Ah, that's who I was forgetting! Backes! Brown, Backes, Callahan, et al. Love it.
What I really like about Wheeler, beyond the obvious, is that he's growing, progressing, pushing himself to be better and better. He has a scoring touch now that I don't think he had several seasons ago. He's worked on his intensity, he's become a good leader, and I think he's actually gotten faster, quicker. I believe he has the potential to be one of the best players in the league, and I'll be very surprised - and pissed - if he isn't there in Sochi. Also, I'd take back all the bad things I've ever said about Holland if he were to somehow land Wheeler in a trade.
Huh, for some reason I remember it as Sammy who broke Eaves' jaw. Who did?
2 points, but only 1 goal.
Oh, did they ultimately give Andy credit? It looked pretty clear on the replays that Tats didn't touch it. Either way, two goals in two games sounds more impressive than a goal and an assist. Who cares about facts.
Any team with Ryan Callahan and Dustin Brown on it is going to be pretty awesome.
I'm currently watching Winnipeg and Chicago and if Blake Wheeler isn't on team USA there's a problem. That guy is a serious beast. If Mantha turns out to be a Wheeler type forward I'd be thrilled. Dude is big, fast, and has a killer shot.
One of my favorite players. I've wanted him on the Wings for some time now.
Two goals in two games, playing on the third line. Not about to call him the second coming of Fedorov, but I think if he gets confident enough and really gets going, and then you add Nyquist and a healthy Helm - how sick is that bottom six?
Whatever you need, but it is time for people to realize that Abdelkader is much more important to this team than many want to acknowledge. You keep fooling yourself thinking he is easily replaced.
Any and every time I fantasize about blockbuster Red Wings trades, Abdelkader never really factors in. Not because I don't think any team would want him, but because I wouldn't want to give him up. It's a combination of him being good and the fact that we really don't have another guy like him. He's not one of a kind and sensational; there are other guys like him in the league. Some teams have more than one Abdelkader. But we only have one. So I feel he's very valuable to this team. He's the only guy who consistently mucks it up, gets his nose really dirty, crashes and bangs. And he's been generating chances for us lately, because he does what he does well.