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As Big Freighters Go, Franzen’s Bigger Than Most. He Might Want To Consider Playing Like It.

Two things before we get started.  1. Donate.  This is the time of year to do it.  Paul is tireless and he does this for you guys. Donate.   2.  Carolina. If the Wings are done after two more games, you can look back to a Friday game against Carolina as the real culprit.

Rumor has it that Sergei Fedorov was on the training table in some dressing room, maybe St. Louis or even Denver, in '97. Steve Yzerman, a man some would consider the greatest Captain of any team in the history of organized sports, hobbled in and pretty much called him a name typically reserved for felines and 63 percent of all Denver males.

Yzerman, according to lore, informed Fedorov (the original Enigma) that pain is pain and men are men and that pain doesn't stop a man from doing the job other men need him to do.

I don't remember how Fedorov played the rest of that series but I distinctly recall thinking he should have won the Conn Smythe that year instead of Mike Vernon.

Henrik Zetterberg returns tonite. Reports conflict as to how much he'll play but the latest I saw was that we could expect "limited minutes."   Having observed Zetterberg for greater than a decade I'd guess "limited" will equal 18-20.

But what he does on the ice could be minor compared to what he should be doing this minute, and that is establishing residency inside Franzen's head and needling his strange brain with barbs. He should be reminding Franzen what he's capable of and what a shit show he's become. 

Zetterberg needs to pull an Yzerman to Franzen's Fedorov.  The challenge should not be as tall, considering they're most likely close friends. I do not sense Yzerman and Fedorov shared that type of relationship.

Franzen could very well be hurt, as Fedorov probably was in '97, and as Yzerman was in '02 and Shanahan was in '98, as Zetterberg undoubtedly was last year and in '08, as almost every hockey player is during the playoffs. Every single year.  No athletes play through the kind of pain hockey players do during the playoffs. Didn't a hero of Franzen's almost lose a testicle in '09? I don't remember. So, yeah, he's probably hurt. Got it.

So play through it. I know it's easy for me to say but guess what? I don't make the millions Franzen does to be a hockey player who lives up to his potential.

Tonight has got to be it.  And, I'm sorry George, but I'm not buying the glove theory. 

12 goals in '08.  13 in the '09 playoffs.  No more than six in any playoff since then.  Johan Franzen is living off the reputation he established for himself over two postseason years. 

Marian Fuching Hossa.  Jesus, Kenny.

So here we are. This is, indeed, the live blog, bitches.  If you look back about a week and consider who gave the Wings a shot to win, cut that number in half.  This morning on Sirius, Mick Kern and Mike Rossi asked Dennis Potvin if the Wings had even the slimmest chance of winning this series.  Potvin said absolutely not.  Even if Boston falters, the Wings can't compete in any area. None. They're done.

We'll see.  If the Wings lose, this series is indeed over.  But...if it gets all crazy and Detroit pulls this one out? 

We shall see. 

As stated, it's a Live Blog, bitches. Oh..and in the Zetterbergian fervor I almost forgot to mention...

...there will be a serial killer on the ice tonite, for what it's worth.

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BrendonR's avatar

Here we go. Z back in is huge, but agreed Chief that Mule needs to be huger. Since Stevie’s out of the playoffs now maybe they can sneak him over to have a chat.

Posted by BrendonR on 04/24/14 at 06:12 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Uncle Mike kind of called Mule out in his pre-game press conference. St. James asked Babs about Mule’s play of late. Babs said the kids got us into the playoffs and now it’s time for the veterans to step up and support them.

So I’m lookin’ at Mule and at James MF Howard. He has GOT to be as sharp as he was in Game 1.

And Bert? Make sure ghe Brutes know that Hank’s back is off limits.

Just. Win. Tonight.

LGRW!!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/24/14 at 06:17 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Thanks for mentioning the donation plus many thanks to many of the 19 who have donated again.

It is very much appreciated.

