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“Tell Me Quick,” said Old McFee…Tell Me This Team’s Better Than That

Bullet Bob’s back to save us, because the adorable 8 pounder told me he would.  Oh, the angst.  If you’ve read the comments associated with last night’s Live Blog you know that the pitchforks are out.  Heart, passion, give-a-shit…it’s all being questioned today.  And the reasons are sound. If Detroit couldn’t get up for last night’s game, what else—short of the playoffs—is going to do the trick?

And where the Hell is Johan Franzen?

Son, you’re a rich man because Tick Tock Kenny Holland made a tough decision two years ago.  He essentially chose you over Marian Hossa because you promised us all we’d get consistency.  Not consistent awesomeness, just consistent really goodness.  We don’t see it Mule.  We’re not seeing it and now people are talking about lighting you on fire and putting you on somebody’s porch as a joke, hanging around to see if someone steps on you. 

And people are wondering, typing things like the Wings need “fiery leaders” and “passion” and “Tahitian Hookers” and “more hunger”.  The 19 are getting restless because losing is one thing, but appearing not to care too much about losing is a whole other deal.

You can blame our Uncle Mike, if you want.  And you are.  You can wonder what precisely the new assistant coaches are bringing to the table.  But I’m getting a bad feeling that if there’s a lack of urgency in that room then the fingers need to be shifted from the guy with the good hair to the Perfect One.  Professionalism and quiet confidence, a steady demeanor and leadership by example is all well and good.  And that’s cool when it works. 

But man, is there anyone wearing red and white who’s just a little pissed off about this whole thing?  And if not?  Who are the leaders who should be? Lidstrom, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Franzen, Holmstrom….

Uh oh.  Calling Dr. Cherry.

I’m not going anti-Euro on you.  But, shit man.  Someone needs to get pissed off other than us.  Dig it?  Like Seger said, all along that fateful coast, we’ve been silent like a ghost.  But that silence is getting tougher to maintain.  I’m just throwing that out there.  Turning this thing into a Ship of Fools will take about one more loss.

It’s a Live Blog and the Hasek’s full. 

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Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Coulda been 2 down, so there is that.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 10/29/11 at 09:31 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Even with that break the wings got, the wild score first.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 10/29/11 at 09:31 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Homer’s skating well.  Even after getting hit a couple of times.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 10/29/11 at 09:31 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

well that one counted.

a two on one? what is that about the seventh or eighth one so far in the game?!!

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 10/29/11 at 09:31 PM ET

hockeychic's avatar

D got caught pinching…odd man rush.  I still hate Heatley.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 10/29/11 at 09:31 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Against the #1 line too.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 10/29/11 at 09:31 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Jimmy -WAKE UP!  Dont watch it go into the NET-geeeeeeeeeee

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 10/29/11 at 09:32 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Another reason I shouldn’t live blog.  Gamecenter must be way behind the TV.  I haven’t seen them score yet…

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 10/29/11 at 09:33 PM ET

hockeychic's avatar

What happened to the team that started the season 5-0?  What the heck is this junk?  Being outskated by the Wild?  C’mon Wings!

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 10/29/11 at 09:33 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Have the wings had any offensive pressure yet?

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 10/29/11 at 09:33 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Still on commercial break here…  Geez.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 10/29/11 at 09:33 PM ET

dougie's avatar

Maybe they all decided to be zombies for Halloween.

Posted by dougie on 10/29/11 at 09:34 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

OK, there’s the goal.  Ouch.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 10/29/11 at 09:34 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Have the wings [been] offensive yet?

Yes, yes they have.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 10/29/11 at 09:35 PM ET

Gabriel's avatar

Have the wings had any offensive pressure yet?

No.

Posted by Gabriel from San Diego, CA on 10/29/11 at 09:36 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

The #1 line are now a combined -12.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 10/29/11 at 09:36 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

the shot stat shows 6-4 wild

it seems more like the wild have had about 40 shots on goal already in the first.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 10/29/11 at 09:36 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

I do not even recall DET having even one quality scoring chance.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 10/29/11 at 09:39 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Sigh.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 10/29/11 at 09:39 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Maybe they all decided to be zombies for Halloween.

Hey, at least the undead attacked once in a while.

Posted by calquake on 10/29/11 at 09:40 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

franzen with dats and z

interesting

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 10/29/11 at 09:41 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

z is being mugged by a guy with out a stick.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 10/29/11 at 09:41 PM ET

Gabriel's avatar

The #1 line are now a combined -12.

Did you sense that there was a child somewhere who wasn’t crying tonight. Jeff?

Posted by Gabriel from San Diego, CA on 10/29/11 at 09:42 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

geebuz Jiri - -  shoot the fuching puck

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 10/29/11 at 09:43 PM ET

hockeychic's avatar

Whiskey for everyone.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 10/29/11 at 09:44 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Of course.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 10/29/11 at 09:44 PM ET

calquake's avatar

1st Period… yuck.

Posted by calquake on 10/29/11 at 09:45 PM ET

hockeychic's avatar

Here’s hoping we find our legs in the 2nd period.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 10/29/11 at 09:45 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Whiskey for everyone.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 10/29/11 at 08:44 PM ET

I’ll take some - thanks!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 10/29/11 at 09:45 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

z, dats, homer, mule and lids ... interesting line, 1 D

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 10/29/11 at 09:46 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

On the bright side, it could easily be 3-0 Wild.

The waived off goal, and the Latendresse brain cramp.

I think DET have had maybe 2, at most 3, scoring chances.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 10/29/11 at 09:46 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Thanks Jimmah, for that Save!

Come on WINGS, SHOOT, SHOOT, SHOOT!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 10/29/11 at 09:46 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Are the Wings intentionally putting their goalies thru shootout practice by giving up all these odd man rushes?  And by odd man I mean watching someone going in alone on your goalie.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 10/29/11 at 09:47 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

well, ran out of Old Grand-Dad before the first period was over…

had to break in to the Black Raspberry Chambord.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 10/29/11 at 09:55 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

I’m still convinced it’s a lack of motivation, determination, killer instinct, whatever you want to call it - maybe the better word is focus.  We don’t need assistant coaches to teach these guys how to execute.  We have a lot of veteran players who know how to win.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 10/29/11 at 09:56 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

whatever you want to call it

Competitiveness - DET needs a leader that hates losing at anything, even tiddlywinks

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 10/29/11 at 09:59 PM ET

dougie's avatar

My personal first period highlight was the 1/2 lb. bacon sandwich I just ate.

Posted by dougie on 10/29/11 at 10:02 PM ET

hockeychic's avatar

We had 10 shots in the first?  It felt like two.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 10/29/11 at 10:03 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

DO THIS.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 10/29/11 at 10:04 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

I really don’t like saying this, but it is a “honest” observation.

All of DET’s “leaders” are Euro’s.  Maybe, because of their “upbringing”, they just don’t have that “hate to lose” mentality.

Just a thought. 

DET sure could use a “leader” with hellfire and brimstone.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 10/29/11 at 10:04 PM ET

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