An early Merry Christmas (or a happy whatever holiday you may be celebrating) to everyone out there. I figure I’ll get that out of the way since I’m unlikely to be posting again until Friday’s matchup in Nashville.
I’ll keep my thoughts on last night’s 4-1 win over St. Louis short.
Brad Stuart wasn’t one of the three stars of the game but he could have been. As George Malik pointed out, Stuart registered an assist, two hits, a blocked shot, and one shot in 17:49 of ice time. His strong play jumping up is what allowed Detroit’s third goal to happen.
Another unexpected strong play was Marian Hossa‘s hit on Jeff Woywitka, forcing the first of two turnovers that led to the Wings’ fourth goal.
Power play, even strength, shorthanded… The Red Wings were “on” in all situations and it showed. Aside from a few minutes early on, the Blues were never really in the game. The shots seem to show otherwise but they’re distorted by the high number of penalties called.
Chris Osgood will remain on the bench tonight as the Red Wings host the St. Louis Blues. The former Blue determined at today’s morning skate that his injured groin had healed enough that he would not need to be placed on long-term injured reserve.
“I should be ready to go after Christmas,” Osgood said. “Two more days (of rest), that’ll make it 10 days (since his last game), that’ll be perfect. It was just tight but I want it to be 100 percent so I know I won’t hurt it again for the rest of the year.”
Ty Conklin gets the start for Detroit as Jimmy Howard and Daniel Larsson remain with Grand Rapids.
The Blues are reeling, coming off a 6-3 loss to the Boston Bruins on Sunday. After that game, head coach Andy Murray called out several players by name, something that Bill over at A2Y has been celebrating all week. I won’t tempt fate quite as much as Bill is, I’ll just add to his list of videos with my oft-posted all-time favorite save.
Just a reminder, the Pistons are on tonight so the Wings have been shifted to FSN+. Check your local listings.