and could return sometime in the next couple of games (probably the 28th)
- Danny DeKeyser said he may be ready to return as soon as Saturday when the Wings play in Toronto.
- Jimmy Howard is expected to return some time between December 31st and January 4th
Now the not so encouraging news:
- Gustav Nyquist is still listed as day-to-day but didn't skate today.
- Johan Franzen won't be ready until some time after Christmas break.
- Stephen Weiss will see a specialist in Philadelphia on Friday to determine if he needs surgery on his groin/abdominal region and "it doesn't appear he'll be skating any time soon"
- Darren Helm has been skating recently, but now has the flu. The only thing Helm seems unable to catch, is a break. :(
Summary of Injury news from Khan(!): Article here, please click on the link, thank you.
The Wings have injuries to 8 of their key players, and Jordin Tootoo was called up from Grand Rapids to play, while Mikael Samuelsson is a healthy scratch... And Samuelsson wept.
The Expected Red Wings Lineup
|Tomas Jurco||Pavel Datsyuk||Daniel Alfredsson|
|Drew Miller||Joakim Andersson||Tomas Tatar|
|Daniel Cleary||Luke Glendening||Patrick Eaves|
|Todd Bertuzzi||Riley Sheahan||Jordin Tootoo|
|Niklas Kronwall||Jonathan Ericsson|
|Kyle Quincey||Brendan Smith|
|Brian Lashoff||Jakub Kindl|
|Jonas Gustavsson (starting)|
More Power Please:
The top power play unite remains the same:
Tomas Jurco - Pavel Datsyuk - Todd Bertuzzi
NIklas Kronwall - Daniel Alfredsson
The second unit will have a couple changes: Sheahan will be up front for Patrick Eaves, who will take Mikael forever a healthy scratch Samuelsson's spot on the point.
Tomas Tatar - Riley Sheahan - Daniel Cleary
Jakub Kindl - Patrick Eaves
The Expected Flames Lineup
|Matt Stajan a coup in Calgary||Lee I cant' wash this St. Louis stench off me Stempniak|
||Sean Genghis Khan Monahan||Jiri I Want Uppy Hudler|
|Mike My Breathe Smells Like Calamari Cammalleri||Mikael Better Than Samuelsson Backlund||Davy Jones' Locker|
|Lance I have Two Testicles Bouma||Joe Out of Toronto and Into The Fire Colborne||Brian Thug Life McGrattan|
|TJ I Needed 3 Busses For My Fan Club Brodie|
|Mark Yeah I'm Captain... Wait, Of Which Team? Giordano||Ladislav I've Just Had An Apostrophe Smid|
|Shane I Fear The Tuzzi O' Brien||Chris May I Take Your Coat Butler|