It takes several minutes for our shrieks of laughter to subside after the VS montage intro narrated by Doc; the final shot of a grimacing Getzlaf looking like he’s weeping blood was just too rich. He could not have looked more operatically sissy-riffic.
Doc and Eddie lead us into the game, predictably, with a discussion of the Pronger suspension situation, and Doc cheerfully provides the coda we were all hoping to hear: Baby Nieder’s game misconduct was rescinded by the league. Thank God! We wouldn’t want that mark on the Baby Niedermayer escutcheon. (Oh, and IPB’s official stance on the Pronger suspension is that we can’t believe it took him this long to cost his team so dearly.) Meanwhile, on the sideline reporter front, Chris is wearing the pelt of a different ugly couch than the silver leather one from a few days ago. It’s hard to see it, though, through Todd Marchant’s truly awe-inspiring mustache.
We want Doug Weight added permanently to VS studio show, perhaps in place of… well, we can’t pick just one. He’ll just have to replace Engblom and Jones. It’s going to be hard for tonight’s broadcast to top this exchange between Bill Clement and Dougie for sheer delightfulness:
Clement: “How keen is Detroit’s killer instinct?”
Dougie, exuberantly: “Oh, it’s keen.”