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I NOW Consider Buffalo an Elite Team

I am not a superstitious person. But I do know facts when I see them, and here is some science:

This is a trap game.  Buffalo sucks but plays hard every night, from what I read and hear. I don't watch them, of course, because I don't watch hockey unless the Wings are involved. But I hear they're rambunctious.

The BJs are one point back, Toronto is two back. Washington 5 back.  Toronto has no chance because they're Toronto. The Caps are imploding because of their captain. The BJs have a shot at the 1 wild card and we want the 1 wild card.  We do.

And the Wings haven't lost since I've come back.  I take full credit. I deserve that credit and demand you give it to me.

How should you give it to me?

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[04/04/2014] GDT: Red Wings vs Sabres

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Big Bad Boston Wants No Part Of Uncle Mike

It always comes back to Balboa. It always has and it always will.  Apollo Creed, behind his desk, spit shined and full of bluster, was barking orders to his staff. Sending flowers to the mayor, hair salon appointments, minutia.  It was then, and this is important, so focus, that Tony "Duke" Evers glanced behind him to make sure only he could be heard. He leaned in and gave Creed some advice that went unheeded.

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Wings Are Now A Dangerous Team

from CSNNE,

It shouldn't come as a huge surprise that the Red Wings snapped the Bruins 9-game road win streak and 16-game points streak....

Mike Felger and Tony Amonte discussed on CSNNE's Postgame Live.

"Detroit is a dangerous team because they are a quick, skilled team," Felger said. "And you saw Gustav Nyquist on that game-winning goal in the third period just blow by [Zdeno] Chara like he was literally cemented into the ice. And that's something you're going to have to deal with in two weeks if that's the team."

Amonte agrees that by the time the playoffs roll around, Detroit will be even stronger.

"They all play with a European mentality . . . they got a great mix of European guys, they play a wide open style," Amonte said. "They've struggled this year because of all the injuries, but you're right they could be very dangerous when [Henrk] Zetterberg gets back and [Pavel] Datsuk gets back. They're going to be a dangerous team."

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Also, after last night's games, the Wings now have a 93.7% chance of making the playoffs according to SportsClubStats.

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It’s The B-Spoke Against the Winged Wheel

No Datyuk- understandable.  No Alfredsson- welcome back Bert.

Detroit is the only team playing tonight involved in the wild card race in the East and two points tonight would mean this...

Detroit would have 86 points with 76 games played.

It would put 3 point cushion between themselves and Columbus, with the BJs playing one less game.

Toronto would be 4 points behind while playing one more game than Detroit and Washington would be 5 points behind with both teams having played the same number of games.

Two points, any way they can get them, gives the Wings some breathing room.

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[04/02/2014] GDT: Red Wings vs Bruins

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I NOW Believe Gus Nyquist Is a Hall of Famer and Uncle Mike

I really don't have to go on too much about Nyquist.  If you extrapolate, because you're a pharmacist and you use that word in every-day conversation just like a big boy who went to "university" and there are times when two syllables just aren't enough to get that salient point across in between sips of craft beer that you don't like the taste of but you'll drink anyway because there's got to be that one person, just one, who is impressed by it? If you extrapolate, he'd have a lot of goals and he'd probably be in the Calder discussion. Does he even qualify? I don't know.

But I do know this:  Mike Babcock lied to you yesterday. You knew it. I knew it. He absolutely knew it and the only people who believed him were the ones who usually believe him and that's the Diggers.

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Deja Vomit…All Aboard

Interesting.  Last year at this time? Here we were...

What if the Wings get ten points out of a possible twelve and slip into 7th, or even 6th?  Do any of you really believe Detroit couldn't take down Anaheim or Vancouver in the first round? 

We have an entire summer to light the torches.  If the Wings don't get in, if the streak stops, we can start anew with our bellows and bitterness toward Tick Tock, the guy we used to love so blindly. 

But not yet.  It's time to bathe in the stress the next two weeks promises us.  22's an amazing number, a remarkable feat.  Reaching it would crush so many.  It's time to remind ourselves just how great it will be to throw in the faces of so many that excellence in Detroit is the norm.  Just get in, bitches.  I do like this team.  It's just taken a year to remember that.   

I would bet you that we like this team even more now than we did one year ago.  In terms of affection and giving credit where it's due?  Unquestionably, we really like this team.

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How The Wild Card Race In The East Looks After The Games Tonight

Wings host Tampa tomorrow at 5pm ET and Washington is in Nashville at 8:00pm Sunday night.

 

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23’s A Pie In The Sky Summit And Tonite Means Everything

He was a little too tall and he was most definitely wasted.  He could have used a few pounds back then, but he's made up for it in beer weight since the Wings grabbed him in the spring of '97. 

For two years in Toronto, Larry Murphy wasted away in a puddle of his own mediocre feces.  He was jeered because Leaf fans had forgotten by then what a winner looked like. 151 regular season games played in front of the worst fair-weather fans in hockey history. 6 playoff games is what he tallied for Toronto, two of them wins.

Then, with the snap of a finger and a flash of Ilitch cash, he was headed to South Detroit, where the winners live.  

Over the course of the next two playoff years, Larry Murphy played 42 games, winning 32 of them, along with two Cups. He drank beer during press conferences, fed Nick Lidstrom slick little bullets along the blue line and watched as he poured them into net after net. 

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