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Beating People Up Is Fun

That's the message the guy who used to be the "nice Mike Babcock" is sending.  It's one we endorse, for the most part, because we're hockey fans and fans of a team that used to do a lot of that.  There was a time when the Wings were a middle of the pack team, but highly entertaining when Bob Probert and Joe Kocur used to beat the living hell out of people.


Along with then superstar and current Red Wing GM Steve Yzerman, Probert and Kocur filled the Joe.

Little Ceasers Arena has not been filled much this year.

But if the fights keep coming, it may be. And if the fights accompany more wins, it definitely will be.

But the wins won't come if your scorers are breaking hands or serving suspensions.

Jeff Blashill promised us we'd see "60 minutes of Hell."  We scoffed when our little kids started 0 and one million. We forgot about it for a month or so. And now we've been reminded, as we've watched this team take on a tone of toughness.
Middle ground, young Jeffrey. Middle ground, please.

And in come the Lightning. The real, recent, relevant rival.

In come the Lightning, the team Steve Yzerman used as a stepping stone to  professionally prepare himself to manage the Wings, the job he has now.

As stated a week ago, this Wing team is one of streaks. Young men do that. They find something they like and they keep doing it until they get tired or go blind, then they're not allowed to do that anymore until they start it up again. Streaky. Our Wings are young and they are streaky. One loss turns into three too quickly. Tonight would be a good night to stop the current streak at one, against a team that was built to beat the Wings, by the guy who was recently and secretly hired to manage them.

But we're down two scorers and nobody named Zadina has been called up. So in comes Frk and Ehn with a dose of mean-spirited Wit on the back end. 

It's a Live Blog, bitches.

LGRW. 

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Paul's avatar

First NHL game for 28 year-old goalie Eddie Pasquale.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/04/18 at 06:17 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

then superstar and current Red Wing GM Steve Yzerman <—clever.  It will be interesting to see how the organ-I-zation restructures itself so that happens for next year.

For those all pissy about Mantha breaking his hand ... do NOT tell Mantha not to fight ... he’s a big enough puss as it is.

If a guy falls into the lake while fishing do you tell him not to fish any more ?  No ... youteach him how to fish properly.

Mantha needs to learn to clench his fist while fighting so the energy transfers up his arm.
You hit something with a soft hand and your hand absorbs all of the impact, breaking bones etc.

If Mantha wants to stick up for himself and teammates then thats up to him ... just teach him how to do it right so he doesn’t get hurt.

fuching pacifists everywhere ... geeeez

You want your entire team playing with an attitude.  I’d go so far as saying I wouldn’t mind seeing Larkin stick up for himself too.

Hockey is physical and people are going to get pissed.  Don’t force someone to be passive and expect someone else to do the dirty work.

DRW vs Philly in 1972 ... I had first row in a corner ... none other than Mickey Redmond got into a fight right in front of me.

It happens.  Don’t allow a 6’ 5” player to get a ‘soft’ reputation.  The other teams will take advantage of that til the cows come home.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 12/04/18 at 06:23 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Mantha did what was indicated. He nailed the scumbag that grabbed Larkin by the head and rammed him into the boards. Head first.
Yes, Mantha could use boxing lessons, but in the heat of the moment he did exactly the right thing. I like the edgy, won’t back down attitude. It’s bringing this group closer and developing a chemistry. Team building.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 12/04/18 at 06:53 PM ET

calquake's avatar

They find something they like and they keep doing it until they get tired or go blind, then they’re not allowed to do that anymore until they start it up again.

Hey, everybody needs a hobby.  cheese

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 12/04/18 at 07:00 PM ET

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I really, really, really wish Ken would stop with the “11 forwards 7 defensemen and the Wings have a better chance to win” crap.

LGRW

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 12/04/18 at 07:34 PM ET

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Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's Chair on 12/04/18 at 07:40 PM ET

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Rookie making first start against the Wings?  Ruht roh.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 12/04/18 at 07:40 PM ET

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Can’t punch someone on the bench from the ice says Trevor, but apparently you can spear someone on the bench from the ice.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 12/04/18 at 07:41 PM ET

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Can’t punch someone on the bench from the ice says Trevor, but apparently you can spear someone on the bench from the ice.

