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Want A Cup Of Joe?

Updated at 0141 15 Feb Carrier Standard Time: Herm asked in the comments below if I have a comment regarding a certain player I won’t type the name of who currently resides and plays in a certain pisspot of a town south of the border.  No comment now. No comment tomorrow or ever until providence delivers that big horse to our door.  I’ve jinxed so much for so long.  No. I won’t say it.  But, please, Tick Tock…just this once. Get Dombrowski on the phone if you have to. There. That’s all I’m gonna say about Rick Nash.

Win or lose tonite against the Original Bubba, one thing can’t be disputed: no Red Wing team has ever been as dominant at Joe Louis Arena as this team is right now, or has been this season.  Back when the 19 was just a gleam in the eyes of sinister bastards like RWBill and the elusive Gramps, the Joe was a house of sin.  Poor pathetic little sisters like St. Louis and Denver, Nashville and San Jose (remember when they couldn’t win a damn thing in our Manger?) feared the Joe because they knew they’d leave soiled and violated. 

The last few years saw a change in that, though.  In dark corners of The Hasek we talked amongst ourselves and whispered the bad things. We wondered about motivation and grit and, ugh, leadership…as if we know a damn thing about what it takes to lead a hockey team. Oh, don’t get all redolent on me.  We all talked about it, and I probably spewed that garbage more than most. We wondered about The Swede and our Uncle Mike.  The last two years the Wings won more than they lost at home but big frigging deal.  Plenty of teams win more than they lose at home.

But the Wings haven’t dominated at the Joe like baby Jesus promised us they would.  Last year Detroit won 21 games at home. An interesting number considering what they’ll try to accomplish tonite…in February.  Think about that. Detroit goes for their 21st straight victory with two months left in the regular season. The streak itself would equal the number of games they won at home last year: period.  ‘09/10? 25 wins.  23 already this year.  27 home wins the year before that.  A number this year’s team should surpass no later than early, early March. 

Something’s going on with this team, this year. Krupa, with his vocabulary, noticed it yesterday and wrote about it in between sonnets and Latin classes.  In yet another article that has me warily wondering if maybe he can’t be coined the new Anti-Digger, Krupa tells us this might be Detroit deciding getting booed in their own barn is just not the Wing way.

But the will to please their fans, or, at least not to hear their displeasure, merely underlined an imperative realization. To play deeper into the playoffs, the Red Wings had to correct their problems at home.

There it is.  Oh, dealing with the boos sucks I suppose.  Although when the drive home takes you to million dollar mansions I kinda think the displeasure of the fan base is softened a bit.  No, Krupa nailed it when he told us the real reason:  if glory is to rest where we know it belongs, then winning at home is the only sure-fired recipe.  Home ice advantage. Not just in Round 1 or 2.  But 3 and then, by God, 4.  You want San Jose again?  Nifty. I’d like that too.  But I want them at the Joe when it matters the most.  Bow down to Gordie before you take that ice for Game 7, Joe.  Bow, bitch.

Streak or no streak.  Home ice all the way through is the ultimate goal.  8 wins at home in the postseason and we’re talking a real strong parade possibility.  10 and you can pack your coolers for a long, blissful day in downtown Hockeytown around 10 June.  Home ice is what we need and it’s the decree that rules all others.

Here’s a few other ditties, just to show you I pay attention:

Hank Zetterberg can go scoreless every game though mid-April. I don’t care.  He can float and he can coast.  Back check if he feels like it.  Shoot twice a game, all from 20 feet out. I don’t care.  I don’t care as long as Playoff Hank shows up when he’s supposed to.  I think he’s earned that.  I think he’s earned that benefit of the doubt.  I know what February does to us. I get it.  We stress, no matter what. Best record in the league. Greatest display of home dominance in hockey history.  Best team defense we’ve seen in three years.  Best goaltending we’ve seen since 2002 and probably even before that. But we’ll bitch because it’s all we know to do in February. The playoffs are too far away and too much can go wrong.  We were born to stress and stress we shall.  But until Henrik Zetterberg proves to me that he doesn’t have what it takes to lead this team when it matters the most, I’m inclined to cut him some slack.

Tick Tock Kenny Holland is not going to deal for a backup goaltender. Not now. Not in two weeks and, get this, not in two years.  Joey MacDonald’s your backup goalie for the long-term future.  If 15 million’s the number Holland has to spend at the deadline (and I saw that somewhere but have no link or any idea if it’s accurate. I may have dreamt it) not a cent is going toward a goaltender.  He needs a sniper and he knows it.  I’m still thinking it’s Selanne. 

Finally, compared to special teams performance the identity of our backup goalie is a frigging speck in the milky way that it is the brain of one Michael Ophelius Babcock.  If that power play doesn’t get going and I mean going at a clip that sends sick chills down the spines of potential playoff enemies, nothing’s gonna matter anyway.  I don’t care what Boston did last year with their garbage power play.  The Wings are built to make dirty teams pay dearly.  Guys are gonna get run and the man-games lost are gonna be disgusting come May if power play goals don’t start becoming the norm instead of the exception.

It’s a Live Blog, bitches. And we’re running it way early so Primis and JJ can start anew.  You know the kids get scared when mom and dad are fighting.

21’s a nice number but flip that fucher around so we can let the puppies loose on Woodward.

