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#1 YzerFan19

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Posted September 28, 2011 - 05:41 PM

The Red Wings are icing a pretty limited lineup tonight in Chicago as they take on the Blackhawks. Per Khan...

Abdelkader - Helm - Conner
Miller - Johnson - Eaves
Nyquist - Emmerton - Brunnstrom
Tatar - Andersson - Ferraro

Ericsson - Kindl
Janik - Smith
Ehrhardt - Commodore

Conklin
Pearce

I'd been told Eaves would be with Abdelkader and Helm but maybe Cleary's injury changed that.

With a lineup like that, don't expect the Wings to do much. But if you want to watch, you might be able to, this one is on Versus. 8:30 start time.

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Posted September 28, 2011 - 07:41 PM

Oh, hey, local blackout. f*cking Christ, Versus.

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Posted September 28, 2011 - 07:55 PM

There's a good game feed at http://www.ilemi.me/...roit-Red-Wings/ but it's bullsh*t to have to resort to that.

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Posted September 28, 2011 - 08:26 PM

Kane for the 'Hawks, Brunnstrom (PP) and Miller for the Wings. Mostly-Griffins looking good through a period.

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Posted September 28, 2011 - 08:39 PM

Brunnstrom with his second of the night, parked on the edge of the crease. Shortly after Conklin made a big stop. Griffin-Wings playing really well.

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Posted September 28, 2011 - 09:29 PM

Ooh, ugly hit by Brendan Smith. Hit to the head of Ben Smith, he's gonna be suspended for a few games.

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Posted September 28, 2011 - 10:56 PM

Well, let's do this in two parts.

The Good
Fabian Brunnstrom showed that he wants Jan Mursak's spot in the Detroit lineup. Two goals by being in the right place at the right time, keeping his stick on the ice, and having soft hands. Overall, a really strong effort.

Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar want it, too. They were all over the ice. I think either of them could take Mursak's spot, but it's Brunnstrom's to lose because he'll be harder to send down to Grand Rapids right now, having to clear waivers.

As I tweeted after the game, a youth-heavy Detroit lineup played a pretty solid 60 minutes. I'd go as far as to say that was the best pure effort the Wings have put forth this preseason. Not the results they've gotten in some of the games, but better effort.

The Bad
Brendan Smith's hit on Ben Smith. Brendan Shanahan is going to have something to say about that one.

There needs to be a suspension. It was a clear hit to the head, which is a Very Bad Thing in the NHL right now. I wouldn't be surprised if it's the rest of the preseason and three games. I could see it being more if Ben Smith has a lingering injury.

That said, I could also see it being less. Ben Smith is breaking in on goal and Brendan Smith lines up his hit. Ben Smith lets up, causing Brendan Smith to miss his intended hit and go straight into Ben Smith's head. That's one way of looking at it.

Either way, Brendan Smith screwed that hit up. Was it that he aimed high for a dirty play or that he failed to adjust and missed an intended clean hit? I'd like to think the latter but I don't like either option. If he was so close to making the NHL, he shouldn't be missing hit like that. If he's so dirty, he should be playing a more effective physical game in general.

For curiousity's sake, I'm looking forward to what punishment will be handed out and can only hope it won't hurt the Wings too much.




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