Has been on the warpath since the first of the year. Brutal.
OT: New Drinking Game (Red Wings)
I'd play but I have work tomorrow, don't want to blackout.
Tom Izzo laughs at the so-called severity of the Wings injuries.
You just thunder struck me!
The Red Griffins pulled out a tough win. That's worth a drink.
Yep 11 players on the bench tonight were at Grand Rapids for the championship last year. Out of 20. 19 by the end of the night. The young guys are doing as well as could be expected.
who was injured?
Upper body. Didn't play 3rd.
I've never seen anything like this with the injuries, especially that we have lost all of our original starting centers.
Absolute must win tonight and they pulled it off. If its anything like the close of the season last year, this could be a fun playoff race. LGRW!
All of our original and then some. There's five centers injured right now.
I was going to say "top 5", but the (necessary) addition of Legwand changes that, plus Pavs and Z were playing on a line together...but yeah, 5. Crazy.
It is seriously becoming flat-out emotionally taxing to watch this team. Tough breaks. I'm hoping it means next year everyone's back and healthy most of the season and they can make one more run with Hank and Pav.
Man, there was a time not terribly long ago when the drinking games revolved around shorthanded goals and someone getting Kronwalled. There also used to be game, I believe, based on zoom-ins to Mike Babcock.
Watching from afar, this has been a rough season to follow. Still, if they make the playoffs this year they'll be a dangerous out, especially if a couple of these guys make it back.
2014!! has not hit the Red Wings yet.
I don't want anything to "hit" the red wings anymore...
For the first time since 2009, I am not calling for Ken Holland's head. I've had little complaints here and there, like not starting Tatar and Nyquist from day one. It is Cleary's fault he isn't in Philly. Sammy has been riding pine for being sucky. Which is awesome.
The injuries have decimated this team. But the guys from GR are doing everything they can to hold it together. These kids look NHL ready right now. Add in Pavel and Zetterberg, and this team is competing with Boston for the division. But whatever. Let's cross our fingers, and hope for the playoffs.
It's going to be entertaining as hell down the stretch here.
Justin Abdelkader (groin probably), Todd Bertuzzi (lower body), Tomas Jurco (ribs), Joakim Andersson (foot), Daniel Cleary (knee), Darren Helm (concussion), Pavel Datsyuk (zest), Henrik Zetterberg (back), Mikael Samuelsson (who cares), Jonas Gustavsson (groin), Stephen Weiss (groin) & holy shit this list is long.
Definitely in the playoffs? Yes. But competing for the Division? Eh.
That blueline is still pretty iffy
But who knows, maybe a fully healthy forward corp means we swing a trade for an Erhoff/Edler
Our blue line is iffy, correct. But the missing impact offensively & defensively from the forwards is a huge game changer IMO.
Also, with how often Howard/The Monster have been injured this season as well, neither one has been able to get into a rythym. That would make the defense look better too.
Add in a deadline deal for a defenseman instead of Legwand, and yeah. I could see us 5 points back of Boston instead of Toronto.
Part of it should not be a surprise. Bert has been breaking down slowly over the past couple years and Weiss has injury history. Cleary is old and frequently beaten up anyways.
But the rest of it is just bad luck. Helm continues to find ways to get hurt. But I guess we shouldnt' be surprised given his style of play. But yeah, just bad luck. I'd love to sneak in, but maybe an extra month or two of rest this summer wouldn't be the end of the world.
I can definitely see that mindset, but I do think getting a round of Lord Stanley's Playoff in would only speed the maturation of these numerous youngsters.