Tonight, we've reached rock bottom. It's unfortunate that it had to happen against the Eastern Conference leaders in the world's most famous arena, but that's what being ravaged by injuries will do to a. team. The news out of today's injured-players-only-plus-the-guy-who-might-start-if-the-other-guy-can't-make-it-here-in-time skate was positive, and wholesale changes to the lineup may be coming as soon as Saturday.
Ty Conklin starting for Wings vs. Rangers per Free Press
Video of the morning skate, plus injury updates
Wings' Ty Conklin clears waivers, will start vs. Rangers per Detroit News
Lots of quotes, including one from Ericsson that he should be ready by next Wednesday's game
The front page of theproductionline.us
Just read the first three articles. The loss candy is so sad, and yet so, so appropriate. The injury updates in the first article are in bullet format for those who are looking for the quickest way to read up on today's news
There's a lot to be encouraged by today. Lidstrom and Howard will likely be back Saturday, and Ericsson and Kindl should be back by next Wednesday. Franzen still doesn't have a timeline for his return, but not having an MRI done on his back could be taken as a positive sign.
Let's look at tonight's defensive pairings:
Let's look at what we might see next Wednesday:
We'll likely look back on this and appreciate the experience it gave the young guys, especially the forwards, but I like the look of next Wednesday's lineup. Maybe a lengthy playoff run isn't as ridiculous as it seemed just a few days ago.