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Gambling In The Neon…It’s All About The Road From Here On In

And for the first time ever, Jackson Browne makes a Live Blog appearance.  Okie will get the reference.  Kate might too. RWBill also.  Actually, all you bastards (and bastardettes) are older than me. You should all get it. Except for Herm, who's still like 16 which makes what we did with H2H disgusting and illegal.

The storyline from this point forward is going to be incredibly simple: If the Wings win on the road they're in.  If they don't, the streak stops at 21.  That simple.  We've all read about what a great job our Uncle Mike has done with an injury-depleted lineup. The Diggers are writing daily manifestos, pledging their love and everlasting allegiance to their very own Joe Carroll.  And now that Justin Abdelkader scored a clutch, skilled, late-game goal the other night in the most tense of all situations? You, we, I have nothing to bitch about.  Validation for Mike Babcock. By all means, keep that checking line together.

Oh, I'm posting this early because I predict Darren Helm plays today and when it's announced I want to look smart.

But it's the road.  The Road. That's going to determine our joy quotient the rest of the way.  JB (not the JB mentioned above but that's a nifty coincidence) will explain below.  It's a Live Blog, bitches.  

 

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ITDeuce's avatar

was that dude like 9?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 03/09/13 at 05:22 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Gus with another big save.  And the Wings will not score.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/09/13 at 05:23 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

So, saying things does not make them come true.  Noted.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/09/13 at 05:24 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

I’m with ya cap’n. Pass me a rib now and I’ll pass you some turkey with all the trimmings later.
Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 03/09/13 at 03:44 PM ET

They’ll be finished about 7pm pacific. You cooking turkey this weekend?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/09/13 at 05:24 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Still don’t know what he got the misconduct for, even after seeing the clip.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 03/09/13 at 05:25 PM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

this is awful and disgusting, they aren’t even trying…

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 03/09/13 at 05:26 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Still don’t know what he got the misconduct for, even after seeing the clip.
Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 03/09/13 at 04:25 PM ET

Who got the misconduct?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/09/13 at 05:27 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

How can it make so much of a difference if they play at home or on the road?  It’s like they are two different teams.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 03/09/13 at 04:13 PM


It’s up to Badcock to have these guys ready to go. He hasn’t since 2009.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/09/13 at 05:27 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

It’s up to Badcock to have these guys ready to go. He hasn’t since 2009.
Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!
Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/09/13 at 04:27 PM ET

You are too kind, Kate. I would have said 2008.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/09/13 at 05:28 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

So… nothing is working today and the Wings have to play this same team tomorrow.  Groan.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/09/13 at 05:28 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Still don’t know what he got the misconduct for, even after seeing the clip.

Because he mimed “Scoreboard” instead of saying it. I shat you not.

Posted by calquake on 03/09/13 at 05:28 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Turkey will be done at 5 your time Cap’n.

Mick talking about a women’s cave. I won’t elaborate any further 19.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 03/09/13 at 05:29 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

7 of the next 8 games on the road.  We.  Are.  Doomed.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/09/13 at 05:29 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Mick talking about a women’s cave.

I’ll bet her name is “Mulva”.

Posted by calquake on 03/09/13 at 05:30 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Who got the misconduct?

One of the BJs.  I guess one of these douche refs thought he was showing them up.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 03/09/13 at 05:30 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Turkey will be done at 5 your time Cap’n.
Mick talking about a women’s cave. I won’t elaborate any further 19.
Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 03/09/13 at 04:29 PM ET

Just in time for appetizers. How are you cooking it? Oven? Grill? Smoker?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/09/13 at 05:30 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

BJ’s win the season series?!?!?!?!?! WTF Babcock should be fired for that stat alone

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/09/13 at 05:31 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

So, Wings addict that I am, I will see you all tomorrow.  Have a good evening everyone.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/09/13 at 05:31 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Thank Dog that’s over.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/09/13 at 05:32 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Later fellow Wingaholics.

Posted by calquake on 03/09/13 at 05:32 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

wad it up and throw it away ...

see ya tomorrow, 19.

never give up ...

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/09/13 at 05:32 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

You are too kind, Kate. I would have said 2008.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 03/09/13 at 04:28 PM ET

The Cup Winning Team could have down it by themselves. Badcock happened to be the Coach behind the bench so I begrudgingly give him a 1/3 credit. He did have his 2 assistant Coaches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

 

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/09/13 at 05:34 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Anyone want to take charge of starting an online petiton to fire Babblecock?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/09/13 at 05:34 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Days like this come with being a loyal fan.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/09/13 at 05:34 PM ET

Thunderpriest's avatar

So, Babcock steers the Red Wings ship beginning in 05-06.
The Wings lose in the Conference Quarterfinals that year. In 06-07 they lose in the Conference Semifinals. They keep on an upward trajectory and win the Cup in 07-08.

