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Who’s This Mandingo Guy?

Trying to go all high-class and scholarly on us. 

And absolutely drilling the Canadien(an) MSM. 

But watching, for instance, the rest of the Hockey Night in Canada crew’s reaction to the Mike Brown hit on Jiri Hudler—and their barely contained joy that he was left bloodied and dazed on the ice by a guy four inches taller and 30 pounds heavier—you almost get the sense that for them the hit was the realization of some deep-seated revenge fantasy. That Mike Brown is an American doesn’t really matter. He’s not European, and that’s good enough. Whatever your opinion of the Mike Brown hit—I personally think a good argument can be made that it wasn’t suspension-worthy—it’s hard not to be a little disturbed by the way some in the Canadian media seemed to take a perverse joy in it.

More over at the KK Member’s Blog.

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GDT - W.C. Semifinals, Game 3: Red Wings (1-1) at Ducks (1-1)  (10:30)

Two games played (well 2 2/3 games).  Each team has six goals, and the series is tied at one game apiece.  Could it get any tighter, could the stress be any greater?  Following the game 2 loss, Uncle Mike does not seem overly concerned:  “We had a five-hour flight, which gave us the opportunity for consideration,” Babcock said. “We went through the tape and decided we were fine.”  However, he did say this about the Wings shot selection:  “We have to be much harder on him[Hiller],” Babcock said. “I don’t think lobbing shots into his glove is making it hard.”

The trio of Datsyuk, Hossa, and Holmstrom have combined for one assist and are a collective minus-6 with 25 shots through two games. The Highlander was extremely critical of Datsyuk’s play on the OT winning goal:  “Datsyuk looked bad on the winning goal. He waved at Marchant just inside the blue line.”

Gut-check time tonight.  The Wings first adversity, of any kind, in these playoffs.  Who, if anyone, steps up for the Wings?  Babcock believes his “A players” will: “The good thing about those guys is they know what’s taking place thus far in the playoffs and this series and they know they have to be better.”  I hope to hell he is right.

UPDATES in this thread throughout the day (that is, of course, if your diggers actually report anything).  See you tonight, Bitches.

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Cinco De Suck On This Poultry

As you can see, as a means to deal with the stress…I’ve taken the high road.

Plus, there’s this.

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Khan(!): Rafalski, Draper Definitely Out.  Another Quality 7 Minutes On Tap For Chelios.


Update from Monday’s late afternoon practice: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said Brian Rafalski (upper-body injury) won’t play Tuesday in Game 3 vs. the Ducks, but he remains hopeful for Game 4. Rafalski did not skate Monday.

Kris Draper (upper-body injury) said doctors ruled him out for Game 3. He will be evaluated on a game-by-game basis.

Babcock said there will be no lineup or line changes for Game 3. Chris Chelios will continue playing instead of Derek Meech.


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Tick Tock: Rafalski Doubtful For Game 3

Kenny Holland, on the Fan 590, just said Brian Rafalski and Kris Draper both made the trip to the hockey hotbed of Anaheim.  He doesn’t expect Rafalski to play tomorrow night but does anticipate him in the lineup at some point this series.

No further mention on Draper, or what the extent of Rafalski’s injury is, or whether lying in a puddle of your own feces for approximately 30 consecutive hours can cause permanent health damage.  I’ll let you know on the latter.

But…what good would it do for Holland to say Rafalski’s in?  Lie to us Kenny.  We dig it.

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Back To Reality

I’m sure exactly none of you were shocked to discover absolutely nothing on this blog early this morning.  And you know as well as I do that if the Wings had won yesterday, there would have been all sorts of activity. Witty, juvenile inside jokes.  Pot shots at the Poultry and probably a few at the Blues and Dive fans because that’s what I do when I’m happy.

Instead I spent most of the morning in some sort of…state.

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Just How Far Away Is That Pie In The Sky Summit,  Anyway?  Oh.  11 Games?  Awesome.

The Swiss Boy.  Yesterday.


“It was nothing special,” Hiller said. “These days pretty much every team you play, especially in the playoffs, try to put guys in front of you, get shots through traffic. It was the same against San Jose (in the first round). I didn’t think it was much different.”

Dude. You’ve played 7 career NHL playoffs games.  And the Wings were rusty. 

Stand by.

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GDT - W.C. Semifinals, Game 2: Red Wings (1-0) host Ducks (0-1)  (2:00)

19:10, 29.0, 37-24, 27:55.  The first number, one that I hope is personally burned into the hearts of Duck fan forever, is the time of The Perfect Human’s second goal of the game (his third point of the night, 2 g, 1 a, +1).  29.0%  was the Duck’s faceoff percentage in game 1.  37-24 are the shot totals (ANA 8 9 7 24, DET 9 10 18 37)  3-2 advantage for DET.  Hopefully, the shot totals are an indicator that the Wings finally found their stride in the 3rd (although ANA were short-handed 4 mins in the 3rd).  27:55 was Getzlaf’s TOI (by comparison, Lidstrom was 27:15, Zetterberg 22:24).

Two things to look for this afternoon, shots into Hiller’s pads, and a faster tempo.  Hossa:  “. . . when we got [Holmstrom] in front of him or Franzen or [Dan] Cleary, there [were] lots of rebounds and we have to capitalize on those second chances.”  Uncle Mike:  “We’ve got to get after them. We’ve got to get the tempo way higher.”

Here is one more number 7:28, the time of Perry’s 1st goal; as I recall that is the 1st time DET have trailed in the playoffs. Game 1 was incredibly tight, yet the Wings found a way.  Fil, Homer, and Hoss did not leave a mark on the scoresheet, yet DET had seven players with at least one point.  ANA had only 4 players tally, Getlaf and Pronger each had 2 A.  Perry and Selanne (the 5-3 PP goal)  each had a goal—end of score sheet for the Ducks.  Ducks have little scoring after their top line.  If DET can minimize the top line scoring, they should prevail in this series.

Game 2 Matinee, Bitches.



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Bettman Strikes Again: No Suspension For Brown

Updated below: Randy Carlyle’s whining again.  Yes, even more than last night.

Via the AP,

The Red Wings were told Saturday that Brown would not be suspended for his hit that bloodied Jiri Hudler.

Will post here as more comes in on this.

And meanwhile…

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Hey Corey…Who “Got It” Last Night?

So.  There’s this.  The Big Rig pummeled Corey Perry last night and that was a nice event for the entire family.  My children giggled and so did I.

I wonder if perhaps Jonathon Ericsson had ever seen this from 2007.

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