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After an easy drive that very nearly ended up in Windsor, we’re entrenched at The Anchor Bar.  Live Blog will commence at 1830.

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GDT - W.C. Finals, Game 2: Red Wings (1-0) host Blackhawks (0-1) (7:30)

Cliche or not; your best players have to be your best players?  Probably more true for CHI than DET.  In 12 games, Datsyuk has a whopping 5 pts, Homer has 4, and Hossa has 7.  Kane has 12 pts (but is -6), Toews has 10 (-1), and Brouwer 2 (+2).  Sunday was something completely different for CHI.  Kane and Toews were each -3 and had a total of 3 SOG.  Meanwhile not only did Zetterberg (1 g, 1 a, +3) , Cleary (2 g, +3)  and Franzen (1 g, 2a +3) take them to school, they also tied them to the whipping post.  A glance at the team numbers as well as the player stats reveals just how much stronger DET is at 5 on 5 hockey than is CHI.  CHI players have lots of points, but their +/- is not nearly as strong as DET.  DET have a ridiculous 5-5 f/a number at 1.93.  DET then, must stay out of the sin bin.

Finally, here is an interesting tid-bit that portends well for DET:  The Red Wings have eliminated Quenneville-coached teams in each of their last four championship seasons, sending him home three times when he led St. Louis and last year as he led Colorado.

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If You’re An Ohio Cop…Don’t Mind Me, Just Keep Dozing

Leaving in, wait one, about twenty minutes.  If I had more time, I’d address this.


Chris Osgood is the weakest of the remaining goalies.  His best days are done.

Have at it.  Blast away if you want.  HockeyinHD consistently points out the flaws in practically every one of this guy’s arguments.  This one’s no exception. 

Me? I’ll be listening to 20,000 chant somebody’s name tonite.  “The Puck Stops Here” is too long of a name to yell, and we may not be smart or sober enough to get four syllables out consecutively like that.

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Off Day Odds And Ends

Reality check in Hockeytown.  If you think Andreas Lilja’s playing this round, it sounds like you should think again.

“It’s going in the right direction,” Lilja told me today. “I get a couple of hours without headaches and then it comes back and then in a couple of hours it goes away again. I’m just waiting for it to stop completely.”

Lilja began skating in practices after the Columbus series ended in late April (he’s not yet cleared for contact), so his conditioning has improved from spending a month doing nothing.

“It’s getting better, but I haven’t really started back-skating yet,” he said. “I hope I can still play – I have big faith in the guys they’re going to take us to the next round, and I just have to hope I’m healthy for that.”

Based on this, “Lilja told me”, you know who the reporter is


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Just Because You’re Old And Stupid Doesn’t Give You An Exemption From Sucking It

My grandma used to cheat at Scrabble.  We all knew it but we let it go because as she got up there in years it just didn’t seem fair to point it out to her. 

Stan Fischler’s a frigging idiot.  But he’s an old shriv so it’s not really nice to harp on that too much, on the fact that he’s a senile dumbass.

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A Whole Different Type Of Fun

After seven games against the fairway dwelling scum…nevermind.  We’re past that. Remember?



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Waiting On The Thunder?  Good ‘cause It’s A Game 1 Live Blog

Seger? Check.

And now…this.

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GDT - W.C. Fiinals, Game 1: Red Wings host Blackhawks (3:00)

The kids in CHI have had five days off between games, any rust? The experienced (read old) Wings are coming off a 7 game grinder; do they have anything in the tank?  Will youth be served, or taken to school? 

All of the numbers are below.  Some of them are intriguing.  DET holds a decided advantage in 5-5 f/a. DET have allowed 13 even strength goals against vs. CHI’s 24.  DET’s goal differential/game is nearly twice CHI, at 1.46, vs. CHI = +0.75.  DET takes 40 SOG to CHI 29. Nikolai Khabibulin’s numbers are a very pedestrian 2.76 ga, 0.896 save %.

If DET can stay out of the Penalty Box, they should have an excellent opportunity to prevail.  CHI have a lethal PP that has carried them to the W.C.F., sizzling at 29%. 

Seabrook (9 pts, +3 26:20) and Keith (5 pts, +4, 25:15) will log big minutes against DET’s top lines.  The test for CHI will be their depth “D” versus the Wings depth at forward.  Barker (7 pts, -1 16:51), Walker (2 pts, -4 15:20), Hjalmarsson (1 pt, 0 15:38) and Campbell (9 pts, +5 19:03) have not played against an opponent having such scoring depth.

Game On!

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Well Kid?  Have You Paid Your Dues?

More importantly, can you moan the blues?  Yep.  Bringing back David Allan Coe.

And here’s why.  He warned us. He warned us all that if we’re big-star bound, you’d best be prepared because it’s a long, hard ride.

The Wings know that ride.  They were aboard in ‘94, ‘95 and ‘96.

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Khan(!):  Uncle Mike’s Shaking Things Up

This.  Abbadabawhackforthedaddyol on a line with Datsyuk and Hossa?  Two years ago when he was trolling the sorority houses in East Lansing could that kid have ever imagined something like that?


Mike Babcock used Justin Abdelkader on one of the top lines, with Pavel Datsyuk and Marian Hossa.

“It’s pretty awesome, playing with two of the best players in the world,’’ Abdelkader said. “I’m excited, if the opportunity comes. You never know, the lines can always change. I just have to prepare myself and be ready for whatever situation I get put in.’‘

And while Shea Webber’s been golfing? Andreas Lilja’s been getting better.

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