As kids (and maybe some adults, I'm not trying to crush any dreams here) eagerly await the gifts provided by a jolly fat guy in a red and white suit, I thought of another group of guys in red and white that could make my Christmas especially joyous.
From Dec. 14 to Dec. 25, I will mimic the pattern of the 12 Days of Christmas song by asking for one thing on the first day, two things on the next day, and so on until Christmas.
But, as this is the season of giving, I'd love for all of you to give me your thoughts on what you'd like from the Red Wings for Christmas, so please, post away!
What do I want to see in the Detroit Red Wings gift bag today?
Two defensemen scoring
Namely, Brian Rafalski and Nicklas Lidstrom.
Detroit's top defensive pair since their union in 2008 have been as cold as the ice on which they play for most of this season.
Lidstrom has not scored a goal in over 30 games and Rafalski is pointless in his last 12.
Both Rafalski and Lidstrom are on pace for the worst regular season point totals, 31 and 27, respectively, of their careers.
Not surprisingly, Detroit's power play has been largely ineffective over the past dozen games and if these two don't find a way to start contributing, and soon, Detroit's offensive woes will likely get worse before they get better.
Both Lidstrom and Rafalski are still playing well enough defensively to not totally call into question their focus or compete level. But, much like the team they play for, their regularly brilliant offensive play has inexplicably vanished this season.
Please Detroit Red Wings, I'm not asking for anything outrageous, just the same old offensive punch from the blue line you've always given me!
...and a dominating performance from Pavel Datsyuk!