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Thursday disclaimer: Wisdom Teeth Alert!

Tomorrow afternoon, I am having all four of my wisdom teeth plus one molar yoinked out of my poor gums.

This means there will be interesting medication of various kinds in play.

I don’t know what, if anything, I’ll be able to post for tomorrow’s game at Calgary. Also, if I do post anything, I have no idea how coherent it will be. You, as my readers, could be in for an interesting ride.

For now, let’s say I’m day to day and I’ll be with you tomorrow night as coherently as I can! But I take no responsibility for anything nonsensical I may post after about 1:00 PM.

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Why I Don’t Have A Game Preview Tonight

The Red Wings are playing the Canucks at GM Place at 10 PM, but I didn’t write a game preview. And this is why:

When I left work at 4:30, I headed to Dundee, MI to have dinner with my friend Michelle. Dundee’s about halfway for us since I live in Toledo and she lives near Ann Arbor, so that seems to be the place to go. We were supposed to meet at Denny’s. Google maps assured me that there was indeed a Denny’s at exit 17 off US 23.

Google LIED.

I drove back and forth on Tecumseh Rd. a few times, but this did not cause a Denny’s to appear.

Finally I gave up and texted Michelle in defeat, and we went to Applebee’s instead. And it was fun, because Michelle is awesome and we gossiped about hockey and decided we would be going to the Toledo Walleye game next Tuesday night.

Then I went to Cabela’s. If you don’t know Cabela’s, it’s a GINORMOUS outdoor/hunting/camping type store. I wanted to get some flannel sheets for my dad for his Christmas present, and the store website indicated that they had some nice ones.

First thing I saw when I went in there? A woman in a white supremacist hoodie. Seriously. I was going into the restroom, and this woman with approximately 80 kids (slight exaggeration) was blocking the entry, so I said, “Excuse me.” And she stepped aside, and then I saw her hoodie. It had an equal-armed solar cross on the front, and on the back it said something about how we need to protect the white race to preserve a future for our white children.

Ho.Ly.Crap. And I actually said “excuse me” instead of just knocking her out of the way?

Anyway, I go and find the “home and cabin” section and start looking for flannel sheets. Meanwhile, rednecks in camouflage are giving me really dirty looks (I have purple hair and was wearing a Red Wings shirt). (In fairness to the customers of Cabela’s other people either ignored me or seemed perfectly friendly.) The staff totally ignored me when I tried to ask for help. I couldn’t find any flannel sheets at all. I found some very soft fleece sheets, but they all had patterns with either pictures of dead deer or plaid reminiscent of a 1970s sofa. YOU know the ones. Everyone of approximately my age plus or minus about 4 years has a baby picture of themselves on a sofa with that sort of plaid. And these are not things my dad would like!

I gave up, drove back to Toledo, and went to Kohls. Which I’d been trying to avoid, thinking it would be crowded. It was actually fine! On the other hand, their selection of flannel sheets had patterns of either (a) snowmen, or (b) 1970s sofa plaid. Sigh. I did, however, find a lovely light blue set of fleece sheets. Even better, it was originally $94.99, on sale for $34.99, and I had a coupon for an extra 15% off. Score!

And this is why I didn’t write a pregame report.

I’ll have a live blog up momentarily! (It will be of the game, not of my silly attempts at trying to shop.)

Goalie Correction

Boston Bruins started Tuukka Rask, not Tim Thomas. Rask starts today with a 2.32 GAA and .919 save percentage.