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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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42jeff's avatar

More gold from the redwings.tv chat:

“RedWings40: I love how Ericson always skates up to a guy and gently pushes him to say “I am here, but I don’t want to hurt you”“

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/20/12 at 02:14 AM ET

calquake's avatar

Mule or not, that’s gonna leave a mark.

Posted by RWBill from Jerry Sandusky’s defense team. on 01/19/12 at 11:14 PM ET

Probably gonna have a (horse)shoe changed.

Posted by calquake on 01/20/12 at 02:15 AM ET

SoDakWIngNut's avatar

Looks like the hit was slightly above ankle more to the front off lower shin by top of skate.

Posted by SoDakWIngNut from Rapid City, SD on 01/20/12 at 02:15 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

They are officially playing with fire now.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/19/12 at 11:13 PM ET

I’m really glad you didn’t say they’re literally playing with fire now.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from Temporarily in Tempe, AZ on 01/19/12 at 11:14 PM ET

They could figuratively be playing with fire

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/20/12 at 02:15 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

how Ericson always skates up to a guy and gently pushes him to say “I am here, but I don’t want to hurt you””

snorted Guinness Dark out my nose.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/20/12 at 02:15 AM ET

monkey's avatar

Franzen.  Nice.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/20/12 at 02:16 AM ET

VooX's avatar

how Ericson always skates up to a guy and gently pushes him to say “I am here, but I don’t want to hurt you””

Ericsson: The Defense-Whisperer

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 01/20/12 at 02:16 AM ET

monkey's avatar

I’m really glad you didn’t say they’re literally playing with fire now.

I have literally played with fire.  The shit is hot.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/20/12 at 02:16 AM ET

SoDakWIngNut's avatar

Posted by SoDakWIngNut from Rapid City, SD on 01/20/12 at 02:17 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

mule?

phew

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/20/12 at 02:17 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Yak a little flat-footed

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/20/12 at 02:17 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

For the record….Modelo is freakin nummy

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/20/12 at 02:17 AM ET

monkey's avatar

Helm.  Need more shoot.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/20/12 at 02:17 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Yotes are always going to lay the body down to block the shots.  Always.

And the Wings can’t figure that out neither.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/20/12 at 02:18 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Hooking and holding and slashing and whacking.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/20/12 at 02:18 AM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Glad Mule is back out there.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 01/20/12 at 02:19 AM ET

tkfergy's avatar

I’m not sure if it’s just me but when Emmerton is on the ice I don’t notice him out there (lately) but when Mursak is out there I do notice… Why does it always seem like Babcock sits the wrong people?

Posted by tkfergy on 01/20/12 at 02:20 AM ET

monkey's avatar

Shoot the puck.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/20/12 at 02:20 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

Good to see mule back….duck tape and some cortizone?

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/20/12 at 02:20 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Gator gets the chokehold put on him and body slam, no call.  Really?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/20/12 at 02:20 AM ET

calquake's avatar

Abby hog-tied… no call.

Posted by calquake on 01/20/12 at 02:20 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

FTW? I’m 4000 miles away and I saw that.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/20/12 at 02:20 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

FTW? I’m 4000 miles away and I saw that.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/20/12 at 02:20 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

take down on abby. no call.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/20/12 at 02:20 AM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Jesus refs, that’s really not a fuching penalty?

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 01/20/12 at 02:20 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

Eesh, that was closer than it should’ve been.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/20/12 at 02:21 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Good grief - - saved by the pipes.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/20/12 at 02:21 AM ET

monkey's avatar

For the love of Jimmy.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/20/12 at 02:21 AM ET

VooX's avatar

Hopefully that shot off the crossbar is the wakeup call the Wings need.  Enough fuching around, finish off the Dogs and bury their carcass in the desert on the way back to the Red Bird.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 01/20/12 at 02:21 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

I’m shitting diamond bricks here—literally.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/20/12 at 02:22 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

How did that happen? Double shot in the comments.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/20/12 at 02:22 AM ET

calquake's avatar

Looks like a dirty, dirty goal is needed to win.  Just not sure if it’s the Wings.

Posted by calquake on 01/20/12 at 02:22 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

No interference there 20 feet behind the puck.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 01/20/12 at 02:22 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Even if the refs, who’ve been generous with the PPs for the Wings, did call the holding, what exactly do you expect from the Wings’ PP given how it’s completely inept in road games?

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/20/12 at 02:22 AM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

I’m shitting diamond bricks here—literally.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/19/12 at 11:22 PM ET

No you’re not.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 01/20/12 at 02:22 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Looks like a dirty, dirty goal is needed to win.  Just not sure if it’s the Wings.

Posted by calquake on 01/19/12 at 11:22 PM ET

SWM. No jink.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/20/12 at 02:23 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

2 post in 2 seconds. Good grief.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/20/12 at 02:24 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Wally - wow

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/20/12 at 02:24 AM ET

Bent's avatar

ARGH, so close!

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 01/20/12 at 02:24 AM ET

monkey's avatar

I’m shitting diamond bricks here—literally.

Lucky bastard.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/20/12 at 02:24 AM ET

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