Monday, February 1, 2010

Red Wings vs. Sharks GP...

1. Are the Wings going to show up tomorrow, or is Jimmy going to be standing alone again?
2. What kind of impact will Homer’s return have on the offense?
3. Much has been made of the Wings’ lack of killer instinct this season. Blown chances, sitting back on leads, lack of intensity, you name it… Can the Wings for once look like a team that knows what it’s doing?
4. Two games ago, the problem was the defense. On Sunday, it was the offense. What part of their game is going to give us fits against San Jose?
5. The powerplay has been looking more functional lately, but it’s still not converting as regularly as we would like. While they boys are able to establish control and cycle in the zone, but the pucks just aren’t going in. Getting Homer back should help in that regard theoretically. Can they start to get that sorted out tonight?

LA just went on a 5-0 roadtrip and managed to pull away from the Wings. The Wings are on their own five-game trip right now. They’ve already dropped one point, but there’s absolutely no (logical) reason that they can’t win the rest of the games on the trip. If they’re serious about making the playoffs this year, now would be a really good time to show it.

On a non-hockey related note, because this is the most public forum to which I have easy access, I need to thank UofM Health Services. When I hurt my ankle last weekend, I was more worried about being able to pay for treatment than the actual injury. I somewhat grudgingly headed over to UHS (our free clinic for students), making the usual wisecracks about it being...well, UHS. They took x-rays there, but still couldn't tell if it was broken or not. The only way to know for sure was to do a CT scan, which I flat out told them I wouldn't/couldn't pay for. The next day, I got a call from their Managed Care department saying that they had found University funding to pay for me to have the scan done at the hospital here. The Rackham school here apparently runs an emergency medical fund for grad students, and while I hardly think my bum ankle qualifies as an emergency, I'm extremely grateful. Now that we know for sure that it's not broken, I can continue "cheating" by not using my crutches and not worry about making it worse. Anyway, the point of this story is that several people went out of their way last week to make sure that I got the best possible medical care, and they were really under no obligation to do so. Since I'll probably never meet any of them, thanking them here is the best that I can do. I've said it a million times before, but it really is great to be a Michigan Wolverine.

And now back to your regularly scheduled Red Wings nonsense...


  1. I can't even begin to tell you how proud I am of you.

    Your mom.

  2. You asked me why I was proud, and I thought I'd post it for everyone to see!

    I'm proud of you for recognizing what someone did for you, and the fact that they didn't have to do it. Sure, they should do everything they can, as we all should, but in an age where so many people think that they are owed something, I'm really proud of you for not being one of them.

    I love you,

    Your mom

    (And yes, I know that you're probably rolling your eyes at me and saying, "Mommmmmmm!")

  3. Just want to say, I've been reading your blog since October, and to be honest, I have no idea what GP stands for. I finally ventured a guess to myself last week that it might be "Game Plan" but really have no clue. Kind of feel like an idiot.

    Side note: We are one guy away from having both our PP units intact!

  4. Game preview I guess...

    Wow, that's really cool of the UofM. It also is a very good case for a European style health system where stuff like that would be free/very cheap [/european socialist pig]

  5. It means the Game Plan. The abbreviation comes from a line from some beloved former co-workers of mine. I think I mentioned it when I wrote the first one, and never bothered to explain it again. I kind of like acronyms, haha.

  6. Yeah Andy, you're so right.

    Hockey tickets and web hosting are things we should pay for ourselves, but health care should be paid for us by others.