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Ken Holland: Fooling Wing Fans Since 28 February

Oh, the laughs. The joke’s been on us since the deadline.  All that money to spend.  Glaring deficiencies to correct. Talent to be had.  Draft picks to deal.

And our big pickup sat up in the press box for the season’s biggest game to date.  That’s your review of Friday and of every day since Tick Tock Kenny Holland decided the Wings were good enough “as is”.

Injuries happen. They always have and we seem to get the worst of it.  That’s just our life as we know it.  And it’s acceptable when you consider the successes we’ve enjoyed over the years.  Officiating’s screwed us more than other teams and that’s also life when your team refuses to yield to the wishes of a shrew commissioner who feels his legacy lies with the likes of Rosby and Kane.

We’re looking at something more sinister right now though, and that’s a shitshow of the Wings’ own making.  Institutional malaise that starts with the GM has filtered to the coaching staff and seeped into a locker room that finds itself unable or unwilling to make the effort required to compete when home ice is on the line.  As we’ve said, and will always say, the talent is there and the Cup is theirs if they want it.  It really is.  It’s there for a team with the kind of heart Kris Draper had or Steve Yzerman had, or Brendan Shanahan.  Brent Gilchrist had that kind of heart. Remember? The Cup is right there for the team that’s willing to put in two months of the hardest kind of hockey work.

Four more games and we’ll see if everything we’ve suffered through since mid-February has been nothing but a farce.  A sick joke we can shake off when the “switch” is thrown in a couple weeks. 

It’s disgusting how bleak we’ve become since the home-ice streak ended like five years ago.  I can’t even remember the kind of arrogance we enjoyed back in December and January.  It can come back, but man it’s looking like a mirage right about now.

And so, Kenny, happy April Fool’s Day.  All that money to spend and the joke’s on us with four games left.

It’s a Live Blog bitches and you have my apologies for the tone.  Voox: line ‘em up and keep ‘em coming.

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Bent's avatar

No confidence right now?

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/01/12 at 06:06 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

wow ... just, wow

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/01/12 at 06:06 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Close, no cigar.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 04/01/12 at 06:06 PM ET

Alzy's avatar

When’s the last time the Wings scored on a 5-on-3?

Posted by Alzy from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada on 04/01/12 at 06:08 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

5-3?

You’d think it would help DET - - you’d think.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 06:08 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

I’ll take it.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 04/01/12 at 06:08 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Shit, a 5 on 3.  This is where they kill it off, get a bunch of momentum and destroy the Wings.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 06:08 PM ET

Alzy's avatar

Good job boys. Not like a shot on goal would’ve been nice there.

Posted by Alzy from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada on 04/01/12 at 06:09 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Thank gawd the Panther missed.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 06:09 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Did Mule just block Wally’s shot?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 06:10 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Which team is on the PP?

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 04/01/12 at 06:10 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

When’s the last time the Wings scored on a 5-on-3?

Not sure, but whenever it was, it’s beginning to seem like it may actually be the last time.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 06:11 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Well that was a blissfully uneventful 2+ minutes.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 06:11 PM ET

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When RW got 5 on 3 my first thought was not if they gonna score, but how many shots on goal they will manage.
Answer - 0.

Posted by Alex on 04/01/12 at 06:11 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Nike drives the net, twice

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 06:12 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Nike has a nose for the fuching net!!

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 06:12 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

This Nyquist kid has the right stuff…. keep him on the Datsyuk line.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/01/12 at 06:12 PM ET

Alzy's avatar

Just go in the fuching net you god damn puck!

Posted by Alzy from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada on 04/01/12 at 06:12 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Get Mule off that fuching line.  Put Miller up there.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 06:13 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

See?  At least Miller’s shots go on net.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 06:13 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

DET are picking up the pace.

20 minutes too late, but hey?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 06:14 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

aWESOME DROP PASS!

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 06:15 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Nice play Kronner - - dumbass

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 06:15 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

DET are picking up the pace.

20 minutes too late, but hey?

Hell, that’s a full period ahead of schedule though.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 06:16 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

aWESOME DROP PASS!

Bert has infected cleary.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 06:16 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

DET are picking up the pace.

20 minutes too late, but hey?

Hell, that’s a full period ahead of schedule though.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 05:16 PM ET

This made me laugh out loud like a maniac.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 06:17 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Hey, does anyone know when Eaves is supposed to come back?  Or is he done for the year?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 06:19 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Well, at least it’s half over.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/01/12 at 06:19 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Nice backcheck by Nike.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 06:21 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Nike with the backcheck too. Kid’s a keeper.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 06:22 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Kid’s a keeper.

Yup.  I’d rather have Bert up on the #1 line - - drop Moose.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 06:23 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Well, at least it’s half over.

Seriously.  This half-assed-ness is about as boring as watching flies fuch.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 06:23 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

As Detroit cannot got a shot on goal he may as well abandon his post.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/01/12 at 06:23 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

You wouldn’t expect a smart play from Jonathon Ericsson either.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/01/12 at 06:25 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Bert getting all physical smile

ever see Moose do that?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 06:25 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Oof, i’m shocked Bert didint get called for that hit he laid behind the net.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 06:25 PM ET

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That’s a bullshit play.  Florida player involved in knocking the net off, so they get an advantage of trying to get 6 skaters on the ice?  That rule needs to be looked at.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/01/12 at 06:26 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Florida player involved in knocking the net off, so they get an advantage of trying to get 6 skaters on the ice?  That rule needs to be looked at.

Agreed. Simple delay of game if the goalie leaves the crease should do the trick.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 06:27 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

That’s a bullshit play.  Florida player involved in knocking the net off, so they get an advantage of trying to get 6 skaters on the ice?  That rule needs to be looked at.

Posted by Valek on 04/01/12 at 05:26 PM ET

I was thinking the same thing.  I bet this does get looked at.  Smart play by their goalie though.  I would say that if the goalie starts heading for the bench, then the play should be whistled dead.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 06:28 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

You wouldn’t expect a smart play from Jonathon Ericsson either.

Posted by bezukov from The Darkness with Harkness Redux on 04/01/12 at 05:25 PM ET

Boom!

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/01/12 at 06:28 PM ET

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