12/20 :: Wings and Hawks renew acquaintances





WHAT’S ALL THIS THEN?

Sunday, December 20th. 7pm Eastern. Red Wings at Chicago. I’ll be hosting the Game Thread at Winging it in Motown. Stop by and say hello.
WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA?
1. Chris Osgood starts finally, and it’s an important one. We hope he has the fire.
2. Our first crack at Marian Hossa – who was injured the last time these teams met.
3. Games against division rivals are big – especially on the outside looking in.
NOW WHERE WERE WE?
The Wings and Hawks met last on October 8th. It was the first game in North America for the Wings this season, and also their first win.
WHAT’S HAPPENED SINCE THEN
Everyone and their mother has been placed on IR (yet, I haven’t received a call to fill in), and the Wings have struggled a bit. Lately, they’ve played better, but they’re still looking up at Chicago in the standings.
OH, HI AGAIN 
The Blackhawks famously have two former Red Wings: Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky. Kopecky has been a healthy scratch lately, but Marian Hossa has been on a pretty good run since returning from shoulder surgery.


MEMBA ME?! 
Likewise, the Red Wings have two former Blackhawks, but they’re both injured. Neither Dan Cleary nor Jason Williams will be available for this game against their former squad.

BEST NAME NOMINEE

Dustin Byfuglien. If anyone on the planet can tell me how that’s “BUFF-LIN,” it’d be greatly appreciated. Honorable mention to Niklas Hjalmarsson.

THEIR LAST GAMES
–Detroit lost to Dallas, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon.
–Chicago defeated Boston, 5-4, in a shootout on Friday night.
RECORDS
–Detroit Red Wings :: 18-12-5 (3rd in Central, 8th in West) :: 7-6-3 on the road.
–Chicago Blackhawks :: 22-8-3 (1st in Central, 1st in Wast) :: 15-3-1 at home.
BLACKHAWKS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Dave Bolland (injured) :: Marian Hossa :: Patrick Kane :: Helicopter Down :: John Madden :: Patrick Sharp :: Jonathan Toews :: Kris Versteeg :: Cam Barker :: Brian Campbell :: Duncan Keith :: Brent Seabrook
EXPECTED LINEUP
Bertuzzi — Datsyuk — Holmstrom
Leino — Abdelkader — Eaves
Draper — Helm — Miller
May — Newbury — Maltby
Lidstrom — Meech
Rafalski — Janik
Lebda — Stuart
Osgood (starts)
Howard

***Injuries
Andreas “Megatron” Lilja
Johan “Bumblebee” Franzen
Valtteri “Starscream” “Hot Rod” Filppula [courtesy good friend of TPL, Baroque]
Jason “Arcee” Williams
Niklas “Sideswipe” Kronwall
Dan “Ironhide” Cleary

Jonathan “Shockwave” Ericsson

Henrik “Soundwave” Zetterberg
QUICK THOUGHTS
1. Marian Hossa might want to shut Red Wings fans up real early — look for him to be on a tear.
2. Likewise, I assume some Red Wings would love to shut Marian Hossa up — look for Brad Stuart to go all KABOOMY on him.
3. This would be a great game for Chris Osgood to pull off a big win.
4. Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi connected against Dallas and had three points each. With all the injuries, it’s nice that somebody’s picking up the slack. Even if it includes Dumbass McGee.
5. Look for Justin Abdelkader to give more of an effort. I’m not used to not seeing him for sixty minutes.
WHAT WE LEARNED vs. the Stars
The Red Wings are not good at ping-pong. (Courtesy @goaliemom31)
HAWK WE COVET (JJ Special)
I made no secret that I wanted the Wings to take a run at John Madden this past off-season, but one could argue we have a lot of players in his mould. I’m a big fan of Dave Bolland and Patrick Sharp – at least when the latter isn’t spearing our captain in the nuts.

4 thoughts on “12/20 :: Wings and Hawks renew acquaintances”

  1. Filppula is NOT Starscream. Starscream was the Transformer in the cartoon I most wanted to kick in the nuts if he had any and I was wearing steel-toed boots.

    Hated Starscream. HATE.

  2. Aw man, I liked Starscream. He is, however, a cock (which Flip is not). It just seemed fitting to include "star" in Flip's nickname, he's so dreamy.

    Frankly, I'm surprised anyone actually reads those damn nicknames. I never get ANY love re: the research required for linking to Stevie Wonder songs HA!

    Now, I'm curious. Which Transformer is Flip? I will 100% change it upon your suggestion – and call it the Baroque Special.

  3. Flip could be Rodimus Prime. There's just something awesome about that name.

    I'd also take Sharp, the Destroyer of Nards, but Jonathan Toews will always and forever be at the top of that list. A young captain who wears #19 and performs his ass off night in and night out without whining? Yes. Please.

  4. Yup, I think Toews is – without question – the one you'd covet most, but I do try to keep it in the realm of possibility. Except when I go with Rick Nash because there aren't any other Blue Jackets worth talking about.

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