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Friday Deep Digging

The Wings are mystified at this season’s drop in attendance.

Shawn Windsor/Detroit Free Press

But too often lately, the Wings’ brass have looked out and seen chunks of empty seats.

“It’s hard to put your finger on it,” said Jimmy Devellano, the team’s senior vice president.

I’ve got ten fingers.

1.  Michigan’s economy
2.  Steve Yzerman in a suit.
3.  Brendan Shanahan in a Rangers suit.
4.  4 home games against St. Louis.
5.  4 home games against Columbus.
6.  Zero attempts to upgrade a JLA atmosphere that has grown stale
7.  Fan recognition that they’re being taken for granted
8.  The lockout and Gary Bettman
9.  Priorities: Christmas shopping or a trip to the Joe
10. The Punch In The Face

Devellano touches on a few of those, and I didn’t even mention one of his: the success of the Tigers. 

Ted Kulfan’s a bulldog.  He’s got Rory-gate in his teeth and he’s not letting go.

Vancouver fans have jumped aboard, too, and suddenly, Fitzpatrick has 428,832 votes, trailing Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer (447,502).

Lidstrom is third (427,364).

Voting ends Jan. 2.

“I saw the story a couple of weeks ago; it’s kind of a funny thing they’re doing,” said Lidstrom, who’s not bothered by the write-in campaign.

“It’s kind of funny. It’s not a big deal.”

The Detroit News’ Vartan Kupelian and Mike O’Hara (two writers I actually like) are handing out Christmas gifts.  The Wings?

The Red Wings: A division worthy of their tradition and history.

Kirk Maltby, Red Wings forward: A bounce and a goal, at least one more.

Ahhh…the O-6 division?  Keep beating the drum boys.  Or at least one that gets us to the Eastern Conference where the Wings belong.

MLive’s Danny Knobler touches on Mathieu Schneider’s hot streak, as well as the action-packed three gamer that starts against Minnesota tonite.

None of your deep diggers mentioned the idiocy of a Detroit/Minnesota back-to-back-to-back.

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