 

 

 

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Little Redhead's avatar

bummer

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 02/15/12 at 12:56 AM ET

Thunderpriest's avatar

History. Right before our eyes.
It’s a beautiful thing.

Posted by Thunderpriest on 02/15/12 at 12:56 AM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

Just a city boy. . .

Posted by Yzersyuk on 02/15/12 at 12:56 AM ET

SYF's avatar

History!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/15/12 at 12:56 AM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

I wanna sing “south detroit” in the Joe…

21

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 02/15/12 at 12:56 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

AWESOME!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 02/15/12 at 12:57 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

That’s the way boys. Bravo

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 02/15/12 at 12:57 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

21

History making.

good times, bitches

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/15/12 at 12:57 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

2 Huge Points! And a Record! History is made!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/15/12 at 12:57 AM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Cheers to 21, Bitches.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/15/12 at 12:57 AM ET

calquake's avatar

Wish I had something witty to say about that, but it makes me cringe, even as a joke.

That’s okay… calquake means “dick” in any language.

Posted by calquake on 02/15/12 at 12:57 AM ET

Bent's avatar

21!  A new NHL record!  Asteriks be damned.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 02/15/12 at 12:57 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX to the best damned hockey team in the world ever!

Mule smiles.

Too bad JoeyMac didn’t get the shut out.  He’s been TREMENDOUS!

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 02/15/12 at 12:57 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

And the Blues lost tonight too

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/15/12 at 12:58 AM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Dammit, no shutout, oh well. TWENTY ONE.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 02/15/12 at 12:58 AM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

YEAH - WINGS MADE HISTORY- Beautiful 21 Consecutive WINS!!!!!!


WINGS ROCK!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 02/15/12 at 12:58 AM ET

Thunderpriest's avatar

Center ice salute.
Classy.

Have a great night all.
It was fun!

Posted by Thunderpriest on 02/15/12 at 12:58 AM ET

Guilherme's avatar

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 02/15/12 at 12:58 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

I love Mick! He is the best. Ken too.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/15/12 at 12:58 AM ET

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Tudo bem, correndo bastante. Me formei sábado(!!).

Parabems!!! Advogado nao?  Eu sente muito triste eu nao encontre voce quando voce visito :(  Mas e mes meismo que meu esposa brasiliera (paulista ;P) falo que ela quer um divorce.  Mesmo reson eu disaparaceo pra muito tempo.  Desculpe eu falo muito bem mas nao posso escrever.  :(

Posted by Dahrken from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/15/12 at 12:58 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Jmac gets the 3 star tonight, for sure.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/15/12 at 12:58 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

What was that little ditty from last year…

History Will Be Made!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 02/15/12 at 12:58 AM ET

monkey's avatar

Halfway to 42.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/15/12 at 12:59 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Not to sound all bitter and bring up old wounds but I remember a crucial early goal by Zetterberg against SJ in the playoffs two years ago that looked EXACTLY like that Dallas goal—ruling from Toronto?  No goal.

But for right now, fuch all that.  Red Wings win 21 straight at home and the rest of the league can suck on that.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/15/12 at 12:59 AM ET

SYF's avatar

I got goosebumps.  My nipples are hard as hell right now.

MAN, I LOVE BEING A RED WINGS FAN.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/15/12 at 12:59 AM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

21 on the way to 12.

That was nice guys.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 02/15/12 at 12:59 AM ET

MarkK's avatar

What was that little ditty from last year…

New ditty -
History made. Bitches.

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 02/15/12 at 12:59 AM ET

Bent's avatar

Posted by calquake on 02/14/12 at 09:57 PM ET

Being from Ontario, she has an excuse at least for being a leafs fan.  Doesn’t make it right, but an excuse.  Like I said, the tickets earned me some brownie points, and since they aren’t playing the wings, no one goes home pissed.  Win-win for me.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 02/15/12 at 01:00 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

twenty - one

12 in 12

L.G.R.W.

g’nite

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 02/15/12 at 01:00 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Halfway to 42.

You were always good with math.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 02/15/12 at 01:00 AM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

TWENTY ONE..!!!!  God natt alla glada !!! Yihaaaa…nite nite Ya’ll

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 02/15/12 at 01:01 AM ET

Guilherme's avatar

Posted by Dahrken from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/14/12 at 09:58 PM ET

Sinto muito, cara.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 02/15/12 at 01:01 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

JMac tonight:  20 - 21   .952

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/15/12 at 01:01 AM ET

RorSchach's avatar

14 pages and counting. God Bless the 19.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/15/12 at 01:01 AM ET

SYF's avatar

What was that little ditty from last year…

New ditty -
History made. Bitches.

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 02/14/12 at 09:59 PM ET

Brilliant.

Take your asterisks and shove them up your asses sideways.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/15/12 at 01:02 AM ET

Avatar

Herm, Voce de Santos nao?

Posted by Dahrken from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/15/12 at 01:02 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Feed gone. Ima gone.

G’nite all!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 02/15/12 at 01:02 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Congratulations, Bitches!  2 points!

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 02/15/12 at 01:02 AM ET

dougie's avatar

Whodathunk we win 4 straight at home, with Howard in the pressbox?

Posted by dougie on 02/15/12 at 01:02 AM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

Wut? Polar bears vs. Red Wings. How much do I have to pay? Name your price.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 02/15/12 at 01:02 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