When the Detroit Red Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena Tuesday night, it represented the second game of a back-to-back set. Coming out of the NHL's Christmas break, the Red Wings defeated the Nashville Predators 4-1 in Music City on Monday night.
Defenseman Mike Commodore was in Detroit's lineup for both of their post-Christmas games. Add in the fact that Commodore played in Calgary in the Red Wings' last game before Christmas and the redheaded blue-liner has done something he has not experienced in a while -- playing three consecutive games.
The calendar year 2011 has been a rough one on Commodore.
Last season with the Columbus Blue Jackets, he was in and out of the lineup for the first couple of months, but in early January he was waived and eventually sent down to Springfield of the American Hockey League. Commodore requested a trade out of Columbus but his lofty salary made him an ill-advised risk, either via a trade or through the waiver wire.