The last time we did a post like this, the Detroit Tigers won a must-win game in the ALDS. Maybe the same will happen tonight.
OK, enough baseball talk.
1. Q: With Darren Helm and Patrick Eaves coming back, who gets shown the door?
A: There are options in this instance. If Helm returns, the obvious answer would be to send Luke Glendening back to Grand Rapids. But the team would also have to make a move. GM Ken Holland said that he would likely make a decision by Sunday after Helm plays two games with the Grand Rapids Griffins as part of a rehab assignment.
If Eaves returns, then the only move necessary will be to send Glendening down. However, that would leave the team with only three centers on the active roster.
Mikael Samuelsson and Tomas Tatar have been healthy scratches, but the Wings don't want to get rid of Tatar. In order to trade Samuelsson, he will have to waive his no-trade clause.
Jordin Tootoo is someone else who could be moved, as he would clear about $1.9 million off of the books. He has played in each of the last three games to add some grit and toughness to the lineup. (Weird fact: Tootoo has no penalty minutes in three games).
Eaves is also a candidate to be moved once he is cleared to play.
Upon Helm's return, he will likely start out as the fourth line center, as Joakim Andersson has done very well in Helm's normal role of third-line center. So it's safe to say that the Wings could have the best fourth-line center in the NHL in Helm.
2. Q: How does Jonas Gustavsson's performance in the last two games impact the team going forward?
A: In short, it makes the organization feel much less of a need to panic if Jimmy Howard gets hurt.
Gustavsson didn't do much with the Wings last season due to injuries of his own, but when he played, the results weren't spectacular, as he posted a 2-2-0 record with a 2.92 GAA and a .879 save percentage in seven appearances (four starts).
So far, he has already equaled his win total from last season, as he stopped a combined 64 of 67 shots in wins over the Bruins and Blue Jackets. Initial reports say that he will likely get the call for Thursday night's game against the Colorado Avalanche. After that, his next likely start will be during the Wings' road trip through Western Canada.
3. Q: How big is Thursday's game in Colorado?
A: For anyone who has been a fan since the 1990s, it's pretty big.
The Avalanche are off to a 6-0-0 start under a new coach, who happens to be none other than Patrick Roy. The same Patrick Roy who is remembered very well by Wings fans, and not in a good way.
Roy was the goalie for the Avalanche during the late 90s when the rivalry with the Wings had resulted in multiple fights that would've made UFC commissioner Dana White proud. But the Wings' history against Roy goes back to when he was with the Montreal Canadiens.
It was during a game on December 2, 1995 when the Wings scored nine goals on Roy in an 11-1 victory, which was the worst loss in Canadiens history. After Roy allowed the ninth goal, he was then pulled from the game, but immediately walked up to then-Canadiens President Ronald Corey and said that he had played his last game for Le Bleu, Blanc, et Rouge.
Roy was then traded to the Avalanche four days later, and a rivalry was born.
Fast forward to today, and Colorado has gotten off to a surprising start after being a doormat in the league for the last couple seasons. But is this team similar to the Chicago Blackhawks, who got off to a similar start last season? That remains to be seen, but Thursday's game could have the feel of a game from 1997.
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