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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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stonehands-78's avatar

>>> CLANK <<<

number two

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/19/12 at 11:44 PM ET

monkey'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.

*starts to laugh, then starts to cry*

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 01/19/12 at 11:44 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Why aren’t any of them taking the puck to the net on the PP?  If the lanes are blocked the path to the net is the shortest route.

Posted by calquake on 01/19/12 at 11:45 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

no puck luck for helm

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/19/12 at 11:45 PM ET

bezukov'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 01/19/12 at 09:41 PM ET

I’ll have what stayouttamalibu is having.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/19/12 at 11:45 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 01/19/12 at 11:45 PM ET

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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 01/19/12 at 09:43 PM ET

Not enough players willing to play the price right now.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 01/19/12 at 11:45 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Wings were 6 mins on the PP in the 1st

Wings have only 13 SOG in the 1st.

The Dogs have 12 SOG

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/19/12 at 11:46 PM ET

cainer4wingsglory's avatar

I’m not a big fan of Ian White on the 1st PP unit. He always seems to get his shots blocked. Love the rest of his game, but I’d rather see Kronner on that top PP unit.

Posted by cainer4wingsglory on 01/19/12 at 11:47 PM 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 01/19/12 at 09:41 PM ET

I’ll have what stayouttamalibu is having.
Posted by bezukov from South of Detroit on 01/19/12 at 09:45 PM ET

Reprobates.  Savages.  Coming right up…

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 01/19/12 at 11:47 PM ET

SoDakWIngNut's avatar

Anyone else notice the rash of forwards inexplicably centering the defensive zone passes right in front of Jimmah? We’ve been lucky lately, against a good team that has been fatal.

Posted by SoDakWIngNut from Rapid City, SD on 01/19/12 at 11:48 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Reprobates.  Savages.  Coming right up…

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 01/19/12 at 09:47 PM ET

Someone call me?

Posted by calquake on 01/19/12 at 11:48 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Let’s get things started shall we?

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/19/12 at 11:48 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Posted by 42jeff from Minot, North Dakota on 01/19/12 at 09:48 PM ET

Your a twisted bitch, Jeff.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/19/12 at 11:49 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Your a twisted bitch, Jeff.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/19/12 at 09:49 PM ET

Not the worst thing I’ve ever been called….

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/19/12 at 11:50 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Wings were 6 mins on the PP in the 1st

Wings have only 13 SOG in the 1st.

The Dogs have 12 SOG

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/19/12 at 09:46 PM ET

I just shat myself because I’m thinking we’re never gonna see another PP for the rest of the game.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 01/19/12 at 11:50 PM ET

SoDakWIngNut's avatar

Hope yer enjoying the ‘Knob 42jeff and here’s a tip ‘o the bottle that yer ‘BUFFs are showing the Spirits how sh*t is really done.

Posted by SoDakWIngNut from Rapid City, SD on 01/19/12 at 11:51 PM ET

monkey's avatar

I just shat myself because I’m thinking we’re never gonna see another PP for the rest of the game.

Thank god.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 01/19/12 at 11:51 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Not the worst thing I’ve ever been called….

Gawd, thats a softball around this place smile

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/19/12 at 11:52 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Mr. Chicken’s broasted chicken.  I miss it.  There’s no broasted chicken joint in this town and the nearest joint’s in Lake Havasu.  I do not want to be driving two hours just for a friggin’ broasted chicken fix.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 01/19/12 at 11:55 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Firebird Werewolves.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 01/19/12 at 11:56 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

Premiered this evening in 1940: “You Nazty Spy!” a new Three Stooges short drawing inspiration from the European war.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/19/12 at 11:56 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Hope yer enjoying the ‘Knob 42jeff and here’s a tip ‘o the bottle that yer ‘BUFFs are showing the Spirits how sh*t is really done.

Posted by SoDakWIngNut from Rapid City, SD on 01/19/12 at 09:51 PM ET

Just came back from Fitters Pub in Warrensburg…burger was awesome as were the waffle fries.  They were showing college basketball and when I asked the waiter if they had Center Ice he asked if that was supposed to be in a can or a bottle.  I decided it wasn’t worth trying to explain it.


