That's almost as bad as that loser blogger in Phoenix that two years in a row BEGGED Wings fans not to wear red during the Coyote's "White Out" games at home. I say almost, because at least this campaign will donate the traded in jerseys to a Detroit charity.
They will probably get some people who take advantage of the deal, but I'm not sure any of them are truly "committing to the Predators". I've got more than a few spare jerseys, and if I had any kind of interest in the Nashville franchise, I might be tempted to take advantage.
Red Wings forward Dan Cleary may only be at 50% due to his troublesome left knee, but he’s completely committed to being in the lineup for the playoffs.
Cleary practiced today after missing the final two games of the regular season. It was clear he was still in pain. “Yeah,” Cleary said. “Nothing I can really do. The rest helps a lot to bring down the swelling, but once you get back on the ice, it’s pretty sore.”
Cleary said he takes pain medication when he plays, but not when he practices.
“I’m going to play for sure,” Cleary said. “When you practice, there’s no pain reliever involved. It feels a little better in the game.”
How effective can he be?
“Mentally, I’m just going to have to find a way to get through it,” Cleary said. “Do the best I can and try to contribute. Try to be a factor.”
When asked to put a percentage on his health, he said “50 (percent) probably.”.. (read article for rest of the story)
The Red Wings roll into Nationwide Arena riding a 2 game winning streak, while Columbus has lost 2 in a row, and 7 of their last 10. Detroit currently holds the 4th seed in the Western Conference with 97 points, 1 point ahead of idle Nasvhille, with 1 game in hand over the Predators. Columbus is currently dead last in the entire league at 55 points, and they hold a 48.2% chance of the 1st pick in the Draft Lottery, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.
Detroit clinched a playoff spot with their most recent win, a 7-2 skills contest over the same Blue Jackets on Monday March 26th. It is the 21st straight trip to the playoffs for the Red Wings, which means that playoff streak is now old enough to buy an alcoholic beverage. Cheers!
A few injury & lineup updates for tonight's game, courtesy of MLive's Ansar Khan...
Ericsson said he is playing tonight. He's been out since Feb 25 with fractured wrist. Kindl is out
(Babcock) confirmed that Howard not playing tonight and reiterated there is no way he will play Friday vs. Nashville
Franzen, back after missing 4 games, will play on line with Datsyuk and Bertuzzi. Nyquist will play with Emmerton and Holmstrom
For your viewing pleasure, highlights from the last time the Wings visited Nationwide Arena, Feb 28th 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXqqy-OLjqY
And finally, for this day in Red Wings History. March 28th, 1950, Gordie Howe suffered a skull fracture when he’s accidentally checked into the boards during Game 1 of the semifinal series with Toronto at Olympia Stadium.
(Jedi I dig the firefly signature, excellent show )
Thanks! My avatar is Firefly related too. Always wish there was more of that show, but I'd be really hesitant to see it brought back. It could be great, or it could go down the toilet. Probably best to keep it as is, so as not to tarnish it's reputation. Plus, they wrapped up almost everything pretty neatly with Serenity.