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Hard Life Lessons For Baby Brother…Live Blog Them

You don’t win multiple Cups when you blow your wad on one year and five players.  You just don’t. You win one, then you fall into mediocrity and 6 seeds.  You make grand claims that your time has arrived to consistently compete for a block of cheese but in reality that wholesome nugget of delicious dairy stays where it is because sustained excellence is all your big brother knows. Sustained. Excellence.

No team can point to Detroit and say “we’re almost there.”  Nobody can say that because nobody is.  Nobody’s done it longer, better or with as much character as the Wings have.  Pittsburgh had to lose a million games over four years to get the picks that landed them their one Cup of the Bettman/Crosby era.  Chicago bought theirs. Bought it outright then sold it a few weeks later.  Anaheim pillaged their way to theirs but only a fluttering puck of sin that somehow knuckled over the shoulder of our insane goalie got them to the dance.  Boston’s a nice team but no pharmacist would ever tell you they have the staying power Detroit does. Not for two years, five, ten or 21.

All is normal. All is well.  The Wings lead everything that matters.  Chicago is fighting for the 6 seed because that’s what you do when Corey Crawford is your number 1 goalie because Stan is no Scott. Not by a long shot, sonny.  It’s big, bad nasty brother and the little tyke that wants so bad to just once prove to the world that they’re right there, shoulder to shoulder.

You’re not though.  You’re just not and there just aren’t any signs that equality is a real possibility tonite, in May or next year. 

So start your chants.  Start them early.  We know.  “Detroit sucks.”  We got it.  But we also get this: you stopped feeling that one a long, long time ago. 

It’s a Live Blog, bitches.

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cigar_nurse's avatar

Well that sucked. Everyone but Jimmah stayed home waiting for the nucks. If this road shit continues, we all will die from alcohol poisoning during the playoffs. Until Thursday.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 02/22/12 at 12:48 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Wings just can’t win on the road.  When they playoffs roll around, I have the dread that every road game, they’re gonna blow it off and depend on winning the home games almost exclusively.

Posted by SYF from a “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp” on 02/21/12 at 10:42 PM ET

I hear ya.  As awesome as the home winning streak has been, I honestly have no real expectations of a deep playoff run because of their total inability to generate offense and score goals away from home.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/22/12 at 12:49 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

Fuching DirecTV…did anybody else’s feed cut out at the end of the second period? I had to watch it DVR tonight due to a church thing and at the end of the second period it just ...stops…then picks up during some damn fishing commercial way after the game was over.

From reading the LB it doesn’t seem I missed much…but I still sent off yet another rant to DirecTV just on principle.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/22/12 at 01:09 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

did anybody else’s feed cut out at the end of the second period?

No, but it might have been preferable to sitting through that twenty minute shitburger.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/22/12 at 01:41 AM ET

monkey's avatar

I hear ya.  As awesome as the home winning streak has been, I honestly have no real expectations of a deep playoff run because of their total inability to generate offense and score goals away from home.

I don’t feel this way at all.  They win 90% of their home games and 47% of road games for an overall winning percentage of 67%.

67% of seven is 4.7.

I like their chances in any playoff series against any opponent, even if they don’t have home ice. 

Any series in which they have home ice advantage they would win in about five or six games.

Any series in which they do not have home ice they would win in six or seven.

There are obvious problems with extrapolating regular season performance to post season expectations, but I remain optimistic.

There are four true contenders in the NHL right now and Detroit is leading the pack.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 02/22/12 at 09:41 AM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Jimmah!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 04/05/13 at 09:19 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