I like to read a lot of hockey sites, when I can, and the one kind of article that I hate the most are the ones that tell you how you're supposed to act as a fan. Those drive me up the walls. Everyone has their own way of supporting the team, and who are you to tell me how to act?
That being said, I'm about to tell you how you should act as a fan of the Blues. Or, at least, how you shouldn't act.
On Saturday night in Detroit, an incident occurred in a game between the Red Wings and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg was given his first-ever 5-minute major and game ejection for a play where he knocked BJ defenseman Nikita Nikitin off balance while the two were racing back for an icing call. Nikitin fell into the end boards awkwardly, and seemed to be in a great deal of pain immediately after the hit. Despite the on-ice call for a major and a game misconduct, the NHL deemed this as unworthy of anything further. No fine, no Shanaban.
And that's OK. Really. Don't fall into the tin-foil hat crowd - "Shanahan refuses to discipline his old team" "Holland has the league in his pocket" "Once again there's a different set of rules for Detroit".
Bullshit. And don't just take my word for it- Kelly Chase has much more cred than I do:
@Chasenpucks39 Look everyone knows my dislike for the red wings even as far back as I played bu Zetterburg hit is not suspendable or even a major penalty
So, Blues fans, can we put it to rest? Puh-lease? Its just another play gone wrong, not a conspiracy to protect the Red Wings. There's plenty of other reasons to hate Detroit ... this just doesn't need to be one of them.
And for obvious reasons, tonight's song is
The Enemy: There isn't much happening with the Red Wings that we haven't already heard about. Overshadowing the Blues amazing run of late, the Wings have won 16 home games in a row, and also are on a 6 game winning streak overall. A win for the Blues tonight shuts down both streaks. Most notable about the Wings' recent wins is that several of them have come in OT or a shootout. In comparison to the Blues' record, it would seem to be in our interests to finish this in regulation.
After a slow start, Pavel Datsyuk has returned to form and now leads Detroit in scoring with 51 points (13G /38A). The goals leader, and 2nd in points, is Johan Franzen with a stat line of 18G /22A and 40 points. No real surprises there. As important as this game is, expect the Wings to start goaltender Jimmy Howard tonight. Through 40 starts this year, he's put up remarkable numbers: 1.98 GAA and .930 SV%. Even if the Blues get their scoring chances, Jimmy Howard is a tough nut to crack. The more shots the Blues get on Howard, the better our odds of getting one past him.
Final Verse: It's an early start tonight, as the game is in Eastern time. The puck drops at 6:30 St Louis time. The broadcasts are NBC Sports Network for TV (the network formerly known as Versus) and KMOX 1120 AM for radio. Dave Strader and Pierre McGuire will be calling the national TV broadcast. Until then, this is your pregame warmup. Gather here, celebrate that the Blues are deemed worthy of national coverage, lament that it also brings McGuire with it, and also know that ol' Dan Rather has a sense of humor:
REM & Dan Rather - What's The Frequency Kenneth? - 1995 (via heidigretel)