Not here with any BUFFS but here watching Whiteman get their Nuke surety inspection so I can report back to Minot on what they’re looking at and finding so we can be prepped for ours to start week after next.  Stupid IG smile

Got to see a B-2 up close today though.  THAT is one impressive damn bomber.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/19/12 at 11:57 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

I do not want to be driving two hours just for a friggin’ broasted chicken fix.

1.5 hours for curly fries if the wings ever get a hat trick.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/19/12 at 11:58 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Premiered this evening in 1940: “You Nazty Spy!” a new Three Stooges short drawing inspiration from the European war.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/19/12 at 09:56 PM ET

I love insignificant trivia… like “Mitt Romney once ran for President of the United States”.

Posted by calquake on 01/19/12 at 11:58 PM ET

SYF's avatar

THAT is one impressive damn bomber.

Posted by 42jeff from Minot, North Dakota on 01/19/12 at 09:57 PM ET

Well the Wings PP on the other hand, it just bombs.  And in a bad way.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 01/19/12 at 11:59 PM ET

monkey's avatar

I love insignificant trivia… like “Mitt Romney once ran for President of the United States”.

Mint Romley?

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 01/20/12 at 12:00 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Evening All.

Scrolled thru the LB and found the FSN link

Posted by TheRealYooper

Yoop your my hero!!

VooX how’s aboot a double.  Time to jump start the evening!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 01/20/12 at 12:00 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

Speaking of insignificant

Lebda just signed with the Blue Jackets

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

SoDakWIngNut's avatar

I work with the BONEs here in RC. You can keep that TPI/Nuke stuff. Don’t miss those days. The B-2 is a sweet looking piece of heavy metal. Saw them in combat ops at an undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean and also at Guam. Got nothing on Buffs or BONEs though. Was in Vegas last year for RF and photographed a bunch of BuFFs for Barksdale. They have a rugged beauty about them, especially at dusk in Vegas. Be safe bro.

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

VooX's avatar

Just came back from Fitters Pub in Warrensburg…burger was awesome as were the waffle fries.  They were showing college basketball and when I asked the waiter if they had Center Ice he asked if that was supposed to be in a can or a bottle.  I decided it wasn’t worth trying to explain it.

That’s a sad punchline, indeed.

See you bitches in about 45, if you have any further lag issues, let the Emperor know.  Likewise, if things improve, let him know.

See you in the 3rd.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 01/20/12 at 12:02 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Ahhh…we still experiencing Blogus Postus Interuptus?  Seems so.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 01/20/12 at 12:02 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Thank god.

Posted by monkey from the morel high ground on 01/19/12 at 09:51 PM ET

With all this shooting ability on the Wings, the PP is severely lacking in potency.

Second period.  Here we go.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 01/20/12 at 12:03 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

Got to see a B-2 up close today though.  THAT is one impressive damn bomber.

Seriously. If there is a reason to go to Ohio, its to go to the Air Force Museum in Dayton. They got a B-2 there. Awesome collection they got there.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/20/12 at 12:03 AM ET

monkey's avatar

Once more, once more unto the breach, bitches.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 01/20/12 at 12:03 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Uncle Mike juggling lines

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/20/12 at 12:04 AM ET

SoDakWIngNut's avatar

Once more, once more unto the breach, bitches.

Posted by monkey from the morel high ground on 01/19/12 at 10:03 PM ET

+19

Posted by SoDakWIngNut from Rapid City, SD on 01/20/12 at 12:04 AM ET

SYF's avatar

I love the effort of Helm’s line to start the second.  Great pressure already.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 01/20/12 at 12:04 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

” ... I asked the waiter if they had Center Ice he asked if that was supposed to be in a can or a bottle.  I decided it wasn’t worth trying to explain it.”


awesome

bwahahahahahaha

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/20/12 at 12:05 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Dirty White Boy!!

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/20/12 at 12:05 AM ET

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