On paper, it is a relatively simple concept.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland likes to view the season in eight segments of 10 games each. If a team nets 12 points in each segment, they would finish the season with 96 points, more than likely enough to qualify for one of the eight-playoff spots in their respective conference.
Hockey is a game with constant motion, consistent ebb and flow, a game that toys with the body, mind and one’s emotions. And at times, an 82 game season can seem like 82 different rides on the same roller coaster. Some are naturally, going to be more memorable than others.
It wasn’t too long ago, as in right after the All-Star break, that Johan Franzen scored five goals in a game against Ottawa. That was followed by a four game stretch when the club only managed to score four goals, including back-to-back shutout victims against Columbus and Nashville. It was a low point in a season that hasn’t seen very many to this point.
And since, the club has put together one of its most impressive stretches of the season. The Wings went to Boston and put together a 60-minute effort on road-ice, then beat the Bruins again less than 48 hours later at Joe Louis Arena. With the fathers in tow, the club won back-to-back games in Florida, and a most impressive 2-1 shootout win in Minnesota, a game that resembled the NHL in May, as opposed to the NHL in February.
“These are the type of games that will prepare us for the playoffs,” said Todd Bertuzzi, who made his 1,000th NHL game memorable by netting the game-winner in a shootout.
He’s sure right about that one.
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