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We’ll Watch The White Doves Go, Bubba. That’s What You See In Houses of the Holy.

It’s a 5-game series now, Bubba.  Three of those games will be at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena.  It’s dirty and the stairs are sticky.  Working people go there and they drink cheap beer sold expensively. You have Vince Gill with a stupid t-shirt, we have a statue of the greatest hockey player in history.  You have two skanks taking stupid pictures pretending to be Shea Weber.  We have eleven Stanley Cup banners hanging from the most prolific rafters in the United States.

It’s back to the Joe where the team you face today didn’t lose for 23 straight games back when they were healthy.

The same JLA where you’ve never won a playoff game. Not one.

There are no train whistles at the Joe.  There are no catfish…but we know why you throw them down in wannabeDetroit don’t we?

You won’t see the baby shit jerseys in Detroit today, Bubba. Not along the glass, not in the mez, not buying beer in the concourse.  You’ll see red and white with numbers like 19 and 25, 16 and 24, by god.

You won’t hear “Who Let The Dogs Out”, and it’s unbelievable (almost) that we heard it in your cookie cutter arena during Game 2.  You will hear the legendary Budd Lynch.  You’ll hear the stylings of one Bullet Bob Seger and our Uncle Ted Nugent.

And you’ll hear some Journey when the time is exactly right.

You’re wading into hell today, Bubba. And just think how much easier you’d be breathing had you taken Game 2.  A 2-0 lead would have been so relaxing, a pleasant stroll.  Nothing better than a 2-0 lead, brother. We’ve been there.  You?  Nevermind. Don’t answer that, Bubba. That was cruel.

Hibernation could have been so easy for the Wings, Bubba.  A few more months of sleep is what we all expected. Seriously.  Our hopes weren’t high for this series.  But now? Now we’re starting to think it just might be time for you to get your shine box.

It’s your own fault, with your brain-dead captain.  And to think he wanted to be a Wing in a year or so.  It’s your own fault with your Shananigans and your #webering.

Blame yourselves, Bubba.  It didn’t have to be like this.  But now Mecca beckons with a series on the line.

From the door of the Joe comes Satan’s daughter, and it only goes to show…

...you don’t fuch around in Houses of the Holy, Bubba.

It’s a Live Blog, bitches. 

15 to 12 in ‘12.

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RWBill's avatar

Tee Shirt at Kings game.

Sedin Sisters.
Two Girls.
No Cup.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/16/12 at 02:17 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Whoever goes through from our series will be the least beat up team

While everyone was quaking in their boots and living in mortal fear of Nashville over the past few weeks, I pointed out time and again that they aren’t exactly a great team.  In response to those who feared them because they play a “heavy” game, it should be noted that the Predators honestly aren’t even really all that physical.  They play a trapping, plodding style of game.  They try to impede their opponent through the neutral zone, and basically play rope-a-dope hockey that gives up a lot of shots and relies primarily on their goaltending to steal games. 

For all the hype we’ve heard, they’ve essentially been barely more than a .500 hockey team over the past couple months.  The fact that they caught and passed the Red Wings in the standings had less to do with them being great than the fact that Detroit just flat out sucked the last two months of the regular season.  Even a decent last two months would have easily fended them off.

The Wings, for their part, much as they did back on Feb. 28th, continue to look like a team that is tanalyzingly close to being the real deal—perhaps just one or two players away from being truly dominant.  I said all year that the trade deadline would decide this team’s fate.  While I fear in retrospect that I may have been right about that, I still don’t see a single damn reason they shouldn’t be able to win this series, and if they do, and find their game in the process, given the way this playoff season is unfolding, then you’d have to think they have a chance at the cup.  But right now it’s all up to them.  The guys in that room still have a say in this.  They can still salvage what has otherwise been a really downright ugly two months of hockey. 

It’s real simple from here on out.  One shift at a time, sixty (or more) minutes every game.  Redemption is there for the taking.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/16/12 at 02:33 AM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

perhaps just one or two players away from being truly dominant

it seems that most years the Wings have done well in the playoffs, especially the winning years, there has been a young player who had a breakout playoffs.  remember Helm’s first year in the playoffs?  Big E’s stellar performance?

who is it going to be this year?  my money is on Nyquist.  I think he’s gaining confidence, gaining rhythm.  he gets a puck or two to go in and I think he’s going to be something special…I just hope it’s not a one-and-done like Big E had.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/16/12 at 09:47 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Neither Bertuzzi nor NyQuil look like they can create much when paired with Cleary and Abdelkader, but both look dangerous sometimes when playing with Datsyuk. 

