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Single File Please.  Plenty Of Room For Everyone Aboard The Stress Train.

For those of you genuflecting in The Hasek?  Pouring yourselves shots at 1100 on a non-game day?  I’ve got news for you.  The Diggers have caught on.  One way or another, they’ve realized that the stress level has risen and that we’ve got ourselves a scapegoat.

Now, considering sports radio in Detroit isn’t exactly Wing-heavy…I’m wondering where the papers are getting an idea that you’ve reached your emotional breaking point?

Jeez. I have no idea how they’ve come to that conclusion.

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Zetterberg Conference Call Shocker:  “We Made Crosby Our Bitch.”

Whoa. Crazy stuff, eh?

Yeah, it would be even more shocking if he’d actually said it…or anything close to it.  But hey. Don’t fret.  He dropped this frigging bomb.

Q. Do you have a favorite day of the week that you like to play on?
HENRIK ZETTERBERG: I like the weekends. I like the afternoon games. It nice to play then.

There are actually some interesting ditties in there.  Matt Saler’s got the whole transcript here.

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Implosion Imminent?

Updated 1508 with very little that’s new or exciting.  I just have this to say:  I’m going to remember every one of you disloyal bastards who are predicting first-round exits for this team.  You ungrateful, sons of…oh. Nevermind. I started it.  Back to where you were.
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Mike Mouat, a Detroit Red Wings Examiner, doesn’t say quite as much. But he comes pretty close.

And finally, goaltending, coach Mike Babcock has essentially declared it an open race between Chris Osgood and Ty Conklin imploring one of them to grab the job and protect it. Osgood has allowed a few soft goals in the last two games, but then again five of the seven goals allowed by Detroit in those games have come while a man short.

While those on-ice problems are apparent there is friction in the dressing room that the team will need to address behind closed doors as opposed to comments through the media.

 

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Downriver? The Puck Bunnies Are Getting Nervous

Literally the worst in the league.  Statistically, that’s where Chris Osgood sits right now.  The starting goaltender for the Stanley Cup champions is dead last in save percentage, with a sparkling .880.  And he sits 42nd out of 44 in terms of GAA at 3.29.

He’s given up at least three goals seven games in a row and ten of his last twelve.

And his coach is about to frigging lose it.

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A Live Blog?  You Bet.  And Here’s Why You Guys Rule

1.  Aimee in Austin sends me five new pics from the A2Y muster.  My favorite?

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Nice Little Run Kid…Now Sit Your Ass Down

This one gets to me a bit, kinda rankles me if you want to know the truth.  And I’m betting our Uncle Mike feels the same way.

Ville Leino, despite two real effective games in a row, will sit tonite while Darren Helm finds a spot in the lineup. Do I have a problem with Helm? Nope.  But I wouldn’t mind seeing Kopecky or Maltby take a seat to keep Leino in there.

You’ve seen this piece of prose from Aristotle himself?  No? Here you go.

“He’s been so good, a goal and an assist, a plus-2,so I scratched him today,’’ coach Mike Babcock said. “That didn’t really make any sense, but he’ll be back in the next game (Saturday vs. Edmonton).”

 

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Pick Your Idiot:  Bitter Blues/Wings

Monday’s loss to St. Louis generated the kind of quality I expect of you every game.

Oh.  The Wings actually won that game?  Woops.  I couldn’t tell. 

You obviously couldn’t either.  Vote for your idiot.  As Gary would tell you…vote early, vote often, and vote for Thid.

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Hossa’s Open To An Extended Stay

Actually, what Craig Custance said in this morning’s Sporting News Today is that Marian Hossa is “open to re-signing with the Wings.”

“To tell you the truth, my agent started talking to Kenny and they’ll slowly continue talking,” Hossa said after practice Tuesday.

Anyone but me feel like 81’s pulling away in the competition between he and Franzen, the “if you had to pick one” competition?

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Uncle Mike’s Sensitivity Class

So you’ve had a hernia.  You’ve taken the needle.  You’ve played through pain and you know the symptoms, the signs that more is on the way.  You express some concern, only to have it laughed off by your coach.  I’m not trying to stir anything up here, because that’s certainly not how I roll.  But, if I was Tomas Holmstrom, and if I could actually read english, this might piss me off.

Holmstrom played through pain in last spring’s playoffs but said, “I don’t want to do that again. That was no fun. I took injections, and you can’t start taking injections now—it’s February. You can’t take injections the rest of the season.”

I asked coach Mike Babcock for his thoughts, and he sounded far more optimistic about Holmstrom.

“Tommy sat down in my office at the start of the year and thought he wasn’t going to be able to play this year because his knee was so bad, and then he played in Game 1,” Babcock said. “So he’ll be back, and he’ll be playing.”

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Massaging The Groin Without Shame…Again

Feeling better?  Looking back on last night’s game and re-considering your gut reaction that it may have been the worst display of Red Wing hockey in, I don’t know, a decade?

Me either.  But, hey. This should perk you up, eh?

Khan(!)

Holmstrom tried to skate a little on Monday before practice but said he was in too much pain.

“I’m really concerned,’’ Holmstrom said. “It’s getting closer and closer and I don’t know what to do and the playoffs aren’t that far away either. So we better figure something out.’‘

Man, now that’s just a bowl full of fun right there kids.

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