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It’s Not Too Rough To Feed You and The Main Hatchway’s Still Stable

Al Gore won’t let me have the internet tonite so I’m flying blind, unable to deliver my usual stat-heavy, fact-based, unbiased lead in to yet another “most important regular season game of the year.”

It’s kind of liberating, really. Anything I’m about to say can be quibbled with and any grand proclamations can be refuted by me after the fact because I have no means to research a damn thing.  So, with that little built-in alibi, I can say this with great confidence.

This is precisely the kind of game the Wings win.  They dig “statement” games and always have.  The bitter bitch Blues fans, cranky because they haven’t won jack shit in forty years of existence, are undoubtedly feeling as if this is their year.  The one season they can expect their team to perform for the porky prick who will undoubtedly crush their very souls next season.  Winning for Ken Hitchcock is a nifty experience, but let the wheels wobble just a bit and wait for the emotional pain to wash over them in spades.  This, say Blues fans, has absolutely got to be their year.

No sane outsider south of Saskatchewan feels the Wings would have a shot in a 7-gamer against this team. Nobody.  Nobody outside us, the transplants and the tinfoil hatters, those of us deployed, tip tapping our way through another Kansas or Oklahoma spring.  Nobody outside the 19 of you seriously believe anything but sadness would await The Greatest Franchise In All of Sport if the playoffs started today.  And deed down where the drunken sadness lives, a lot of us would be hard-pressed to disagree with that.

But, curiously, the playoffs don’t start today.  Fortunately two critical games against baby butthole brothers remain and each one carries with it a chance for this team to regain the confidence baby Jesus, that adorable, drooling, swaddled and pink skinned, little bundle of promise, told us the Wings would have when April came she will.

Should the Wings win out and enter the playoffs with or without home-ice, we might be looking at something interesting.  Beat Chicago and St. Louis convincingly and the magical Swagger might just be back where it belongs.

So, it starts tonite. It must.  It starts tonite because a win tonite erases just a bit of that road-ice doubt.  A win tonite reminds the Blues what they are: bitches. Wing bitches and nothing more. 

Wings win tonite because that’s how it needs to begin, this last-minute rebirth, this frigging requiem to save a season that once held so much promise.  I don’t predict a Wing win out of blind, sick hope.  No. I say it because these are the kinds of games these guys have won for years, the games that leave peckerheads saying they wrote Detroit off a minute too soon.

It’s a Live Blog, bitches.

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Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

2 more minutes of ineptitude

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/04/12 at 08:53 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Lidstrom was totally obscured by that Craftsman marquis… so annoying.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/04/12 at 08:53 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

2 more minutes of ineptitude
Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/04/12 at 07:53 PM ET

It’ll still be scoreless when it’s over, if we’re lucky.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/04/12 at 08:54 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Kindl entering the zone and shooting from the blue line is the best part of the first half of the PP.  Simply awesome.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/04/12 at 08:54 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Nice pass Huds. But why is Flip the gunner on this line?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/04/12 at 08:54 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Whew. No shorties.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/04/12 at 08:55 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

5 on 5 ... we’re better that way.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/04/12 at 08:55 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Adios, See y’all in the third.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/04/12 at 08:55 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Whew. No shorties.

That’s what she said.

Posted by calquake on 04/04/12 at 08:56 PM ET

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So what’s that Pierre?  The Blues are quickly changing their forwards on the PK…and it’s awesome?  If only every other team switched the forwards as quickly as theycould on the PK…..oh what’s that….they do?  God you suck.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/04/12 at 08:57 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

The Detroit PP against the B’Lose PK.  A colossal mismatch with a predictable result.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/04/12 at 08:57 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Checking in from work.  Game on in background….looks like the boys came to play!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 04/04/12 at 08:58 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

At least with the NBC crew - - I won’t hear Ken Daniels repeated refrain -

- “the puck rolls of Franzen’s stick.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/04/12 at 08:58 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

That was a beauty Kronner.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/04/12 at 09:00 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

At least with the NBC crew - - I won’t hear Ken Daniels repeated refrain -

- “the puck rolls of Franzen’s stick.

