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!
All right guys, you shouldn't have to dig too deep for this one.
Four wins in a row
But, that's the past, and the past is history.
If the Wings win tonight, I'll get my gift of four straight wins which would also be their longest win streak of the season.
Tampa tends to give up a lot of goals (they average three per game) and not get many past the opposition (about two per game). As Detroit's past two wins have been 3-2, the numbers look to work out pretty good for the home team.
However, during a season that's been this unpredictable for the Wings, nothing should be taken for granted.
Jimmy Howard will be making his third straight start in net, which, considering the opposition, is a bit of a surprising move by Mike Babcock. You see, riding pine will be Chris Osgood, the winningest goalie against the Tampa Bay Lightning in league history.
In 17 contests, Osgood has never lost to the Lightning.
Come on boys, you can win this one. Let's stuff the Lightning in a bottle and toss it aside!
...Three solid periods of hockey every game, two defencemen scoring, and a dominating performance by Pavel Datsyuk!