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The F Stands For Finger And The Finger Could Really ______ Us All

Thanks to the Emperor for covering me the last few LBs, and thanks to all 19 of you for the patience. January was a slow-moving month on America’s Favorite Carrier and I already told you what February has in store for the weak-hearted Wing fan. I warned you. I told you what kind of pain was on the horizon.

And now it’s here.  Jimmy says it could be two games but then I read it might be 4 weeks until Jimmy said it was more like two weeks he’s hoping because six weeks sucks the worst kind of ass. Seriously. We’re all dead in six weeks if that’s how long Tiberius Howard is out.  Oh, and you want to trade for a backup goalie?

Don’t bother because whoever we get isn’t gonna be good enough to do the job we need done to get what belongs to us.  Baby Jesus, that tiny tadpole of love, adores us but even he can’t guarantee or even decree a Cup if we’re down to a backup goalie some shitbag team was willing to deal in February.  So…it’s James F. Howard or bust, and I’d prefer me some Jimmy if it’s all the same to you.

Transplants. Transplants galore in Gary’s hometown of Phoenix. They’re running amok, paying outrageous sums, drinking cheap beer and laying waste to the women of Glendale, if they’re single and clean…the transplants, that is.

It’s a Live Blog bitches.

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SYF's avatar

Aloha, Master Chief.  Raising a fine Jameson’s to you and your shipmates.  Slainte.  Now get your asses home ASAP.  We ain’t had an HMM all year and I’m antsy.

JMac.  I’m gonna have fun tonight.

No FSD, I think, and if we’re stuck with that Cawk-sucker Olcsux…

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/06/12 at 09:10 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

No FSD, I think, and if we’re stuck with that Cawk-sucker Olcsux…

ain’t that the truth. here’s hopin’ i can get the radio feed lined up with the video feed from msnbcsp or what ever they are calling themselves now.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/06/12 at 09:33 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

We don’t need to trade for a backup, we have a good backup. Joey Mac. Conk can hang in the Leino Lounge as far as I’m concerned.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 02/06/12 at 09:36 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

Good day to you Master Chief. Thx for patrolling the waters day in and day out. No FSD tonight SYF, NBC exclusive. Might just be a 2 man team tonight, Strader and doosh canoe in the hole. As for finding a backup goalie, one thing I see will make it a near impossible road. Too much in return. Because of “who we are”, other GM’s will naturally inflate the prices and attempt a pilfering of our cupboards. I say attempt, because I do not believe TickTock will go that far. Joey will simply HAVE to stand up. He has persevered before( I refer you to last year in that home stretch before playoffs). He was accoladed to the sweet sounds of"JO-EY JO-EY”. He wins tonight, and im sure the reward will come back at the Joe. Now whats not to like about that?

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 02/06/12 at 09:38 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

I have so much confidence in our goalie tonight that someday in the not-too-distant future they will name the Wings new home the Joey McDonald Arena. Instead of going to games down at the Joe, we’ll be going down to games down at the Joey.

It’s how we roll.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 02/06/12 at 09:50 PM ET

BrendonR's avatar

I say grin and bear it until Jimmy returns, just ride Joey Mac until then and then keep him around as a backup.  No sense in losing any assets for a backup goalie.  And Paul posted a story about Rick Nash’s chances.of being moved seemingly getting better.  Im sure the Chief will enjoy that one!

Posted by BrendonR on 02/06/12 at 09:57 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Let’s be very clear regarding the bottom line on Howard:

1. Yes, his broken index finger will not heal for somewhere between 4-6 weeks.

2. However, as soon as the Wings’ doctors clear him to play and Howard can deal with the pain of holding his stick and guiding it with a finger that will sting when he stops shots or plays the puck with a stick that tends to translate said impacts into vibrations…He will be able to play as his pain tolerance and modifications to his sticks and blockers will allow because he cannot re-break his finger.