Then, Todd McLellan jumps ship for San Jose.
08-09….the Wings lose in the Finals.
09-10….they lose (to San Jose) in the Semi-Finals
10-11….deja vu…a loss to McLellan’s Sharks in the Semis
11-12…continuing the downwards trajectory….they lose to Nashville in the Quarterfinals.

I am thinking that we lost the wrong coach.

Posted by Thunderpriest on 03/09/13 at 05:35 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

The Cup Winning Team could have down it by themselves. Badcock happened to be the Coach behind the bench so I begrudgingly give him a 1/3 credit. He did have his 2 assistant Coaches.
Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/09/13 at 04:34 PM ET

And since that time they haven’t been ready to go

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/09/13 at 05:36 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Oven.
Babbles looking clueless.
I guess we get a bite out of the shit sandwich again 19.
Maybe it was the absence of redheads. On to tomorrow.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 03/09/13 at 05:36 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

I am thinking that we lost the wrong coach.
Posted by Thunderpriest on 03/09/13 at 04:35 PM ET

Ducks lose Babcock and they won a Cup before Detroit did with Babcock.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/09/13 at 05:37 PM ET

Thunderpriest's avatar

It seems to me that Babs keeps trying to mold this skilled team into a bunch of hard charging, dump-n-chase muckers. Chip it in, recover, and drive the net.
It kills me.
Also…ever notice how we used to cycle the puck back to our end to maintain possession during a line change….now we dump it in and change….consistently losing possession when we’ve already gotten it.
Frustrating.

Posted by Thunderpriest on 03/09/13 at 05:40 PM ET

dougie's avatar

Looks like I made a good call hanging out and drinking with the guys at work, instead of watching hockey.

They gave two thumbs up to the Jameson Extra Primo Excellante Giganto Special Reserve On Steroids.

Posted by dougie on 03/09/13 at 05:41 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Anyone want to take charge of starting an online petiton to fire Babblecock?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 03/09/13 at 04:34 PM ET

I fear he will be kept until the end of this season. I don’ t see him lasting simply because he is a huge part of the reason that the Wings are not the premier destination anymore.

The City is not pretty, but, that is not why players are jumping ship or not signing. It is Badcock. He has had the best players in the world and did not win jack.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/09/13 at 05:41 PM ET

Thunderpriest's avatar

^^^^
Truth, Kate

Posted by Thunderpriest on 03/09/13 at 05:42 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

I believe the reason we don’t attract the free agents anymore is the assistant coach revolving door. More to it than we will probably ever know.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 03/09/13 at 05:42 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

All of the above, plus Scotty left the Organ-I-zation. Maybe Mr. Ilitch should have found a job for Stan Bowman?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/09/13 at 05:44 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Uncle Mike up next on the post game show. Wanna bet he blames the players and takes no responsibility himself?

Firing Babs is not a cure-all; this is not a vintage winged wheel team. But it sure would be a huge step in the right direction.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/09/13 at 05:47 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

“That’s the great thing about hockey. There’s three periods so there’s always a chance you’ll get a push back.” So it’s luck whether or not your team shows up? He also said Abby was the best player today. I didn’t see the game. Is that really true? Or does Abby have pics of Babs in bed with one of Hudler’s hookers?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/09/13 at 05:53 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

I put the entire blame on Babbles. He would rather go down in flames sticking to his system, than, admit he is wrong, or his"way” isn’t working. This is on him and him alone.

It’s a cold day in hell when Datsyuk isn’t, “working hard enough”.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/09/13 at 06:04 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

I must have watched a different game. The game I saw had Abby miss the net more than Sammy,and take a ridiculous dive. I’m not a pharmacist,but there were better performances by other players.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 03/09/13 at 06:10 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

The game I saw had Abby miss the net more than Sammy,and take a ridiculous dive.
Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 03/09/13 at 05:10 PM ET

I guess you missed the part where the BJ had Abby’s forearm wrapped up in his chest pulling him backwards.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/09/13 at 06:20 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

The sterling world class goal scorers on the roster.

Tootoo
Miller
Eaves
Emmerton
Andersson
Tatar
Cleary
Abdelkader
_______
(special category for floaters)
Franzen
Filppula
_______
Brunner
Zetterberg
Datsyuk

The defensive side.

Coliaicovo
Huskins
Smith
Quincey
Lashoff
Kronwall
Ericsson
Kindl


Ladies and Gentlemen, THOSE are your 2013 Detroyet Red Wings.  Take a good look. There are probably only 3 forwards and 1 defenseman that could even compete to make a roster spot of Wings teams of just a few years ago.

It’s Babcock’s fault.  lolzz.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/09/13 at 06:38 PM ET

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com