What a performance by the Blues on Thursday in defeating Jaroslav Halak and Matt D’Agostini’s old teammates, the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1. D’Ags even got a goal! And there was a fight! It was a draw contested between Paul Mara and Ryan Reaves (video here) in a fight that I thought Mara actually had a slight edge in. But I’m not the only judge here. There are many. And so I digress. Despite that fight, because of a surge by the violent-as-of-late Boston Bruins, the Blues slide down to third place overall in the standings, now with 65 fighting majors. The Blues fight record now moves to a relatively-square 27-19-19.
Around here, we do not hide our distaste for the Detroit Red Wings very well. Sure, some of us respect them (personally, I have a hard time even doing that). But I don’t find many Blues fans that really like them at all. We have covered these guys before (November 17th, December 15th, December 23rd and January 20th), and while I haven’t read any of those since I wrote them, I’m certain none of these articles noted the Red Wings’ prowess at fighting. See, the team Gordie Howe once represented proudly and somewhat violently has turned into a bunch of wusses. That shouldn’t have been allowed to happen, but it did anyway. With all that out of the way . . . the Wings are dead last in the NHL with nine total fighting majors. NINE! Their fight record? An abysmal 1-4-4. I’m a relatively non-violent person, and I’m pretty sure I could do better than that. I’m only half-joking. (But I really am not a violent person.)
Jonathan Ericsson (6’4”, 220lbs, 1-2-0) leads this team with three fights. Yes, I said THREE fights. Unreal. Justin Abdelkader (6’2”, 215lbs, 0-0-2) and Brad Stuart (also 6’2”, 215lbs, 0-1-1) each have fought twice. Pavel Datsyuk (5’11”, 194lbs, Draw) and the recently-recalled Doug Janik (6’1”, 215lbs, Loss) have solo fights for the Red Wings. See, I TOLD you these guys don’t fight!
The chances of this game having a fight included are about as good as a snowball’s chance in hell. That being said, a fight I would love to see is Abdelkader and BJ Crombeen. But seriously, don’t hold your breath.
The time is now for the Blues to play spoiler to playoff teams. And what better than to spoil two points for a division rival?
LET’S GO BLUES!!!!!
Information obtained via the incomparable Fried Chicken’s Hockey Fights