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No Such Thing As A Meaningless BJ

Our Uncle Mike has a vision.  To him it may be benign and ritual.  An annual rite almost, another matchup with another baby brother, one we’ve seen many times before.

Teddy Kulfan

“It looks to me we’re playing Nashville in the first round,” Babcock said. “Two really good teams. It’s going to be a battle.”

Yes it will, and with that battle should come a spirited discussion about which GM strengthened their team considerably on 28 February…and which GM did absolutely nothing.

And that little confab may turn out to be irrelevant.  For our sake, I’m hoping that discussion is short-lived and meaningless.  If, in mid-to-late April, we find ourselves talking about the trade deadline it’s going to be with a high degree of bile and angst. And we hate bile and angst. Do you follow me on this?  Our primary topic of discussion around 20 April needs to be about stifling Vancouver or exposing St. Louis.  If we’re talking about Tick Tock’s deadline standpattedness, that’s going to mean something horrible happened the days leading up to that.  With me?

But that’s a Hasek-held chit chat we can table until it’s absolutely necessary.  For now? Home ice is the beautiful baby we need to be cradling.  It’s a soft little bunny to be cherished, a Charlevoix Saturday morning with a pleasant hangover, one that doesn’t hurt, but just lingers until you make the decision that it’s time banish it the only way you know how, with another PBR.

As good as a BJ may sound right about now, this one needs to be trounced and stifled. For the sake of home ice, it really needs to be wasted and scoffed at.  Disregarded and slapped away for the sake of the greater good.

It’s a Live Blog, bitches.  Bubba’s on the horizon and, by god, we need to see that bastard a possible four times instead of three at the House that The Captains Have Built.

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Nate A's avatar

I never thought I’d say this, but i’m praying for a lockout.

Heretic.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/28/12 at 10:12 PM ET

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Detroit Red Wings, making NHL bottom feeders happy since 2008/09.

Posted by Alex on 03/28/12 at 10:12 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Not sure I’d call 4 goals allowed against Carolina as good.

Yeah.  Yeah.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 03/28/12 at 10:12 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

All the Wings need is a goalie to not lose a game. Right now, they do not have that. Having said that, it is no excuse for the piss-poor performance tonight by most of this team.

Yeah, I know Z, you guys have a “switch”...blah, blah, blah.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/28/12 at 10:13 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

The BJs are going to take as many liberties as they want. Chicken shit dirtbag gutless loser team with less than nothing to lose.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/28/12 at 10:14 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

20 minutes to redeem ourselves

‘We just gotta decide what kind of team we’re gonna be.’ -Uncle Mike,  last fall

be a Cup contender ... and play like one, boys

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/28/12 at 10:14 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

If they get the four seed, they’re a contender.

If DET do not get the four seed - - they are one and done.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/28/12 at 10:15 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

This team is schizo

So are the fans.


I never thought I’d say this, but i’m praying for a lockout.

Hahahahahah

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 03/28/12 at 10:15 PM ET

monkey's avatar

So are the fans.

I know.  It’s getting stabby in here.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 03/28/12 at 10:16 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/28/12 at 10:19 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

This team is schizo

So are the fans.

One begets the other. How can it not?

World-beaters at home, bottom-dwellers on the road. No team can have post-season success with that.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/28/12 at 10:19 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

Just got home. Probably ate something wrong and need to throw up (ie. I need a feed)

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 03/28/12 at 10:19 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Sick of that “switch” shit.  Sorry, Zata.  Nobody wins a game on a switch if the effort isn’t even there to begin with.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 03/28/12 at 10:19 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

What a hugely disappointing effort from DET, when so much is on the line.

hugely disappointing -

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/28/12 at 10:21 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Hola bitches.  Had to miss the first 2 periods, but apparently so the the Wings?  Has it been as bad as the score?  Are all the goals e52’s fault?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 03/28/12 at 10:23 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

1:01 left on the impOTENT Wings PP to start the third.

