i'm gonna totally throw everybody off by posting almost a full twenty-four hours before game time, but i've hardly slept and my buddy is flying IN FROM toronto at *ahem* 3am (which means by the time we've had a few beers and caught up, i'll probably spend most of tomorrow in bed).
what was i talking about ?
ohyeah. hardly slept...
which explains the little hiccup above that threw off MG ;)
so, presumeably, tomorrow will be the grand unveiling of our saviour, jim vandermeer (MAN i want to refer to him as 'van der sloot', the dutch aruban dude who supposedly killed that american girl...... the newest flame is a phenomenal nickname just WAITING to happen.... buuuuut i digress). i'm very curious to see where he fits into the chart, and curious to almost the same degree if keenan will start him against the wings....
the redwings, themselves, are a bit of a quandary, of late. a third of their losses, this season, have come in the past ten games and the downward spiral does not appear to be anywere near over, with the losses of hasek, cleary, rafalski and kronwall in about the same time frame. and, as though some NHL force is trying to even out the good fortune that's been going on in the motor city, they get an extra kick in the teeth by having their captain and leader, nick lidstrom, sitting in the pressbox with a sprained MCL.
my POINT is that i'm really not sure who's gonna play for either team on friday. the 'wings will have to ice a bunch of guys from the grand rapids griffins, while any of eriksson, warrener, vandermeer, boyd, primeau, nilson, godard, smith could suit up for the flames. and these two statements insinuate that i have no idea whatsoever who will win the game.... i mean, who would you pick ? the grand rapids griffins or a skeleton crew of mostly role-playing barrel-scrapers ?
hmph. tough call.
i'd LOVE to see vandermeer dress [mostly because it'll be nice to have a #4, which was left vacated by the departures of both hamrlik and leopold] in lieu of warrener. i'm far too lazy tonight to look into which point he plays, but we all know dion can play either.....
this is totally unfinished but man, i have to sleep now.