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It’s A Tattle-Tale Sound We’re Not Used To Hearing…So Give Us A Break

With only three days left until Gary's playoffs begin, the Wings sit in 9th place in the Western Conference.  Thankfully, that's bound to change tonite because they're destined for two points.  Destined, I say. 

Why?

Because Yackub Kindle is playing.  Yackub,. as you're aware, was the 19th overall pick in 2005 and he's been lighting it up since then boy.

He was selected before the likes of TJ Oshie, Home Keys, Paul Stastny, Kris Lefriggingtang, Jonathan Quick, Keith Yandle and Darren by god Helm (113 picks after Kindle). There are more.  And it's ugly.

Brian Lashoff wasn't drafted nearly as high as Yackub. In fact, he wasn't drafted at all so that's kinda low according to A2Y interns and pharmacists in Dearborn.

But Lashoff has been very good.  Kindle has never shown us anything than an ounce over jack squat and rarely even that.

So this is a confused Live Blog, and a little bitter. Because I just don't get it.  It's not just the Yackub start tonite, or even his draft in '05.  We get it.  Draft picks are never sure things. If they were we certainly wouldn't have given away a first rounder for the likes of Quacks Like A Duck but Dives Like An Av.

Tick Tock.  Tick. Tock.  What are you doing? Why are you saying things like this...

"Twenty games," he said during a pregame chat Friday. "Once you get to 20 games, you'll have a read of what you've got, where we fit."

George showed that to us today and that's crazy talk.  So...after 41 games of a season not wrecked by a midget ball-in-the-mouth commissioner, that's when you'd wait to evaluate the team?  Or after 35? C'mon.

If Kenny's serious about winning this year, and he's not and he hasn't been since last trade deadline when he did absolutely nothing but give away a first-rounder in exchange for a whining little girl who still complains about not getting to wear a ring he didn't earn, then he'd be evaluating right frigging now. He'd be looking for a deal and he wouldn't be hauling out the same, crusty, tired bullshit excuses.

..if you're looking to do something, you can only do something if you have a partner.

Uh huh.  We've heard it.  Meanwhile...Lashoff sits and Kindle plays.  For reasons unknown to anyone.  You know, Nick Lidstrom aged as we all do for the last four years of his career.  He came close to winning the Cup, or at least evening Game 7, himself in the last minute of his last meaningful game.  Then? Three years of Holland stagnation.  Oh...I forgot. You're not stagnant when you're moving backward.  How do you move backward?  I don't know.  Franzen? Hossa? Go with Franzen, please.  And then watch him do nothing. Fredo Corleone as the only defenseman signed when ten others went elsewhere, ten others with more talent and tougher bones?

I know.  Not the usual tone for a live blog.  It's just that I'm hungry but the cook says it's getting to rough to feed us. And that sucks.

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Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Fedorov was the only forward that could play the point on the PP.

Lets Go Rd Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/29/13 at 11:02 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

1 for 6 on teh PP tonight. So, we are improving.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 01/29/13 at 11:02 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Richard Bachman. Thinner.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/29/13 at 11:03 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Nice play there by Kronner

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/29/13 at 11:03 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Big Rig has looked solid. Q hasnt sucked.
Pavel and Z are both magically delicious.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 01/29/13 at 11:03 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

1 for 6 on teh PP tonight. So, we are improving.

Posted by Rumbear from the Top O the Hasek, lookin for Lashoff… on 01/29/13 at 10:02 PM ET

I’ll take it.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/29/13 at 11:03 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Mo! How the hell are ya?!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 01/29/13 at 11:04 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

It ain’t over yet there Darren.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/29/13 at 11:05 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

1 for 6 on teh PP tonight. So, we are improving.

1 for 6 > 7%

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/29/13 at 11:05 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Fedorov could have played goalie.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/29/13 at 11:05 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Did you all catch that grin on Pavel? Priceless…...

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 01/29/13 at 11:05 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Fil is so dreamy.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 01/29/13 at 11:06 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

why do you wanna rain on the damn parade

drinking beer number 6 of whiskey stout.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/29/13 at 11:06 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Hate to say it, but Kindl hasn’t sucked.

