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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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ITDeuce's avatar

Kronner cuts the lead by half.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 03/28/12 at 10:46 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Hey look. A power Play goal. Neat.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/28/12 at 10:46 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Oh yes.  One goal closer.

2-4.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 03/28/12 at 10:47 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Well, there’s another.

Hard to get too excited about it.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 03/28/12 at 10:47 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

that’s one

2-4

the come back begins

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/28/12 at 10:47 PM ET

Guilherme'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.

Home-ice, maybe. Road start, fuch no.

Then again, maybe they start caring next week.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 03/28/12 at 10:47 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

York is an elite net minder.  I’m surprised that got by him.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 03/28/12 at 10:47 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

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

Posted by Guilherme

i agree. it is hard enough when one can’t win, but when one does not want to win. well i do not know if that can be fixed.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/28/12 at 10:48 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Yeah Kronwall! Go Wings!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 03/28/12 at 10:48 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Oh this is fun losing, Franzen?  The fuch you smiling ‘bout?

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 03/28/12 at 10:48 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

Even Lebda looks tough around this team.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 03/28/12 at 10:48 PM ET

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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 Land of Ice and Snow on 03/28/12 at 09:44 PM ET

Yes….but at the same time, no.  A healthy Wings team playing up to their capability can beat anyone.  It’s just a question of bringing it every night, and I’m not sure if they’re going to.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/28/12 at 10:49 PM ET

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OK 9 min left in the third.
Perfect time to start the chitstorm

Posted by Alex on 03/28/12 at 10:52 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Nice move Wally.  Try to remember to shoot next time.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 03/28/12 at 10:52 PM ET

SYF's avatar

CBJ dropping all five guys around the keeper.  No second chances given up.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 03/28/12 at 10:54 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

So Nyquist’s fantastic play the past half dozen games has been rewarded with just over 5 minutes of ice time tonite. A minute lower than Emmerton, the only other player with fewer than 10 minutes.

Thanks Babs.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/28/12 at 10:55 PM ET

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Cleary with Z/Dats?  What has he done to deserve playing with those two?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/28/12 at 10:55 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Wow, do I hate Nash.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 03/28/12 at 10:57 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Wow, do I hate Nash.

Agreed, but the word I use is “covet.”  He needs to be in the wheel.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/28/12 at 10:59 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

Wow, do I hate Nash.

What if he wore red?

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 03/28/12 at 11:00 PM ET

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World class hook put on Clearly there.  Vanmassenfuch disagrees.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/28/12 at 11:00 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Wow, do I hate Nash.

Agreed, but the word I use is “covet.”  He needs to be in the wheel.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/28/12 at 09:59 PM ET

Anyone but Dats…

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 03/28/12 at 11:00 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Talk about blowing something…. 2 points blown here.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 03/28/12 at 11:01 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Yeah, the hometeam gets the fast whistle every time the Wings play.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 03/28/12 at 11:02 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Quick whistle.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/28/12 at 11:02 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

What if he wore red?

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 03/28/12 at 10:00 PM ET

There is no player I’d rather see as a Wing.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 03/28/12 at 11:02 PM ET

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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.

If this is the team they will put on ice:

Fil - Z - Happy
Nuke - Magic - BigBert
Abby - Helm - Miller
Franzen - Cleary - Homer

TPH - White
Kronner - Stuie
Smith - Kindl

Jimmy in net

then they can go all the way, but Babs will never let it happen.

Posted by Alex on 03/28/12 at 11:02 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Kronners!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/28/12 at 11:03 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

Nice mugging on Z there, not that it matters.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 03/28/12 at 11:06 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

I’m actually shocked Babcock bothered to pull Conlkin.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/28/12 at 11:06 PM ET

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The things let go this game….wow.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/28/12 at 11:06 PM ET

SYF's avatar

That’s gonna be one looonnng bus ride back to Detroit tonight.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 03/28/12 at 11:07 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Does it really matter when Conklin leaves the net? He hasn’t been there all season long.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/28/12 at 11:07 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

I’m actually shocked Babcock bothered to pull Conlkin.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/28/12 at 10:06 PM ET

Same here.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 03/28/12 at 11:07 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Zetterberg just threw a haymaker at someone after being repeatedly crosschecked in front.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/28/12 at 11:08 PM ET

SYF's avatar

An ECHL keeper won a game against the Wings.

Never thought that would ever happen.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 03/28/12 at 11:09 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

Gotta love that, let Jack Johnson just pound on Homer and after the horn goes instead of letting him get some shots in the ref just stiff arms Homer.

The bias against him is just sickening sometimes.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 03/28/12 at 11:09 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

darks and shucks ...

good night all

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/28/12 at 11:09 PM ET

Ducksworth's avatar

Can’t believe this garbage ECHL goalie gets his first career win against the Wings…embarrassing piss poor effort

Posted by Ducksworth from Brownstown, MI on 03/28/12 at 11:10 PM ET

jimathor's avatar

If this is the team they will put on ice:

Fil - Z - Happy
Nuke - Magic - BigBert
Abby - Helm - Miller
Franzen - Cleary - Homer

TPH - White
Kronner - Stuie
Smith - Kindl

Jimmy in net

then they can go all the way, but Babs will never let it happen.

This. This, a thousand damn times this, with Connor waiting for the call up, waaay ahead of Emmerton or Mursak who I really don’t think deserve to be up in the big game yet.

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 03/28/12 at 11:10 PM ET

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