Wings seek revenge from last year’s Blues beat down.
Quoting my pint sized co-writer Hannah, “March 30th, 2011 is a day that has been naturally blocked from my memory as a defense mechanism associated with post-traumatic stress.”
I unfortunately do not know if I will ever shake the night from my memory. The Blues came into Joe Louis and absolutely stomped the division leading Red Wings 10-3. The loss was the fifth in six games for Detroit, and left them leading the surging Predators by only 6 points. This game was nothing like the butt whopping by the Capitals early this season. Far worse.
It was brutal. Joey MacDonald was pulled for Thomas McCollum (making his debut due to injuries to Chris Osgood and Jimmy Howard) only to return back in the 3rd period after McCollum gave up an embarrassing third goal. Cam Janssen ended a 114 goalless streak. Lidstrom called the team’s play “awful” and the Detroit fans booed the Red Wings off the ice.
Summing up their frustration, “Thank God it’s over,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. “It looked like it was never going to end there for a while. It was unacceptable. Any way you look at it – more than a touchdown – it’s ugly.”
Flashing forward to this season, I recalled the long losing streak and how similar fans were reacting to the Red Wings struggles. I also remembered how last year ended, the Red Wings righting the ship, winning the division title, and erasing any doubt by sweeping the Phoenix Coyotes in the opening round of the playoffs.
Now let’s look at tonight’s chance at redemption.
RED WINGS (9-5-1) at BLUES (8-7-1) on FSD at 8pm EST
- The Blues have rebounded after a rough start under new coach Ken Hitchcock. They’ve collected points in all three of his games.
- The Red Wings hope to keep their second long win streak of the season alive.
- Ian White will be out 1-2 weeks with a broken cheekbone. He has 7 points and a +8 rating so far this season.
- Ericsson will take White’s place alongside captain Nicklas Lidstrom.
- Franzen is red hot, scoring 5 goals (2 GWG) over the past 4 games.
- Jason Arnott, who seems like he’s been in the league 30 years, has 9 points in 16 games this season.
- The Blues PP is scoring a terrible 10% of their chances.
- Detroit took the season series last year, 4-2