2 Notes Heading Into Tonight's Game

DETROIT - JUNE 06: Goaltender Chris Osgood #30 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 5-0 to win Game Five of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena on June 6, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
As you are probably aware, the Wings take on the Dallas Stars tonight.

Outside of Detroit looking for vengeance–the Stars won the only contest between these two teams so far this year–the Wings are also looking to win for 2 other reasons tonight.

On a less serious note, tonight is forward Danny Cleary’s 32nd birthday.

Cleary has been a pretty prominent figure for the Wings this year with 23 points in 31 games (4th on the team), he also had a streak where he caught fire scoring eight goals in a six game span.

So here’s to wishing Danny can go out and notch a point or two on his big night.

Now…on a more serious note tonight marks goalie Chris Osgood’s attempt at making history.

Currently Osgood sits at 399 career wins. Should Osgood make the HUGE leap into the 400 win club, he would be one of only 10 goalies ever to do so.

Something like that only adds to the hall of fame resume required to be inducted right?

Sure, it is a given that Ozzie will get the win at some point this season. However, I would love to see him do it tonight–on his first try. Over the years we have been blessed to be able to watch one of the most consistent goalies to ever play hockey, sure he had rough patches, and sure the last few years haven’t been “memorable”–BUT COME ON PEOPLE!!!!

Ozzie is not only one of the best goalies to play, he also is one of the all-time greatest Red Wings.

I have never come across a player (outside of maybe Stevie Y) in Detroit sports who embodies the entire city quite like Chris Osgood. An undersized, and underrated player for the entire duration of his career, Chris let his hard work and play do the talking–much like the tough blue collared workers who support this team.

A true Red Wing, Chris Osgood deserves nothing more than to have his No. 30 hanging from the Joe’s rafters and to one day see his name in the Hall of Fame.

Good luck tonight Danny and Chris, and GO WINGS!

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