Howard will be re-evaluted by the team’s doctors tomorrow, and it sounds like he’s going to need to get some practices in where he actually takes shots and gets used to stickhandling before he returns, but he could probably return as early as Friday, and, more realistically, he’ll probably be back on the 14th against Dallas or 17th against Nashville.

That translates into another 4 or 5 games without Howard, tonight’s included, not four-to-six weeks. The honest truth is that goalies have to play through broken fingertips and index fingers on a somewhat regular basis because blockers with adequate finger protection would make it impossible to grip one’s stick, and Howard has stated that he’s played through broken middle/ring/pinky fingers before.

As soon as he can deal with the pain, he’ll be back, and he has at least been skating every day after practice trying out tweaks to his sticks on Saturday and today, so he’s not exactly in so much pain that he can’t even hold onto his stick. He just has to get checked out and deal with stopping pucks and he’ll be able to come back.

The Wings’ doctors are always cautious, but Howard seems to want to push hard to return as soon as he is able, and that should be sooner than later.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 02/06/12 at 09:59 PM ET

monkey's avatar

HO There, Bitches.  It’s the Gales of February.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/06/12 at 10:00 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

I think Conk needs a little more time before we can close the book on him.  If that doesn’t work, J Mac didn’t look half bad the other night.  Hang in there folks, its gonna get bumpy, but we’ll make it.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/06/12 at 10:01 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 02/06/12 at 06:59 PM ET

NO YOU FOOL THE SKY IS FALLING

ABANDON SHIP

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/06/12 at 10:02 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Keep the JMac, put the Conk back in the latrine, that is all.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/06/12 at 10:03 PM ET

Rdwings28's avatar

ah, the solution is simple…..Zetterberg Start scoring, Franzen-rise from the dead, Danny do your third period magic, Dats feeding Val, Helmer finish his shorty breakaways, Huds keep smilin’ and doin’ what yer doin’, Drew, Stuie, Nickle, Kronwall , add one here and there….that’s 5 goals a night .........Conks and Joey get 4 . Shoot more puck, score more goal. Fixt

Posted by Rdwings28 on 02/06/12 at 10:05 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Dave Strader will do the announcing tonight…Not sure who the color commentator will be.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 02/06/12 at 10:08 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

never
never
never
give
  up

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 02/06/12 at 10:09 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I don’t mind Emrick; Strader’s a superb sub.  Just get Olcsux off my screen.  Hell, I’ll even take Strader’s color man on NBCSN’s “Friday Night Ice,” Ken Hodge.

I think I’ve held on to the faith that Conks is going to have a decent enough season to quell fears about the Wings’ backup goalie position long enough.  From various youtube game highlights from the EDM game, JMac looks a lot the guy I thought he would be when he came back to the Organ-I-zation.  I’m a little less worried about it…for now.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/06/12 at 10:10 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

It’s a Live Blog bitches.

Evenin’ Bitches. Master Chief, when you’re right, you’re right on. We need James Fuching Howard, but I’m thinking J-Mac can handle the task at hand as long as the rest of the Wings show up.
I don’t think the same can be said aboot the Conk. He’s lack of Conk-fidince is like the flu. Contagious. It spreads to the whole Team.

Let’s Roll.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/06/12 at 10:15 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Going down on Joey?  Up in Owosso “Joey” was a slang name you threw at someone you wanted to derogatorily label as a homosexual, or “queer”, if you’re from Saginaw.  This derived from noneother than the flaming Joey himself, Joey Shire.  No one could even remember how long it had been since Joey Shire had actually attended OJHS or OHS, but rumor in school was he hung out at Jumbo’s Bar, a wretched low class establishment next door to Capitol Bowl, behind the movie theater in West Town, where all the Hoods came from.  THE movie theater, remember, this is Owosso.  No matter, the legacy of Joey was passed on year after year. 

