Nev and Shaman's posts were very interesting and spot on, and I haven't read too much here that I actually disagree with, but for me, Nyquist has given the team the emotional boost that it needed when Pav and Z went down. Kronner held them together as a team, and the Kid Line provided some much-needed spark, but without Nyquist, I think the season would have just folded.
It would have been easy to look at our injuries and feel that we had no one to lead us to the playoffs. It took a group effort to hang in there. Nyquist did what Z was doing (on-ice) at the beginning of the season, but when Z was out there doing it, he was doing it as the captain of a team that was struggling through some injuries. When Nyquist did it, he was doing it as a kid whose captain was out.
It doesn't diminish how important Z is to the team as the captain to say that he was doing what was expected as a captain, but when someone comes up from the minors and does it, that serves as inspiration for the rest of the team, and hopefully motivates the veterans to get going and the other youngsters to step up into a larger role.
He's not the one of the injured that will make or break things for us. Let him get better and start fresh next year. Then we'll have a chance to see him in a full season without injury and decide whether or not he's a bust.
Worst post of all time. If you are a true Red Wings fan there is no second favorite. As soon as the season is over you stop caring. No matter how much you like hockey.
If the Wings aren't on, I'll watch other games. Granted, this time of year it's usually a game that has an effect on the standings as far as the Wings are concerned, but I'll also watch the Wild because they're televised around here or the Jets just because they're there.
If someone wants to watch Wings and only Wings, that's certainly their prerogative, but to say that anyone who watches or follows another team isn't a true Wings fan is presumptuous and false.
Let's hope that yesterday's win doesn't make them over-confident. The Wild have been playing well. I was talking to a guy at the game yesterday and he said that he never under-estimates the Wings, but that everyone else thought that since we were so beat up that it would be a cake walk for the Wild to beat us.
I have to agree with GMR. Nothing like an impending court date to take your mind off work. Bert has seen his better days. He's not as bad as some people make him out to be, but we've seen from the Kid Line what an infusion of enthusiasm can do for a team.
With Bert out, Tootoo provides the snarl factor that Bert has been providing by default. It's been a long, hard season with all the injuries. Maybe a fresh body and pumped up attitude is what we need.