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I’ll Live Blog This Ugly Truth

The diggers, in all their courageous glory, can’t bring themselves to type it.  They’ll skirt it and they’ll talk around it.  They’ll say everything but what we’re all thinking.  Khan(!!!)?

MLive

The Red Wings aren’t as concerned about who they are playing as they are with how they are playing.

Nicely phrased. Good grammar. Active voice.

 

And absolute bullshit.

Krupa went all redolent on us this morning.  Breaking down the reasons we should stress:  Helm’s absence, disgusting power play, a team that isn’t used to playing together. He even pulled this one out of his pharmacist’s hat.

DetNews

Pavel Datsyuk is substantially back, too. But he is not yet the whirling-dervish of a forward who is a threat to score or set up a goal.

I guess he skipped the last ten minutes of the Blues game in favor of a Joni Mitchell retrospective.

They won’t say it.  They can’t bring themselves to broach it.  We will. I will. 

I hope we lose today. I hope we lose healthy and I hope we lose competitively with Tiberius playing well. But make no mistake, I hope we lose and so do you.

Drew Sharp is a tool, but at least he has the sack to say it, too.

Freep

Today’s loser “wins.”

The loser could fall to the sixth seed and gets the third conference seed, the champion of the relatively underwhelming Pacific Division—Phoenix, Los Angeles or San Jose.

Home or away, I don’t want Nashville. Not in the first round.  A second round matchup? Not too gross because if the Wings get there it will mean they’ve found their game.  And when they find it, they’re the favorites.  But it’s not there yet.  The Wings, as Redolence said, are a work in progress.  It’s a work that will work itself out through a Round 1 matchup, not over four days of practice. 

Wings lose today and they’ve got Phoenix, LA or San Jose.  All of them are beatable even with a Detroit team still finding their way.  Nashville is not beatable in the first round. And that’s a fact. Not by us. Not by this team right now.

This pretty much caps off the weirdest season any of us can remember.  A regular season that closes with a game I hope we lose so that we can actually get a lower seed that starts on the road.  That’s just stupid but it’s the reality we fester in today.

So, umm, go Wings. Play well, men.  But not too well.

Live Blog this wack job of a season finale, bitches.  And if agreeing with me betrays the way you’ve been raised here in The Hasek? I get it.  You don’t have to say it.  I won’t make you.  But in the dark places, thinking it is ok because losing to that team today paves the way to 12.  Winning makes our lives a lot tougher over the next three weeks.

 

 

 

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Joe Z.'s avatar

the refs seem to warm-up for the postseason, calling 10+ PIM against detroit each game.

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 04/07/12 at 05:00 PM ET

SnLO's avatar

I have to take a mulligan, i forgot… no spaces

Posted by SnLO from the sub great-white north on 04/07/12 at 05:01 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

What do the Blackhawks players put in their hair?

Brylcream, because a little dab   Oduya.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/07/12 at 05:01 PM ET

Alzy's avatar

I’ve seen better execution down the road by the Red Deer Rebels. Finish your fuching scoring chances, and crisp FAST passes. Jesus Christ, this isn’t rocket science or chaos math. It’s putting the puck behind Corey fuching Crawford.

Posted by Alzy from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada on 04/07/12 at 05:01 PM ET

Alzy's avatar

FINALLY!

Posted by Alzy from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada on 04/07/12 at 05:03 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Mule?  Really?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/12 at 05:03 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

FRanzen?!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 04/07/12 at 05:03 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

The player formerly known as Mule!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/12 at 05:03 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

WoO HoO - WINGS Score!  FRANZEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 04/07/12 at 05:03 PM ET

Puppies and Hookers's avatar

It’s not that they’re trying to lose, its just that that extra motivation to win has got to be a lot harder to generate.

God dammit mule!

Posted by Puppies and Hookers from La la land on 04/07/12 at 05:03 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

GGGGGOOAAAAALLLL

moossssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssse

1-0

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/07/12 at 05:03 PM ET

Puppies and Hookers's avatar

Damit mule!

Posted by Puppies and Hookers from La la land on 04/07/12 at 05:04 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

The Prestige has finally been put together.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 04/07/12 at 05:04 PM ET

pgoody's avatar

Who wants the Wings to lose? Are you serious? You want a 6th seed and hellacious west coast travel?

Posted by pgoody on 04/07/12 at 05:04 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Mule?  MULE!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/12 at 05:05 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

I hear my inner Mick saying its a one shot game.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 04/07/12 at 05:05 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Why does it take Babbles 2 periods to make the changes?

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/12 at 05:05 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Who wants the Wings to lose? Are you serious? You want a 6th seed and hellacious west coast travel?

Posted by pgoody on 04/07/12 at 03:04 PM ET


Not this guy.  Will always want the highest possible seed.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/12 at 05:05 PM ET

Puppies and Hookers's avatar

Who wants the Wings to lose? Are you serious? You want a 6th seed and hellacious west coast travel?

  Rather deal with travel fatigue and a 2nd round than an easy travel 5 game exit.

Posted by Puppies and Hookers from La la land on 04/07/12 at 05:06 PM ET

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I swear the Swedish play-by-play guy calls Mule “Francie-Ann”. Emphasis is on ‘cie”
That explains.

Posted by Alex on 04/07/12 at 05:06 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

wow, robbed three times…...keep at it WINGS, it Will go in.

Go WINGS!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 04/07/12 at 05:07 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Gigantic zebra suckage.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/12 at 05:07 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

08:11 Johan Franzen (29) Wrist Shot - Assists: none

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 04/07/12 at 05:07 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Nice Draper shot from Nyquist.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 04/07/12 at 05:08 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Nyquist…..wow.  He’s a keeper.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 04/07/12 at 05:08 PM ET

Puppies and Hookers's avatar

The Hawks are really trying to throw the game now.

Posted by Puppies and Hookers from La la land on 04/07/12 at 05:08 PM ET

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Nice Draper shot from Nyquist.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Lidstrom’s head telling him 1 more year on 04/07/12 at 03:08 PM ET

Tough to get off a good shot when you’re being hooked….hell, even Olsuck thought it was a hook.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/07/12 at 05:08 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Nice Draper shot from Nyquist.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Lidstrom’s head telling him 1 more year on 04/07/12 at 03:08 PM ET

He his his shoulder.  Drapes always aimed for the crest.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/12 at 05:09 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Honeymoon sweet.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/12 at 05:09 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

wonder what the newlyweds did last night?

smile

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/07/12 at 05:10 PM ET

Puppies and Hookers's avatar

Let’s break some more blackhawk teeth.  It’s a win-win!  I vote for 50 cent.

Posted by Puppies and Hookers from La la land on 04/07/12 at 05:10 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

New playoff lined?  Z/Pav/Gus, Happy/Mule/Flip

Me likey.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/12 at 05:10 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Damn dangerous line there.  A kid and two goats.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/07/12 at 05:10 PM ET

pgoody's avatar

Really? A chin strap beard? It must be true love…

Posted by pgoody on 04/07/12 at 05:10 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Linesmen suckage.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/12 at 05:10 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

wonder what the newlyweds did last night?

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/07/12 at 03:10 PM ET

fought?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/12 at 05:10 PM ET

Puppies and Hookers's avatar

I vote for 50 cent.

  I mean 20 cent.  ooops.

Posted by Puppies and Hookers from La la land on 04/07/12 at 05:10 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Best wishes to the Joe Weddingites!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 04/07/12 at 05:10 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

pacific division winner…..here we come!

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 04/07/12 at 05:11 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

So many non calls. Mission Control.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/12 at 05:11 PM ET

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