Checking in briefly with mention of the Cleary injury: another broken bone, another 4+ weeks without an important forward. That really sucks, especially given how strong a season Cleary’s had. The Wings’ll miss his offense (still leads the team in goals) and hustle. It just became even more important that guys like Zetterberg, Franzen, Filppula, Hudler and Bertuzzi step it up in this mid-season grind.
And everybody strap on those skate fenders, please.
Mursak’s the Wings’ choice of call-up for this situation, which is somewhat surprising given how strong a season Ilari Filppula’s been having. Megan tells me he’s very fast and strong on the backcheck, but more of a finisher than a playmaker. He should be able to bring those things to the ice even in the limited role he’s sure to have.