We’ve got about as much of a “must-win” as possible without being an elimination game on our hands tonight. A Detroit win brings the Red Wings back home tied in the series and with home-ice restored. A loss and they need three wins in a row to stay alive.
Even after getting a supremely lucky call to save them from overtime, the Ducks are still complaining about how evil and dirty the Red Wings are. Yawn.
Anaheim will be without defenseman James Wisniewski. Brett Festerling takes his spot on the Ducks’ blueline.
The Wings remain without Brian Rafalski and Kris Draper, who are pretty much gonna be cruxified if this season doesn’t end well and it turns out their injuries weren’t serious.
The game’s on Versus after the ‘Hawks and Canucks, which has just about no chance of ending before 10:30 so no one has any idea what will happen for those of us who don’t give a damn about that series.