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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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Nate A's avatar

Nike pulls a Datsyuk off the back of the net. Awesome.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 08:26 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Playin some good hockey right here.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 04/01/12 at 08:27 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Geebuz Stu

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 08:27 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Brad Stuart no match for the wizardry of Tomas Kopecky.  Yikes.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 08:27 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

We need the 2. I demand the 2!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/01/12 at 08:27 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

have not been able to see or hear the game. power outage since noon eh? have i missed a good game or a poor game?

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 04/01/12 at 06:26 PM ET

I’d call it an average effort.  Not bad, not great.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/01/12 at 08:28 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

have i missed a good game or a poor game?

A frustrating one. Decent effort, some awesome shifts with little to show. And then some of the usual no shooting and lazy work from some of the forwards. Plus Quincey is dumber than a sack of hammers.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 08:28 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

I’ll take the point.  Get the extra one Red Wings.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/01/12 at 08:29 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Hmmmmm…extra innings.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 04/01/12 at 08:30 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

O.T.  Come on WINGS!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 04/01/12 at 08:30 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

last 8 minutes of the turd looked better

... just wish they’d play 60 minutes with similar intensity

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/01/12 at 08:30 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

I knew it was someone on the Habs.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/01/12 at 08:31 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

I’d love to see a game that starts like the last half of period 3.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 08:31 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

need the OT win

can’t go to the gimmick

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 08:31 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Well there is a stat right there.  TPH plays one more season and ties Larry Robinson for most playoff appearances….win, lose or draw….he’s coming back.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 04/01/12 at 08:32 PM ET

Avatar

Point earned, yay.
Two more to 100.

Posted by Alex on 04/01/12 at 08:32 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

2,2 Fuching points!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/01/12 at 08:32 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

fuching Kronner

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 08:33 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

FLA - - playing for the shootout

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 08:33 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Yak with the yips

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 08:34 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Let’s GO Red Wings !!!!!

Let’s GO Red Wings !!!!!

Let’s GO Red Wings !!!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 04/01/12 at 08:34 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

slow-mo of everyone saying “noooooooo” as bert carried into the zone, knowing the failed drop pass was coming.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 08:34 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Z play the whole OT so far?

seems like it

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/01/12 at 08:35 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Can’t wait for the new wave of load bearing forwards steps in.  We have at least 3 3rd liners in the top 6, though Huds is really making a case for himself..

Excited for the Smiths, Nyquists, Jurcos, Jarnkrok, Pulkinens…


When is Yzerman coming back to GM detroit again?

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/01/12 at 08:36 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Was the team that won 23 in a row at home abducted by aliens of apathy?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/01/12 at 08:36 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

How badly does Kopecky want the game winner?

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 04/01/12 at 08:36 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Zebra suckage.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/01/12 at 08:37 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Nick saves the bacon - -

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 08:38 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Skills comp here we come

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/01/12 at 08:38 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Fuching gimmick point.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/01/12 at 08:38 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Damnit Z get it deep. you k now better.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/01/12 at 08:38 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Gimmick - - ridiculous situation DET put themselves into

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 08:39 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Jeebus where has Grover been in the OT?  What was that 2 shots?Give me some energy…..

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 04/01/12 at 08:39 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Skill competition. Says Ken.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/01/12 at 08:39 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

That may have been the most boring five minutes in the history of hockey.  Had all the pace of a Thursday night beer league.  The kind where dudes actually drink beer on the bench.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 08:39 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Can Pavs skate behind and try that shot again? wink

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 04/01/12 at 08:40 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

That may have been the most boring five minutes in the history of hockey.  Had all the pace of a Thursday night beer league.  The kind where dudes actually drink beer on the bench.
Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 06:39 PM ET

Malaise indeed.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/01/12 at 08:40 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Haven’t had one of these in a while.  We could be in sixth by the end of the day.  Or 4th or 5th.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/01/12 at 08:40 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/01/12 at 08:41 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Love the Killer!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/01/12 at 08:41 PM ET

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