Both Nashville and STL tapered off at the end.  The Kings blew away Calgary and Colorado the last month to rise into the top 8, and they’re making the most of it.  I’m really impressed with Dustin Brown.

No reason we can’t win this series with Nashville, heck if we had any luck yesterday it was bad luck, of course that followed being outplayed the first period or 30 minutes.  They aren’t a nasty team, in fact Trotz likes this team to stay out of the box and rely on a pretty good cohesive team defense concept with a big goalie. 

D Brown levelled Sedin last night, pretty fair hit, after the puck had just left Sedin, and Canucks didnt really know how to respond.  Bieksa tried to grapple with Brown but that was about it.  The Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster was letting through a bit of his panic as the Canadian-team President’s trophy winners are in deep trouble.

I was going to say after Friday’s LA game that Brown reminds me of a young Yzerman, plays all parts of the game, great on PK, explosive fast skater who can finish the breakaway short handed too.  And plays very physical at chosen times.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/16/12 at 01:54 PM ET

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What I’d like to see? Some forward, any forward be selfish and shoot the damn puck. We see time and time again the most skilled forwards looking for the pass instead of the shot. Say what you want about Sammy, but he fired that puck, albeit inaccurately some of the time.

40 or so shots on goal? Why doesn’t it look like it when you’re watching the game? I was actually shocked to see a 12-0 shot advangtage in the 3rd at one point. It seems like the “shots” are from about 60 feet away, right into Rinne’s glove, which he just holds for a whistle, then we lose the face off. They take shots from the boards and shots from impossible angles (within two feet of the goal line). Yet, when they get into the dangerous areas, they become all Mr. Congeniality: You shoot, no you shoot. I insist, you do it!

Posted by socalwingnut on 04/16/12 at 02:07 PM ET

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And Franzen? He’s gotta go. The only redeeming quality he HAD is that he lit it up at playoff time. Now? He’s floating or invisible on most shifts. Looking at RWBill’s Elephant in the Room comments, I then apply his logic while watching Hossa and Franzen play. Watch Hossa against the Yotes. He is a force. Shooting the puck making plays, controlling the puck until he either can get a shot or draw the defense away from a team mate. He forces the guy who’s covering him to WORK.  Franzen is crusiing around with his stick at waist level, his feet aren’t moving and he occasionally will engage, but definitely not two shifts in a row. His opponent doesn’t have to work at all. If he’s not filling the net, he’s useless. He still has a reputation in this league as a sniper. I say we dump him at the draft for a big forward with hands. Bobby Ryan?

Posted by socalwingnut on 04/16/12 at 02:16 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

And Franzen? He’s gotta go.

Please make it so.

I say we dump him at the draft for a big forward with hands.

But what other GM is dumbass enough to take on that salary?  5.250 12-13,  5.000 13-14,  5.000 14-15?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/16/12 at 02:40 PM ET

socalwingnut's avatar

But what other GM is dumbass enough to take on that salary?  5.250 12-13,  5.000 13-14,  5.000 14-15?

That’s the rub. The Ducks need new blood and looked like they were willing, at one point, to get rid of Ryan or Getzlaf. Getzlaf is a pass first Center, which we don’t need. Ryan is young and a proven 30 goal scorer, while Franzen is a one-time 30 goal scorer with “potential”. Maybe Murray will take the bait in order to change the room somewhat.

Yeah, it’s a dream, but still.

Posted by socalwingnut on 04/16/12 at 02:58 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Ryan is young and a proven 30 goal scorer, while Franzen is a one-time 30 goal scorer with “potential”. Maybe Murray will take the bait in order to change the room somewhat.
Yeah, it’s a dream, but still.
Posted by socalwingnut on 04/16/12 at 01:58 PM ET

Hell, resign Maltby and throw him into the deal too…he scored 50 in juniors once.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/16/12 at 03:11 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Hell, resign Maltby and throw him into the deal too…he scored 50 in juniors once.

