Everyone involved wants play down this momentous occasion, but as a struggling hockey fan desperate for drama and intrigue, tonight's Sharks-Red Wings game is the most explosive moment in hockey history!
Actually, Detroit is still chasing San Jose for the top spot in the Western Conference and since this is the last time they will face each other in the regular season, it actually is a critical game in the fight for home-ice advantage. But the real story, the one that I and many old Red Wing fans won't let go of, is Claude Lemieux's first appearance in Joe Louis Arena in six years.
The Sharks inexplicably added the 43-year-old retiree back in January, and he has contributed so little it seems clear that he was picked up simply to annoy Hockeytown. However, Kris Draper says he's over that face-re arranging Claude gave him all those years ago ... and that is just unacceptable. ("I'll try to work on my cliches for you guys over the next couple of days," he says.) Is that any way to fire up an irrationally angry fan base?