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Game Day? If You Say So Then We’ll Live Blog It

Well. Yesterday (for me) I posted an “off day digging” ditty even though it turned out to be game day for you which is practically obscene.  Now, we have a game starting at 9pm Thursday night EST, I think. That means it’s 6am Friday and I’m pretty sure I’ll be awake which is nice.

Top spot in the West is the Wings’ to grab tonite and very few things in our lives are more important than securing it, holding it, nurturing it.  That top spot must be cupped and fondled and there is no place anywhere on earth better suited for that than in the palm of one James F. Tiberius Howard.  Craig Custance, the best hockey writer in Detroit, told us so this morning and it’s a personal decree of mine to believe everything Custance writes.

“Howard is growing into one of the league’s elite goalies and the fans in Detroit are starting to realize it. During the final 90 seconds of Monday’s shutout win over the Sabres, they filled the rafters of Joe Louis Arena with chants of his name. It was almost as if 20,000 people realized at the same moment that their goalie has matured into one of the game’s best.”


You, Mr. Custance, are gloriously correct.  And this is a Live Blog, bitches.

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WestWing's avatar

Power play goals are so last year.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/20/12 at 12:31 AM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

What the fuch is wrong with the power play?

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 01/20/12 at 12:31 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

CLANK! by pimp

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/20/12 at 12:32 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Come the fuch on!  Dive.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/20/12 at 12:32 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Wings PK will make the Dogs PP better.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/20/12 at 12:32 AM ET

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I don’t care how many posts you hit, how many good chances you get…if you don’t score on the PP it sucks.  Right now the Wings’ PP sucks.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 01/20/12 at 12:32 AM ET

calquake's avatar

What the fuch is wrong with the power play?

Posted by stayouttamalibu from Temporarily in Tempe, AZ on 01/19/12 at 09:31 PM ET

Too many passes and not enough takin’ the puck to the net.

Posted by calquake on 01/20/12 at 12:33 AM ET

SYF's avatar

OMFG.  The Wings on the road is so obscenely different.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/20/12 at 12:33 AM ET

monkey's avatar

Happy wants a reacharound tonight too

I’m so pent up, I’d be glad to oblige.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/20/12 at 12:33 AM ET

bezukov's avatar

That fuching coyote howl is about as annoying as those Tootoo whistles.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/20/12 at 12:33 AM ET

SoDakWIngNut's avatar

Friggin’...

LGRW!!

Posted by SoDakWIngNut from Rapid City, SD on 01/20/12 at 12:33 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

What the fuch is wrong with the power play?

.
It cant score. Simple.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/20/12 at 12:34 AM ET

monkey's avatar

What the fuch is wrong with the power play?

Rafalski?

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/20/12 at 12:35 AM ET

monkey's avatar

Sorry for the slow posting of comments folks, I am looking into it.

My guess is database issues.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/20/12 at 12:36 AM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

I was about to get really pissed if we gave up a pp goal after not scoring on two of our own.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 01/20/12 at 12:37 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Yes SYF….?

Posted by SoDakWIngNut from Rapid City, SD on 01/19/12 at 09:29 PM ET

Not a fan of rope-a-dope hockey.  I much prefer fast starts.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/20/12 at 12:37 AM ET

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Pretty much ever PK attacks the Wings when they are on the PP, and they can’t score.  Detroit’s PK sits back and gets scored on like a cheap high school whore.  Lesson not learned.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 01/20/12 at 12:37 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

wings are playing as slow as molasses in da u.p. today. -5 right now headed to -20 by morning.

wings need to heat it up!

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/20/12 at 12:38 AM ET

calquake's avatar

Detroit’s PK sits back and gets scored on like a cheap high school whore.

Oh, so you’ve heard about my ex.

Posted by calquake on 01/20/12 at 12:39 AM ET

bezukov's avatar

The ref was salty on that one.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/20/12 at 12:39 AM ET

Bent's avatar

PHX coach says “fuch me”

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 01/20/12 at 12:39 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Tippett’s second too many men on the ice penalty in the first period.

Canadian Club PP.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/20/12 at 12:39 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

need more shoot

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/20/12 at 12:39 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

Oh, so you’ve heard about my ex.

yours too eh?

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/20/12 at 12:40 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

2 minutes ... too many penguins on the ice

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/20/12 at 12:40 AM ET

calquake's avatar

yours too eh?

sisters probably.

Posted by calquake on 01/20/12 at 12:40 AM ET

SYF's avatar

How ‘bout starting the Abber’s line on the PP next time, Uncle Mike?

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/20/12 at 12:40 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

Evening bitches.  Late arrival here.  Watching the game on my droid actually is coming in better than over billeting’s “wireless internet”

True stuff, Chief.  Howard gives us one thing going into the springtime that we haven’t always had—absolute trust in the guy between the pipes.

Rock on Sailor!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/19/12 at 07:11 PM ET

Hellz yes Westwing.  I was noticing that a few games ago after big point shots and such where I find myself NOT looking at the back of the net for the puck.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/20/12 at 12:41 AM ET

Bent's avatar

Shots aren’t even reaching the goaltender.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 01/20/12 at 12:41 AM ET

VooX's avatar

Any Darjeeling tea drinkers at A2Y, or am I the only one digging that type of fine liquor on the Hasek?

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 01/20/12 at 12:41 AM ET

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You just can’t expect to score by trying to bang it through 2 or 3 Yotes and hope Homstrom gets a tip.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 01/20/12 at 12:42 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

The Red Wing power play right now looks as if they couldn’t even score a goal agains the Red Wing penalty kill.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/20/12 at 12:42 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Wings PP = lessons in exasperation

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/20/12 at 12:42 AM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

This is pathetic.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 01/20/12 at 12:43 AM ET

Bent's avatar

CLANG again!

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 01/20/12 at 12:43 AM ET

SYF's avatar

God on the goalpost.

That’s twice for the Wings this period.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/20/12 at 12:43 AM ET

VooX's avatar

  Sorry for the slow posting of comments folks, I am looking into it.

My guess is database issues.
Posted by monkey from the morel high ground on 01/19/12 at 09:36 PM ET

The Emperor has requested you copy the error and email to him please,
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 01/20/12 at 12:43 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

The key to a good PP is usually player movement. This time I think that’s half right. Wings are moving, but no one is moving to the middle. Its a big merry-go-round on the outside which is fine for puck possession but not generating many chances.

Clang for Helm.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/20/12 at 12:43 AM ET

bezukov's avatar

Goddam, another fuching post?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/20/12 at 12:43 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

Clank…dangit helm

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/20/12 at 12:44 AM ET

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