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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.

It's funny. Last year at this time, we were considering any option that would mean avoiding Chicago in the first round.  That turned out to be justified because I don't think that team would have given the Hawks the run it did without the confidence gained by a 7 gamer with the poultry.  

Now, in dirty places you don't like to admit your minds wander to, we're thinking..."just not Boston."  Hell, I'd love a first rounder with Pittsburgh. Love it.  Especially if, you know, those two guys are back. 

But that's down the road. Way down the road.  8 games down the road. 

There can be no let up, of course. None. Every game matters. Every game is a playoff game. Every single one.  

I had a feeling I'd be back for the playoffs. Schedules seemed to align. Paul said it was ok if I dropped in when the postseason started. Well, this is the playoffs. Just like it was last year.  

It's a Live Blog, bitches...so have your remotes handy.  Go green. Go white. GO BLUE and LGRW.

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Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

I hate having to catch up. Bullshit way to start the game.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/30/14 at 04:27 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Mister Andersson

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/30/14 at 04:30 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Yeah 1-1 Anderson

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 03/30/14 at 04:30 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Joker!!!!!!

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 03/30/14 at 04:30 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

ANDERSSON

1-1

nice

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/30/14 at 04:30 PM ET

WingFanFormerlyInLA's avatar

Late to the party, evenin’ bitches

Posted by WingFanFormerlyInLA on 03/30/14 at 04:31 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

Wooooooo!

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 03/30/14 at 04:31 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Mr.Andersson!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/30/14 at 04:31 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

I gotta say, I’m sure glad we gave up on Filppula and got that other guy instead.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/30/14 at 04:33 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Kronwalled.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 03/30/14 at 04:37 PM ET

dougie's avatar

“You got Kronwalled”. Gotta love that crowd chant

Posted by dougie on 03/30/14 at 04:37 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

“You got Kronwalled”
“You got Kronwalled”
“You got Kronwalled”

... love it.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/30/14 at 04:37 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

Yeah Kronner! Been a while since he’s stepped up to lay a hit like that

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 03/30/14 at 04:37 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

You have to decide if you want to be a Little fish in a Big pond or a Big fish in a Little pond (Filppula)..... Seems like he is doing well in Florida.

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 03/30/14 at 04:38 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Did you see Callahan FLY from getting Kronwalled, hahahahaa

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 03/30/14 at 04:39 PM ET

dougie's avatar

WHAT A GOAL!!!

Posted by dougie on 03/30/14 at 04:39 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

WOW WOW WOW

NIKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

2-1

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/30/14 at 04:39 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Nyquist is a scoring machine

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/30/14 at 04:39 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Goose again!!!  Wow, unstoppable!!!

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 03/30/14 at 04:39 PM ET

WingFanFormerlyInLA's avatar

Nyquist….are you *#$%@& kidding me??????

Wow!

Posted by WingFanFormerlyInLA on 03/30/14 at 04:39 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

hahahhaha. I <3 Nike

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/30/14 at 04:40 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Woo Hoo The Nyquist kid 2-1

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 03/30/14 at 04:40 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

NIKE! He can’t NOT score!

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 03/30/14 at 04:40 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

pour it on, boyz

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/30/14 at 04:40 PM ET

dougie's avatar

Big don’t matter when you are crumpled in a heap on the wrong side of your goal net, Bishop

Posted by dougie on 03/30/14 at 04:40 PM ET

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It is fun to watch how fast we are without Bertuzzi!

Posted by Lidstromfan on 03/30/14 at 04:43 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

(late) afnoon everybody.

Say. when was the last time anyone thought of Detroit as a fast team?

Posted by MoreShoot on 03/30/14 at 04:43 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

cheap shot

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/30/14 at 04:44 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

and now we expose our soft underbelly (I.e. PP)

Posted by MoreShoot on 03/30/14 at 04:45 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

crosscheck to the face. Real nice

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/30/14 at 04:45 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

“Last minute of play ... in this period.”

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/30/14 at 04:45 PM ET

dougie's avatar

cheap shot

Posted by stonehands-

Despite all his great rookie press. Goondas has been doing this all season

Posted by dougie on 03/30/14 at 04:46 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Bud Clinch says its the final minute of play…

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/30/14 at 04:46 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

good 1st

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/30/14 at 04:47 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

seriously. the main reason I think our playoff success chances are poor is the our PP is just laughable.

Posted by MoreShoot on 03/30/14 at 04:47 PM ET

dougie's avatar

seriously. the main reason I think our playoff success chances are poor is the our PP is just laughable.

Posted by MoreShoot on 03/30/14 at 05:47 PM ET

Once the playoff starts, my take on it is that there are less penalties, as teams play more a more careful style. Thus, PP is less important in the playoffs that the regular season.

That said, better to have a decent PP than not, sez Captain Obvious

Posted by dougie on 03/30/14 at 04:50 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

seriously. the main reason I think our playoff success chances are poor is the our PP is just laughable.

We say that a lot, and dont get me wrong it could be better, but there are better teams with a worse PP. Anaheim has 16.6% compared to the Wings 17.6%. San Jose and LA are worse as well. CBJ, MIN, and MTL arent a whole lot better either.

Its the defense I remain worried about. I know this is the D that took Chicago to 7 games. But we struggle to clear our own zone when we get possession and on 50/50 puck battles. That’s a huge problem.  Need guys that can win battles and make that first pass.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/30/14 at 04:58 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

The Swedish Ice Mafia seems to be hot tonight ???

Lets Go Red Wings !!!  grin

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 03/30/14 at 05:00 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

... what he said ...

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/30/14 at 05:06 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Just popping in now. Pleasantly surprised to see the boys up 2-1.

Posted by SK77 on 03/30/14 at 05:08 PM ET

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