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Blasted By Bubba

I'd like you to read something. It's not anything particularly well written, or inspiring. It's not a line from Pat Conroy's The Great Santini, or from the "Anchorman" manuscript (two genius works, by the way). It's just something I saw today that I think might make you laugh. Ready? Here we go. Detroit News/Ted Kulfan

NASHVILLE - Let’s not dwell on this game by the Red Wings. There’s absolutely no reason anyone should.
I'm sorry. What? Oh, I've got some dwelling to do. A dwelling we will go. Dwell I shall and dwell I will. "Let's not dwell on this...". Jesus, you wonder why Kulfan's no longer DD Captain.

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Thanks Gramps!

What a pleasant surprise, after braving America's freeways for ten hours today, to come home and find that Grampa Pinhead had done my job for me. Here are his thoughts on the last few days of Wing activity. I'll be back in the morning with a recap and more pithy brilliance. Tame Game, Lame game DET/StL game 2 of 8 this season, another divisional mismatch (thanks little gary), was only onesided in the SOG, and puck possession departments, as both teams were very careful not to hurt each other because there were 6 more games coming up. The Wings may have been saving it up for the Preds on Sat., but the game looked more like 'bring on Columbus' to the fans. It wasn't exactly like watching paint dry, more like watching snow melt in the driveway. The 'Dominator' turned in a performance that sent the fans home looking forward to the return of those 'Tim Cheveldae nightmares' I shall return. One day after Joey Harrington had his way with the Lions, Manny Legace returned to shutout the shootout with 41 saves on 43 shots. Adding Legace to the Legacy, he seemed to be grinning throughout the game. Interviewed by the local sports station right after the game, he was very professional. Manny said he missed playing for the Wings, and thanked all the fans for their support and mentioned all the signs in the stands, which were never mentioned during the game by the broadcasters. And another one Tonight (thanks again little gary), game 2 of another 8 game series, perhaps a little more rivalry as the Wings swing into the Gay to play the Preds. My guess is a 50/50 chance of another lame, tame game. Chris Mason should be in the net for the preds, Vokoun has hit another stroke of bad luck and will be out for some time wtih thumb surgery. Mason has come up big in the past, and he should have it all together facing the Wings. Give it a rest Rumors of Hasek starting tonight, the second night in a row, may be an indication that management is no longer concerned about his re-injuring his groin. Considering his performance against the Blues, we should all be concerned with his 41 yr old eyes and reflexes.

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Woods: Expect Hasek In Net At Bubba

Interesting conversation tonite between the second and third periods. Ken Kal asked Paul Woods who he expects in net tomorrow night at Nashville. Woods, wthout hesitation, said it would be Hasek, "no matter what happens tonite."

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Confusion Abounds:  Franzen MRI May Have Been Incorrect, MacDonald To Face Bubba

Weird afternoon in the Town of Hockey. First we hear that the original MRI done on Johan Franzen's knee may not have revealed the true extent of the damage...

The concern with Johan Franzen isn't so much about his concussion, it's about his banged up left knee. Mike Babcock said Friday that an examination of Franzen's knee did not match up with the MRI, which revealed no damage. "Now we have to wait for our people to come in and redo (the MRI),'' Babcock said. "It’s real unfortunate. He’s a big part of our team.’’
...then we come to find the Wings have decided to start Hasek tonite against St. Louis and MacDonald tomorrow against Bubba.
Dominik Hasek will start in goal tonight and Joey MacDonald will start Saturday in Nashville. Why? Because the Wings badly want to end this three-game winless streak tonight and, obviously, Hasek gives them the best opportunity. They'll take their chances with MacDonald in Nashville because they don't want to play Hasek on consecutive nights until the second half of the season, if at all.
Both items came from Khan(!)'s weblog at MLive. I understand wanting to halt a three-game skid. Great. But, at some point you have to think Babcock would have enough confidence that his team would do so against the Blues, no matter the goaltender. I'd consider tomorrow's game at The Gay a natural scenario for a rested Hasek. Hasek vs the Blues, MacDonald vs Bubba. Makes no sense to me.

