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Harlequins Are Hovering Nearby

I would say that might be the most appropriate Live Blog title we've had in years.  Figure out the tune and you'll understand why...unfortunately.

Five games left.  Wings need to win at least 3. That's just science.

I've been on the golf course all day and I've had a policy here for years that I won't post while...under the weather.  

So we're keeping this short.  And this Live Blog is loose like a lady who lingers...whore style.

LGRW bitches. 

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TeamDub's avatar

Of course.

Maxim LaPierre.

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 04/21/13 at 12:41 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Ugh…...

Using the Bert moves…..

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 04/21/13 at 12:42 AM ET

VooX's avatar

fuch

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 04/21/13 at 12:42 AM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Well that sucked

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/21/13 at 12:42 AM ET

Bent's avatar

Fuch it all.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/21/13 at 12:42 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Missed it by that much

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/21/13 at 12:42 AM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

so Howard is better…and the forwards are worse.

grand.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/21/13 at 12:42 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

g’nite

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/21/13 at 12:42 AM ET

monkey's avatar

*#$%@& you Jobu.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 04/21/13 at 12:42 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Ugh! What does 1 point do for us?


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/21/13 at 12:42 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Grim.

At seven P.M. a main hatchway caved in…..

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 04/21/13 at 12:43 AM ET

TeamDub's avatar

Ugh! What does 1 point do for us?

Prolongs the agony.

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 04/21/13 at 12:43 AM ET

monkey's avatar

Ugh! What does 1 point do for us?

Hemorrhoids.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 04/21/13 at 12:44 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

If I hadn’t started drinking heavily during then 2nd, I’d be enraged right now.


That said, I’ve always liked Schneider and wished the Wings would have picked him up to run in tandem w/ Jimmy.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/21/13 at 12:44 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Only 1 point for a game very well played.

Got to play a desperate PHX Monday night, first home game after a long road trip.  That’s likely to suck.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/21/13 at 12:44 AM ET

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It’s like…once Z didn’t score, I knew it was over. But maybe that was just negativity. Then I saw Lapierre going slow. Yup, no way Howard is stopping this puck.

I think it’s over. They’re going to find ways to lose more games. They’ve done it all season.

God dammit.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 04/21/13 at 12:45 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Who said hot tub?! 

Hot tubs for everyone!!!

Night all…..

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 04/21/13 at 12:45 AM ET

calquake's avatar

Only 1 point for a game very well played.

Got to play a desperate PHX Monday night, first home game after a long road trip.  That’s likely to suck.

And so will the Wings.

Posted by calquake on 04/21/13 at 12:45 AM ET

monkey's avatar

It’s like…once Z didn’t score, I knew it was over. But maybe that was just negativity. Then I saw Lapierre going slow. Yup, no way Howard is stopping this puck.

Yep. Kane/whore style.  Chalk it up.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 04/21/13 at 12:46 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Out inability to score is killing us.

DeKeyser is outstanding, he’s very orginized, head’s on a swivel out there.

Filpulla was beyond worthless, judas priest.  I’ve never seen a softer, more passive hockey player in my life.. maybe J Will.. or Kyle Wellwood..

Good thing we kept him.  Would’ve been nice to parlay a couple 1-way contract D-men and a useless forward or two into some added scoring punch.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/21/13 at 12:46 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Fil is the new Mule. Only softer.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/21/13 at 12:50 AM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Could be worse. Could be better. There can’t be much left to the Hasek with the vomit acid disintegration. Night bitches.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 04/21/13 at 12:51 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Out inability to score is killing us.

DeKeyser is outstanding, he’s very orginized, head’s on a swivel out there.

Filpulla was beyond worthless, judas priest.  I’ve never seen a softer, more passive hockey player in my life.. maybe J Will.. or Kyle Wellwood.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/21/13 at 12:46 AM ET

Couldn’t agree more with HTO on all three points.

And let me be the first to say what many will consider herasy…Pavel has simply lost his “touch.” The magician is 34 freaking years old (Is that even possible?) and no one seems to be fooled by his moves any more – whether it’s during regulation play or the shoot-out.

Having said that, if he’ll sign a two-year contract for $5M+ per year, I hope Kenny does it. There’s a boat-load of things he can teach Nyquist and Tatar before he goes “home” to the KHL for the final four or five years of his illustrious career.

As for this year, TeamDub answered Kate’s question. Tonight’s one point simply prolongs the agony.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/21/13 at 01:02 AM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Couldn’t agree more with HTO on all three points.

And let me be the first to say what many will consider herasy…Pavel has simply lost his “touch.” The magician is 34 freaking years old (Is that even possible?) and no one seems to be fooled by his moves any more – whether it’s during regulation play or the shoot-out.

Having said that, if he’ll sign a two-year contract for $5M+ per year, I hope Kenny does it. There’s a boat-load of things he can teach Nyquist and Tatar before he goes “home” to the KHL for the final four or five years of his illustrious career.

As for this year, TeamDub answered Kate’s question. Tonight’s one point simply prolongs the agony.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/21/13 at 01:02 AM ET

I have to disagree. He might not have as many standout chances as he used to, but he is almost always the clear standout player any time he is on the ice. You always, ALWAYS notice him, whether it be for creating chances, making space for himself out of thin air, etc. He still looked dangerous tonight on many, many occasions. Real linemates consistently might help as well.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/21/13 at 01:17 AM ET

gt500x's avatar

Ugh! What does 1 point do for us?

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/21/13 at 12:42 AM ET


My dear Kate, 1 point gives us hope. 


