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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?

It's a Live Blog, bitches.

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RedMenace's avatar

Hey, at least Detroit held San Jose off the scoreboard on that PP.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/11/13 at 08:43 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

This is so disturbing I have poured another beer, and I have not been known to do that.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/11/13 at 08:45 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I just spent three straight days watching a well-disciplined team in the ECHL Wranglers to fight back from a nil-2 series deficit to take a commanding 3-2 series lead over the Stockton Thunder.

I would put that team against tonight’s pylons.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/11/13 at 08:45 PM ET

Bent's avatar

How did that not go in?

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/11/13 at 08:45 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

No way the ref could tell

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/11/13 at 08:46 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

No review.  Beautiful.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/11/13 at 08:46 PM ET

Bent's avatar

And they didn’t even review it?  Wow.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/11/13 at 08:46 PM ET

calquake's avatar

This is so disturbing I have poured another beer, and I have not been known to do that.

I know… I usually shotgun them too.

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 08:47 PM ET

Bent's avatar

It stayed out, but that’s bullshit there was no review.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/11/13 at 08:47 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

I love Mickey. SOL.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/11/13 at 08:47 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Abber!

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/11/13 at 08:49 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Mule - not useless on that shift

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 08:49 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

Darth Gator!

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 04/11/13 at 08:49 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Finally!

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/11/13 at 08:49 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Watch out for that sniper Abdelkader.

Posted by calquake on 04/11/13 at 08:50 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Reminded me so much of his National Championship goal.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/11/13 at 08:50 PM ET

Mandingo's avatar

Nice play by Franzen.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 04/11/13 at 08:50 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Wow, okay. Franzen loves passing to him.

And I don’t care. Whatever works.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/11/13 at 08:50 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

FINALLY

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/11/13 at 08:51 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Sing us a song, you’re the Piano Man!


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/11/13 at 08:51 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

09:51 Justin Abdelkader (8) Wrist Shot - Assists: J. Franzen (16) & B. Smith (6)

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 04/11/13 at 08:51 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Amazing, you go to the net and you score goals. Whoda thunk it?

Posted by Hootinani on 04/11/13 at 08:51 PM ET

SYF's avatar

And I don’t care. Whatever works.

Posted by RedMenace from aboard the Crazy Train on 04/11/13 at 08:50 PM ET

Heh.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/11/13 at 08:51 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

How many of you totally thought Franzen was going to lose that battle on the boards before he went around back of the net? I sure did.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/11/13 at 08:51 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Sing us a song, you’re the Piano Man!


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/11/13 at 08:51 PM ET

LOL, classic

Posted by Hootinani on 04/11/13 at 08:52 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

you’d think in the year 2013 the NHL would have figured out by now that they should have the above-net camera positioned so that it’s directly down, not a little bit behind the goal line.  sheesh.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/11/13 at 08:53 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Finally - ABBY!

Go Wings!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 04/11/13 at 08:53 PM ET

Avatar

It’s funny what the Wings can accomplish when they actually have all 5 guys on the ice playing with intensity.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/11/13 at 08:53 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

How many of you totally thought Franzen was going to lose that battle on the boards before he went around back of the net? I sure did.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/11/13 at 08:51 PM ET

*raises hand*

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/11/13 at 08:53 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

I sure did.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/11/13 at 08:51 PM ET

Never a doubt in my mind, that SJS would win that puck.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/11/13 at 08:54 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Get outta my head, malibu.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/11/13 at 08:54 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Fil’s the new Franzen.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/11/13 at 08:54 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

but it ain’t Saturday night.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 04/11/13 at 08:54 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

SQUEEZE JIMMY, SQUEEZE!!

Posted by Hootinani on 04/11/13 at 08:54 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Sing us a song, you’re the Piano Man!


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/11/13 at 08:51 PM ET

 

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/11/13 at 08:55 PM ET

SYF's avatar

DONG.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/11/13 at 08:55 PM ET

VooX's avatar

Howdy bitches, haven’t had time to catch up on your LB yet, how are we looking?

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 04/11/13 at 08:55 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

1 down, 3 to go

Posted by Hootinani on 04/11/13 at 08:56 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

So lets get this straight.  A team can have a man down and play continues, but we have to stop the game for a ref?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/11/13 at 08:56 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Howdy bitches, haven’t had time to catch up on your LB yet, how are we looking?

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 04/11/13 at 08:55 PM ET

Decidedly “meh.”

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 04/11/13 at 08:57 PM ET

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