No, but you’ll instead be treated to “careened” “caromed” “rattled” “knifed” and “riccochetted.”


Kronwall.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/04/12 at 09:00 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Kronwalled, kind of…

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/04/12 at 09:00 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Mini Kronwalled.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/04/12 at 09:00 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Pavel came to play tonight.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/04/12 at 09:01 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Pavel came to play.  He has a nice passing gear

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/04/12 at 09:01 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Do you believe in Magic?

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/04/12 at 09:01 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

I hope Pav pops Jackman in the mouth again.  *#$%@& that dude.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/04/12 at 09:01 PM ET

Bent's avatar

No, but you’ll instead be treated to “careened” “caromed” “rattled” “knifed” and “riccochetted.”

Don’t forget waffleboarded, or a driiiiiiive.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/04/12 at 09:02 PM ET

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At least with the NBC crew - - I won’t hear Ken Daniels repeated refrain -

- “the puck rolls of Franzen’s stick.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/04/12 at 07:58 PM ET

I’d be happy to listen to Ken say that 40 times during a game as opposed to listening to the NBC clowns for even 1 minute.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/04/12 at 09:03 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

I hope Pav pops Jackman in the mouth again.  *#$%@& that dude.

you like this?

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 04/04/12 at 09:04 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

James F. Howard!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 04/04/12 at 09:06 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Abby….

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 04/04/12 at 09:06 PM ET

jennyquarx's avatar

Hey everyone.  I have just opened a Hopslam, which has magical powers of Michigan.  Perhaps it will work.

Posted by jennyquarx on 04/04/12 at 09:06 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

you like this?

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from home of the 1925 Stanley Cup Champs on 04/04/12 at 08:04 PM ET

Hmmm… maybe if it was a picture of those two falling down a flight of stairs.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/04/12 at 09:07 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Yak having a terrible game.  1st to that loose puck and then loses it to the Blues who promptly get two good chances.

In addition to two other glaring turnovers

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/04/12 at 09:07 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Hey everyone.  I have just opened a Hopslam, which has magical powers of Michigan.  Perhaps it will work.

Posted by jennyquarx on 04/04/12 at 08:06 PM ET

Hey Jennyquarx. You have been missed!

It will work.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/04/12 at 09:08 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Hmmm… maybe if it was a picture of those two falling down a flight of stairs.

Yeah, I knew nothing good would be said about whistle-boy.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 04/04/12 at 09:09 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Elbow to head of Yak, no helmet, no call.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/04/12 at 09:10 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Hmmm… maybe if it was a picture of those two falling down a flight of stairs.

Posted by bezukov from The Darkness with Harkness Redux on 04/04/12 at 08:07 PM ET

Making the best of a difficult choice.  I like it.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/04/12 at 09:10 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

God damn those are some slow whistles for Jimmy

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 04/04/12 at 09:10 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Jennyquarx has been taking the high hops road lately.  Oddly I have a German Riesling with my baked salmon filet, usually have an IPA of some sort.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/04/12 at 09:11 PM ET

jennyquarx's avatar

I miss you guys too.  I’ve been lurking but last season and earlier this season it was terrible luck for me to comment or even read live blogs.  Post -23 none of that seems to matter.

Posted by jennyquarx on 04/04/12 at 09:12 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Yeah, I knew nothing good would be said about whistle-boy.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from home of the 1925 Stanley Cup Champs on 04/04/12 at 08:09 PM ET

Someday I’m going to a game in Nashville and finding whoever it is that has that damn whistle.  They’ll be sorry.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/04/12 at 09:12 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Making the best of a difficult choice.  I like it.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/04/12 at 08:10 PM ET

I do what I can.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/04/12 at 09:13 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Someday I’m going to a game in Nashville and finding whoever it is that has that damn whistle.  They’ll be sorry.

I watched one the other day and it took me ten minutes to figure out what the fvck that sound was.  So asinine.  Makes glass-bangers look good.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 04/04/12 at 09:14 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Pucker up.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 04/04/12 at 09:16 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