Abel to Yzerman
You've got some time so I want you to do something for me. Go whip out your "Live Bullet" and cue up the greatest rock and roll song of our generation, "Night Moves". Early on, just after Seger tells us about the aforementioned cornfields?
After last nights craptastic game in which the Wings managed a charity point, DET remain in 8th, 2 pts behind MIN, and 2 pts in front of PHX.
If DET are lucky enough to limp into the post-season,then tonights tilt against CHI is the proverbial playoff preview. Looking at the'Hawks gaudy statistics, it could be ugly, really friggin ugly.
However, after witnessing last nights malaise; don't talk about playoffs, the Wings will be lucky to win a freaking game on this road-trip.
One more day in sunny Rhode Island and then some semblance of regular posting will continue. Tonite?
Trouble's brewing, brother. More on that in a quick minute.
James Tiberius Howard is close (and it's probably a done deal by now) to a six-year contract extension. Ok, Kenny. We trust you. Really...and that's despite recent troubles.
But I'm curious.
DET are 8th in Conference with 9 games remaining; only 1 pt ahead of PHX, and 2 pts ahead of DAL and CBJ.
After tonight, DET begin a 4 game road trip, tomorrow at CHI, at NSH, CGY and VAN.
Hard times, bitches.
It's not submission. We're not Blues fans, for god's sake. It's short-term acceptance. For a very brief period of time we've come to understand that this franchise's singular goal is to extend the playoff streak. That's organizationally. They're thinking of nothing else. They expect nothing other than just getting in.
It's why Pittsburgh landed two captains, both better than the one they already had. Minnesota improved. Columbus did and so did Boston. The Diggers hint that we kicked Jagr's tire but not hard enough. We're also reminded that the Wings committed to a youth movement when injuries hit us in February? Ok.
I call it giving up. But that's just my isolated opinion, I'm sure.
Ten games left in Gary's midget shortened season. Ten games to determine if the Wings play post-season hockey for the 22nd consecutive season.
The good news for DET, they control their own destiny. The Wings 43 points put them in 7th position in the POS, 3 points better than 9th place PHX. If DET can play .500 they stand a good chance to get in, 12 points probably makes them a lock, so good news there.
There is bad news too. DET's remaining schedule is difficult: 5 games against playoff teams, 3 games against the bottom of the POS (1 against PHX, 2 against NSH), and two games against also-rans (CGY and DAL). STL today, and SJS at home Thursday, then on the road for a week: at CHI (Friday), then NSH, CGY, and VAN. By the end of next week, the Wings could be shining up their golf clubs.
Any of you Cosmic Dusters remember the last time the Wing's were fighting just to get into the playoffs? It's too early, and I haven't had enough coffee to recall. DET win and they are in, so just freaking win.
In Denver, of all places. Clearly, Kenny (plus his band of all-important, equal under law, advisors) feel that one round, two rounds, even no rounds, are what await us later this month? It's all on the kids...plus a few guys whose final years will be completely wasted. That's just science.
So, what are we to do? Continue to blast away at a front office that's done exactly nothing since '09? That would be flagellatory, thorny and downright juvenile.
So, yes, that's the answer. It's the answer because there have been no straight answers. We like our team. Mike Babcock is "100 percent" satisifed with what he has. Tires have been kicked. Meetings held. Deals...ignored. And we're getting criticized by our own for daring to question how nothing's been done to mitigate glaring personnel losses.
But that's cool. DeKeyser's here. We signed some sasquatch of a defenseman and a goalie from NMU. So, everything's fine.
A horrible 2nd period at PHX, in which the Wings all appeared to drink the dumbass during the first intermission, earn DET a 4-2 loss against the Dogs. The Wings dumbassery keeps them in 7th place in conference, but mired very near the bottom of the POS, with only 3 points seperating them from 12th.
In more ordinary times a game against the worst team in the league, that'd be the 12-20-4 'Dique, would encourage some confidence of a win. These aren't ordinary times, we are doomed.
Last I heard cats were disappearing all over the ITDeuce neighborhood as he tries to shake the game-wrecker mojo.
DET desperately need a win. Don 't turn around (oh oh), Der Kommisar is in town tonight, and will be on the ice.
So I'm still optimistic. The trades could still be filtering in to the league office. Kenny kicked a lot of tires and we all know you don't just kick for the sake of it. That would be...
DET are at the 3/4 pole, and with 12 games left in the season the 18-13-5 Wings are 7th in the WC. The good news is DET are only 3 pts behind 4th place VAN, the bad news is that DET are only 3 pts ahead of 10th place NSH.
The schedule makers must really love the Wings. In the final three weeks of the season, DET play 5 at home and 7 road contests, three back-to-backs (counting PHX/COL), and have a 4 game road trip. Special, isn't it?
Hard times, bitches; hard times.
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