Last week was a busy week…I watched the Redwings beat the BLUES at the Joe, practiced with the Redwings Alumni, suffered a rib injury and attended a funeral for a good friend…
The Redwings beat the Blues 5-2 at the Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday. Missing five of their best players due to injuries, the hard-working Blues put up a good fight but their defensive strategy wasn’t good enough against the surging Wings. They ended the game with only a handful of scoring chances, certainly not good enough to beat the almighty Wings. In addition to missing offensive players such as Andy McDonald, TJ Oshie and David Perron, they lost their star defenseman Erik Johnson in the first period to what appeared to be a knee injury. Also out of their line-up were defencemen Alex Pietrangelo, Roman Polak (I really like this kid) and tough guy Cam Janssen.
The Blues have already played 9 players on recall from their farm team in Peoria. Adam Cracknell played in his first NHL game on Wednesday, Ian Cole played in his 8th and Chris Porter in his 25th. Tyson Strachan has very little experience on defense. That left them with only 2 experienced defencemen in that game, Brewer and Jackman. Coliacovo being the other young d’man.
Halak didn’t give the Blues the type of performance needed to win. He made some good saves but gave up goals that he should have had. I find him a bit deep in his net at times.
I like Ann Arbor’s Ian Cole. He’s a good skater, has good hands. Moves the puck well. He needs to work on his defensive game but he handled himself well for only his 9th NHL game and playing in front of family and friends.
The only Legitimate NHL players were Steen, Berglund, Backes and Boyes at forward. McClemment is an good role player on the bottom two lines. He just can’t score. The others are Jakcman and Brewer on defense and of course Halak in goal. When their injured players return, they have a good nucleus of players to make the playoffs.
On Thursday, I practiced with the Wings Alumni…at forward. I don’t like to play goal much anymore. It’s much more fun skating, shooting and passing. Unfortunately, I took a bad fall and suffered a rib injury, either a bruise or a hairline fracture. Just don’t make me laugh, sneeze or cough…Some of the players present were Tom Williams, Pat Peake, Ed Mio, Brian Smolinski, Joey Kocur who is the President of our Alumni.
We had a meeting following practice and honored our dear friend Randy Cozens who passed away last week-end. Randy showed a lot of courage during a long battle with cancer. I attended the funeral on Friday. Some of the Alumni present were Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Alex Delvecchio and Shawn Burr. Randy was a great hockey fan, he played goal for the Alumni and always demonstrated great generosity and willingness to do fundraisers for charity.
HAVE A GREAT CHRISTMAS!!!