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Red Wings-Blackhawks live blog: Is it about message sending? Yeah, from Detroit, to Detroit

Amidst near-calculus level equations and talk of Chris Osgood’s desire to continue playing, hype, Henrik Zetterberg panic-mongering and Mike Modano reiterating his wavering toward retiring, at least if the Wings go on a long playoff run, the Detroit Red Wings face off against the Chicago Blackhawks shortly (7:30 PM, FSD/CSN Chicago/Versus) knowing that they can either eliminate a potential playoff opponent or give the defending Stanley Cup champs all sorts of momentum while definitively losing home-ice advantage for the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Given the Wings’ very mediocre record since, um, January, the Red Wings can’t catch themselves worrying too much about their opponents or the implications of wins or losses for anyone but themselves as a team that still can’t shake the injury bug plays in its final two dress rehearsals before the playoffs begin.

Forget the hype, forget the pundits’ pre-playoff panic-mongering and make the Hawks’ playoff hopes a memory, Wings. That’s your job tonight and on Sunday.

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Red Winger's avatar

Okay, bitches, it’s been Crown and water since three…let’s blog!

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/08/11 at 09:03 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

...or not

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/08/11 at 09:10 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Stats:

Game summary: Stephen Walkom and Chris Lee are our refs;

Event summary;

Faceoffs;

Play by play;

Chicago’s time on ice;

Detroit’s time on ice;

Rosters;

Shot summary.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/08/11 at 09:11 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

GJM, tradition has it that we LB on A2Y, right?

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/08/11 at 09:18 PM ET

calquake's avatar

I’m here and I’m qu… ite ready for the game.  Let’s hope the Wings are too.

Posted by calquake on 04/08/11 at 09:20 PM ET

Gabriel's avatar

Stonehands, was just about to e-mail George about that.  It’s all good as far as I’m concerned, but I got confused looking for it…when it comes to ritualistic behavior, I’m like Rain Main without the math thing.

Posted by Gabriel from San Diego, CA on 04/08/11 at 09:21 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Sup bitches?  LB on TMR.  Party on.

Who’s feed will Versass go with tonight?

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 04/08/11 at 09:24 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Much like the Wings in their defensive zone, we seem disorganized tonight.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/08/11 at 09:27 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

I posted it on the wrong blog and can’t undo it. Sorry :(


Starters and scratches:

For Chicago:

Patrick Sharp-Jonathan Toews-Patrick Kane

Duncan Keith-Brent Seabrook

In goal: Corey Crawford

For Detroit:

Danny Cleary-Pavel Datsyuk-Johan Franzen

Nicklas Lidstrom-Brad Stuart

In goal: Jimmy Howard

The refs, again, are Stephen Walkom and Chris Lee.

We’ve got Draper, Zetterberg and Kronwall sitting; the Hawks have Jordan Hendry, Marcus Kruger, Troy Brouwer, John Scott and Dave Bolland out.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/08/11 at 09:28 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

I’m in. Lets make lil brother cry a little.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/08/11 at 09:30 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

It’s OK, George.  Someone put the word out on A to Y.

Let’s get fuching mental!

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/08/11 at 09:32 PM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

Paysite carrying FSD.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 04/08/11 at 09:34 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

I’m placing the over under on Hawk penalties called tonite at 2.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/08/11 at 09:35 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

George, is South Lyon your home town?  I grew up in Chelsea, and South Lyon was in our conference for high school sports.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/08/11 at 09:36 PM ET

Gabriel's avatar

Too close for comfort?  Yeah…for the league.  You’ve got to expect they’ll win the next two games due to more kicked pucks.

Posted by Gabriel from San Diego, CA on 04/08/11 at 09:36 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

I’m placing the over under on Hawk penalties called tonite at 2.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/08/11 at 07:35 PM ET

I’m hoping we score so many goals it won’t matter.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/08/11 at 09:37 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Evenin’ bitches. Thanks for having us, George.

Let’s Roll.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/08/11 at 09:37 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

newman belting her lungs out. game on eh?

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 04/08/11 at 09:37 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

I say,

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/08/11 at 09:37 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Have any of the Wings games on Versucks been FSD this year?

Posted by calquake on 04/08/11 at 09:39 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

Let’s DO this.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by sjketcheson from Ottawa on 04/08/11 at 09:39 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Well, that’s a great start.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/08/11 at 09:39 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Good lord

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/08/11 at 09:39 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

well what the ‘ell was that?!!

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 04/08/11 at 09:39 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Of course VS uses the Cawks feed.

Great start.  Fuch.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 04/08/11 at 09:39 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Pavel’s turnover too.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/08/11 at 09:39 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Giveaway by Dats… WTF?

Posted by calquake on 04/08/11 at 09:40 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

Is this going to be unwatchable?! Jeebus

Posted by sjketcheson from Ottawa on 04/08/11 at 09:40 PM ET

Gabriel's avatar

I’m in. Lets make lil brother cry a little.

What that tears of joy? Maybe laughter?

Posted by Gabriel from San Diego, CA on 04/08/11 at 09:40 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

um, .... right

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/08/11 at 09:40 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

See why I drink??

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 04/08/11 at 09:40 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

  I’m in. Lets make lil brother cry a little.

What that tears of joy? Maybe laughter?

Ideally an indian burn…but this clearly isn’t the way to start

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/08/11 at 09:41 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Game’s in Detroit, so naturally we have the Hawks announcers.  tongue laugh

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/08/11 at 09:42 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

OK, Wings enough with the giveaways.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/08/11 at 09:43 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Evening bitches.  So much for starting on time.  Hate to say it, but this is exactly what I was expecting.  I hate to sound all emo, but the realist in me isn’t allowing much optimism for this year’s cup “walk”.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/08/11 at 09:43 PM ET

Norskirama's avatar

I had a deja vu about the start of this game, or was it a dream.  It’ll be a nightmare if I have to keep listening to these yahoos, Icky Eddie.  Yuck

Posted by Norskirama from Lincoln, Nebraska on 04/08/11 at 09:44 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Towes get it in the jewels?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/08/11 at 09:44 PM ET

calquake's avatar

year’s cup “walk”.

Make that “limp” and I’m with ya.

Posted by calquake on 04/08/11 at 09:45 PM ET

Alzy's avatar

Can someone please answer me this question: why are they btohering to play these last two games? It’s obvious they don’t give a shit, so why bother risking injury? Why don’t they just forefit them? That’s pretty much what they’re doing anyways, playing to like 15% of their potential.

This fuching team is a joke, and I’m not talking about Detroit. The wings should obliterate them every single time. They have a shit goaltender, two NHL lines and two IHL lines and an overrated as hell defence. This should be a cakewalk for a 100% playing level Red Wings team.

Posted by Alzy from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada on 04/08/11 at 09:45 PM ET

Gabriel's avatar

Game’s in Detroit, so naturally we have the Hawks announcers.

Yeah, but we get gems like “The Captain trying to do anything and everything he can to…help…his team…succeed…”

You don’t get that kind of insight from Ken and Mick.

Posted by Gabriel from San Diego, CA on 04/08/11 at 09:45 PM ET

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