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For the Red Wings, now ‘s*** gets real’

Per the Los Angeles Times' Helene Elliott:

The Dallas Stars defeated San Jose 2-1, and I just watched the shootout--damned shootout--deliver a 3-2 win for Columbus over the Minnesota Wild, and the Blue Jackets are now tied with 9th-place Detroit, too.

All teams have 45 points. Both the Red Wings and Stars have played 41 games, and Columbus has played 42, so they're technically in 10th place due to the "game in hand" and the fewer Regulation-or-OT-Wins.

That "ROW" tiebreaker is huge now, and the Stars have 19 ROWs, Detroit has 17 ROWs and Columbus has 14 ROWs.

The Wings face a playoff-spoiler Predators team both on Sunday and the 25th, they face the doormat Flames on Wednesday the 17th, a revenge-minded Canucks team on Saturday the 19th, and they play a Monday-Wednesday-Thursday slate of home games against the Coyotes on the 21st, Los Angeles on the 24th, the aforementioned Predators on the 25th, and they end the season...With a road game in Dallas, against the Stars, on Saturday, April 27th.

Detroit needs to start stringing a slate of games together now, starting with Sunday night's road game in Nashville and continuing during their Western Candian road trip. There's no other choice here.

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If the reality of the situation hasn’t truly, TRULY sunk in yet, it should now. It’s arrogant of me to assume anything about the level of effort or commitment on the part of the players…but still…the further they slip, the more desperate they should feel.

Whether it results in them playing better is another matter, but at least it will have some kind of psychological effect on them…

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 04/13/13 at 10:29 PM ET

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Dallas has had a fire under their butts since they were sellers at the trade deadline.  Whoever thinks the Wings have an easy schedule ahead had better think again.

Posted by gt500x on 04/13/13 at 10:31 PM ET

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Whether it results in them playing better is another matter, but at least it will have some kind of psychological effect on them…

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 04/13/13 at 11:29 PM ET

They should be no more desperate today than they were Thursday and Friday nights.  The thing about the Wings though is that they can be desperate and not play desperate, or not what we think desperate should look like—the Wings seem to have their own form of desperation.  Whether it’s in the DNA of the players, the style that their forced to play, or the team’s culture there is something that needs to be tweeked.

Posted by gt500x on 04/13/13 at 10:40 PM ET

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Dallas has had a fire under their butts since they were sellers at the trade deadline.  Whoever thinks the Wings have an easy schedule ahead had better think again.

Posted by gt500x on 04/13/13 at 11:31 PM ET

I like our team.

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 04/13/13 at 10:49 PM ET

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I like our team.

Kicked the tires…nothing doing

Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Nyc by way of A2 on 04/13/13 at 11:36 PM ET

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Just watched Joey Mac, Huds and the rest of the Calgary Flames stomp all over Edmonton on HNIC. Calling them doormats is deceptive because they are now a young, loose, care free team scoring in bunches.

The Red Wings dug their own grave ... might as well let them lie in it for a while.

At the beginning of the season we knew that our defence would be the big problem this year. The ‘stay at home’ defencive defenceman roll has been fixed with the arrival of Lashoff and the late signing of DeKeyser.

Puck moving first pass making defencemen has NOT been fixed and the struggles of Smith in particular can and should be blamed on whomever decided to leave him in Grand Rapids until the last few weeks of last season.  He should have been here ALL year to soak up as much knowledge from Lidstrom as possible.

Ian White has struggled, Coli has been injured most of the season as anticipated, and Queasy just plain suxxx and needs to go.  The last few games Kindl looks like he’s snapping out of his funk and I just can’t find the proper words to describe Ericsson.

We won’t make the playoffs this season, and if there aren’t some major moves made over the summer to patch things up while our plethora of defencive prospects over-ripen, next season is going to be a struggle as well.

Granted, most teams really hit the shitcan and aren’t even close to the playoffs while they rebuild or “re-tool”, but we here in Detroit are a spoiled bunch and see it as an embarrassment not being one of the top 16 teams in the league on an annual basis.

If this is as bad as it gets without Rafi & Lids & Stuie then we kinda sorta should be thankful ... as difficult as it is to watch.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 04/14/13 at 12:13 AM ET

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Won’t it be embarrassing when we’re the only Original Six team to miss the playoffs this year? Datsyuk is already discussing his summer plans on his Facebook page, fer chrissakes.

Posted by harken23 on 04/14/13 at 12:14 AM ET

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It won’t be embarrassing for me.  The league is designed this way.  It’s our turn to take a trip down to the valley.  We had fun on top.  Now it’s time to take care of this rebuilding business.  One tear in the bucket—fuch it.

Posted by gt500x on 04/14/13 at 12:30 AM ET

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I really hate the “parity” bettman and his lackey’s created through the last few two lockouts.

Shootouts decide playoff spots and most teams are equal=yawn league.

Only time will tell if Holland holding onto ALL of his prospects at the trade deadline paid off.
I see a guy like Pominville a 30 goal scorer could be helping us instead but I guess Kenny thinks the prospects Buffalo wanted were future 30+ goal scorers too.