Now, someone kick the Mule.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/24/14 at 06:20 PM ET

hockeychic's avatar

LGRW!

As for me, I’m all aboard the Stress Train. Where’s Voox?  I need a triple today.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 04/24/14 at 06:23 PM ET

hockeychic's avatar

Also, I thought Fedorov should have won the Conn in 97.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 04/24/14 at 06:24 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

I was more than happy to drop a few bucks in the coffee can. The Emperor provides this sandbox for us to play in and puts up with the 19 and then some. Its a dayum good thing you do Paul.
Now…let’s just play and see what happens. This teams wasn’t timid against these Bruins all year, the playoffs shouldn’t be any different.
LGRW.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 04/24/14 at 06:27 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

some perspective ...

Evaluating Jimmy Howard

regardless if our goaltending is good, bad, average ... or whatever,

we won’t win if we don’t score more goals then they do.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/24/14 at 06:30 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

He should be reminding Franzen what he’s capable of and what a shit show he’s become.

That says it in about as plain as English can be written. I know Hank would never phrase it that way – but he should.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/24/14 at 06:33 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Long day in the salt mines of Sandy Eggo.  I may need to move to Detroit for some rest…

But, I digress.

Z is in?  Seriouslycoly?  Holy Jumping!  You could hear the sigh from whatever dive bar the bIG bAD bROONZ hang out in between their next episode of knuckle dragging on ice. I even heard the Downriver Puck Bunnies giggle.

Looks like the veterans need to step up.  Short of a swift boot in the butt, I believe that Babs has sent the message.  Suck it up Sally seems to be the mime of the day.

Now, win it.

LGRW !!!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 04/24/14 at 06:33 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Can’t wait for this current young group to learn about flipping the switch.. Find that other gear Wings used to be famous for.. Because they all knew what it really took to win.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/24/14 at 06:37 PM ET

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I’ll be parachuting onto the moving stress train late via DVR catch up.  See everyone during the third hopefully.

LGRW

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/24/14 at 06:51 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Show up on time. Especially you Veterans.  Z will play his heart out and make the others look bad if they don’t follow suit. Speed kills and will make the Broons oafs look slow. It can happen if the effort is there. LGRW

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 04/24/14 at 07:04 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Nothing is Impossible….. Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 04/24/14 at 07:05 PM ET

VooX's avatar

LGRW!
As for me, I’m all aboard the Stress Train. Where’s Voox?  I need a triple today.
Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 04/24/14 at 06:23 PM ET

Coming right up.

What are the rest of you bitches drinking?

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 04/24/14 at 07:11 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

LET’S GO RED WINGS!!!

And regarding donations to Paul, $25 bucks is not even 50 cents a week. The man is not getting rich of this enterprise. I’m guessing he’s too nice to ask for more. Isn’t KK, A2Y and all the juvenilicious comments worth at least a buck a week?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/24/14 at 07:12 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

What are the rest of you bitches drinking?
Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 04/24/14 at 07:11 PM ET

Drano on the rocks with a twist, please.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/24/14 at 07:12 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

What are the rest of you bitches drinking?

I think tonight calls for Long Island Ice Teas….double, together, in a large glass…. smile

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 04/24/14 at 07:15 PM ET

VooX's avatar

We’re going to need the horseshoes again tonight.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 04/24/14 at 07:21 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Evenin’ Bitches. Ahoy-hoy, Master Chief.

Z is in. The Captain does whatever it takes…...........

Let’s Roll!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/24/14 at 07:22 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Nothing is Impossible….. Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!
Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer’s chair on 04/24/14 at 07:05 PM ET

Well, almost nothing.  gulp

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/24/14 at 07:26 PM ET

YYZerman's avatar

Pain is temporary, shutting up the cave troll that is Chara is forever.

Let’s Go Red WIngs

Posted by YYZerman from Detroit, Michigan on 04/24/14 at 07:29 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Something ‘s got to give. Seriously.

