Wings Losses Keep Twisting the Knife

I was ready to write about how the Red Wings played about as good of a game as you could expect in a 1-0 loss and then I saw that Dan Cleary suffered an “upper body injury” late in tonight’s game.

Of course he did. That’s how the Wings do it this year. It’s either a soul-crushing blowout, something controversial, or someone got hurt. Their last seven regulation losses, in reverse chronological order:

12/9 – Cleary hurt in 1-0 loss to St. Louis.
12/3 – 4-1 loss to Edmonton in which the Wings has nothing going.
11/27 – Shutout by Calgary, two goals called back
11/25 – Shutout by Atlanta
11/23 – 3-1 loss to Nashville. This one might not fit those three categories.
11/18 – 3-1 loss to Dallas. Brad May‘s “no goal.”
11/7 – 5-1 loss in Toronto. A blowout in which Jason Williams was hurt.

Unless you count the Nashville game, which I don’t but I recognize some would, every single one of those has something about it that twists the knife in just the right way to make you forget about anything good from the game.

Red Wings – Stars Pregame Notes

Aaron Downey returns to the Red Wings lineup tonight as Detroit hosts the Dallas Stars. Downey has spent the entire season thus far with the Grand Rapids Griffins but was called up with Ville Leino today when Brad Stuart was placed on the long-term IR.

Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom also return to the ice, having served their suspensions.

The Wings will be without Henrik Zetterberg, whose back spasms have continued. Downey takes his spot in the lineup instead of Derek Meech being shifted to forward again. Meech joins Leino as a healthy scratch.

Chris Osgood gets another start in the Detroit net.

Marty Turco will go for Dallas, who will be without Mark Parrish (flu) and Fabian Brunnstrom (AHL conditioning stint) in addition to long-term injuries Brenden Morrow and Sergei Zubov.

I’ll be missing the start of this one as I’ve got another 7:30 soccer game. I’ll catch up when I get back.