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Around The ‘sphere

Up first: Kudos to Ken Holland. Local Detroit news stations are showing footage of the Wing GM serving meals at a Salvation Army Soup Kitchen yesterday morning. Not sure how much pub that will get. I'd actually be even more impressed if it doesn't receive any, which would give an idea of the motivation behind the act. Either way: good on ya Kenny. Having been pre-occupied with domestimerica the last two days, I offer you nuggets from my fellow hockey bloggers. I really wish Columbus was better. For if Columbus was better, they'd be our rivals. If they were our rivals I'd dislike them intensely, and maybe even generate a glossary entry; undoubtedly tied to the acronym that they claim. Oh, that would be witty. If I disliked them intensely, I'd be happy, happy, happy today. Why? Because I really detest their new large coach.

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Black Friday Shopping

I'm going out on a limb and saying right now I was the only U.S. hockey blogger out of bed at 4:30 this morning, on the road by 4:45 and knee deep in the trenches by 5. Yes, I did. I waded into Black Friday battle. Am I proud? No. I'm humilitated and, frankly, more than a little shaken. Nothing in my military career prepared me for the violence, the viciousness and game-day intensity brought to the table by the housewives today. They elbowed me, glowered, cursed me and intimidated me. It was horrifying. But I wasn't the only Wing fan shopping today. Ken Holland was too, and he was much better prepared than I.

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Oh Well…That’s Not Good

The only good thing to come out of last night, for me, is that I didn't have to witness it. I've read the game reports this morning, considered the irony of my consistent defense of "old school" hockey and the hit on Jason Williams of two weeks ago, and decided to devote my efforts today to eating as much as possible. In other words, I'll have some thoughts on last night's game, the hit on Franzen and the effects of both on the team, later tonite or tomorrow. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, and please keep in mind those who have volunteered to spend theirs in dangerous places.

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Homer Back Where He Belongs

And that would be planted in front of (and often in) the crease. He'll return tonite, according to Helene St. James' Wing blog.

The Red Wings will have their best net-front guy back in the lineup tonight when they play the Canucks. Tomas Holmstrom has been out since Nov. 10 because of a groin injury, but he had a good morning skate and is ready to return. Given his penchant for parking in front of an opponent's net during power plays, the Wings are hoping Holmstrom can help boost a power play that's the absolute worst in the NHL - the Wings' success rate stands at 10.1%; the next worst is Phoenix at 12.4.
Side note: St. James is gaining grass-roots support from A2Y staffers who feel she should supplant Ansar Khan(!) as Deep Digger Captain. Her advocates point to the consistent blog updates as ammunition for a fleet up to the C. On the other hand, twice removed captain Ted Kulfan hasn't updated in three days. Khan(!), while largely consistent this year, hasn't updated since yesterday afternoon.

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A Bowman Tale

Caught a glimpse of an article on Paul Maurice this evening, and found this Bowman anecdote.

Scotty Bowman once had an inventive way of catching players breaking curfew. Realizing some of his Detroit Red Wings players might break his midnight curfew, he ventured down to the hotel lobby five minutes before the deadline and handed a goalie stick to an attendant. Get some autographs, Bowman said, knowing those who signed would be doing so after curfew. The next morning, the attendant thanked Bowman and showed him all the autographs. At practice, several players couldn't figure out how the coach caught them in the act without actually witnessing it.
Too bad Jacques Demers never thought of that, eh?

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Holiday Travel

Updates will be sparse today as the IwoCPO family leaves the Midsouth, trekking steadily toward the badlands of Oklahoma. I'm not sure if Oklahoma is technically the "badlands." I just happen to enjoy the term "badlands." So, off we go and leave you to fend for yourselves. You may do so by using the various hockey and Wing-specific references I've been kind enough to provide for you on the port side of this page.

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