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Jinx on Franzen

Posted in 2011 NHL Playoffs, Detroit Red Wings with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2011 by davepoleck

So I do a little opinion piece on Franzen over Hossa earlier today and of course, that jinxes him to be a late scratch for tonight’s game. I’m sure he would be playing if the Wings weren’t up 3-0 right now, but any kind of injury for the Wings at this point is worrisome.

Modano Scratched Tonight

Posted in 2011 NHL Playoffs, Detroit Red Wings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2011 by davepoleck

Wow. The Wings will be sitting future Hall of Famer Mike Modano for tonight’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes. Modano has been lining up with Hudler and Filppula in practise since the season ended, but Drew Miller will slide in to that slot at game time. Niklas Kronwall will return, but Henrik Zetterberg has yet to skate. Here is their lineup:



Zetterberg Down; Wings Out?

Posted in Detroit Red Wings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2011 by davepoleck

I’ve been refraining from posting on this because thinking about it makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry, but Henrik Zetterberg will likely be missing some of the Wings’ first round series this year. Zetterberg is the Wings leading scorer this year with 80 points in 80 games, but even more painful is the fact that he is a former Conn Smythe winner and has accummulated 87 points in his last 85 playoff games. He is one of the players that defines stepping it up in the post season.

Combine his loss with the Wings being 6-6-5 since the beginning of March and that they’ll be playing a team that has essentially been in playoff mode for the last month, and I have to say that I don’t like the Wings’ chances. Continue reading

Franzen OK

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2010 by davepoleck

Pweph! When I saw that the first line of the game notes last night was not about the Wings getting smoked 5-1 against Pittsburgh, I knew something was up. Franzen suffered a charlie horse when he was hit by Pens defenseman Brooks Orpik. Last season, Franzen missed 55 games with a torn ACL after being kneed in the third game of the season.

Thankfully it looks like he will just need some rest to help ease the pain and should be back in the lineup soon. The Wings play tomorrow against Chicago, but will probably be starting a different set of forwards, including the line of Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Holmstrom and the defensive pairings of Lidstrom-Kronwal and Rafalski-Stuart.

ThereĀ are no highlights of that game so I chose the last good memory of the Wings from the 2009-10 playoffs.

Kronwall Ready For Camp

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on September 16, 2010 by davepoleck

Despite having arthroscopic surgery on his knee on August 31, Niklas Kronwall has said that he will not miss any time in camp. He will be ready to start scrimmaging when camp opens in Traverse City on Saturday.

This is big news for the Wings as Kronwall normally at least waits a few weeks into the season before getting injured; him starting off the season hurt would be a bad scenario. Kronwall’s presence puts an end to the thought that Brendan Smith might get some NHL time before heading down to Grand Rapids. Going into camp, the Wings already have seven defensemen likely to make the team. Likely to be on the outside looking in are Doug Janik, Derek Meech and Brendan Smith.


In celebration of this good news, here is one of the best hits and the worst calls from the 2009 NHL Playoffs; Kronwall knocking Havlat out for the series. I know he played again…..but he wasn’t there. Kronwall got a game misconduct for the hit.

Questionable for Game 1??

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 13, 2010 by davepoleck

I’m not sure why I put a question mark beside that, because he is questionable for game 1. He was hurt during Saturday’s game. That probably causes a little bit of concern for everyone who is picking Washington to win the Cup.

Oh God…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on March 31, 2010 by davepoleck

I just didn’t get a chance to post this earlier…but oh my god does this fall by Thornton look extremely awkward and painful. Skip to 55 seconds for the best view….IF YOU”RE MAN ENOUGH

March=The Month of Mule

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 9, 2010 by davepoleck

FINALLY…Johan Franzen is returning to the Wings’ lineup tonight against St. Louis. I am sure the first few games will be rusty, but since he is not playing in the Olympics, Franzen will be able to get back into game shape over that break (hopefully). When the Games are over, the power forward nicknamed the Mule will have a chance to build upon his already incredible tallies in the past two months of March.

2007-08: 13 games; 14 goals, 4 assists

2008-09: 13 games; 7 goals, 10 assists

Please don’t make this turn out to be a jinx…the Wings can’t afford it.

Uh Ohhhhhhh

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 9, 2010 by davepoleck

Ryan Getzlaf left last night’s game with a sprained ankle. For Team Canada’s sake, I hope it isn’t a similar high ankle sprain that has left so many people out for months over the past two years. If there are any side effects of this injury, you would have to think that Team Canada will have to find a replacement for Getzlaf; their first game is one week today. Possible replacements would be Jeff Carter or Martin St. Louis.

Bergeron Backfire

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 5, 2010 by davepoleck

Well that didn’t take long. Less than a week after being named to Team Canada, and a few hours after I posted saying someone would get hurt, Patrice Bergeron took a Dennis Wideman shot of his hand. Reports are saying that he could miss anywhere from 2-6 weeks. Obviously information this early is preliminary, but missing four weeks would put him back right before the Olympic break. If this injury lingers too close to that time, I would not surprised to see him replaced for the two week tournament. Even if he was back before the Games actually begin, missing time in the NHL means he would not in 100% game shape. There is no way Yzerman would want to take that risk.