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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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Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

1st SOG for DET of the 3rd at 4 minutes.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 06:58 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Shoot the puck, too much pass, Babs says.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/01/12 at 06:59 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Mule needs to be under the Holmstrom Directive. No carrying the puck.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 07:00 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Bout goddamm time!

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/01/12 at 07:00 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Attaboy Wally

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 07:00 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Happy!

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 07:00 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Hudler shoots from an impossible angle and scores

imagine that

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 07:00 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Goal!!!!  Yaaayy!!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 07:01 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

He knows, but he just doesn’t care. That’s a big problem with this team right now. I swear half of them have travel plans for the third week of April, and are not about to let something as burdensome as the Stanley Cup Playoffs get in the way of a vacation.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/01/12 at 05:52 PM ET

This.

Let’s Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/01/12 at 07:01 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

There. We. GO !!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 04/01/12 at 07:01 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Finally.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/01/12 at 07:01 PM ET

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Huh?  Really?

Gee, see what happens when you get it on net?

Posted by MTL_WINGS from Montreal on 04/01/12 at 07:01 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

yesssssssssssssssssssssss

1-1

now make it 2-1

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/01/12 at 07:01 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

something told me I should LB this game today intead of avoiding KK all night on a double shift and staying up extra late when I get home to watch it.  Go figure they mail it in.  Thanks for the info guys, keep it coming.  However bad it is

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/01/12 at 07:01 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

so much for being tied

nice Q

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 07:01 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Kopecky get shot?

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/01/12 at 07:01 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Hey, we used to has a guy named Kopecky.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 04/01/12 at 07:02 PM ET

Alzy's avatar

Learn how to Kronwall someone Quincey, you *#$%@&.

Posted by Alzy from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada on 04/01/12 at 07:02 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Wow, nice charge Q. You’ve been mostlyl worthless since the acquisition. You can walk this summer.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 07:02 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Franzen’s new moniker.

Moniker Lewinsky.  Put him in a stained blue dress and parade him in front of a house subcomittee.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 07:02 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Looks like we’ll see you in Round One Quincey.  Phoning Brendan Shanahan.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/01/12 at 07:02 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Midget Pimp!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/01/12 at 07:02 PM ET

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Clemmensen is a career backup to Brodeur. Has he ever had a shutout before?

  Posted by Alex on 04/01/12 at 05:44 PM ET

Whore. Mouth. Shut. Now.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/01/12 at 05:53 PM ET

See, my anti-jinx worked.

Posted by Alex on 04/01/12 at 07:02 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

5:00 major

what a fuching dumbass

brilliant signing - -

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 07:03 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Q


... stupid

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/01/12 at 07:03 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Quincey, you fuching idiot.  You may have just checked your way right out of that Wings uniform.  I actually liked seeing him come back.  But he’s been very iffey the last couple of games.  And that was epicly stupid.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 07:03 PM ET

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Way to friggin go Jack Klugman.

Posted by MTL_WINGS from Montreal on 04/01/12 at 07:03 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

The last thing we needed was this. Uncle Mike likes this kind of play.

Let’s Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/01/12 at 07:04 PM ET

Alzy's avatar

I hate you Quincey. I hate you, so much.

Posted by Alzy from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada on 04/01/12 at 07:04 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

I will say Q has done wonders for E52’s reputation.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 07:05 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Way to go Wally - - stud

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 07:05 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

A break. Sorta.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/01/12 at 07:06 PM ET

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Not sure why Kulikov was angry about that.  That was worse interference than what they called Kindl for earlier.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/01/12 at 07:06 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Ya know what, fuch Quincey.  That’s some cheap shit that gets pulled in a Ducks uniform, or a Flames uniform, but not a Wings uniform.  Ridiculous.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 07:06 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

I will say Q has done wonders for E52’s reputation.

Well played Sir!  I back snorted a Rum & coke on that one!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 04/01/12 at 07:06 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

A first round draft pick for a guy who appears to be dumber than a sack of hammers.  Kenny has lost his fastball.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 07:06 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

last couple games IT?  I think he’s had about 1 good game, where he had 7 shots and we still lost.  He’s looked LOST on the ice.  Doesn’t seem comfortable at all.  Maybe his welcome home wasn’t as smooth and seemless in the locker room as suggested.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/01/12 at 07:07 PM ET

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Kopecky already back on the ice.  Sold that 5 minute penalty pretty well.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/01/12 at 07:07 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Ya know what, fuch Quincey.  That’s some cheap shit that gets pulled in a Ducks uniform, or a Flames uniform, but not a Wings uniform

How long did he spend in the mountains?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 07:08 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Johnny actually playing pretty well today

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 07:08 PM ET

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