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A Day Off

It’s a Family Day in the Iwo household.  There will be no discussion of hockey and I’m sure I won’t think about it.

Before I go…the Wings won 41 of 61 faceoffs.  Draper was 17 and frigging 2. 

Still…think back to yesterday’s game and think of one time you were happy with the way the Wings controlled the puck.  Compared to their previous seven playoff games prior to Game 4 of this series, that’s what’s missing.

A lethargic Wing team yesterday and really bad games from two important guys: Holmstrom and Chelios.

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In A Musty Old Hall In Detroy-it They Prayed…It’s A Game 5 Live Blog

I had every intention of going with Seger.  But..I gave it some thought this morning and I’m thinking it’s not time for a change.  Lightfoot got us here and he’ll get us home.  I love that line, and was going to save it for the Finals, but thought today was a good time to break it out.

It’s a Game 5 Live Blog.  In a musty Joe Louis, 20,000 are praying for a trip back to where the Wings belong.

Press down.  Hard.

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All Aboard: Keys To Game 5

I don’t even know what to write.  I’m embarrassed that I woke up so stressed today. I know it’s all part of the deal, the price we pay for having a team this close, but man. 

It’s bad today.  It’s frigging bad.  Stupid damn Free Press.  Anyone see their “exlusive pictures from Wings practice” gallery this morning?  Check this out.

The Detroit Red Wings right winger Dan Cleary (#11) practices on goalie Chris Osgood (#30) for game six of the Western Conference Finals against the Dallas Stars at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on Friday, May 16, 2008.


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Batten Down The Hatches: Game 5 In Hockeytown Tonite

Man, that was a long frigging 24 hours.  I’m not gonna lie.  I was irritated, to put it mildly, pretty much all day Thursday.  Conspiracy?  I didn’t use that word yesterday and I won’t today.  Conspiracies require a lot more brainpower, discretion and cunning than anyone in Little Gary’s inner circle is capable of.

Ineptitude?  Oh Hell yes. In spades. In bucketfuls.  The league office is gloriously overflowing with it.  Ignorance?  An unspoken job requirement.  Overturned goals are a problem. Have been for, at least, 9 years.  Deal with it?  Nah.  Ignore it.

But that’s all solved tonite.  All the bad things are going away, because this series ends tonite in Detroit.

Did you say something?  I’m sorry?

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The Potential Effects Of One Mistake

There are a few housekeeping details we should square away before I get into this.  First, there is no chance in Hell the Wings lose this series.  None.  Stress about it.  Ruminate and discuss.  But, sorry, ain’t gonna happen.

Second.  The disallowed goal wasn’t the only reason the Wings lost. Did it contribute?  Yes. Greatly.  But the Stars played well.  They were determined and, frankly, they played like they wanted that game a bit more than the Wings.

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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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