Posted by MoreShoot on 01/29/13 at 11:07 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Hate to say it, but Kindl hasn’t sucked.

Posted by MoreShoot on 01/29/13 at 10:07 PM ET

NOBODY has sucked.

That’s the hard part.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/29/13 at 11:08 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Budd Lynch minute

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/29/13 at 11:08 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Bud lives on.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 01/29/13 at 11:08 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Better than 500 baby!

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/29/13 at 11:08 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

“The recorded voice of Bud Lynch.” 

that makes me sad.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/29/13 at 11:08 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Fil is so dreamy.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/29/13 at 11:08 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Better than 500 baby!

Don’t get cocky, kid!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 01/29/13 at 11:09 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Think I’ll stop by Mario’s on the way home, give Rosby a spank, lick Monkey’s curly friends and call it a night.

Posted by calquake on 01/29/13 at 11:09 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Hate to say it, but Kindl hasn’t sucked.

Posted by MoreShoot on 01/29/13 at 10:07 PM ET

Don’t hate to say that.  Its a good thing all around.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/29/13 at 11:09 PM ET

joedaiceman's avatar

Last 4 games - Goals against.
Dal - 2
Min - 3
Chc - 2
Dal - 1

I chocked on my beer. This is the defense that Tick Tock built made up of retreads, recycles, rejects and over-ripe Griffins. Holy crap Batman.

Posted by joedaiceman on 01/29/13 at 11:09 PM ET

monkey's avatar

America, *#$%@& yeah

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/29/13 at 11:10 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

America, *#$%@& yeah

Posted by monkey from All hands, abandon ship. This is not a drill. on 01/29/13 at 10:10 PM ET

Dallas, *#$%@& sucks.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/29/13 at 11:11 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

The “One Armed Bandit”. This Bud, is for you.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/29/13 at 11:11 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Solid win. See y’all on the next go round.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 01/29/13 at 11:11 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

good win.
book it.

thanks, Chief.

all i want are two (2) points ... 2, k? no excuses.

a “W”. easy. doesn’t matter how or who is playing. get the win. period.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/29/13 at 06:39 PM ET

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/29/13 at 11:11 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Cal you stay out of that jackitorium. You might get tingly and need some antibiotics.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 01/29/13 at 11:12 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Excellent!!

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/29/13 at 11:12 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Good lord.. That chick got a big Wally Woody.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 01/29/13 at 11:12 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

*#$%@& useless left-handed sticks.

See you *#$%@& next game.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/29/13 at 11:12 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

We win!

Lets Fo Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/29/13 at 11:13 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

keep your chin, Red.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/29/13 at 11:13 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Cluck Cluck !!

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 01/29/13 at 11:13 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Did you all catch that grin on Pavel? Priceless…...

Crazy thing is, when Red Winger said earlier that Pavel was having an off night, I honestly couldn’t totally disagree.  There were a few uncharacteristic turnovers in the neutral zone in the first two periods, but man you throw in a couple plays he made on the PK, the two amazing setup passes for the two Filppula goals along with the usual wizardry, and yeah, a less than perfect game maybe, but I’ll take this guy on an “off night” over just about anybody, any time.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/29/13 at 11:14 PM ET

monkey's avatar

I just shut my whore mouth before anything came out.  You’re welcome.

Posted by monkey from All hands, abandon ship. This is not a drill. on 01/29/13 at 08:29 PM ET

What I almost said at that point was “Don’t worry, Wings have this one in the bag.  No way they lose this game.”  But I took my dirty whore mouth and I closed it tight.  That’s how it’s done.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/29/13 at 11:14 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Dog damn, a jacketoreum reference.  This has been a great live blog.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/29/13 at 11:16 PM ET

calquake's avatar

What I almost said at that point was “Don’t worry, Wings have this one in the bag.  No way they lose this game.”  But I took my dirty whore mouth and I closed it tight.  That’s how it’s done.

Posted by monkey from All hands, abandon ship. This is not a drill. on 01/29/13 at 10:14 PM ET

I always knew you were a leader.

Posted by calquake on 01/29/13 at 11:16 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