As you probably know by now, Detroit has decided to keep the line-up the same as it has been despite the third line’s struggles. Here’s our lines for the night:
Ericsson (out, back)
I think we should try moving Kindl with Stewy or Lidstrom. In fact, time with Nick would probably be good for the kid, would probably let him relax a little out there. Howard in net again tonight, but I expect to see Osgood in net Saturday (after which, there is another 3 day break until Wednesday…wow.)
Phoenix’s lineup looks something like this:
Ray Whitney-Eric Belanger-Shane Doan
Taylor Pyatt-Vernon Fiddler-Lee Stempniak
Lauri Korpikoski-Andrew Ebbett-Radim Vrbata
Ed Jovanovski-Sami Lepisto
Keith Yandle, Derek Morris
Adrian Aucoin-Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Ilya Bryzgalov (expected to start)
Looking at that lineup, it sure is good to be a Wings fan right? Hard to really be too confident with Eric Belanger as your #2 center. Still, Ilya Bryzgalov scares me a little and he’s my fantasy goalie, so I hope the Wings win 2-0 with three million shots. Still, I’ll take a night where we don’t have to deal with Hudler and Modano looking more out of place than that tampon advertisement that keeps popping up on this page.
Bold Prediction: Cleary gets a goal tonight but the third line finishes with a +/- of 0.