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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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Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

UGH!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/12 at 02:23 PM ET

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Yay…..blown defensive coverage again.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/07/12 at 02:23 PM ET

DrewBehr's avatar

Remember that South Park where no Little League team really wants to win? That’s how I feel about today.

Let’s Lose Red Wings.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 04/07/12 at 02:23 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

wasn’t that special.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 04/07/12 at 02:23 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Jimmy with the bad rebound.

Posted by Primis on 04/07/12 at 02:24 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Bad rebound by Jimmy.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/07/12 at 02:24 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

frack….blind squirrels…..

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 04/07/12 at 02:24 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Not all his fault to be sure, but that was an ugly five-holer by Jimmah.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/07/12 at 02:24 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Remember that South Park where no Little League team really wants to win? That’s how I feel about today.

Let’s Lose Red Wings.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 04/07/12 at 01:23 PM ET

Can you be our Batdad?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/07/12 at 02:25 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

Afta noon bitches. I understand the thinking on wanting to face one of the pacific teams but I also think there’s only one thing that this team truly needs: confidence, swagger, the switch, whatever you want to call it. No one scares me when this team lives up to its potential.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 04/07/12 at 02:27 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

time to switch the flip.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 04/07/12 at 02:28 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

“Shoot it.”

yep, agree, Babs.

Shoot it.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/07/12 at 02:29 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Babcock surprised by DC’s not-too-stupid questions.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/07/12 at 02:29 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Afta noon bitches. I understand the thinking on wanting to face one of the pacific teams but I also think there’s only one thing that this team truly needs: confidence, swagger, the switch, whatever you want to call it. No one scares me when this team lives up to its potential.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 04/07/12 at 01:27 PM ET

I have to agree with that.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/07/12 at 02:30 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Wally?  Really?  Show us what happened you fuching losers.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/12 at 02:30 PM ET

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Babcock surprised by DC’s not-too-stupid questions.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/07/12 at 01:29 PM ET

Probably wasn’t what DC meant to ask, he just fuched up his original question to the point of it actually making sense.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/07/12 at 02:31 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

I know if Wally’s down I want to know why. Does that confuse this broadcasting team, yes, and that’s sad.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 04/07/12 at 02:32 PM ET

Bent's avatar

How does NBC fail so bad at coverage?  We don’t even get to see that Fil was down on the ice, let alone what happened.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/07/12 at 02:32 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Awesome, Fil gets racked.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/07/12 at 02:32 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Seabrook, you ball spearing motherfucher.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/12 at 02:32 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

flip with a check on his manhood?

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/07/12 at 02:32 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

did wally take a stick to the nuts?

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 04/07/12 at 02:32 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

Well they fixed it, better late then never I guess. Nah nevermind fuch NBC

Posted by Yzersyuk on 04/07/12 at 02:33 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Never mind, chop to the balls by Chicago.  They seem to like doing that.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/07/12 at 02:33 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

did wally take a stick to the nuts?

Not on nationalTV…prolly his “knee” cheese

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 04/07/12 at 02:34 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

did wally take a stick to the nuts?

Not on nationalTV…prolly his “knee”

Posted by Rumbear from Top O da Hasek, living right with Liveraide on 04/07/12 at 01:34 PM ET

His wee - knee?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/12 at 02:36 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Nyquist needs to be paired with Pavel.  His creativity needs to be exploited not wasted away on a lower line.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 04/07/12 at 02:36 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Nyquist needs to be paired with Pavel.  His creativity needs to be exploited not wasted away on a lower line.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Lidstrom’s head telling him 1 more year on 04/07/12 at 01:36 PM ET

No kiddin.  Goose is gonna be a sight to behold once he gets his sea legs.  Give him the best chance to succeed…... NOW.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/07/12 at 02:38 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Is there a stat out there for shot attempts that are blocked?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/12 at 02:39 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Stalberg better be careful.  Bert will take great pleasure in guttin you boy.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 04/07/12 at 02:40 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

His wee - knee?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Land of Ice and Snow on 04/07/12 at 01:36 PM ET

Seabrooke=Gutless Wonder.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/12 at 02:41 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Good push at the end of the 1st. Need to bring it another 40.

1st intermission - anyone else notice this in the NHL game preview?

” ... Detroit’s Johan Franzen has 10 game-winning goals and needs one more to tie Sergei Fedorov at 11 for the most in one season in team history.”

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/07/12 at 02:44 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

milbury reads A2Y?

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/07/12 at 02:45 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Agree about Gus.  He should be with Pav.

Shots even at 9.  Hawks just did a little better at clearing rebounds than Wings did.

Close game.

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/12 at 02:45 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Seabrook, you ball spearing motherfucher.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Land of Ice and Snow on 04/07/12 at 01:32 PM ET


flip with a check on his manhood?

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/07/12 at 01:32 PM ET


did wally take a stick to the nuts?

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 04/07/12 at 01:32 PM ET

That’s nothing.


http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/indiana-scrotum-horror-769123?fb_comment_id=fbc_10150654032192773_21819603_10150656150437773

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/07/12 at 02:45 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

That guy was taken to “Ball” Memorial Hospital - no kidding.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/07/12 at 02:47 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Sounds like his scrotum was also “on-again, off-again”, like his girlfriend.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/07/12 at 02:48 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

What did she say, “Hoosier daddy, now?”

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/07/12 at 02:49 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

APRIL 5, 2012
DOCUMENT: Revolting, CrimeEx-Girlfriend Busted For Brutal Scrotum Attack
Cops: Assault left Indiana man bloody, swollen, unable to work

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/07/12 at 02:51 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Did they really need to show the loss to Gary’s Team?

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 04/07/12 at 02:51 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