The Dallas Stars are scary good lately. Mixture of vets and Eakin and Dillon, and who’s this Chiasson kid? Bachman Turner Overdrive needs to lay off the cowbell and have a bad game soon. Come back to earth moonbeam.

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 04/14/13 at 01:08 AM ET

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Three words for Wings fans:

Let’s Go Griffins.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 04/14/13 at 01:51 AM ET

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Oh Slumpy ... you said the magic word ... parity.

I agree with you 100% ... it’s hard to believe how one person can take such an exciting sport and make it sooooo fuching boring.

Bettman’s thinking was, if all teams we held to a salary limit, then all teams would be close to equal in talent level, therefore all games would be equally close and super exciting and new “rivalries” would develop in places they wouldn’t otherwise have a chance of developing.

Unfortunate for the Evil Troll ... none of his brilliant advisers suggested to him the exact opposite could happen ... hockey games could become so identical and repetitive and boring that it didn’t matter which logos were on the sweaters.

Not only that ... they’ve managed to add new rules and penalties so you can’t even touch another player let alone hit them.  How are you supposed to hate someone if you can’t hit them ???

How are rivalries supposed to develop if players don’t do something stupid to each other and cause controversy ??

The NHL has become a league who’s success is defined by its referees and a nightly skills competition in the form of the shootout.

I’m beginning to understand why some of the Russian players have gone back home to play in the KHL ... and I’m beginning to understand why Pavel Datsyuk may become another player to do so.

Every time some league official or team executive calls the NHL the “best hockey league in the world” I feel this bright ray of sunshine shoot right up my ass.

Maybe if they turned the clock back 30 years and played with the rules as they were in the early 80’s I’d feel differently.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 04/14/13 at 04:05 AM ET

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none of his brilliant advisers suggested to him the exact opposite could happen ... hockey games could become so identical and repetitive and boring that it didn’t matter which logos were on the sweaters.

With record TV ratings and maximum attendance and revenues, I think your theory has been shown to be false. Just maybe your whining comes from the fact that your favorite team has failed to adjust to the new marketplace. If your GM did a better job, your team wouldn’t be struggling. Shootout wins are meaningless if your team is competitive. They only matter if the team is on the margin.

Posted by timbits on 04/14/13 at 10:30 AM ET

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I suspect DET won’t see 8th place again this season.  These last two SOL’s were it, and it’s deserved because the team simply is not very good.  Ken Holland’s done a poor job maintaining the roster. Darren Helm having a full season may have bought them an extra point or two in the standings, but I don’t know that it would have even been enough.

That’s not to say the “kids” aren’t going to be good.  But it’s not enough to fill the holes any time soon, it’s just not.  Unless Kenny has a major coup up his sleeve (aka, he knows Shea Weber still wants out of NAS and is preparing to make an offer they can’t refuse knowing they won’t even be in the same conference any more, or something of that magnitude), there just isn’t help coming this offseason.

And that’s what sucks the most.  Truthfully, I’d be fine with missing the playoffs this year if it looked better for making them next year.

Posted by Primis on 04/14/13 at 10:33 AM ET

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Won’t it be embarrassing when we’re the only Original Six team to miss the playoffs this year?

No, it won’t.

21 years in the playoffs. That’s unbelievable.

What we are seeing this year is what the ‘experts’ were saying was going to happen every year since 1999. The fact we are witnessing this year what many expected to happen 14 years ago is nothing short of amazing.

C’mon, guys, lay off the team a bit.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/14/13 at 10:54 AM ET

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timbits ...

at 53, I think I’m a little past the age of having a “favorite” team.

I’m also old enough to know that the greater majority of hockey “fans” have their heads up their asses and wouldn’t know good hockey from bad.

I’m also old enough to know the line of Delvecchio, Mahovalich, and Howe would beat the crap out of Gretzky and anyone else they decide to throw on the ice.

If the 2nd coming of “The Production Line” isn’t good enough then you could always fall back on the originals.  Either way, Gordie Howe is involved and 95% of the people watching hockey today never saw him play.

Don’t be fooled by todays attendance and TV numbers. They mean nothing when it comes to quality of the game being played.  It just means we have to endure Gary Bettman being commissioner that much longer.

I could go on much longer ... I could bring up things like the poor education level of our current generation ... or the fact The Tea Party was even allowed to have a voice let alone become the dominant force in the Republican Party ... I could bring up a lot of stupid shit that goes on today that would all relate back to the education level or ‘quality’ of today’s bandwagon NHL ‘fan’ ... but I won’t ... not here. Maybe a personal blog entry will touch on this someday.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 04/14/13 at 01:47 PM ET

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at 53, I think I’m a little past the age of having a “favorite” team.

Somehow I don’t think this is true, consider you have a spinning puck with a Wings emblem.

As for what passes as popular I can agree to some degree. However, I think it is a cop out to blame Bettman for bad personnel decisions by the GM.

Posted by timbits on 04/14/13 at 02:52 PM ET

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