OK, so you’re the Red Wings, It’s game 5 and you’re down 3-1 on the brink of elimination.
Time for a change in the line up to shake things up!!
We’ll put in the gritty veteran for a little desperation….Oh, we don’t have one…
OK, Not a problem…Let’s put in the speedy kid for some energy!….What do you mean he only has one good arm!?
Well let’s go with a better PK guy who has a little bit of a scoring touch…..oh ya, concussion..
Well that leaves a rookie defenseman, a 32 year old AHL veteran, and a guy who has played 9 playoff games….
You forgot about Jakub Kindl..
NO T A CHANCE.
I guess we’ll go with what we’ve got.
Needless to say the Wings are in a tough spot, and its even tougher that they won’t be able to make any kind of a line up switch that it appears they could use.
I would consider putting Brendan Smith in to get him some playoff experience, and what’s the worst that could happen? Him leave Jimmy Howard out to dry? Wouldn’t exactly be a first this post season now would it?
but who do you take out? My first thought is Kyle Quincey…but that would probably mean putting Nick Lidstrom on the PK and you don’t want to lose him blocking a shot.
The potential is still there!
So how CAN the Wings pull off a stunning comeback you ask?
I’ve heard a lot of people peg Johan Franzen as the guy that needs to catch fire, and while that will probably win you one of your next three, what really needs to happen is guys like Valtteri Filppula, Jiri Hudler, Todd Bertuzzi, and Danny Cleary need to not be minuses on the ice for the Wings.
The above mentioned have barely been noticeable, with the exception of Dan Cleary who has actually had a few chances to bury one but has not yet missed the goaltender’s pads. (unless you count Todd Bertuzzi’s PIMS)
If the Wings can get these guys going RIGHT NOW, this thing ain’t over. It’s now or never.