Blackhawks Visit Birthplace of American Industrialization; Lidstrom Out, Burish In?

The Detroit Red Wings host a Winter Classic tune-up versus the Blackhawks this evening at their state-of-the-art indoor hockey facility in beautiful downtown Detroit, Michigan at 6:30 CST.  (You really should try to get there this time of year – if not for the (flashing) lights and the (abandoned) theatres, then for Sweden’s Detroit’s very own Red Wings.  And, for those of you going to the game this evening, stop in at Zippy’s Diner in neighboring Flint beforehand, and tell them Blackhawk Bob sent you.)

In other hockey-related news, Nicklas Lidstrom may apparently miss tonight’s game with swollen ankles (and morning sickness).  This will be his fifth child with wife, Annika, who more traditionally bore the couple’s previous four offspring.

Finally, today’s early edition of Eight’s a Crowd saw ‘Hawks defenseman Brent Sopel put on Long Term Injured Reserve.  Adam Burish was then activated from IR using the manufactured cap space.  Sopel evidently contracted the unexplained “lower body injury” going through the ‘Hawk dressing room, while Burish’s inclusion on the roster may get him into the line-up this evening – even if it’s an unwise move.

Trouble figuring out the appropriate attire for the Winter Classic?  Parking difficulties?  Marital problems?  Ask the Fifth Feather’s Gentle Counselor, John, and read his latest below.

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