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Exactly What We’d Expect

Last night was more of an idea of what the rest of the season will bring us.  Plenty of energy, plenty of shots, missed opportunities. Goaltending that is good enough to keep us in it, but not quite good enough to win a game on its own.  Jimmy Howard doesn't steal games. Bernier won't either. 

They are good goalies who will win behind good teams and play well behind bad ones, only to take the L. 

This team is not going to the playoffs. But they are going to be fascinating to watch.  These guys are going to grow up in front of us and the tone of our posts and comments will reflect that.  Decades of scouring standings and pocketing points are in the past. Watching with an eye toward next year and years later will be our norm.

The team you saw last night is the team that we will embrace this year. Youth. Mistakes. Energy. Feistiness and fights. A blue line that is comprised of middle schoolers. Forwards that are a bit more seasoned but as yet incapable of carrying this team to consistent points. 

And that's ok. We'll get used to it. 

Unless we don't have to. Unless the talent ferments quicker than expected. Unless the speed and the potential and health all conspire for something interesting. This year.

We will see.

It's a Live Blog, bitches. 

LGRW. 

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

A glimmer of optimism there Chief, and , rightly so.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 10/08/18 at 09:44 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

I’d rather lose with 21 year olds than 35 year olds. One is hopeful, the other is living in the past.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 10/08/18 at 09:56 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

I hate Perry

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 10/08/18 at 10:01 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Hoping for Ras to start exerting himself on the ice. L.G.R.W.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 10/08/18 at 10:01 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Never a frayed rope around when you need it. wink

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 10/08/18 at 10:03 PM ET

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

I’d rather lose with 21 year olds than 35 year olds. One is hopeful, the other is living in the past.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 10/08/18 at 09:56 PM ET

Exactly. It’s actually a pleasant change, looking forward.  I’m dreading the return of Kronner, E-52, and Green. ....... shut eye

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 10/08/18 at 10:04 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Do we not get to watch the pre-game ceremony?  :(

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 10/08/18 at 10:05 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Are we supposed to know the two post-millennials that look like they’re on ice skates for the first time?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 10/08/18 at 10:06 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Do we not get to watch the pre-game ceremony?  :(

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 10/08/18 at 10:05 PM ET

Consider yourself lucky. I’m seeing it and I’m stuck with the Ducks announcers.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 10/08/18 at 10:08 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Um…the National Anthem doesn’t have a key change.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 10/08/18 at 10:12 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

The Ducks are celebrating their 25th opening night. I was sorta hoping they would bring Lucy Lawless for the Anthem.  surprised

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 10/08/18 at 10:14 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Howdy bitches. Hope the game is better than the anthem rendition. Yeesh. LGRW

Posted by cigar_nurse from On The mend for next season Greenville Pylons on 10/08/18 at 10:15 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

2 minutes for making your opponent drop his stick. Kill it

Posted by cigar_nurse from On The mend for next season Greenville Pylons on 10/08/18 at 10:19 PM ET

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

SWM Ken!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 10/08/18 at 10:20 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

That counts as a kill.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 10/08/18 at 10:20 PM ET

calquake's avatar

If the Wings can’t beat this Ducks team it’s going to be a looooooong season.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 10/08/18 at 10:21 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

Hejsan Y’all !!!

Lets Go Red Wings   Clap Clap Clap

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 10/08/18 at 10:22 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

I’d rather lose with 21 year olds than 35 year olds. One is hopeful, the other is living in the past.

We are slowly getting there. LOL

Posted by bigfrog on 10/08/18 at 10:27 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Well written Chief.

Posted by RWBill on 10/08/18 at 10:29 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Aw man that puck was just sitting there

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 10/08/18 at 10:29 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Always fun to get a Stevie stat.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 10/08/18 at 10:32 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Did Vanek just take the body?

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 10/08/18 at 10:33 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

Heya again Late Night Bitches!

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 10/08/18 at 10:37 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Bert!

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 10/08/18 at 10:37 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Lil’ Bert!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 10/08/18 at 10:37 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

1-0 Bert. LOL

Posted by bigfrog on 10/08/18 at 10:37 PM ET

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

T-Bert!!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 10/08/18 at 10:39 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Atta way Lil Bert. LGRW

Posted by cigar_nurse from On The mend for next season Greenville Pylons on 10/08/18 at 10:40 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

A sweet Bertuzzi-looking move.

I am a little hamstrung I don’t have a good browsing capability on the road. But you might be able to click this link and see Rumbear and his sons eight years ago in Anaheim, December 2010.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rwbill/22327985493/in/dateposted-public

Posted by RWBill on 10/08/18 at 10:42 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

That was Glendenning?

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 10/08/18 at 10:45 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

That was Glendenning?

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 10/08/18 at 10:45 PM ET

He gets one pre-season shift with Zadina and now he suffers delusions of grandeur…

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 10/08/18 at 10:46 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

and now he suffers delusions of grandeur…

Well if he keeps working on it….. never know

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 10/08/18 at 10:47 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Budd Lynch minute

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 10/08/18 at 10:50 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Running on fumes tonite. Will catch up with the 19 Thursday. Have fun. LGRW

Posted by cigar_nurse from On The mend for next season Greenville Pylons on 10/08/18 at 10:51 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

G’nite CN

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 10/08/18 at 10:52 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

The greatest show on ice !  Fancy.

Posted by RWBill on 10/08/18 at 10:54 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Ugh! Bettman.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 10/08/18 at 10:59 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Bettman was talking about companies of the magnitude of Blockbuster? Blockbuster no longer exists (and the Panthers probably shouldn’t either). And there’s more expansion to come???

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 10/08/18 at 11:04 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Someday Bettman will go away.  Someday.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 10/08/18 at 11:12 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Technically a successful penalty kill.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 10/08/18 at 11:14 PM ET

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