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Ken Holland: Fooling Wing Fans Since 28 February

Oh, the laughs. The joke’s been on us since the deadline.  All that money to spend.  Glaring deficiencies to correct. Talent to be had.  Draft picks to deal.

And our big pickup sat up in the press box for the season’s biggest game to date.  That’s your review of Friday and of every day since Tick Tock Kenny Holland decided the Wings were good enough “as is”.

Injuries happen. They always have and we seem to get the worst of it.  That’s just our life as we know it.  And it’s acceptable when you consider the successes we’ve enjoyed over the years.  Officiating’s screwed us more than other teams and that’s also life when your team refuses to yield to the wishes of a shrew commissioner who feels his legacy lies with the likes of Rosby and Kane.

We’re looking at something more sinister right now though, and that’s a shitshow of the Wings’ own making.  Institutional malaise that starts with the GM has filtered to the coaching staff and seeped into a locker room that finds itself unable or unwilling to make the effort required to compete when home ice is on the line.  As we’ve said, and will always say, the talent is there and the Cup is theirs if they want it.  It really is.  It’s there for a team with the kind of heart Kris Draper had or Steve Yzerman had, or Brendan Shanahan.  Brent Gilchrist had that kind of heart. Remember? The Cup is right there for the team that’s willing to put in two months of the hardest kind of hockey work.

Four more games and we’ll see if everything we’ve suffered through since mid-February has been nothing but a farce.  A sick joke we can shake off when the “switch” is thrown in a couple weeks. 

It’s disgusting how bleak we’ve become since the home-ice streak ended like five years ago.  I can’t even remember the kind of arrogance we enjoyed back in December and January.  It can come back, but man it’s looking like a mirage right about now.

And so, Kenny, happy April Fool’s Day.  All that money to spend and the joke’s on us with four games left.

It’s a Live Blog bitches and you have my apologies for the tone.  Voox: line ‘em up and keep ‘em coming.

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WestWing's avatar

Afternoon bitches.  Is White seriously a healthy scratch?  What the fuch for?  I’m missing something.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Land of Ice and Snow on 04/01/12 at 04:14 PM ET

I think we discussed this last game.  I think we decided that White is either a poor man’s Jonathan Ericsson or Ericsson is a rich man’s Ian White.  The turnover per dollar ration is about the same, but only because of the Jonny’s fat contract.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 06:19 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

I’m in. On time for the game, late to the LB and just caught up. saw some nice shifts from 13/14 and yes even 93.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 06:20 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Is White seriously a healthy scratch?  What the fuch for?  I’m missing something.

I dont get it either. Sure he’s no Rafalski, but he’s better than whoever your 3rd pairing is. Maintenance day?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 06:22 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

The turnover per dollar ratio is about the same, but only because of the Jonny’s fat contract.
Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 04:19 PM ET

Fuch it, I got that all backwards.  Nevermind.  Pass the gin.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 06:22 PM ET

Bent's avatar

So that’s interference?

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/01/12 at 06:23 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Thats a tough call there.  Geebuz

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 06:23 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Afternoon bitches.  Is White seriously a healthy scratch?  What the fuch for?  I’m missing something.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Land of Ice and Snow on 04/01/12 at 04:14 PM ET

I think we discussed this last game.  I think we decided that White is either a poor man’s Jonathan Ericsson or Ericsson is a rich man’s Ian White.  The turnover per dollar ration is about the same, but only because of the Jonny’s fat contract.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 04:19 PM ET

This might make me unpopular, but if this is the reason that he is a healthy scratch, after Johnny has been an absolute turnover machine for a couple of year… then fuch Babcock.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 06:23 PM ET

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that wasn’t called interference back when interference was being called.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/01/12 at 06:23 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Lesson learned in the first period, when you are touched by an opposing player and begin to regain your balance, fall down.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/01/12 at 06:23 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Kalng. Ugly PK, surviving on luck alone.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 06:24 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

yaay goalpost!!!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 06:25 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

I dont get it either. Sure he’s no Rafalski, but he’s better than whoever your 3rd pairing is. Maintenance day?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 04:22 PM ET


It’s got to be a maintenance day.  That’s what I’m thinking.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 06:25 PM ET

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Kindling playing on the PK.  Holy Hell.

Posted by MTL_WINGS from Montreal on 04/01/12 at 06:25 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Miller got his money’s worth on that one.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 06:26 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Miller wants to be an execitioneer - - wow

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 06:26 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Holy crap Miller.  Home run,

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/01/12 at 06:26 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Jesus Miller…. Murphy with no mercy on the Opening Day joke.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/01/12 at 06:26 PM ET

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And now that there’s an actual penalty that has to be called Detroit’s stuck on back to back PK’s.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/01/12 at 06:26 PM ET

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Maybe that block will knock Cleary’s knee back into place.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/01/12 at 06:27 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Nice play Big E

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 06:28 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Checking in. 

The stars must be aligning…..I have HD on the wide screen WITH Ken & Mick…... FSN- Detroit right heres in Rumbear Manor!  This is a first. No pirate feed today!


LGRW !!!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 04/01/12 at 06:34 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

This is a first.

Hmm, maybe DET will score 1st today too - - or is that asking too much?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 06:35 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Is it me or is Murph wasted on a Sunday afternoon?

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/01/12 at 06:36 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Wings easing into the game.  No sense burning yourselves out with a fast start.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 06:36 PM ET

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14   L   TOMAS FLEISCHMANN
18   C   SHAWN MATTHIAS
26   R   MIKAEL SAMUELSSON
82   R   TOMAS KOPECKY

Cats have many former RW players or picks in this game.

Posted by Alex on 04/01/12 at 06:36 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Hmm, maybe DET will score 1st today too - - or is that asking too much?

Ha ha, very funny you April Fool you.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 06:36 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Is it me or is Murph wasted on a Sunday afternoon?

Posted by RWBill from the Land of 12 in 12. on 04/01/12 at 04:36 PM ET

You say that like being wasted on a Sunday afternoon is a bad thing.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 06:38 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Wings easing into the game.  No sense burning yourselves out with a fast start.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 04:36 PM ET

Somehow, the games are getting less and less entertaining to watch lately.  Like I can’t believe how disinterested I’ve been.  Was super fired up for Friday’s night game, and was so supremely let down.


Atta boy, Johnny.  Man-handle that fucher.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 06:39 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

I can’t believe I’m gonna say this… but I miss Sammy.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 06:40 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Geebuz - - thanks be to Jimmy

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 06:40 PM ET

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Stuart with another solid play leading to an odd man break…..Maybe he should get the healthy scratch next game.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/01/12 at 06:40 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Wow, Stuart and Kronwall giving up a two on one that hardly ever happens…......

more than three or four times a game.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 06:41 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Hahahahahahahahahahaha.  Fuch it.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 06:41 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Sigh.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/01/12 at 06:41 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

figures

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/01/12 at 06:41 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

I can’t believe I’m gonna say this… but I miss Sammy.

At least that Fucher wouldn’t hesitate to shoot.

No telling where it would go.

No - -we don’t need no stinking lead

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 06:41 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

4th line gives one up. Not good coverage by the fowards, specifically 48

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 06:42 PM ET

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How many times is a puck going to go right by Emmerton, to an opponent, then right into the net?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/01/12 at 06:42 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Jonny makes a good screen.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 04/01/12 at 06:42 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Answer WINGS Period.

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 04/01/12 at 06:42 PM ET

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