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Voox? Line ‘em Up

You want stress? We’ve got it, brother. And we’ve got it on every front.  Injuries, whiskey, rusty goaltending and a very dangerous reality tied to road sadness.

If the playoffs started today…golf would follow and it would follow quickly.  Lidstrom’s alleged “bone bruise” is reason enough to sink us early, but when you consider everything else providence has foisted upon us and ten games seems like a split second.  I’d venture to say that this is the first time any of us have looked at a March schedule and wished for another dozen or so games.  The mood in the Hasek is sour, my friends. 

Ten games isn’t enough time to fix the wrongs that should have been addressed on February 28th. Ten games isn’t going to cure the worst power play we’ve seen since pre-Yzerman.  Ten games won’t teach this team how to win on the road.  And ten games might not even be enough time to remind the Wings how invincible they were for 23 home games that seem like five years ago.

But there is light, oh yes there is.  A glimmer, faint and flickering. But a light it is because there is still all that teasing, tantalizing talent.  A turnaround can happen. Health can improve.  Somehow, some way, the pucks can go in when they should.  It can happen because we’ve seen it. We’ve seen them at their best.  But, holy hell…it’s got to happen soon. 

Confidence is a wacky, dangerous motherfucher of a drug.  It’ll make your head spin and give you wicked, menacing powers when you’ve got it.  But, when it’s gone…drink up and drink early.  This team has got to find it before the Stress-ex begins.  It’s going to take a trigger. A game for the ages, a wreck the season of a “rival” type performance.  Not a gimmick, but a statement. Not a shootout, dammit.  A win. Something convincing and obscene.  A powerful, graceful, dangerous reminder of the possible.

It’s a Live Blog, bitches.  For all that is pure and holy in this disaster of a post trade-deadline freefall, it’s a Sunday Live Blog, a St. Patty’s Day Live Blog and a communal prayer to the adorable one that he finally lets our team come out and play.

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ITDeuce's avatar

Yay, a free goal for SJ.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 03/18/12 at 12:55 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Bullshit!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/18/12 at 12:55 AM ET

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It’s pretty sad when it’s the veterans making all the boneheaded plays.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/18/12 at 12:55 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Stupid penalty. Cue the PK of Death.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/18/12 at 12:56 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

Whiskey Nancy?

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/18/12 at 12:56 AM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Jimmah and WINGS!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 03/18/12 at 12:57 AM ET

alukacs's avatar

anyone has a feed? did i miss it?

Posted by alukacs on 03/18/12 at 12:58 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

Jimmah and WINGS

wonder if ‘paul and the wings’ would play any better?

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/18/12 at 12:58 AM ET

alukacs's avatar

got one

Posted by alukacs on 03/18/12 at 12:58 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

FSD FEED

aboot 48 seconds behind

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/18/12 at 12:59 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

This game is going to be worth staying up for.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/18/12 at 01:00 AM ET

Bent's avatar

Oh boy.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 03/18/12 at 01:04 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Power play.  Hopefully the Wings can get through it only down 0-1.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/18/12 at 01:04 AM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Forgo the pp.  Seriously, just don’t do it.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 03/18/12 at 01:04 AM ET

VooX's avatar

Cue the Whiskey Dick PP.

Stuart got his bell rung by the bench on an elbow to the head by Couture.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 03/18/12 at 01:05 AM ET

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PP of death

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/18/12 at 01:05 AM ET

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Brodie Brazil?.....is that his porn name?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/18/12 at 01:06 AM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Jack Daniels ad on the boards in the attacking zone appropriate.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 03/18/12 at 01:06 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

#13

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/18/12 at 01:06 AM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Detroit puts the “special” in special teams.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 03/18/12 at 01:07 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Schooled by the 28th ranked PK

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/18/12 at 01:08 AM ET

Bent's avatar

Not from lack of trying there at least.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 03/18/12 at 01:08 AM ET

VooX's avatar

Fantastic PP, despite the lack of scoring, by the second PP unit.  Great movement as well as traffic in front of the net.  With his movement along the blueline, waiting for people to stack in front of the goalie before shooting, Smith looks like a stud and a player who has been studying film of Lidstrom walking the blueline with his head up waiting for a good shot.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 03/18/12 at 01:09 AM ET

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WTF was that last whistle for?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/18/12 at 01:10 AM ET

Trish's avatar

Dammit

Posted by Trish from PalmBeachCntyFL on 03/18/12 at 01:11 AM ET

Bent's avatar

Unbelievable.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 03/18/12 at 01:11 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

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Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/18/12 at 01:11 AM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

ugh…....

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 03/18/12 at 01:11 AM ET

Bent's avatar

Oh my Dats!

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 03/18/12 at 01:12 AM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Holy fuchbiscuits batman!

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 03/18/12 at 01:12 AM ET

Trish's avatar

Magic   YESSSSSSSSSSS

Posted by Trish from PalmBeachCntyFL on 03/18/12 at 01:12 AM ET

VooX's avatar

Howard was partially screened by Stuart; the puck went through the D’s legs.  Dangle responds instantly with some magic.  He makes my pants tight.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 03/18/12 at 01:12 AM ET

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Welcome back #13

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/18/12 at 01:12 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Magically Pavelicious!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/18/12 at 01:12 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

answered I <3 PASHA

do you want it, boys?

i think so

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/18/12 at 01:13 AM ET

Stevis's avatar

Jesus Pavel.

Exclamation or declaration of faith, you decide.

Posted by Stevis on 03/18/12 at 01:13 AM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

PAVEL - Woo Hoo! 

Go WINGS!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 03/18/12 at 01:13 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

18:46 Pavel Datsyuk (17) Wrist Shot - Assists: none

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/18/12 at 01:14 AM ET

VooX's avatar

Sick deke and disgustingly sick shot from Pasha that looked like a carnival trick shot it was so accurate to the gap in the top shelf.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 03/18/12 at 01:14 AM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Is Mule out or something?  I feel so out of it.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 03/18/12 at 01:14 AM ET

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com