Detroit Red Wings and Pistons: Hope Still Fueling the Fans' Engines

Paul Fournier@PHF_68Contributor IDecember 12, 2009

DETROIT - DECEMBER 9:  Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings skates during the game against the St. Louis Blues at Joe Louis Arena on December 9, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
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A string of injuries have hit the two "brightest stars" on the Detroit Sports walk of fame.

The Pistons and Red Wings have been for the most part, the teams sports fans like myself, hang on to the hope of a championship season in Michigan.

In my lifetime the Detroit Red Wings have won four Stanley Cups.

Almost as good the Detroit Pistons have won three NBA Championships.

I have always banked on the Red Wings and Pistons to at least keep my hopes alive and well.
As a sports fan, am I spoiled? Yeah, Just a little.

Now it seems the injury bug has hit both teams.

For the Pistons, Richard "Rip" Hamilton had one heck of a first game of this season and hasn't seen the court since then. Then, Tayshaun Prince has a rupture disk in his back.
At least Tayshaun is trying to make it back.

Recently, Ben Gordon (sprained ankle) and Charlie Villinueva (broken nose) have been added to the list but, both players have played injuried. Charlie Villinueva showed some true grit.

Charlie was bleeding profusely from his nose, and he had his nose plugged up and shot two free throws before being taken to the locker room. If that was me I'd be like calling for the medic's. 

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My hopes for a decent season from the Pistons are still there. They are still alive and well. Most in part due to the young talent the team has on the bench.

The Detroit Red Wings have been bitten also with rough injuries.

Nikklas Kronwell (sprained knee), Johan Franzen (ACL), Valtteri Fuppula (wrist), Jason Williams (leg) and Andres Lilja will miss all or part of this season.

The Red Wings have what seems to be endless young talent to step in and make the best of it. Thats is part to Ken Holland and a great team of talent scouts. Ken Holland seems always to get the right player at the right time.

Holland listens and watches his team and when they need a tough defenseman they go get a tough defenseman. When they need a sniper right winger they go get a player that fits the bill.

Joe Dumars is a former player and he wants players to his mold. Tough, talented basketball players with a high IQ's, and that love playing the game and seem to have something to prove.

I feel pretty good that Ken Holland and Joe Dumars will do everything they possibly can to take care of any situations they face and do it for the best of their teams.

And for that little ole injury bug, lookout...I have the bottom of my size 13 tennis shoe for you.