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GDT - SC Playoffs, Game 3: Red Wings at Blue Jackets (7:00)

It is a great day to be a Red Wings fan.  Wings are up two games to none, Game 3 is tonight at Nationwide.  The “19” immediately recognize this familar patch of playoff landscape.  Mike Wilkinson, Detroit News, offers a friendly reminder:

During the last 17 years—call it the Nick Lidstrom era—the Red Wings have won the first two games of a playoff series 17 times, including the current series with Columbus. They came out on top in 13 of the previous 16, losing three times: 1993 to Toronto; 1999 to Colorado and 2001 to Los Angeles. Six of the series were sweeps; three went five games; five went six games and two went to a deciding Game Seven.”

This years edition of the Dynasty also appear to have vivid memories, Brett Lebda, via the Windsor Star: ” This is a very important game.” “We don’t want to give them any life. Sometimes when you let teams back in a series, they get some life and it turns into a series you could have avoided.” 

Skate to throat, Bitches.  See you tonight on the train.

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Diggers On Draper: Fail

We’ve got a player with an “upper body injury.”  A player who’s won 4 Cups, a Selke and is still widely considered one of the best defensive forwards in hockey.  He’s not playing tonite, didn’t play Saturday or last Thursday.  And all our diggers will do is shrug their shoulders.

Draper’s not talking. Got it. Neither is Babcock and you know Tick Tock’s not gonna say a word.

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OT Tonite. Guaranteed.  Because The Stress Train Requires It.

Morning bitches.  Typically, I save the “bitches” for after the jump, just in case any sensitive Dive bloggers are reading the main page. 

But today I’m going rebel.  We’re back aboard after an extra day off.  Back aboard the Stress Train, where every bit of news causes stomach acid and the clouds start to hover around 0900 each game day.

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Homer Hoping For A West Coast Cage Match Between Sharks/Poultry

And he also told the Sporting News’ Craig Custance, the best hockey writer in Detroit, that his health last season at this time was “a mess.” 

And as for what he anticipates in Columbus tonite?


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Waddell: Wings Better Equipped To Avoid Traditional Game 3 Letdown

While many of you did your juvenilicious best to avoid work, family and adult responsibility today?  Well, I don’t have much else other than that since I was right along with you.  Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star?  I guess he worked.

“Last year, we let some goals in right after we scored,” Kronwall said. “The key shifts are right after you score to keep the momentum going.

“Right from the start we need a good push and hopefully we can take their will to win right away.

“We feel good about our game the first two games. We’ve played 60 minutes.

“We haven’t had any periods of the game where we sat back and relaxed.”

There’s much more a feel that the Wings are in control of this series compared to a year ago.

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Retroactive to 1 April: McLellan Returning To Wings

Updated below with an ethical dilemma…for some.

Via the National Sports Review,

In a stunning turn of events, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday accepted the request of San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan to return to the Detroit Red Wings.

Unaware that the playoffs had even started, Bettman admitted that McLellan’s request was unprecedented and caught him off guard.

“This was a surprise,” Bettman said. “But in the end, the league determined that it would be best for the NHL if McLellan returned to a city where people actually care about the sport.”




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Khan(!) And Everyone Else: Draper’s Out For 3

All anyone knows is that something’s wrong with Kris Draper’s upper body.  Is that like a Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau injury?  No, as far as we’ve heard, it’s not a heart issue.


Kris Draper practiced but has been ruled out of Game 3 Tuesday in Columbus due to his upper-body injury. Draper had tests performed on Monday and said the results were not favorable. He said he is taking it day-to-day.

Dan Cleary did not practice, giving his lower-body injury some more time off. But coach Mike Babcock and Cleary both said he will play Tuesday.

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Oh…That One’s Gonna Hurt Down In Columbus

Whoa. Here’s a strong statement.

Mason did all he could, but Detroit is just too good. Any of the Wings’ top-nine forwards could play on the Jackets’ top line and there may not be a Blue Jacket blueliner who could make the Red Wings. It’s that simple.

More from THN’s John Grigg on the first two games.

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5 Plus Osgood

One of you is a kid named Tyler out in Arizona.  A lot of times this year, when the Wings were playing poorly (and I guess we can point to about 65 of those happy occasions), Tyler would decide to inject his own special brand of pessimism.

That confused us and sometimes it made us sad.  Many times we told Tyler that it may be appropriate to stop talking for a little while.  Tyler, to his credit, never responded to our venom.  Not once.

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Instant Datsyuk Classic

Antoine Vermette was frustrated.  Pavel Datsyuk has that effect, I guess.  So frustrated that he rode #13 to the ice late in yesterday’s ass kicking and attempted to drive him into the JLA surface.  Datsyuk was not impressed. The result?  A quote that will live on for the ages.

Detroit News

“He just used me like pony,” Datsyuk said. “He was on top of me. I don’t like being the pony. I want to be on top.”

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