And Cleary makes six. Via Bruce MacLeod’s Twitter,
Dan Cleary has a separated shoulder and will be out four weeks. Ville Leino returns to the Red Wings lineup.
Son of a bitch. That means Lilja, Franzen, Filppula, Williams, Kronwall, and Cleary will all be out. At the same time. Ville Leino comes back into the regular lineup — equally son of a bitch. No word on whether Holland will hold steady with his “we’re going with what we have” company line.
A few minutes later, Bruce lets us know that Jimmy Howard will start AGAIN — Friday vs. Anaheim. What’s going on here? Is Howard actually positioning himself to be the de-facto starter? I know that’s stupid talk because no one will ever start over Chris Osgood for some reason, but this will be Howie’s third in a row and sixth of seven. That’s the kind of workload starting goaltenders have.