Posted by SYF from fashionista dougie’s newly violated Droid 4G on 03/28/12 at 09:12 PM ET

fixt

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 03/28/12 at 10:24 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

‘We just gotta decide what kind of team we’re gonna be.’ -Uncle Mike

hate that quote

So, they don’t want to win? That’s more maddening that not being able to win.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 03/28/12 at 10:26 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

I wonder if MIke’s intermission speech went something like this:

“Hey bitches…you realize you’re getting beat by Columbus and their backup goalie?  Mkay?  I’m gonna be in the john throwing up, because you guys are making me nauseous.”

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 03/28/12 at 10:26 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Babcock’s interview with DC, yeah it was funny that he stares DC down and smirks at some of his questions…but also you saw a coach who was at his wits end. Babs is honest, and what you saw was a coach who honestly has no idea what it takes to motivate this team when they are away from the Joe and not playing in front of wives and girlfriends.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/28/12 at 10:27 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

So, they don’t want to win? That’s more maddening that not being able to win.

Amen, brother.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/28/12 at 10:29 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Wasted 1:01 of PP time to start the third.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 03/28/12 at 10:31 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

The other quote I hate, Babcock saying he doesn’t talk to the team after losses, to avoid getting caught up in the moment.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 03/28/12 at 10:32 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Dumbshit. Clear boarding by Q

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/28/12 at 10:33 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Dumb, Quincey.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 03/28/12 at 10:33 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Stupid penalty to take, Q.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 03/28/12 at 10:33 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Shorty?  plzkthks

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 03/28/12 at 10:33 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Can’t stand it anymore.  Muted NBCSN.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 03/28/12 at 10:34 PM ET

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Not sure why that faceoff didn’t go all the way back into the BJ’s zone

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/28/12 at 10:35 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Not sure why that faceoff didn’t go all the way back into the BJ’s zone

Posted by Valek on 03/28/12 at 09:35 PM ET

Oh man, they’re doing the same shit at the ECHL level, Valek.  I’ve seen that so many times.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 03/28/12 at 10:36 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

what a waste of my time tonight

not you, bitches

the Wings - wasted opportunity

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/28/12 at 10:38 PM ET

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Not sure why that faceoff didn’t go all the way back into the BJ’s zone

Posted by Valek on 03/28/12 at 09:35 PM ET

Oh man, they’re doing the same shit at the ECHL level, Valek.  I’ve seen that so many times.

Posted by SYF from fashionista dougie’s newly violated Droid 4G on 03/28/12 at 09:36 PM ET

The guy skating right past the linesman who was yelling “OFF!!”  was the one that touched it for offsides.  Seems like a clear intentional.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/28/12 at 10:38 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Hey, Wings.  An ECHL goalie on the worst team in the league kicked your lazy asses. 

Sit and stew on that for a while.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 03/28/12 at 10:38 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Wasted 41:01 of game time to start the third.

Posted by SYF from fashionista dougie’s newly violated Droid 4G on 03/28/12 at 09:31 PM ET


fixt

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/28/12 at 10:40 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Jeebus, look at that bench.  They’re shell-shocked.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 03/28/12 at 10:41 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

I’m out bitches.  like the Wings have been all night.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/28/12 at 10:41 PM ET

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Jeebus, look at that bench.  They’re shell-shocked.

Posted by SYF from fashionista dougie’s newly violated Droid 4G on 03/28/12 at 09:41 PM ET

Nope, that’s the look of just not giving a fuch.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/28/12 at 10:42 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Nope, that’s the look of just not giving a fuch.

Posted by Valek on 03/28/12 at 09:42 PM ET

Man, the invectives I would be yelling from the stands at the Wings.

Yay.  A Wings PP.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 03/28/12 at 10:44 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

Shoot, dammit

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 03/28/12 at 10:44 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

I’m curious about something.  I know everyone is pretty eyeore after apparently no effort by the Wings.  But does anyone see them going past the first round this year?  Honestly.  That’s a real question.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 03/28/12 at 10:44 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Quite talented there, high stick slew foot.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/28/12 at 10:45 PM ET

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