Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/4/13
Which Detroit Red Wings player will Jets fan boo? Darren Helm would be a cruel choice, since he’s an area native. Todd Bertuzzi would be an uninspired choice, since he already gets booed in various arenas. The Wings make their only stop of the season Monday in Winnipeg, home to the Jets since the Thrashers club ditched Atlanta in 2011. Jets fans have developed a habit of booing a member of the opposing team every time he touches the puck. Usually it’s a star player, so Henrik Zetterberg or Pavel Datsyuk may get an earful. “I’m pumped, looking forward to it,” coach Mike Babcock said. “Should be exciting. The crowd is going crazy there, they’re fired up about hockey.” All the Wings really care about is finishing their trek through western Canada with a fourth straight victory. They’ll be without defenseman Brendan Smith, who general manager Ken Holland said suffered a shoulder injury during a fight with the Oilers’ Will Acton. Smith was put on short-term injured reserve. Adam Almqvist, a seventh-round pick from 2009, was called up to sub against the Jets. The game at MTS Centre will be the Wings’ third in four nights. They took Sunday off to recuperate after following up Friday’s 4-3 victory at Calgary with a 5-0 rout Saturday at Edmonton. The Oilers haven’t offered much challenge to anyone this season, but the Wings made it easier on themselves when Helm started the scoring five minutes into the game. Saturday was a terrific night for Helm, his first game in nine months because of various injuries. Now he gets to play in front of family and friends, as the Wings foray into Winnipeg for the first time since 1996, when they beat the former Jets franchise (now in Phoenix) in the first round of the playoffs.
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