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Abel to Yzerman

Coming To Terms With A Couple Of Steel Firms

It's not submission.  We're not Blues fans, for god's sake.  It's short-term acceptance.   For a very brief period of time we've come to understand that this franchise's singular goal is to extend the playoff streak.  That's organizationally.  They're thinking of nothing else. They expect nothing other than just getting in.

It's why Pittsburgh landed two captains, both better than the one they already had.  Minnesota improved. Columbus did and so did Boston.  The Diggers hint that we kicked Jagr's tire but not hard enough.  We're also reminded that the Wings committed to a youth movement when injuries hit us in February?  Ok. 

I call it giving up.  But that's just my isolated opinion, I'm sure.

But only for a short period of time, and only in the eyes of Holland and his team of equal-voiced advisors.  Here's why we have legitimate reason for hope:

There is no way Henrik Zetterberg views this as a gloss-over year.  There is no way that a competitive athlete can be this close to the playoffs, and therefore the Cup, and view this postseason as a nice-to-be-here deal. 

But it's not Hank we worry about.  Or Datsyuk. It's not Kronwall or Howard or even the young defense.  It's not Nyquist or whoever else Uncle Mike puts in there on any given night.

Three things must happen if this team is going to go all UM on us and "shock the world", and it would be a horrific shock to those who despise us, wouldn't it? 

Franzen must be the guy we used to know.  Actually, we never really knew him.  He is the guy we know now because the guy we want him to be has only been around for rare glimpses, but thankfully those glimpses were enough for Tick Tock to ensure the guy we do know will be around for a long, long time.  Who has the ability to get under his skin, like Yzerman got under Fedorov's? Like Bowman got under Shanahan's? Putting him at center, telling him to "choose a line" and then "dominate"?  That's not going to cut it.  The most frustrating Wing of our time, without question. 

Filppula.  Does he realize that if he actually performs for the next two months he can write his own ticket?  If Wally plays even close to his potential he could be looking at an epic payday in June or July or whenever Gary decides to let teams other than us sign free agents this summer.  I'm tired of him and I'm anxious to see him go, but I wouldn't mind an explosion of talent that carries us where few outside of the 19 of us really want us to go. 

Helm.  Poor, sweet, innocent Darren by god Helm.  I'm telling you right now that if we get Helm back healthy and if those two fuchtards I mentioned above can play the way baby jesus wants them to? We have a shot.  If we don't get two out of those three? Done like dinner after one just like Kenny and the rationalizers expect and accept.

The three paragraphs above, plus the one sentence that preceded comprise the most obvious thoughts a Wing fan has ever typed. I get that. But it doesn't make them any less critical.  Mule, Wally and God.  We roll with them, or go out whimpering awash in flagellation and excuses from Kenny and his posse.

It's a Live Blog, you bitches.   I once called the Blues the best team in the Western Conference. Now I just call them the 8 seed, if they're lucky...just like the not so distant good old days.

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Hootinani's avatar

actually shooting the puck might make it a great chance, too.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/07/13 at 02:50 PM ET

Z did shoot the puck, but the best he could get off was a weak backhander cuz of coverage

Abby was trailing the play just waiting to pounce

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 02:51 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Wings are unwilling to fight for the puck in the O zone. No goals gonna be scored today I think.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/07/13 at 02:52 PM ET

The Hurricane's avatar

Tell me they aren’t ACTUALLY bemoaning St. Louis’s struggles with injury? WTF is wrong with these jackholes?

Posted by The Hurricane on 04/07/13 at 02:53 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

It sucks when the Wings and the Tigers have commercial breaks at the same time.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 02:53 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

When was the last time Filppula was an impact player?

There needs to be a first time before there can be a last time

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/07/13 at 02:53 PM ET

calquake's avatar

When was the last time Filppula was an impact player?

Didn’t know he ever was an impact player… complimentary?... yes…. impact player?... not so much.

Posted by calquake on 04/07/13 at 02:53 PM ET

RWBill's avatar


Wings are unwilling to fight for the puck in the O zone. No goals gonna be scored today I think.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/07/13 at 02:52 PM ET

Besides 8, yes.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/07/13 at 02:53 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

By tonight Phoenix could be 1 point behind with 9 games remaining.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/07/13 at 02:54 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Pavel - - stoned

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 02:54 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

why…WHY???

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/07/13 at 02:55 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

DAMMIT!  Just won’t go in!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 02:55 PM ET

klank's avatar

dear Hockey Gods… just one bounce.  one bounce.

Posted by klank from the finest hot tub in Marin on 04/07/13 at 02:55 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Why does Z go to the box for trying to get his stick free?!?!?!?!?  That’s roughing?

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 02:56 PM ET

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How the fuch does Z get a penalty there?  What the hell?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/07/13 at 02:56 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

They took Z too?  You have to be kidding me.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/13 at 02:56 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Perron looks like a lesbian

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 02:56 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Nyquist should play with Hank and Pavel all the time

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 02:57 PM ET

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DC planning his post game Porter mounting

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/07/13 at 02:57 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Good play by Perron, got Z off the ice for 2:00.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/07/13 at 02:57 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Cleary is a waste of roster space

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 02:58 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Kronner…I…I…


FUCH

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/07/13 at 02:58 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

They b fuched.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/13 at 02:58 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Kronner.  :(

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 02:58 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Thats the ball game.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 02:59 PM ET

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What a surprise.  Ref’s 1000th game, and it becomes all about them.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/07/13 at 02:59 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Call TO.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/07/13 at 03:01 PM ET

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Holy Sheeet…...are you that stupid DC?  St. B’lose is shorthanded?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/07/13 at 03:02 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

No Magical Miracle today.  Sigh.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 03:03 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Kronner will come out of the box and score.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/07/13 at 03:03 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Boys and girls, this one hurts

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/07/13 at 03:03 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

catch ya next game, 19

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/07/13 at 03:03 PM ET

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At least O’Halloran can say that in his 1000’th game he and his crew helped make a difference.  Horrible call taking Z off when his stick was being held.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/07/13 at 03:04 PM ET

gt500x's avatar

I can’t help but wonder what Tatar could do if he was in

Posted by gt500x on 04/07/13 at 03:04 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Well the POS could look pretty grim come morning.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/07/13 at 03:05 PM ET

klank's avatar

I’m 0k with… I liked our effort.

t00dlz

Posted by klank from the finest hot tub in Marin on 04/07/13 at 03:08 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

FUCH !

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/13 at 03:08 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

I lIkE oUr TeAm

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/07/13 at 03:09 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

This one did hurt.  Can’t fault the Wings’ effort, and Jimmah played great.  The one goal they scored was a clusterfuch in front of him.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 03:13 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Well, I’m watching the Tigers now.

GO BLUE tomorrow night!

See y’all Thursday, if not before.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 03:14 PM ET

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Posted by gt500x on 04/07/13 at 03:20 PM ET

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