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Split ‘em Up, Mike…That Solves Every Woe

There is no problem in Mike Babcock's life that can't be cured by splitting up Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.  Hair, hunting, Fresca shortages: split them up because it always works.

Split them up because Franzen hasn't scored in five years. Weiss has zero assists. Charlie Buckets: one goal. Split them up because that's what we do. Every year. Several times. It's the solve-all.

Mike Babcock is a strong man and we love him in a way that doesn't involve any sort of physical contact. But, man, if that's the only solution...why are we paying assistant coaches? Why does Babcock even own a white board? If splitting them up is the best we've got in terms of creative solutions to a team that can't score? Shit, man.  Just play Words with Friends and call it a night.  Just pick names out of a hat and toss them out there. 

Ten games in and life is looking mediocre.  

I told you I was nervous at the beginning of the year because I'm not convinced the Weiss/Alfredsson thing is going to work. Oh, it probably will but not right away.  Some genius commented on an MLive story that he thinks it's a "chemistry issue", because all of us are so astute we can see a chemistry issue when it exists.  That's just dumb, but it does have a little credence when you consider that ten regular season games may not be enough time for the two new guys to get acclimated to the Wing Way.

So in march the Rangers with Nash and Richards and they can't score either.  

It's a Live Blog, bitches.  And it's Saturday.  Drink up and celebrate the New Plan to split up hockey's two best players.

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SnLO's avatar

I remember the good old days when we heard that song we would usually be up 4-1 or 4-2 by now.

that was when the Wings used to work to score goals. now they just work to try to control along the boards

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 10/26/13 at 08:06 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Jesus Christ, Quincey.

Is that a new Broadway musical?

Posted by calquake on 10/26/13 at 08:07 PM ET

Norskirama's avatar

Alfie has a bomb from the blue line!  Sorry to state the obvious.

Posted by Norskirama from Lincoln, Nebraska on 10/26/13 at 08:10 PM ET

SnLO's avatar

so it looking like this game is going to end with a gimmick

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 10/26/13 at 08:13 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Alfie has a bomb from the blue line!  Sorry to state the obvious.

Posted by Norskirama from Lincoln, Nebraska on 10/26/13 at 09:10 PM ET

That’s okay, we like the obvious… it helps us stay focused.

Posted by calquake on 10/26/13 at 08:14 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Red Wings are almost always one and done, or none and done. That takes a lot out of you with little results.  A lot of trips up and down the ice and nothing to show for it.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 10/26/13 at 08:17 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Even if we lose this in regulation, Jimmy should be the number one star.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 10/26/13 at 08:19 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

40, 13, 11

Posted by MoreShoot on 10/26/13 at 08:19 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Everyone looks good when they are on.datsyuk’s line, But then when they drop to another line they disappear.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 10/26/13 at 08:21 PM ET

SnLO's avatar

Nice. Z cut to the net for once

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 10/26/13 at 08:23 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Dats with the 40 foot backhander.

Posted by MoreShoot on 10/26/13 at 08:24 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Funny how the Pav, Z, Alf generate offense just by , ya know, moving with and without the puck. Could do some film study of that.

Posted by MoreShoot on 10/26/13 at 08:26 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

ugh. I smell another SO

Posted by MoreShoot on 10/26/13 at 08:29 PM ET

SnLO's avatar

interesting: Bert benched ?  far worse play from others…

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 10/26/13 at 08:30 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Fuching OT.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 10/26/13 at 08:30 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

....that’s a point and OT….

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 10/26/13 at 08:30 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Sucks that I am relieved to get one point out of this game versus the Rangers. Holy crap.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 10/26/13 at 08:31 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

interesting: Bert benched ?  far worse play from others…

Posted by SnLO from the sub great-white north on 10/26/13 at 09:30 PM ET

Is he injured , or, is it part of the New Plan?

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 10/26/13 at 08:32 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Have the Wings won a single game with Nick and Homer at the Joe watching?

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 10/26/13 at 08:32 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Would I a Gentile get much action on J date? Is there that big a Jewish audience on NHL network to advertise J date?

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 10/26/13 at 08:32 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

I will say that Smith and Quincy have been quite impressive, more so in a negative way

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 10/26/13 at 08:33 PM ET

SnLO's avatar

Is he injured , or, is it part of the New Plan?

not known, but i’d put money on it to be part of the plan

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 10/26/13 at 08:34 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

I will say that Smith and Quincy have been quite impressive, more so in a negative way

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 10/26/13 at 09:33 PM ET

You know it’s bad when you measure a player’s success in how few times he shits the bed.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 10/26/13 at 08:35 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

A clusterfuch of bullshit.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 10/26/13 at 08:35 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

someone forgot to tell Wings that OT started

Posted by MoreShoot on 10/26/13 at 08:35 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Get Smith the FUCH off the ice!


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 10/26/13 at 08:38 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Smith is such a train wreck he has Kronner tied up in knots.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 10/26/13 at 08:38 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Trade Quincey right *#$%@& now.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 10/26/13 at 08:38 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

.........

Night All!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 10/26/13 at 08:38 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Great New Plan. Eh’?

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 10/26/13 at 08:39 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Well that sucked.

Posted by calquake on 10/26/13 at 08:39 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Quincey special?

Posted by MoreShoot on 10/26/13 at 08:39 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

We are a bottom third team right now.

Posted by MoreShoot on 10/26/13 at 08:40 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

at least we lost to a top team… LOL  snake  grin

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 10/26/13 at 08:40 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

A sucky finish to an unimpressive game.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 10/26/13 at 08:40 PM ET

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Hey, Babcock… Kind is a better option in OT than Quincey.

Some game. Coaching staff needs to figure out how to make this team play differently. Way differently.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 10/26/13 at 08:41 PM ET

Chet's avatar

what a mess. these guys look hugely mediocre.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 10/26/13 at 08:43 PM ET

calquake's avatar

These are the type of games that will keep you from making the playoffs.

Posted by calquake on 10/26/13 at 08:44 PM ET

SnLO's avatar

and now… i’m out of Jameson too. this night is just fookin bEAUTIFUL

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 10/26/13 at 08:45 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Let Ted Lindsay kick Q and Andy in the nuts with a skate on. Just what is going to happen before this team gets it?

Maybe the west coast trip will do some good.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 10/26/13 at 08:46 PM ET

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