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Beat #8, Sit #8

Two out of four possible points over the weekend isn’t terrible, I guess.  Detroit’s schedule winged_wheelseems a little more screwed up than usual this season with West Coast trips ending on Long Island and playing a game in Dallas and then a game at home within 36 hours.

Speaking of that game in Dallas, I know it was a few days ago, but I feel like more should be said:

November 18th, 2009: Brad May finds the puck on his stick and shoots it into the net.  Ref calls it no goal.  The replay shows the puck crossed the line.  Over the net cam shows the puck crossed the line.  Reverse angle shows the puck crossed the line.  No goal.

January 16th, 2010: Steve Ott tries to slide a shootout attempt past Jimmy Howard; he doesn’t.  The ref calls no goal.  The replay shows that the puck was never across the line.  Over the net cam shows that the puck never crossed the line.  Reverse angle shows that the puck never crossed the line.  Goal.

Oh…and both of those scenarios just happened to be against the Dallas Stars oddly enough.  Your replay system is broken, Gary, please fix it.

Not really much to say about the Chicago game other than it was a pretty good entertaining game.  If Franzen and Kronwall were playing?  It might have turned out a little different.  Still, it was nice to Detroit let the kids from Chicago know that the team they shut out a few weeks ago is gone forever.

We have yet another chance to climb into the top eight in the Western Conference tonight against the Capitals.  That is, if Detroit wins and San Jose beats Los Angeles later tonight. 

Detroit hasn’t played too well in Verizon Center in recent past.  But they did handle the Caps way back on October 10th when Ovi and the boys came to the Joe.  They made Ovechkin look human and they won.  That, of course, was before Derek Meech was in the lineup.  Babcock would do well to make sure #23 or #5 in white is out on the ice when red #8 is on the prowl.

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