Bruce MacLeod, Twitter:
"Dan Cleary has a separated shoulder and will be out four weeks. Ville Leino returns to the Red Wings lineup."
Out of curiosity I searched the words "Red Wings" and "Hockey Gods" and it returned this:
Look, I don't want to break kayfabe here but I was kinda sorta joking about the whole curse of #44. I was trying to lighten the mood.
"...Franzen, Osgood, Maltby, Filppula, Helm, Eaves, Williams, Datsyuk, and now Kronwall have missed time due to injury or illness, and it's only November. It's only going to get worse. From what I can tell, the sequential ordering of the injuries will snipe each individual player once a week for the next few months until we are left with only one.
And his name, of course, is Todd Bertuzzi."
In the two week's since I wrote that and later quoted myself like a douche bag, we've dodged serious injury in the form of Patrick Eaves' ankle and Jonathan Ericsson's foot, and had a little scare with Rafalski's back. The team couldn't stay so lucky as to keep incurring day-to-day injuries, and now Dan(ny) Cleary is out for four weeks. He will be the seventh (holy shit, the seventh? Yep, the seventh, asshole) Red Wing since the start of training camp to spend at least a month on the sidelines.
This one, though .... this is the one that broke the spine of my sanity. In a non-salary cap hockey world these injuries would be hard enough to overcome. Now I don't even know that we're icing a good team anymore. I love the Eaves/Helm/Draper unit but it is NOT a second line. As bad as we might want it to be, it simply isn't. We're going to keep facing teams with better depth than the Justin Abdelkaders and Drew Millers and Brad Mays can counter with. Barring a breakthrough performance, the goal scoring is going to continue to be a serious issue.
Ville Leino? Get your act together, fucker.