Joke committee is a joke.
The Red Wings play the Bruins in Boston at 7:00 (NBC Sports Network). Pivotal game, this is. If the Red Wings win, they're in the playoffs. The Red Wings currently have 93 points and the Bruins have 91. After tonight's game, both teams have just one more (our last game is at the Rangers on Saturday). We're currently the 7 seed and Philadelphia is the 8. Even an overtime loss is helpful for the Red Wings, but a win will seal the deal. Getting one point tonight will put much more pressure on them to win Saturday and that will be a tough game, especially considering the Rangers are still playing for seeding.
The Pistons won a road game just now and probably guaranteed themselves a spot in the playoffs. The Tigers won despite giving up a run in the bottom of the 9th (shocker, I know). And the Wings are up 2-0 on the Flyers in the 2nd with Howard in goal and the Wings also tallying a short-handed goal. A win in that game is practically a lock on the playoffs as well.
Not a bad night so far, hope the Wings hold on for the 'W'.
Let's Go, Red Wings.
The Flint Firebirds saga has been well documented during the year but for now it has come to an end.
The franchise is in its first year after moving from Plymouth. Early in the season the entire team quit after the owner fired the entire coaching staff over his son's ice time. The coaching staff was re-hired, only to be fired a few months later.
Now the OHL has stepped in and suspended the owner for five years with the league taking over the team. They'll also lose a 1st round pick in Saturday's draft and have to pay a fine.
Three teams tied in the East at 91 points - Wings, Boston, Philly.
Wings/Boston are fighting for automatic 3rd place bid. All three are fighting for the last wildcard spot behind NY Islanders with 97 points.
We have a game in hand over Boston.
The wings play Philly at home tonight and Boston on the road tomorrow, NY Rangers on Sat.
If we beat Boston tomorrow, we only need to pick up one more point (a tie with Philly or NY) to have 94 points and Boston could only pickup 2 points vs Ottawa - we lock up 3rd place.
If we lose to Boston tomorrow, we would have to win tonight vs Philly and on the road vs the Rangers to have a chance to tie Boston.
Beating Boston is a must - do you save the best goalie for tomorrow? Or play him twice?
Former Michigan hockey player Andrew Cogliano just became only the 2nd player in NHL history to start his career with 700 consecutive games played. This means that in his entire career to date he has never missed a game due to injury (knock on wood) nor been a healthy scratch.
He has a ways to go to become number one all time though. Doug Jarvis played in the first 924 games of his career back in the 70s/80s.