Tonight’s Lineup (12/17) vs Tampa Bay

From Khan(!) at mLive…

Well…The Namesake is missing another game tonight.  That certainly settles my inner-turmoil about whether to wear my Zetterberg “white A” Winter Classic Jersey or my new red #43.

*Sigh…oh well.  Here are the lines/pairings that skated together this morning:

Bertuzzi-Datsyuk-Holmstrom
Leino-Zetterberg-Eaves
Draper-Abdelkader-Miller
May-Newbury-Maltby

Lidstrom-Meech
Janik-Rafalski
Lebda-Stuart

Howard (starting)
Osgood

Now remember that D-pairings almost never stay that way throughout the whole game, so don’t throw anything at the computer when you see that Meech is paired with King Lidas.

Chris Osgood is 17-0-0 against Tampa Bay in his career so I’m a little puzzled as to why he isn’t starting.  Howie has been good, but it isn’t as if Osgood has been bad.  My guess is that Babcock is using the “Holmstrom motivation technique” in which you poke and prod one of your better players until he’s frothing at the mouth.  Maybe that’s what it’s going to take to get STFU Ozzie to come out and play earlier this year.

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