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So Far 4 In 2, Why Not 6 in 3?

Yes, the Wings have won their first two games of their western Canada road tour and play the final game tonight in Edmonton before taking a detour through Phoenix on Monday before returning to Detroit for a Wednesday game against these same Oilers.

Before this goes an futher, Paul here, assuming IwoCPO is still without web access. (If he does appear before the puck drops, well, you know what to do.)

You know the Oilers plan to pepper Conklin with shots so the first ten minutes of he game are important for the Wings to stick to their game plan.

Tight defense, take advantage of mistakes by the Oilers and head to Phoenix with a win, any way they can.

6 in 3 could turn in to 8 in 4, so let’s make sure the Wings have that chance.

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Nate A's avatar

I don’t think i’ve ever seen a butterfly smaller than Conklin’s this year. Miserable.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 02/05/12 at 01:55 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Time to whip the Joey out.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 02/05/12 at 01:56 AM ET

Trish's avatar

JFC

Posted by Trish from PalmBeachCntyFL on 02/05/12 at 01:56 AM ET

jimathor's avatar

If Conklin isn’t packing his damn bags in the next 15 minutes I’m going to start supporting the goddamn Blues. At least they had the sense to ship his ass far, far, far away from them.

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 02/05/12 at 01:56 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

Honestly, leave him in Edmonton and let him find his own way to wherever he needs to go.

Posted by Stevis on 02/04/12 at 10:55 PM ET

This

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/05/12 at 01:56 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

Honestly, leave him in Edmonton and let him find his own way to wherever he needs to go.

Posted by Stevis on 02/04/12 at 10:55 PM ET

This

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/05/12 at 01:56 AM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

Someone needed to move him from the front of the net but still you can’t give that up/

Posted by SolidTG7 on 02/05/12 at 01:57 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Too bad Whitey just can’t say, CONKLIN SUCKS!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/05/12 at 01:58 AM ET

Guilherme's avatar

Simultaneously, the Wings have their best and their worst goalie of the last decade.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 02/05/12 at 01:58 AM ET

Bent's avatar

Worth saying twice jeff.

Slow posting still hasn’t gone away fully.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 02/05/12 at 01:58 AM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

The guys in front of him aren’t playing any better, the Wings see a team low in the standings and come out standing still and looking bewildered as the freight train runs them right over.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 02/05/12 at 01:59 AM ET

monkey's avatar

Simultaneously, the Wings have their best and their worst goalie of the last decade.

3 goals on 9 shots isn’t so bad.  In baseball that would be awesome.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/05/12 at 02:00 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Slow posting still hasn’t gone away fully.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 02/04/12 at 10:58 PM ET

Me too. It was fine for the last couple of games. Tonite it is slow.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/05/12 at 02:00 AM ET

Wingfan191's avatar

BTW, Gagner is so getting a hat trick tonight.  The only way he doesn’t is if Kronwall ends his night.

Posted by Wingfan191 from Bothell, WA (originally from Troy, MI) on 02/05/12 at 02:00 AM ET

Stevis's avatar

The board plays down to the Wings’ opponent, too.

Posted by Stevis on 02/05/12 at 02:01 AM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

Pulp Fiction just started on HBO, if I’m gonna watch someone get killed it might as well be that guy in the back of the car.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 02/05/12 at 02:01 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

The Oilers score 4 goals in the period and Gagne is only involved on three of them. That’s not much of a silver lining.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/05/12 at 02:01 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

Let’s start the 2nd with McDonald?

Anybody else game ?

Posted by 42jeff

do it. it can’t hurt any worse than it already is.

i was so with the signing of conk when i heard it. but he just don’t have it. season over..time to ride the bus for a few weeks. if he preforms, call him back, can the griffins refuse to take him on their team?

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/05/12 at 02:02 AM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

I hope we will see Joey in goal next period ??? Let’s go Red wings

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 02/05/12 at 02:02 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

There’s only one word for this mess:  Oy.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 02/05/12 at 02:02 AM ET

Guilherme's avatar

Slow posting still hasn’t gone away fully.

I thought it was my slow connection. Apparently not.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 02/05/12 at 02:02 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

We cannot afford to have this kind of goal tending for 2 weeks. No way no how.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/05/12 at 02:02 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

I know every one of you wants to burn Conklin at the stake, but his teammates leave a player (yeah that Gagner guy) all alone, pretty much uncontested for a deflection at the goal mouth.