Posted by gt500x on 04/21/13 at 01:49 AM ET

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Posted by pgoody on 04/21/13 at 03:02 AM ET

HeilThom's avatar

We’ve scored 2 goals or less in 10 of the last 13 games…

PUT THE PUCK IN THE GODDAMNED NET YOU STUPID ASSHOLES.

Posted by HeilThom from Hockeytown, USA on 04/21/13 at 03:49 AM ET

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Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/21/13 at 01:02 AM ET

Also, did he not just skate through the entire Predators team a month ago?

Posted by HeilThom from Hockeytown, USA on 04/21/13 at 03:51 AM ET

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Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/21/13 at 01:02 AM ET

Also, did he not just skate through the entire Predators team a month ago?

Posted by HeilThom from Hockeytown, USA on 04/21/13 at 03:51 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

And let me be the first to say what many will consider herasy…Pavel has simply lost his “touch.” The magician is 34 freaking years old (Is that even possible?) and no one seems to be fooled by his moves any more – whether it’s during regulation play or the shoot-out.

Datsyuk is still the most dangerous player on the ice. If anything he has lost faith in the system and Coach. When you are saddled on a line with the likes of #8, or any of the sub-par line mates Babcock has stuck you with, it might dull the shine a little on a given night. But it’s still there.

Datsyuk comes to play.  Every. Single. Night.
He is only one player. And in spite of everything that has gone wrong this season, Datsyuk still continues to be the absolute best player in the game.


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

 

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/21/13 at 08:50 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

It’s Hell to depend on the incompetence of others for your own success.

You speak from experience?

Posted by monkey from Fear and Loathing on 04/20/13 at 09:16 PM ET

“80% of success is just showing up.”  - Woody Allan.

That’s true in much of life, but not in hockey.

And yes, I do.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/21/13 at 10:40 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Two big games that directly affect the Wings tonight as we hurtle towards that inevitable, unavoidable Night Of The Living Dead, Saturday, April 27, 2013.

San Jose and LA host CBJ and Dallas.  Both the California teams are battling head to head for the 4th seed / home ice advantage, which quite possibly will be against each other, so they have plenty to play for against the 2 teams who are Detroit’s biggest competitors for 8th place.

Going into tomorrow night’s game vs PHX Detroit will have 2 games in hand on CBJ and 1 on Dallas.  Can they overcome the traditional suckfest of the first home game after a long road trip?

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/21/13 at 10:53 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

And the hits just keep on coming.

Red Wings forward Drew Miller out 4-to-8 weeks with broken right hand
This leaves the Red Wings with 12 healthy forwards (Patrick Eaves was scratched on Saturday). They have exhausted their four post-trade deadline call-ups from the Grand Rapids Griffins and would need an injury in order to recall a player on an emergency basis.
____________________

So Eaves and Tootoo have an automatic starting position built in for tomorrow night and until Bertuzzi may be available.  Not a lot of goals in those two, although I’ve always like Eaves’ heavy wrister.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/21/13 at 11:04 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

22 or lottery ball?

Where DET stands:


8 CBJ 45 gp,  49 pts, 16 ROW   - - - last 10, 7-3-0
9 DET 43 gp, 47 pts,  18 ROW - - - last 10,  3-5-2
10 DAL 44 gp, 47 pts,  20 ROW - - - last 10,  6-4-0

Whats left of this season:

Mon @ PHX
Wed v LAK
Thu v NSH
Sat @ DAL

 

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/21/13 at 11:14 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

^^^  oops ^^^ 

The PHX game is at JLA,

not enough coffee this morning.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/21/13 at 11:25 AM ET

Primis's avatar

I think Pavels’ fine.

I think what you’re seeing though is guys like Pavel and Kronwall simply overburdened with expectations and responsibility on a team lacking in support.  If you stuck Datsyuk on say, the Panthers or Avalanche, this is probably what it’d be like.

Consider last night Pavel had 2 or 3 bodies coming at him/on him every time he had the puck.  Opponents don’t worry about anyone else right now.

Posted by Primis on 04/21/13 at 11:28 AM ET

monkey's avatar

Both Datsyuk and Zetterberg are scoring at a slightly reduced rate compared to their career average.

Datsyuk’s average is 0.98 points per game.  This year he’s at 0.95.

Zetterberg’s average is 0.94.  This year he’s at 0.90.

Make of it what you will.  I personally disagree with slamming either of these guys for lack of production.

Also, Franzen’s career average is 0.59.  This year he’s at 0.71.  And he gets slammed for lack of production all the time.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 04/21/13 at 12:22 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Do not trust to hope.  It has forsaken these lands.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 04/21/13 at 12:29 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

The Wing lines remind me of a beer league . Having one good player with 2 schmuks really makes it easy on a d-man for who to cover. It is not rocket science especially on a 2 on 1 or 3 on 2.

Also why does Wally the Mule and Cleary always come in to the atacking zone along the boards. I’m no pharmacist but once again you are helping the d-man by giving him 1 less option he has to cover. I play in a beginners league and teach this to new players all the time. Why does a professional continue to do this act of futility and his coaches condone it? Help me here.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 04/21/13 at 04:11 PM ET

dougie's avatar

Also, Franzen’s career average is 0.59.  This year he’s at 0.71.  And he gets slammed for lack of production all the time.

As he should be. He’s like my first wife. You get about 3 good days a month off of him. He lost me years ago.

I also think any and all stats for this chickenshit season should be viewed as suspect, unless, of course, they support an argument that I am making.

Posted by dougie on 04/21/13 at 05:00 PM ET

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