First I would like to extend a wish of Happy St. Patricks Day to all. Be safe, have fun, and enjoy the company of those around you (friends and/or family). Now it’s on to business as usual. It’s time to get into some hockey talk (specifically and mostly pertaining to the Detroit Red Wings of course).
Last time I checked the recent injury updates team captain Nicklaus Lidstrom is still a no go for tonight’s match up with the San Jose Sharks. There is also a strong possibility that Johann Franzen (the Mule) will be sidelined as well. However, Pavel Datsyuk is back tonight which is extremely exciting news for the team and of course the Red Wings‘ fans.
I am not sure how much actual ice time that he will be allotted at this point in time, but he’s back. Datsyuk has the capability to be a game changer at any moment on the ice.
Even if you’re not a fan of ice hockey, you could be flipping through the channels on television, catch a glimpse of this man’s skills from a Red Wings game that is being broadcast, and almost instantly become a fan.
He might not have the overall monstrous numbers that greats such as Gretzky, Lemieux, Yzerman have put up, but his skill is definitely top caliber. He is capable of pulling off maneuvers (both on offense and defense) that make you want to rewind it over and over again if you have a DVR.
As I mentioned earlier this guy is a game changer and the team is very pleased to be able to have him back on the ice tonight. Datsyuk was mentored early on in his career by such greats as: Igor Larionov, Sergei Fedorov, and of course Steve Yzerman.
In the past 20 years the Redwings’ veterans have done an outstanding job of mentoring the new talent that they have acquired through draft, trade, free agency, etc.
Datsyuk is now a veteran himself and there is no doubt that he has already been a mentor to some of Detroit‘s younger players. The superior precision that Datsyuk is able to perform on ice with both stick and skate are something to watch in absolute amazement.
I definitely feel blessed as a fan to get to see this guy perform and to know that he is making plays for my team (the Red Wings). Overall the Red Wings are of course struggling with injury issues still, but they should be able to overcome as they usually do.
As I mentioned in my previous article earlier this week, this is the time of year that is considered to be crunch time because of all the playoff implications that are on the line for many teams.
Fortunately Detroit had placed themselves in a great position with a record winning streak at home earlier this season. Tonight’s match-up against the San Jose Sharks makes me wish that I still had cable television so I could personally watch the game.
The past several years the Sharks vs Red Wings rivalry has been one any hockey fan shouldn’t miss. I think it was last year (or perhaps the year before that) where the Sharks had the Red Wings down three games to none in a best of seven playoff series, yet the Red Wings were able to come back and force a game seven. I was disappointed to see Detroit fall in the final game but the build up was something a true fan of any sport wishes for their team.
The Red Wings will have goaltender Jimmy Howard in net tonight as they faceoff against the Sharks. First drop of the puck is scheduled for 10:30 Eastern/7:30 Pacific Standard Time. Check your local listings to see whether or not the game will be televised in your area (if you are a resident of Michigan than of course you’ll have a better chance of viewing it than the rest of us).
Watching the Red Wings play makes me wanna put on a pair of skates and just simply play hockey. Hopefully their current losing streak is ended tonight and most of all Go Red Wings!
All sources used to obtain this information were sought out through various websites (NHL.com, ESPN.com, wikipedia.org, DetroitRedwings.com), and of course all opinions are of my own personal preference as a fan of the Detroit Red Wings.
Thank you for reading and stay tuned for a new article sometime early next week.