The Wings will get Zetty and Cleary back tonight and that's gonna be huge. Ritola is sent back down to GR which is sad. Hopefully he can develop more there and come back full time a year or two from now. I really liked his stuff.
Lines (as per Khan(!)(you all know the adress so I can't be arsed to link it)):
Zetterberg -- Datsyuk -- Holmstrom
Bertuzzi -- Filppula -- Cleary
Draper -- Helm -- Eaves
Miller -- Abdelkader -- Maltby
Lidstrom -- Rafalski
Stuart -- Meech
Lebda -- Janik
The circus is back in town! And god damn, that fourth line should be called "The fast and annoying-line". I love it already. So I'm feeling good.
The Kings are 7th in the west with 43 games, 53 points and 25-15-3. They're 5 points ahead of the Wings with two more games played. They have won their last 3 games.
Jonathan Quick, the guy who stole Jimmah's spot. Fuckhead. Let's burn him tonight. His stats this season: 39 GP, 23-13-3, 2.56 GAA, .907 save %. And that guy deserved his olympic spot. Right... FUCK YOU everyone, STFU and die.
Leading the team in points is Kopitar with 42 points and surprisingly many vowels in his name considering that he's from a former Yugoslav country. He's followed by Doughty (my JJ pick for player I cover) with 32, Brown (28), Frolov (27), Smyth and Stoll (26 each). However Smyth has only played 28 games, due to injury. In goals Kopitar leads again with 17, Smyth has 12, Frolov 11 and Handzhus, Stoll and Simmonds have 10 each. Plus/minus leaders are Simmonds (+16), O'Donnell (+12), Stoll (+9) and Doughty (+8). On the other end of the scale we find Jack Johnson (-12) and Frolov (-10).
Keys to the game
- Jimmah has to show Quick who deserved that Team USA spot.
- Can the circus line make something amazing happen?
- How will the second line play?
- How many Kings player heads will explode because of the Wings fourth line?
- Will I manage to stay awake for the whole game?
And now, I bring you a song, from the same gig as the last one, which has the attitude that the Wings need to have tonight. (Fun fact: My profile pic is from this performance. Also, notice my rad Frank Zappa shirt):