Friday, November 07, 2003

11/7 Notes

-- Well, there's a first time for everything: the injury Henrik Zetterberg suffered in Monday's game was his first ever playing hockey. Let's hope it's also the last time, Hank. -- The Freep's Drew Sharp has a great column today about the Wings' problems so far. He suggests the possibility of a Bowman comeback if the Lewis Experiment continues to go so badly and once again points out how important this year is. I don't know about Scotty coming back but I do know Sharp makes a lot of good points so go check it out. -- What has become a small epidemic for the Wings may be coming to an end this weekend: the groin injuries. Dominik Hasek may return and Mathieu Dandenault may be ready to go tomorrow when the Predators come to the Joe. Hasek has been out since the October 29 loss to the Blues (in which he was pulled after giving up 4 goals on 13 shots) and Dandenault only played one shift on Tuesday before feeling pain and leaving the game. Curtis Joseph also missed a game because of an injured groin. Dom got a full practice yesterday but Dandenault didn't practice at all. Jason Williams didn't skate yesterday either, because of a sore groin, though he may return today and be ready for tomorrow. -- When asked about whether the Wings will be looking for payback in tomorrow's game against the Predators, head coach Dave Lewis answered "The best payback would be a victory." I agree completely, Dave. Step #2 in the Wings' road to recovery. -- Rangers head coach/GM Glen Sather is making an early bid for the Jack Adams Trophy. The Rangers have been playing amazing hockey lately (?!) and as strange as it may sound, the NHL's biggest joke of a team may actually make the playoffs this year. They might even be a top seed, if they can keep this up. Steven Ovadia of PuckUpdate has a very interesting column in this week's New York Sports Express about Sather and what he's done so far with the Rangers, who haven't been getting a lot of publicity around the league for their start. Maybe it's because everyone is in a state of shock, after so many bad years.


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