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JFH On The Verge And We’ve Got Business To Tend To

One more day in sunny Rhode Island and then some semblance of regular posting will continue.  Tonite? 

Trouble's brewing, brother.  More on that in a quick minute.

James Tiberius Howard is close (and it's probably a done deal by now) to a six-year contract extension.  Ok, Kenny.  We trust you.  Really...and that's despite recent troubles.

But I'm curious.

Jimmy Howard's staying.  He loves Detroit.  He could have gotten equal money in lots of other places.  But he loves Detroit.   You know who else finds Detroit to be ok?  Reggie Bush.  Prince Fielder. Torii Hunter. Anibal Sanchez.  Yes, all signed for big bucks. Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, that new safety.  Big name players who could write their own tickets in warmer spots, in cities with better reputations.  It's just strange.

Briefly, I'm not buying the "Detroit isn't a nice place to live and play" argument now anymore than I ever have.  Good players in other sports are coming here because they feel the teams they join offer good chances to win.

All that stuff needs to be tabled now, until this summer most likely.  For now, the Wings hang barely on to 8th.  A disgusting place, really, when you consider that Chicago awaits unless Detroit wins a lot and moves up quickly.  Disgusting because this team is not getting by Chicago in the first round.  The second round? If the Wings get there, have some confidence, a playoff series victory under their belt? Maybe.  But not in the first round. No way.

Tonite's a biggie. Tomorrow.  The seven after that.  Every game is a must-win, because you know they're not winning them all.  Make sense?

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Hootinani's avatar

Man, I have got to quit mainlining during the LB. cheese

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 08:18 PM ET

Thats funny, I was thinking I picked the wrong game to stop sniffing glue

Posted by Hootinani on 04/11/13 at 08:26 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

the scary thing is, they might be in the locker room saying to each other “we’re only down 1 goal” - yeah, well it should be 3, maybe 4, they just got lucky a couple times.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/11/13 at 08:27 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

This team needs to get it going. Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/11/13 at 08:27 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Coronas.  apparently they can handle Coronas.  grand.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/11/13 at 08:21 PM ET

and a pina colada.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/11/13 at 08:27 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

screen-capture-63

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/11/13 at 08:29 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Better get Jimmy to sign his contract during the intermission.  After this game, he’s going to want more money.

Posted by Hootinani on 04/11/13 at 08:29 PM ET

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On top of poor play, you can probably count on one hand the number of Wings playing with any urgency at all.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Looking for a “D” man on 04/11/13 at 08:23 PM ET

You can probably do that count on one stump.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/11/13 at 08:29 PM ET

SYF's avatar

...with so few good rushes to begin with, can’t they maybe dig a little deeper and stay out another 15 seconds to make something of some of the rushes?

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/11/13 at 08:24 PM ET

Aye.  That’s one of the most frustrating things ever.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 04/11/13 at 08:30 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

I finally removed the “Swagger” avatar.

I’m just not feeling the “swagger” from these guys; sems more like “stagger” than anything at this point.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/11/13 at 08:30 PM ET

SYF's avatar

More second period. nonsense.  No deep forecheck.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 04/11/13 at 08:32 PM ET

calquake's avatar

I finally removed the “Swagger” avatar.

I take it you want to “blow it up” with the new avatar.

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 08:32 PM ET

RWBill's avatar


Get down and block the crossing pass so your goalie has a little bit of a chance.

he did get down, he was on one knee with his stick extended.  the Shark made a great pass just over Kronwall’s stick.  sometimes the other team just makes a better play.  unfortunately that’s all too common this season.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/11/13 at 08:22 PM ET

That could be, I thought he got down late.  I was just sitting down with my sandwiches and didn’t want to jeopardize hurling them back up by rewinding and watching again.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/11/13 at 08:32 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Mickey is pissed. As am I. Bitches.


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/11/13 at 08:33 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

HEY! need inspiration?

maybe a good pep talk?

“Let’s do it!”

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/11/13 at 08:33 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Wow Flip, are you trying to play your way into a contract with San Jose or what?

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/11/13 at 08:33 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Even Dats looks clueless so far

Posted by Hootinani on 04/11/13 at 08:33 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

tie breakres? they’re talking about tie breakers?  it’s not coming down to a tie breaker.  there is no tie breaker that gets you into the playoffs from 10th place.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/11/13 at 08:33 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Kindl driving the net.  Nice.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 04/11/13 at 08:34 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

How long before Babs junks “spreading the offense” because they aren’t getting any scoring chances?

Not criticizing the move, something has to be tried to generate a little offense, but at some point in this period he will have to start resorting the lines.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/11/13 at 08:35 PM ET

calquake's avatar

there is no tie breaker that gets you into the playoffs from 10th place.

See the new avatar of RedMenace.

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 08:35 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

I take it you want to “blow it up” with the new avatar.

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 08:32 PM ET

Nah, I’m not one of those people…

... it’s just more fitting to my mood here the past few months.

 

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/11/13 at 08:35 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Kronner, whose g-ddamn team are you on???

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 04/11/13 at 08:35 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

when you’ve got 10 legs on the ice and only 4 of them are actually moving, you’re gonna have a bad time.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/11/13 at 08:35 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

is that a real poncho or is that a Sears poncho?

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/11/13 at 08:36 PM ET

Mandingo's avatar

Wings are already on the golf course. Complete and total lay down job.

Wow.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 04/11/13 at 08:36 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

there is no tie breaker that gets you into the playoffs from 10th place.

Ill be surprised if they don’t finish in 10th.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 08:37 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

There’s Smith, thinking he’s Lids again.  Until he stops thinking hes the second coming and just plays solid D, hes going to be a liability

Posted by Hootinani on 04/11/13 at 08:37 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

“Franzen has scored a ton of goals, and he can do it again”

there is not a single indication, nor has there been one in the last four seasons, that this is actually true.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/11/13 at 08:37 PM ET

SYF's avatar

SHOOT IT, ZATA!1

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 04/11/13 at 08:37 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Again.  Too.  Many.  Passes.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/11/13 at 08:37 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Shooting the puck must be the farthest thing from Datsyuk’s mind

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 08:39 PM ET

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Is Zetterberg contractually not allowed to shoot the puck anymore?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/11/13 at 08:39 PM ET

calquake's avatar

What does it say aboot the Wings D that a kid like DeKeyser can step right in and play?  Not a slight to DeKeyser, just that the Wings D is HORRIBLE.

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 08:40 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

So damningly predictable

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 08:40 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

batting practice for Niemi.  No reason he can’t pitch another shut out tonight.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/11/13 at 08:40 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Also, something I’ve noticed lately, when the fuch did we forget how to win fuching faceoffs? I feel like every single important faceoff we need to win we lose.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/11/13 at 08:41 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

if any of you are at the game or know someone who is (and can call them) please get a “SHOOT THE PUCK” chant going.

either the coaches aren’t telling them, or they’re not listening.  maybe they’ll listen to 20,000 pissed off fans.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/11/13 at 08:41 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Not a slight to DeKeyser, just that the Wings D is HORRIBLE.

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 08:40 PM ET

Not just play, but be the most solid and confident dman in the lineup

Posted by Hootinani on 04/11/13 at 08:41 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Shots from the blue.  Two possessions in a row on the PP.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 04/11/13 at 08:41 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

start paying attention to how many of the Wings are skating, and how many are coasting.  bet you don’t see more of the former than the latter.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/11/13 at 08:41 PM ET

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