TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING @ DETROIT RED WINGS
7:30 -- Joe Louis Arena
Bolts: 11-13-9 (31 points), 13th in East | Wings: 17-11-5 (39 points), 8th in West
Lightning blog of choice: Raw Charge
Before anything else, it must be said that what went down yesterday between Wing fans and a certain Wild blog was too much fun for one Internet. If you were involved, thank you for the laughs. My stomach was sore from trying not to laugh out loud in public. I haven't experienced that much joy in watching somebody melt down since Wolf "The Dentist" Stansson at the 3:50 mark of this clip. (Whenever I hear "The goalie!", I feel like somebody handed me a thousand dollars. Each time I watch this it instantly becomes the greatest moment of my life.)
This is a "Must not lose" game. You save "must wins" for when you're on a losing streak and need a victory more than you need a change of pants after an 18-wheeler doesn't get the fuck over and let you on the freeway and you almost crash because the dickhead driving the truck was too busy looking down below for cars with girls just barely hot enough for him to blow a load that he's been trying to kill off into his steering wheel for the past 65 miles. I'm totally not pulling this from real life, for the record.
The Wings really should not lose this game. The Bolts have lost eight of their last nine games; they are on the fourth game of a road trip in which they've been outscored 15 - 5; Tuesday night they gave up seven goals to Nashville -- a notion which I had previously thought to be against some sort of scientific principle. (Gravity, I think. Yeah. that sounds right. Oh, and that witchcraft that measures energy. What is that shit -- joules? Fuck it we're going with joules.) If the Wings lose this game, you will probably hear Larry Murphy's microphone pick up the sound of Babcock going flaccid. And not so shockingly, that happens to sound like the collapsing of a thousand suns. It will not make for a pleasant post game speech.
So it turns out there aren't an abundance of good Lightning videos out there.