Wings v. Sharks Do Battle Tonight at the Joe

Posted by Bob Biscigliano in , ,

Three out of the four articles I read this morning about the Detroit Red Wings match up with the Western Conference leading San Jose card-Sharks dealt primarily with "the return of Claude Lemieux to the Joe." What those people don't understand is those articles are just feeding the frenzy that San Jose had in mind when they signed this aging, wrinkly turtle. I'm sure he was signed because they wanted everyone to be so caught up with the idea that "oh my gosh, put your kids to bed early tonight, Claude Lemieux is coming to town;" and in turn, have it annoy the crap out of the Wings so they can't focus on the fact that two perennial teams in the league are about to have an ol' school hockey battle tonight.

So get it out of your systems now, fans. Watch this video one more time to feel good about the fact that Lemieux is our bitch and never speak of him again. Do not let him distract us from the task at hand.

This game is very big tonight. It's one that could very well play a role in determining home ice for the playoffs (not to mention the enormous, "we have your number" bragging points that are at stake and will certainly loom over both teams when they presumably face eachother in the playoffs). Five points separate the two atop the Western Conference standings. With 20 games left in the season, it'll come to the wire. Therefore, this game is as important.

Ty Conklin will be in net, hoping to do a much better job at preventing pucks from crossing the line than Jimmy Howard did last game (Howard's first start this season--he gave up five in doing his best Goldberg impression). The Wings are 2-2-1 in their last five games following a six game winning streak. Wings have lost the last two games against Sharks this season, after murdering them 6-0 in the initial meeting.

The game is at 7:30 PM EST. Bring your Octopi, your spears, and get your throwing arm stretched out nice and good!

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