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System Check

19 Fans need to relax. Six games in and already there is the gnashing of teeth thanks to the less than spectacular play of the Wings. Obviously they need to shed many of the old bad habits, and, get that (pre-season)winning mojo back.

Jeff Blashill is the new Coach coming in, and with him a different/new system. We've added a couple of new players that need to learn the Red Wing's way, and, the Team as a whole has to adapt. New Coach, new system, but best of all, a new era.

Tonight we face a tough Calgary Team that are starving for points, and, the Wings have a huge challenge before them. Play with a fire in your gut. Do not get burnt.

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It’s All About The Flow

The Chief is a late scratch so here I am.

Media trying to turn this into the McLarkin Show, but we know better than that.

The Wings need to get back into the offensive zone and establish a forecheck plus keep some heavy pressure on the Edmonton D.

Mrazek in goal, the rest of the lineup the same as Saturday.

Detroit wants a good Western Canada road trip and no better way to start than with a victory in Edmonton, then on to Cal-Gary tomorrow Friday and Vancouver on Saturday.

Win boys and...

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Uh Oh

Oh the glory of a 3-0 start. Such warmth. So much frolicking. And coupled with our early success there was the joy of watching Pittsburgh struggle, sitting back and knowing with all the certainty that baby Jesus allows that with that defense they are very simply not going to do much when winter turns to spring.

For me, it always comes back to the Penguins. Always.  I'm happy when they struggle. I just am. 

But then last night happened, as we thought it might. 

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Stand By For The Trap

Not the defensive trap. Nobody does that anymore. Gary doesn't like it.  I'm talking about a trap game and this is the very definition of one of those sticky little wickets.

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LB- Wings/Lightning

The Chief must have had a busy day at his not so regular job, so I am coming out of the bullpen on quick notice.

Normally Kate would be filling in but no time to get her up and ready, so on with the show.

Bolts won yesterday afternoon in Boston, Detroit hasn't seen game action since Saturday night.

The Wings first true test of the season, let's see what they have to offer.

Jimmy in net and Jurco in for Ferraro are the only changes.

With that...

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Uncle Mike Night Done. Onward.

Oh the pomp. First game as an NHL coach. First game as an NHL wunderkind. First goal. First win. 

And now your first trip to hockey historic North Carolina, one of Gary's proudest projects. 

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19 And Life To Go

Dylan Larkin was still 43 days from being born the night Claude Lemieux shattered Kris Draper's face in Denver.  Advanced math skills tell me that means he was 9 months old when Darren McCarty dragged the same Lemieux across the Joe Louis Arena ice, landed a knee to his head then pounded him to a pleasant bloody pulp along the boards, just a few feet beneath Draper who was watching from the bench. 

Larkin said last night it's the first memory he has as a Red Wing fan.

That's not true. He didn't say that and very few people remember their time spent as drooling, swaddled, adorable little babies.  

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Welcome To Reality, Uncle Mike

Our Uncle Mike Babcock returns tonight.  Back to the place where he won, and won a lot. Back to face the team he led, guided, developed and....it's starting to come out now...alienated.

Now we start to hear the rumbles, and now may be the time to say that maybe the decision wasn't his and his alone.

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Blashill Makes His Mark

So what are we looking at here? A stop-gap as we wait for Datsyuk and Helm?

Or is this a "new era"?

Don't answer that, yet. We'll discuss.  First, though, you deserve an answer on a trickier, stickier wicket.

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The Ugly Detroit Red Wings Sweater

Author ranks Wings home sweater as the fifth ugliest in the NHL...

via Nadia Archuleta of Mile High Sticking,

To be fair, there may be a bit of prejudice against this team on this site. Or it could just be that there’s such a thing as too much red. I mean, to start with a predominantly red jersey and place it on top of red pants then have the players wear red stockings and then add to that red gloves and a red helmet — way too much red.

Plus, what’s up with the winged wheel? I know it’s supposed to pay homage to Detroit’s history as a car city. And the wing is there because… they’re the Red Wings, I guess. The design is simply not pleasing — and it looks too much like the Red Wings shoes logo.

To make matters worse, the Detroit Red Wings appear to have been wearing these overly red uniforms since the team’s inception 100 years ago. (I can’t confirm some of the earliest decades because the photos are black and white, but they feel red.) Too much red over the years.

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