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Where We Stand

Charles Ingalls, after a trip to Mankado or maybe a day in the fields, or even an afternoon downtown spreading optimism amongst the Walnut Grove regulars who had to deal with that Olsen bitch on the daily, would often discuss the NHL standings around the dinner table. 

He, like you in days gone by, would discuss where his favorite team, the Detroit Red Wings, stood amongst the entire league. 

That's how we used to view it.  We'd look at the league standings first and see how close we were to the President's Trophy.  Then we'd take a look at the conference, inevitably where we'd sit in first, because that's where baby Jesus wanted us. On top of the West. 

Oh, there were times we'd glance divisionally. Maybe St. Louis or Nashville was creeping. Usually that was just a fun look, the way a few of you look at porn on your lunch breaks. Just a glance and a smile. 

As the years went on and midgets started tinkering, and salary caps became our reality and Ken Holland made decisions that wasted the later years of Pavel Datsyuk, Nick Lidstrom and Hank Zetterberg, we started worriedly looking at the Wild Card standings.  Our lives had changed by then. Dramatically.

Now? We're back to looking at the league standings again.  In a sick twist, we study them and we see that we are only 2 points out of the 1 spot but that 1 spot is far different than the one we coveted ten years ago.

Now the 1 means the worst and the worst could mean the best and the best pick (Hughes or even Kakko) could mean the acceleration of The Rebuild, made more palatable when engineered by the One and True GM, Steve Yzerman. 

And this is your life now. Mike Green returns tonight. The Wings play better with Mike Green, so we should probably trade him tomorrow to make sure the Wings don't play all that well. I know you get what I'm swilling. 

It's a Live Blog, bitches. And we are in a state of utter confusion.

LGRW but, you know, don't forget the goal, boys. 

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calquake's avatar

Chief, we suck, but look at L.A., Slackhawks and the Blouse. They stink just as bad and arguably have better talent on their teams. What’s their excuse?  L.G.R.W.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 01/11/19 at 07:17 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

just wi… er, remember the goal

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/11/19 at 07:38 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Need to see more of this from Zadina.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/11/19 at 07:48 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Need to see more of this from Zadina.

+19 Paul.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 01/11/19 at 07:50 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Just to shake things up, I purpose that the guys select opposition players in that stupid “light the lamp” game, like who will get the winning goal tonight (Laine) or how many PP goals they score against the Wings (3).... wink

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/11/19 at 07:52 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Chief, we suck, but look at L.A., Slackhawks and the Blouse. They stink just as bad and arguably have better talent on their teams. What’s their excuse?  L.G.R.W.

How true. Happy to see the Slackhawks lose, but not more than us this season. smile

Posted by bigfrog on 01/11/19 at 07:52 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Embracing the 2019 Dread Wings cause I’m dreading every single game…. cool smile


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 01/11/19 at 07:57 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Happy to see the Slackhawks lose, but not more than us this season.


Another +19.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 01/11/19 at 07:58 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Friday Evenin’, Bitches !
No need to tank, just play their game.

Posted by RWBill on 01/11/19 at 08:07 PM ET

calquake's avatar

No need to tank, just play their game.

I see what you did there.  L.G.R.W.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 01/11/19 at 08:08 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

0-1 13 seconds.  mad

Posted by bigfrog on 01/11/19 at 08:09 PM ET

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really…..get here just in time for that….. sick

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 01/11/19 at 08:09 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

13 seconds ... sheesh

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/11/19 at 08:09 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

shut eye Burn-Yay!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 01/11/19 at 08:09 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

fuchin’ Ericcson.

how many time have I said he’s an insult to the uniform.

superglue his ass to the bench !!!

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 01/11/19 at 08:10 PM ET

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Nice turnover by Errorson

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 01/11/19 at 08:10 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

I was just thinking that Bernier’s numbers make me want to vomit. LOL

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/11/19 at 08:10 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

At least they didn’t make another turnover in front of their own goalie.  They made the turnover behind their goalie.

Posted by RWBill on 01/11/19 at 08:13 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

It’s going to a long rest of the season….....

Mickey is trying to polish something…. rolleyes

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 01/11/19 at 08:14 PM ET

calquake's avatar

At least they didn’t make another turnover in front of their own goalie.  They made the turnover behind their goalie.

Process.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 01/11/19 at 08:14 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

It’s going to be…... Even I’m missing LOL

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 01/11/19 at 08:15 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

This is why you always try to get to the game early. 

Howdy, bitches!

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 01/11/19 at 08:16 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Need to see more of this from Zadina.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/11/19 at 07:48 PM ET

Nice!

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 01/11/19 at 08:17 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's Chair on 01/11/19 at 08:20 PM ET

calquake's avatar

This is why you always try to get to the game early.

I don’t know aboot you but I always got to the game early to get a ginger ale under my belt before opening face-off.  cheese

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 01/11/19 at 08:21 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Guy turned back right into helm…what’s he supposed to do

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/11/19 at 08:21 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

I’m always fashionably late. See what happens?  LGRW

Posted by cigar_nurse from On The mend for next season Greenville Pylons on 01/11/19 at 08:25 PM ET

Slumpy's avatar

Only one more season after this one to endure Errorson, unless golfing Kenny resigns him shock  My pick for GWG is Connor. Peg will net 2 PPGs with one by Trouba and lastly the 3rd Michigander Hellebucyk will either score an empty better or shutout our ” process” managed team.

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 01/11/19 at 08:32 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Oye!

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 01/11/19 at 08:36 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Bernie shuts them out the rest of the way, Wings score four straight.

Posted by RWBill on 01/11/19 at 08:39 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Bernie shuts them out the rest of the way, Wings score four straight.

I’ll have what he’s having.  tongue wink

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 01/11/19 at 08:40 PM ET

calquake's avatar

poop.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 01/11/19 at 08:43 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

0-2 with .8 seconds left. Ugly. shock

Posted by bigfrog on 01/11/19 at 08:43 PM ET

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craptacular

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 01/11/19 at 08:43 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

VANEK YES GOALLLLLLLLL

Wait..

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/11/19 at 08:43 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Well at least Vanek is scoring. /s

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 01/11/19 at 08:43 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

*sigh*

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 01/11/19 at 08:44 PM ET

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Hey….Vanek shot instead of passing for a change….. shut eye

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 01/11/19 at 08:44 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

00:00:00.6

... 0-2

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/11/19 at 08:44 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

shut eye I blame RWBill….. And Burn-Yay…... shut eye

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 01/11/19 at 08:44 PM ET

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