The rise and tragic collapse of Owosso from the 40s to the 90s as an adjunct to Flint and Lansing and representative of the entire rust belt, would actually make a fascinating movie… hilarious and historic, if done properly.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/06/12 at 10:17 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

wonder if conks contract allows for him to be shipped to the griffins on a conditioning stint? even if he hasta clear wavers or something, it would be worth it just to get him playing’ more than once a week.

whats the worst that could happen? somebody picks him off of wavers?

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/06/12 at 10:21 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

FEED no fox sports Detroit feed tonight.

yots are playing pavs song. “joker and the thief” pray that’s a good sign.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/06/12 at 10:33 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Looking at the Wings pre-game skate, I see the JLA West is sufficiently represented.

Niiiice showing by the transplants.  Loud and proud.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/06/12 at 10:51 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Evening 19.  Let’s chew this thing up and see where it takes us, man.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/06/12 at 10:52 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Oh damn.  Hell no.  Olcsux between the benches?

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/06/12 at 10:53 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

wings are 1 for the last 41 on the road. that breaks down to a 0.02 power play.

there must be some way to break out of this slump, (can one call it a slump?) this hasta change. pray babble tries putting the circus back together for this game to see what happens.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/06/12 at 10:56 PM ET

calquake's avatar

It’s a great night for hockey… let’s do this thing.

Posted by calquake on 02/06/12 at 10:57 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Hurrah for early west cost games. Gimme 2 points.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 02/06/12 at 11:00 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Gimme 2 points.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 02/06/12 at 08:00 PM ET

Word.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/06/12 at 11:01 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 02/06/12 at 11:01 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Just my feed or is the audio out of sync?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 02/06/12 at 11:02 PM ET

SYF's avatar

brb, 19.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/06/12 at 11:02 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

wings are 1 for the last 41 on the road. that breaks down to a 0.02 power play.

there must be some way to break out of this slump, (can one call it a slump?) this hasta change. pray babble tries putting the circus back together for this game to see what happens.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/06/12 at 07:56 PM ET

Hell, I say put the third line out there.  They can’t possibly be any worse.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/06/12 at 11:02 PM ET

dougie's avatar

However, as soon as the Wings’ doctors clear him to play and Howard can deal with the pain of holding his stick and guiding it with a finger

If it gets him back in the lineup, I will personally hold his stick, and do whatever he would like as far as “finger guiding” is concerned.

As I am sure you all would.

Posted by dougie on 02/06/12 at 11:02 PM ET

calquake's avatar

As I am sure you all would.

Posted by dougie on 02/06/12 at 08:02 PM ET

I am prepared to be “confused” for a night… or two.

Posted by calquake on 02/06/12 at 11:04 PM ET

Norskirama's avatar

Should be interesting when Oily Eddie tries to talk to Uncle Mike!

Posted by Norskirama from Lincoln, Nebraska on 02/06/12 at 11:07 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Ack! get that pussy Doan off my TV

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 02/06/12 at 11:07 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

wings are 1 for the last 41 on the road. that breaks down to a 0.02 power play.

Talk aboot due. The odd are in favor of the Wings, law of averages, blah, blah, blah. The
deal is, to get some PP time from the zebras in The Valley of the Sun.

Don’t forget, the Yotes are Gary, Asses team.Owned by the NHL. Conflict of interest, and, a vested interest. The Wings need to remind Gary, Ass the reason why Phoenix is called Hockeytown West.

Then, there is the Doanbag factor. Me no likey Doanbag.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/06/12 at 11:08 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

there must be some way to break out of this obscenity

Fixt.

Yeah, bring Jiri’s girls on the road trips.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/06/12 at 11:09 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

I think my son(YYZerman) is at the game. He just moved back to the Phoenix area this week.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/06/12 at 11:12 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

babbles starts the third line.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/06/12 at 11:12 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Z with big bert and mule. Guess we’ll see how this works out.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 02/06/12 at 11:12 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

I really dislike the hyphenated names.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/06/12 at 11:13 PM ET

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