Briefly, because a 12:30 meeting means I have about 31 minutes to type this:
… First off, sorry about the lack of a post on the Sabres game. Turns out I didn’t get to watch it after all.
… Second, it looks like Jimmy’s been locked up for two more years. The terms have been agreed upon, but ink hasn’t hit paper yet. It’s as close to done as it can be, though, so that’s great news. As Cotsonika suggests, $2.25 million per is a vote of confidence from the Wings. I’m not arguing that he’s worth it, but I do need to add the qualifier “… if he finds consistency.” Jimmy can be one of the better goalies in the League when he’s on and if he gets in that groove, $2.25 million a year will end up being a steal.
… On to the game: this is the third of four games the Wings have with the Kings this season. The Kings’ve won the previous two meetings, including a 5-0 beatdown on December 13th.
… The Kings have won their last three and sit in fifth place in the Conference with 74 points.
… The LA Times’ coverage of the Kings apparently sucks, but George has done some digging with his set-up for the game.
… The Wings halted a skid with their win over Buffalo Saturday night, but have a tough schedule ahead of them as they face down four road games by Saturday.
… Mike Modano made his return to the lineup Saturday and didn’t make much of an impact, but that’s not unexpected.
… Valtteri Filppula also made it back Saturday. Unfortunately, Brian Rafalski was out with back issues so the team didn’t have the full lineup (short of Osgood).
… Franzen’s out tonight for personal reasons: his wife’s having a baby and he didn’t make the trip to LA. Drew Miller should be back in.
… Jimmy Howard will get the start and should have plenty of reason to kill it tonight.
… The Kings are a hot team and a fast one, so the Wings will have to be on top of their game. I can’t speak for how they played in Buffalo, but they haven’t been sharp since their streak was ended. Tonight they need to find a way to return to the form that had them win five in a row.