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Have You Heard The News About Uncle Joe And His Obscene Live Blogs?

There are no trends. Some would say, during the playoffs, that nothing real exists. We boiled the Easter Bunny on Sunday, a nifty addition to a growing list of domestic pets sacrificed in the name of our cause.

We've turned an innocent train, just a small, clean little choo choo, into a den of sin and drunken excess. We've done everything possible to assure an easy entrance into Hell just based purely on our conduct during the last ten playoffs, or so.

We've been juvenile, disgusting, despicable, redolent.

But that's because we're loyal and because our expectations are high, and because we are an immensely intelligent, handsome group of people with great scorn for pretty much everyone else.

Some of you consider tonite to be worthy of Lightfoot.  No. I say no.  Gordon Lightfoot is used in times of desperation.  This is not that time.  1-1 with three games left at Joe Louis is not that time.

Now...should the Wings lose in the same skinny-guy-in-prison fashion? If the power play continues to suck ass? If Datsyuk, Nyquist, FRANZEN, and pretty much everyone else remain ice cold? If Howard plays poorly? If, if, if....yes, then we may call on Lightfoot.

But not yet. Not...tonite ("Miracle" reference...just FYI).

No Alfredsson tonite and that's ok. He's been invisible. Andersson in because law states you can only substitute a Swede for a Swede not named Sameulsson.  You cannot replace a Swede with a Canadian(en) serial killer. Sorry Bert.

No Lightfoot tonite because I'm not nervous. Something tells me Game 2 may have triggered a realization in the Wings that only they can understand.

I am optimistic.

I'm not kidding.

This is a live blog, bitches.

15 to 12.

LGRW.

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SYF's avatar

A wonderful period by nobody on the Wings.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/22/14 at 09:12 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

rope-a-dope ?

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/22/14 at 09:12 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

well they sucked less in that period—I guess that’s something

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/22/14 at 09:12 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

Yeah, his puck moving, skating, and overall attacking instincts are really good, but defensively we may have seen the best from him.

Don’t misunderstand me, I’d LOVE for him to prove me wrong… at this point, however, I think he’d make a GREAT two-way winger.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/22/14 at 08:43 PM ET


He’s only 120 games into his pro career and showed a lot of improvement this year.

Way too early to give up on a defenseman.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 04/22/14 at 09:12 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Bring up some more Griffins next game!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/22/14 at 09:14 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

The dejection in Ken and Mick’s voices is sad.

No one saw the Wings mailing in their effort for such a crucial game.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/22/14 at 09:14 PM ET

Alan's avatar

At the end of two, the highlight: We didn’t let them score. Where was that in the first period?

The lowlight: We’re still not playing our game. We look awful out there, and we have GOT to change that. Uncle Mike has to fix that.

I think we see Z come in for game four, whether we win this or not. We look downright directionless out there, and that’s not a comfortable feeling at all.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 04/22/14 at 09:14 PM ET

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Sproul should be in for Kindl. Let the kid grow in the cauldron of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He looked fine against a quality St. Louis team.

Posted by Lidstromfan on 04/22/14 at 09:16 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Fuch the obvious. I’m all in. All the way home.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

Oh, Kate, you wonderfully blind optimist. If the Wings were down 0-4 with one minute to play in an elimination game, I’d expect you to post the same thing.  LOL

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/22/14 at 09:19 PM ET

VooX's avatar

Time for dinner.  Turning this game off lest it ruin my digestion.

See you bitches later.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 04/22/14 at 09:22 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Sproul should be in for Kindl. Let the kid grow in the cauldron of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He looked fine against a quality St. Louis team.

Posted by Lidstromfan on 04/22/14 at 09:16 PM ET

you’re mad.

I actually thought the last half dozen shifts were as good as we’ve had all night. Not great. At this point, though, we are playing with an eye toward game four. This game is a loss in all probability, but the series is still young. Need to establish something that gives us a future here.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/22/14 at 09:22 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/22/14 at 09:19 PM ET

I prolly would. wink We still have 20 minutes to go. It’s the Playoffs. Anything goes.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/22/14 at 09:22 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

He’s only 120 games into his pro career and showed a lot of improvement this year.

Way too early to give up on a defenseman.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 04/22/14 at 09:12 PM ET

Generally I’d agree, but in this case I think his tendencies are obvious and inescapable.

Ericsson, for example, started out as a forward, and was converted to defense. Early on, he showed GREAT promise, then came back down to Earth—but he still showed defensive awareness/progress, and he’s now considered the second-best defenseman on the team.

Smith, however, just seems to be going through the defensive motions he’s had hammered into his head. His offensive instincts are top-notch, but he doesn’t really seem to be learning much; the fact that he’s been paired with Kronwall tells me that Babcock wanted him with the best overall defenseman on the team so as to help minimize the impact of his mistakes.

I don’t know where I’m going with this, as my train of thought has caught fire and is screaming down a different track.

RM, I think you’re right. Tootoo would be good on that 4th line.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/22/14 at 09:12 PM ET

Especially in this series, where physicality is badly needed.

 

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/22/14 at 09:24 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

He’s only 120 games into his pro career and showed a lot of improvement this year.