Makes perfect sense… if you’re from Mars.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 12/04/18 at 07:43 PM ET

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Wings going to get into trouble if they keep failing to clear the zone

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 12/04/18 at 07:44 PM ET

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Dodged one there.  Net was wide open.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 12/04/18 at 07:47 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Over the past 3-4 home games I’ve really noticed the puck bouncing & rolling Lots. Unquestionably a result of installing & removing the basketball court. A result is crappy ice so the Pistons can play basketball in front of 1,500 people per game…

confused

Posted by Down River Dan on 12/04/18 at 07:54 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

two points:

—- hockey ain’t no place for softies

—- the team, the team, the team

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/04/18 at 07:55 PM ET

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Wings really been lacking finish on their good chances lately.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 12/04/18 at 08:03 PM ET

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Wings really been lacking finish on their good chances lately.

Literally can be the difference between winning and losing.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 12/04/18 at 08:05 PM ET

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Good Lord, guy went from 2 steps behind E52 to 2 steps in front in a blink.  E52 so slow

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 12/04/18 at 08:05 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Wow! Whew!  grrr

Must be living right….......

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 12/04/18 at 08:06 PM ET

calquake's avatar

E52 so slow

Okay I’ll bite. How slow is he?
Slower than a turtle?
Slower than molasses?

Okay, now you come up with some.  smile

NYQUIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 12/04/18 at 08:08 PM ET

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snipe   1-0

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 12/04/18 at 08:08 PM ET

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1-0 Nyquist. grin

Posted by bigfrog on 12/04/18 at 08:08 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

>>>BOOM<<<

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/04/18 at 08:08 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

2-0 Nielsen.  LOL

Posted by bigfrog on 12/04/18 at 08:09 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

NyQuill!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 12/04/18 at 08:09 PM ET

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Nielsen!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!?

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 12/04/18 at 08:09 PM ET

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Slower than a turtle?
Slower than molasses?

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin’ on my manifesto on 12/04/18 at 08:08 PM ET

Slower than a turtle covered in molasses?

....and Nielsen 2-0   cheese

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 12/04/18 at 08:10 PM ET

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>>>BOOM-BOOM<<<

whoa Nellie

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/04/18 at 08:10 PM ET

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Slower than a turtle covered in molasses?

Slower than the Bullet Train than won’t get built in Cali?

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 12/04/18 at 08:12 PM ET

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Just had a lapse in the time/space continuum there on the Tee Vee.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 12/04/18 at 08:14 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Okay I’ll bite. How slow is he?

Slower than Libor Sulak, Filip Hronek, Vili Saarijarvi, and Joe Hicketts…...Sensing a trend???  sick

Posted by Down River Dan on 12/04/18 at 08:14 PM ET

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Just had a lapse in the time/space continuum there on the Tee Vee.

Great Scott!

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/04/18 at 08:14 PM ET

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Just had a lapse in the time/space continuum there on the Tee Vee.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin’ on my manifesto on 12/04/18 at 08:14 PM ET

Been having a bit of choppy/freezing broadcast way down here in Cackalackee . smile

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 12/04/18 at 08:18 PM ET

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Been having a bit of choppy/freezing broadcast way down here in Cackalackee .

Nice to see things are tough all over,  LOL  tongue wink

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 12/04/18 at 08:24 PM ET

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Howdy 19. Good to see us up by 2 on these slugs. LGRW

Posted by cigar_nurse from On The mend for next season Greenville Pylons on 12/04/18 at 08:31 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

SWM Ken! NO JINK!


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!?

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 12/04/18 at 08:32 PM ET

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Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 12/04/18 at 08:37 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Is #19 in the pressbox tonight? Have they mentioned him tonight?

Posted by Down River Dan on 12/04/18 at 08:38 PM ET

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Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 12/04/18 at 08:39 PM ET

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2-1 Crap. cool mad

Posted by bigfrog on 12/04/18 at 08:39 PM ET

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that was sad

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 12/04/18 at 08:40 PM ET

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bad jinny

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 12/04/18 at 08:40 PM ET

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