Their penalty killing is a fuching embarrassment.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/05/12 at 02:03 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

Pulp Fiction just started on HBO, if I’m gonna watch someone get killed it might as well be that guy in the back of the car.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 02/04/12 at 11:01 PM ET

Poor Brad

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/05/12 at 02:03 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

To have an ear to the wall in that locker room tonight.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/05/12 at 02:03 AM ET

monkey's avatar

Correction:  this guy has a HUGE load.  You should his taint.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/05/12 at 02:04 AM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Oh excuse me Mr.Gagner.  I didn’t mean to bump into you in the slot.(shudder) Hit that fuchin guy and make em pay the price for standing there. Come on guys and wake up. Conks needs a swerlie.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 02/05/12 at 02:05 AM ET

monkey's avatar

To have an ear to the wall in that locker room tonight.

“Did you see that chick behind Babcock?”

“Hey, who wants to play Words with Friends?”

“I’m thinking Arby’s.”

“Are we picking new teams for the second?”

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/05/12 at 02:07 AM ET

sola_gratia's avatar

I think I’d rather just see them dress a defenseman and put him in net instead of putting Joey in for the 2nd.  Both Joey and Conklin are abysmal.

Posted by sola_gratia on 02/05/12 at 02:07 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

19:23 SHG - Valtteri Filppula (16) Assists: H. Zetterberg (27)

the one bright spot in tonights game.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/05/12 at 02:07 AM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

this guy has a HUGE load

well it is like 3 years worth of offensive abstinence

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 02/05/12 at 02:08 AM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

I know every one of you wants to burn Conklin at the stake, but his teammates leave a player (yeah that Gagner guy) all alone, pretty much uncontested for a deflection at the goal mouth.

Their penalty killing is a fuching embarrassment.

Agreed, blaming Conks is the easy thing to do.  They haven’t played well in front of him all year, in fact the past few years it didn’t matter who the backup goalie was, they’ve all struggled.

I don’t count Conks a few years back since he played half the season and Ozzie went in playoff time.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 02/05/12 at 02:08 AM ET

Stevis's avatar

Maybe they shouldn’t run the “we take every game seriously” spot, given the ample evidence that they don’t.

Posted by Stevis on 02/05/12 at 02:08 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

In baseball that would be awesome.

baseball…mediocrity on parade.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 02/05/12 at 02:08 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Oh excuse me Mr.Gagner.  I didn’t mean to bump into you in the slot.(shudder) Hit that fuchin guy and make em pay the price for standing there.

This.

The guy is skating through the offensive zone untouched.  Paying the price to get to the front of the net is easy when the price is zero.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/05/12 at 02:08 AM ET

monkey's avatar

How many times did Franzen fall asleep on the bench in the first?

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/05/12 at 02:09 AM ET

Guilherme's avatar

They haven’t played well in front of him all year, in fact the past few years it didn’t matter who the backup goalie was, they’ve all struggled.

James Howard, 09-10.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 02/05/12 at 02:09 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

You shoot. No, you shoot. No, be my guest. No you shoot. Here maybe he will shoot, No, you shoot. You shoot. etc. etc. etc.

Pure gold, Rumbear. My thoughts exactly.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team in any sport play down to the level of their competition like the Wings. They play the top teams like champs. But the Islanders, BJs, Canadiens and Oilers? They look like a PeeWee Midget Gnome team. Absolutely infuriating.

And I’m with Nate A., someone needs to be fired – and that someone is Blashill. The “bring in some new ideas” experiment is over, Babs. Send Jeff back to the CCHA. He ain’t cuttin’ it in the NHL.

As for Conklin? Sending him to the Griffins isn’t enough. Send him to Toledo and hope like hell he can win two games for them before he’s forced to retire in complete disgrace. I’ve come to really, really hate this guy.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/05/12 at 02:09 AM ET

monkey's avatar

To have an ear to the wall in that locker room tonight.

“Who wrinkled my Randy Travis poster?”

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/05/12 at 02:10 AM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Correction:  this guy has a HUGE load.  You should his taint.

Posted by monkey from the morel high ground on 02/04/12 at 11:04 PM ET

He’s got a 5 inch taint.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 02/05/12 at 02:10 AM ET

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