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Where We Stand

Here’s an opinion.  Anyone agree?

At best, I would say the Wings are maybe at the top of middle of the pack, and if it all evens out after 82 games, probably headed for starting the first round on the road.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd from A. K. A. NostraGrampus on 11/09/10 at 05:03 PM ET

I’m no pharmacist, nor am I a closet Blues fan or admirer of Dave Tippetts, but if the Wings were to begin the playoffs on the road one of the following four teams would have to finish ahead of us:

Anaheim, Chicago, Columbus, Minnesota.  See a chance of that happening?  I mean, I know we’re a “middle of the pack” team.  And I know playing devil’s advocate is a nifty pasttime for some, but can any of you really see any of those four teams finishing in front of the Wings?  Or any of these? Dallas, San Jose, Phoenix, Denver, Calgary, Nashville?  They’re all below the St. Louis line now, missing the playoffs if they started today. 

And speaking of St. Louis, since that’s the message Gramps has been trying to pass to us the last couple weeks, are we ready for a coronation in November?  They’ve had a great start: 20 out of a possible 24 points.  Great goaltender.  Young, aggressive team.  Another coach Gramps is gonna claim is better than Uncle Mike.  All the ingredients, eh? 

Yep, everything necessary to get all the bitter bitch Blues fans lifting weights a few hours before game time so they can “feel alive”.  And all the ingredients that could very easily have us giggling like school girls when their souls are crushed for like the 40th consecutive year.

It’s November and the Wings won on Monday on real tired legs after getting four of six in Western Canada.  And now we’ll be lucky to secure home-ice in the first round?

Okaaay.

If you’re looking for something to legitimately worry about?  Don’t let it be the power play.  Not now, not with that talent.  If you want to start rocking in puddles of your own urine, consider just how bad this could have been….

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Yeah.  Vomit on that shit.  If Jimmy Howard goes down? We’re in trouble.  Trouble like, “miss the playoffs” trouble?  Fuch no.  We’re not Chicago or Pittsburgh.  Sitting pretty with 17 points after 17 games or 15 after 15.  Now that’s trouble.  But if Jimmah hits the shelf for an extended period of time we would be talking some pain.  Pain to the tune of at least three goals allowed. Every game. Consistently.  But even with the mediocre goaltending we’d be stuck with minus Howard, this team has enough talent to overcome a loss like that.  For a while.

We’re healthy.  We have an established sniper riding pine and the best four lines in hockey.  With Rafalski back, our blue line is as deep as anyone’s.  Big Rig looked good the other night and why shouldn’t we be optimistic that he can regain the form we saw two years ago?  Kronwall looks as offensively engergized as we’ve ever seen him.  Our PK is the best in hockey and I don’t care what the stats say.  No one is better on the kill than Eaves, Miller and Helm. And no one is as dangerous as Datsyuk and Zetterberg, even though Uncle Mike doesn’t play them as much as he used to.  And they never take penalties.  Our best killers stay out of the box.

Oh, and Draper’s still out?  What a quandary.

But, yeah, we’re “middle of the pack” and holy hell we’ll be starting on the road?  Shhheeeeeyitttttt.  I dig you Gramps, but that’s taking it a little far.

 

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HockeyTownTodd's avatar

Dammit. I thought there was a game tonight. I got home in a hurry to hook the laptop to the TV, logged into the pay site, and…..nada.
Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach

I’m watching the Blues in Columbus.
STL is flat, can’t do anything right. 
Jackets leading 3-0 after one.  .Blues outshot 12-6
Columbus is winning all the board battles.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 11/10/10 at 09:48 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

6-1 Jackets now.

Blues are a one-trick pony.

C’mon, Gramps, you had to see this coming.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 11/10/10 at 10:27 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Sorry, I wasn’t aware that the link has NSFW pics in it. I hadn’t scrolled down that far.
Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 11/10/10 at 05:34 PM ET

Which brings up an old joke.  Why do women have “mommy parts”?  So men will talk to them.

Posted by calquake on 11/10/10 at 10:46 PM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

Blues lost 8-1, worse, Oshie helped off the ice in the third on one leg.  If they lose him they’re done for the season.  They were already playing without Jackman and Perron.  They pulled Halak after 4, and Conklin gave up the next 4.  Neither one had any help at all from the team.
I can’t believe I watched the whole thing.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 11/10/10 at 11:50 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Oshie’s got a broken ankle and will need surgery. They’ve already gutted their AHL talent in call-ups. There’s nothing left in the tank.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 11/11/10 at 01:00 AM ET

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