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Could It Be The North Wind They’d Been Feeling?  Yep. And A Game 4 Live Blog’s Coming With It

As usual, I’ll be aboard for the drop of the puck.  It’s essential that you leave all adult pretense behind.  There is no room, and I’m serious, for mature thought.

It’s a Game 4 Live Blog.  Finish it.

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Superstitious?  Grow A Pair Or Don’t Read

I’m not into the jinx thing.  I believe the Wings are so dominant that no amount of stupidity on my part can possibly stop them tonite.  Because I believe that, I bring you this.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are 11-1 in the playoffs, and I’ll be surprised if they win three more games. That’s how well the Detroit Red Wings are playing.

Read more from Orland Kurtenblog.  Find out why this thing’s over tonite, and the next one won’t take too damn long either.

 

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Uncle Mike Q/A

From today’s media avail with Mike Babcock.

Q.  What does Tomas Holmstrom add to the Datsyuk, Zetterberg line?

COACH MIKE BABCOCK:  He gets the puck back.  Everybody talks about his net front presence.  But he’s a physical, physical guy who gets the puck back, who creates space for them.  They’re only at the net, on the drive or, you know, on an entry.  They’re not at the net.  He’s at the net.  But they shoot the puck, he gets it back and gives it to ‘em again.

His puck retrieval skills are, I think, the best in the League.  He goes and gets it and hunts it down and gives it back to them, then they spend time in the offensive zone.  His penetration through the net creates space for them.  They need space.

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Khan(!): Mule Can Begin Workouts

Good news from the Deep Digger captain,

Update from Wednesday’s morning skate: Wings general manager Ken Holland said forward Johan Franzen (concussion-like symptoms) has been given the OK to resume off-ice workouts.

“We’ve talked to Franzen’s agent and a couple of doctors. He’s been given the green light, not to do full workouts, but he can ride the bike and do some things,’’ Holland said. “Hopefully he’ll ride the bike and feel good, we’re monitoring the headaches. He’s been cleared to take a step forward.’‘

Khan(!) also reports that should Detroit and Pittsburgh both take care of business in the minimum games allowed, we’re on for Tuesday.

 

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Giving Bubba, Sr. The Broom:  Keys To A Second Sweep

Remember about a month ago? 28 days, actually?  Yeah.  That was the last time the Wings lost.  Little Bubba Junior had tied up the first round and the Stress Train was chugging, as most of us were.

Take a guess how many minutes Dallas Drake played in Game 4, Round 1.

 

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Not So Fast

So we’ve heard from a Digger and MacLeod today, each with roughly the same story.

St. James

Franzen underwent tests in Detroit Monday, and Nill hadn’t heard any news regarding results. He said the decision not to play Franzen tomorrow has already been made because the Wings lead the series, 3-0.

MacLeod

General manager Ken Holland said that the tests found nothing that needed treatment.

But Franzen’s headaches persist, so he’ll have to rest until they subside. He’s not able to work on conditioning (bike, etc) right now.

Franzen is officially listed as day-to-day.

 

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Hypothetically Speaking

If you’re wondering, based on no bias or jinxability whatsoever, when the Finals may start?  John Niyo’s got your answer.

Sounds like the earliest possible date for Game 1 would be a week from today—May 20. But the Flyers will have something to say about that tonight. Figure May 22, May 24 and probably May 27 as the other possible start dates, depending on how long the East finals—and the West, I suppose—last.

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Melrose On Game 3

We’re big time Barry Melrose fans here.

Big time.  Naturally, he’s climbed aboard.

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Done

This series ended the minute Doc Emerick finished this sentence, “Richards is back on defense.”  A blink of an eye later, even quicker, and Zetterberg had twisted him, flashed to his left, deked and roofed it.

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And Later That Night When The Ship’s Bell Rang?  That Was A Game 3 Live Blog, Brother

A muddy track deepinthehearta.  Sloggy and slushy.  Haze frigging gray and underway.  As it should be.

Wings win tonite?  Game, set, series.  Wings lose?  Start shoveling coal because we’ve got ourselves a Stress Train Special.

It’s a Game 3 Live Blog.  Commence your conversations.  The only mandate is juvenilicity.  I’ll join you when they drop the puck.

Updated 1940 EST:  Wanna guess who said this?

“We don’t think much of them on a personal, character level. We think that’s to our advantage.”

Yep. Turco.

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