Posted by 42jeff from Minot, North Dakota on 04/16/12 at 02:11 PM ET

Weren’t ALL our forwards 50 goal scorers in juniors?  Dallas Drake?  He was rumored to have several 50 fight seasons in Marquette bars.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/16/12 at 04:48 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Yes it seems like a struggle as we dont have personnel that step up from the third or fourth line to put us over the top, so every game is up for grabs, we have no edge on any playoff team.  Or over the worst 3 teams in the East, for that matter.

I was wrong up above about the third period shot that unluckily deflected off the shaft of a stick on its way to an open net, it was Emmerton, not Nyquist as I said.

How about that, Emmerton put himself in position to have 2 goals in 2 games.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/16/12 at 05:02 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

And my daughter bitch-slapped me into reality a few minutes ago, txting me “you should go to the game in Nashville” -  Why?  ” because if the Wings don’t win tomorrow night the game in Nashville could be the last of the season”

Guh!

Who’s ready for that??  Could any of us even imagine?  April 20 the end of hockey season?  2 other teams will be playing for 7 more weeks. 

I couldn’t take it, even if the Tigers started out 35-5.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/16/12 at 05:07 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Watch Hossa against the Yotes. He is a force. Shooting the puck making plays, controlling the puck until he either can get a shot or draw the defense away from a team mate. He forces the guy who’s covering him to WORK.  Franzen is crusiing around with his stick at waist level, his feet aren’t moving and he occasionally will engage, but definitely not two shifts in a row. His opponent doesn’t have to work at all. If he’s not filling the net, he’s useless.
Posted by socalwingnut on 04/16/12 at 01:16 PM ET

That is so true about Hossa, tho I haven’t seen much of that series.

Babcock - ” If you want to play in space go play in a different league, or create your own space. ”  Mule?

Five million dollar mule?

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/16/12 at 05:12 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

ANGRY DARREN HELM ADDRESSES MEDIA

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120416/SPORTS0103/204160395/1128/Injury-frustrates-Red-Wings-Darren-Helm

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/16/12 at 05:21 PM ET

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Posted by RWBill from the Land of 12 in 12. on 04/16/12 at 04:21 PM ET

“Helm hasn’t heard from Predators forward Alexander Radulov, whose skate came down at Helm’s arm on the “fluke play”, and doesn’t expect to.”

Radulov, what a #%&^Q*, KHL #@*$%*

Posted by Alex on 04/16/12 at 06:15 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Meh. I don’t find that to be that big of a deal. Sure it would be nice but…I don’t think it’s the end of the world.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 04/16/12 at 06:27 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

It is likely due to that fact that I am in full-blown Eeyore mode, I just don’t see DET taking 3 of 4 from NSH.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/16/12 at 08:02 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 04/17/12 at 12:04 AM ET

RWBill's avatar


It is likely due to that fact that I am in full-blown Eeyore mode, I just don’t see DET taking 3 of 4 from NSH.
Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/16/12 at 07:02 PM ET

Holy crap, when you say it like that it does sound so much worse!

How about, ” if we win tomorrow we even up the series.”

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/17/12 at 12:18 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

No interference call on this STL PP goal, of course.  The StL player was falling in on Niemi with his hand and stick pushing against Niemi’s right arm and shoulder when the puck went through.  In this pic the puck has just passed into the net in a blur cleanly from a slapshot.

What’s peculiar is that even the SanJose crew didn’t even raise the issue, only that the SJ player needed to “win the battle in front.”  Had it been Holmstrom with his arm and stick leaning against the goalie we all know what everyone would be screaming about, and the goal waved off or penalty called.  Got to give the goalie a chance to make the save, apparently only sometimes.

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Here Niemi is being pushed backward from the momentum from the STL player, puck already in net here.  Damn the NHL and its sliding scale of rule enforcement.

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Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/17/12 at 01:35 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

“Helm hasn’t heard from Predators forward Alexander Radulov, whose skate came down at Helm’s arm on the “fluke play”, and doesn’t expect to.”

Radulov, what a #%&^Q*, KHL #@*$%*

Posted by Alex on 04/16/12 at 05:15 PM ET

I wouldn’t expect it until after the series, and I would expect it then.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/17/12 at 01:40 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

RWI saw dat. No call.  Although if asked, I never seen a thing.  Okay, watching a Sharts game with Drew “I has an excuse for dat” Remora is a lesson in restraint.  I just stab my eye with a fork and it all sorts out.  Fun to watch a game and not give a crap who wins.  I just want them to beat the crap outta each other ... soften them up for the second go round.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 04/17/12 at 02:10 AM ET

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