You will have a better chance seeing the Loch Ness Monster around my neighborhood than a cat because, well, let’s just say if there is a Red Wing suite in heaven, the neighborhood cats get the prime seats.

The Easter Bunny went up in flames Sunday, to no avail.

So, here we go: the farmer’s horse down the road, I think the kids called him Alacazam or something, he has taken one for the team.

Win Wings, please. The U.P. is running out of flammable animals.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/24/14 at 07:32 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Hey Vooxie. You needs to turn those horseshoes upright.  Just saying

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 04/24/14 at 07:33 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

well, let’s just say if there is a Red Wing suite in heaven, the neighborhood cats get the prime seats.

That’s a shame Red Winger, because that flaming cat was Purrrrrrrrrrrfect. wink

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/24/14 at 07:38 PM ET

joedaiceman's avatar

All Hail to Serial Killers. All Hail to a big Swede who will pull his head out of his arse and score a couple.

All Hail to Paul - donation coming.

Posted by joedaiceman on 04/24/14 at 07:38 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Nice to have you here, VooX. I’ll have Triple Horseshoes. Upright.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/24/14 at 07:41 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

...there will be a serial killer on the ice tonite, for what it’s worth.

Most likely this is his last stab at Stanley. He wants his name engraved on him.


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/24/14 at 07:48 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Evenin bitches. I’m in and so is Z.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/24/14 at 07:49 PM ET

VooX's avatar

http://nlds140.cdnak.neulion.com/nlds/nhl/redwings/as/live/redwings_hd_3000.m3u8

Paste this in options:
http-user-agent=PS4 libhttp/1.60

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 04/24/14 at 07:53 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Mule needs to stop fuching around, or he’ll be watching the rest of the playoffs from the golf course.

It’s time for bear steaks, so let’s slaughter us one. LGRW.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 04/24/14 at 07:57 PM ET

dougie's avatar

I tuned in a few minutes early, and the announcer are talking like there are actually other teams besides the Wings/Bruins playing hockey? Who knew? Who Fuching cares? Not me.

Oh, and since I am really loaded, a personal word (actually 2) to Johann Franzen.

FUCH YOU!

Posted by dougie on 04/24/14 at 07:59 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Can’t join you guys for the lb tonight.  Here’s hoping for a win!

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/24/14 at 08:00 PM ET

Jaromir Blogger's avatar

Didn’t Larionov say he thought Konstantinov should have won in 97?

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 04/24/14 at 08:01 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Gus in for a sick Jimmah?  Oh boy.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/24/14 at 08:02 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Howard out,  Gus in. Holy fuch, game on.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/24/14 at 08:03 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

woah, no Jimmy? That puck had better keep hitting the Monster.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/24/14 at 08:03 PM ET

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Marian Fuching Hossa.

Hate on Franzen all you want but this Hossa ass-lapping needs to stop.

Since Hossa parted ways with the Wings he’s had 12 goals in 54 playoff games while Franzen has had 13 goals in 39 playoff games.

Franzen may be a problem but Hossa isn’t the solution.  Let’s remember that with the Wings he had six playoff goals spread over 3 two-goal games and zero goals in the last eight.  Those are “let’s buy out Franzen” type numbers.

Posted by Garth on 04/24/14 at 08:03 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Howard with the flu. Gus in tonight. Per TSN.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 04/24/14 at 08:03 PM ET

SoDakWIngNut's avatar

South Dakota greetings and a tip of the San Magoo bottle to +19! Someone needs to pay Lucic to whack the Mule in the nads. Nothing will get a lazy mule moving like a good swift slap in the ballz. If I hear another “****** Strong” I am gonna projectile vomit. LGRW!

Posted by SoDakWIngNut from Rapid City, SD on 04/24/14 at 08:05 PM ET

Paul's avatar

First playoff appearance for the Monster.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/24/14 at 08:05 PM ET

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