Cleary is greatly missed, but so are Kronwall and Rafalski. Hasek is out with a hip-flexor, and Ozzie got shelled two games running (not his fault, either, the Wings allowed one breakaway and breakdown after another in those games).
Add to that, the Eurotwins are slumping, the lines are all messed-up, and we're not getting any bounces. It's a bona fide slump.
On the bright side, maybe it will inspire Holland to snag a good player before the deadline. I think we need a little shot in the arm, in the form of another top forward or d-man, to match with what the Sharks, Ducks and Sens are doing. Not to mention the Stars, who are looking very tough right now.
Also on the good side, Jimmy Howard has played well in goal the past three games, relieving Ozzie twice and then playing the whole game yesterday, in the 1-0 loss to the Stars. This isn't his year, but he'll probably be up for good next year, if he continues to excel in GR, where he's been carrying a pretty bad team all year.
Posted on Feb 18, 2008, 8:31 AM from IP address 220.127.116.11