Way too early to give up on a defenseman.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 04/22/14 at 09:12 PM ET


I tend to agree with this assessment of Smith.  A young defenseman with a very high upside.  It’s easy to lose patience as a fan, but there have been more than a few high-level NHL D-men who have had rough starts to their careers, and I doubt there’s a GM in the league who wouldn’t at least be interested if they made him available.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/22/14 at 09:26 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Especially in this series, where physicality is badly needed.

I disagree. Connecting passes and puck support is needed, especially out of our own zone. Running around hitting people is for the team that doesn’t have the puck.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/22/14 at 09:29 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/22/14 at 09:30 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

one goal at a time.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/22/14 at 09:30 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Buy out Smith.  Any of the kids would be an immediate improvement.  YOU CAN’T FIX STUPID.

Babcock’s stubborness here is going to cost the Wings the series.  He still has them sitting back, no urgency, no speed.

Posted by Primis on 04/22/14 at 09:31 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

I disagree. Connecting passes and puck support is needed, especially out of our own zone. Running around hitting people is for the team that doesn’t have the puck.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/22/14 at 09:29 PM ET

agreed. trading hits with this team, especially at this point, is futile.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/22/14 at 09:32 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

YOU CAN’T FIX STUPID.

thats my feeling on him too.  He has all the physical ability in the world, but hes a headcase

Posted by Hootinani on 04/22/14 at 09:32 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Dammit, even Tampa can come back and make a game of it.  Get your shit together, boys

Posted by Hootinani on 04/22/14 at 09:33 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Babcock’s stubborness here is going to cost the Wings the series.  He still has them sitting back, no urgency, no speed.

WTF does that have to do with a Smith and his non-significant contract hit.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/22/14 at 09:33 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Good patience Jimmy. yikes.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/22/14 at 09:34 PM ET

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Holy fuch, Franzen…..just turn away and give them a 4 on 1.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/22/14 at 09:34 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Who cares Mick, dont you think shooting from a bad angle is better than flubbing a pass right to a Bruin?

Posted by Hootinani on 04/22/14 at 09:34 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Huge!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/22/14 at 09:34 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

yaaay goal post!

I’ve waited all night for something to cheer about—not gonna pass it up.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/22/14 at 09:35 PM ET

Gabriel's avatar

Open net and he hits the far post…it almost makes up for the 3-on-1.

Posted by Gabriel from San Diego, CA on 04/22/14 at 09:35 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

Ericsson, for example, started out as a forward, and was converted to defense. Early on, he showed GREAT promise, then came back down to Earth—but he still showed defensive awareness/progress, and he’s now considered the second-best defenseman on the team.

 

Ericsson showed that great promise in the playoffs with Lidstrom as his partner.  He only had to worry about his own responsibilities and had the most reliably consistent d-man of all time for a partner.  Smith has had… Kyle Quincey.  That said…

Smith, however, just seems to be going through the defensive motions he’s had hammered into his head. His offensive instincts are top-notch, but he doesn’t really seem to be learning much; the fact that he’s been paired with Kronwall tells me that Babcock wanted him with the best overall defenseman on the team so as to help minimize the impact of his mistakes.

Smith’s lack of improvement is a worry.  I think his weaknesses are the sort that a flip could switch and he’d develop out of those problems in a hurry… but the question is if he has it in him to put in the work.  Ericsson has been, from the world go, a more mature, more dedicated player and person and that’s an important factor.  So, basically, you could be right, but it’s too early to tell.  Worst case scenario?  They dump him and he finally takes that as the proverbial wake up call.  Sometimes guys just won’t reach their potential in their first job but it sucks to get bitten by them when they do elsewhere later!

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 04/22/14 at 09:35 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Anybody got Robot Devil’s number for Abby?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/22/14 at 09:37 PM ET

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Marchand’s matured?!?!?......from whiney 2 year old to whiney 3 year old?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/22/14 at 09:38 PM ET

Alan's avatar

We looked decent… but it’s far too late. We need two quick goals—at least. It needs to start now.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 04/22/14 at 09:38 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Disregard the fact you’re a Red Wing fan, just being a hockey fan this game is hard to watch.No flow, choppy, little emotion.

The other games on now are so much better to watch

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/22/14 at 09:39 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Dammit, even Tampa can come back and make a game of it.  Get your shit together, boys

Posted by Hootinani on 04/22/14 at 09:33 PM ET

This Wings can do it with this personnel.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/22/14 at 09:39 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

For some reason I feel like this series comes down to who has the better Miller game to game.  It seems like in games where the effort and discipline are there (our) Miller really shines and things go well.

Or I may be crazy.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 04/22/14 at 09:40 PM ET

Gabriel's avatar

Hey, I just realized, it’s been awhile since we’ve drawn a bullshit penalty….

Posted by Gabriel from San Diego, CA on 04/22/14 at 09:40 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Holy fuch, Smitty had a split d in front of him and he passes it off.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/22/14 at 09:40 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Marchand’s matured?!?!?......from whiney 2 year old to whiney 3 year old?

... potty trained now, too.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/22/14 at 09:40 PM ET

calquake's avatar

The other games on now are so much better to watch

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/22/14 at 09:39 PM ET

Sad commentary on how this team is playing.

Posted by calquake on 04/22/14 at 09:41 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

buh bye Tampa Bay

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/22/14 at 09:41 PM ET

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com