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Friday Deep Digging

Happy Friday youngsters. Snow is in the forecast for the seat of government. Just the mention of it is enough to throw DC traffic patterns into chaos. I know that interests you so I'll keep you updated. Before we get to the deep digging, a few comments on some comments

*Gramps suggested the term “Babblecock” be added to the A2Y glossary.  As some of you know, I pretty much do whatever Gramps suggests because if I don’t he’ll ridicule me and make me sad.  Also, that’s pretty damn funny.  Addition will be made this weekend.

*A few readers have asked about my reference to the ‘Wedding Singer’ when discussing Dwayne Klessel.  I suggest you check out the comments from Kohodonuts in this post. That pretty much explains it.  Nice glossy, Dwayne.

On to your superstars, your Murrows of Motown, your very own deep diggers.

We start with DD Captain Ansar Khan(!), who reminds us that while Wing representation in Dallas will be sparse, Detroit boasts the most currently prolific line in hockey.

Datsyuk has 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in his last nine games. Zetterberg has picked up at least one point in 15 of his last 16 games (seven goals, 14 assists). Holmstrom has nine goals in his last 10 games and 17 points in his last 14 games.

“We’ve been playing together since (mid-December) and you create a little chemistry,’’ Zetterberg said. “You know where everybody is on the ice and it gets a lot easier.’’

“They are our offensive power,’’ Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek said. “Pavel can handle the puck, he can prepare the chances. He’s one of the most skilled players in the NHL. Hank, the same thing. Homer does his job in front of the net. Last few games they do really well, that’s what we expect them to do. ‘’

Yep.  Hard to argue with that.  But, we saw that coming didn’t we?  Putting Datsyuk and Zetterberg together again would inevitably result in both catching fire, which is great.  But it also means less chances for others.  It’s hard to draw a correlation between that line’s recent success and the slumps of Lang and Cleary, but the facts are there. 

Our boy Buckets has one goal his last ten games, while his linemate R. Lang has five points and two goals his last ten.  Compare those numbers to the ten games prior (Lang: 9pts, 3G. Cleary: 8G). 

The Enigma has a theory.

Georgie Sipple/Detroit Free Press

“Before, he was really running hot,” Lang said. “Pretty much whatever he hit, it went in. It’s really nice if you’re in sort of a streak like that because you’re just flying high and literally, every shot you take, you have confidence it’s going to go in.

“I think right now he’s just ... had a couple unlucky bounces over his stick. That’s just the season. It comes and goes. Maybe it’ll take one going off his butt or shin to turn it around.”

With the BJ’s on tap, the butt may not even be necessary.  Cleary owns Columbus with seven goals in 4 games.

Former DD Captain Ted Kulfan relays a conversation with Ken Holland, who said the Wings are taking the Schneider situation slowly.

Holland said Thursday it would be unrealistic to believe Schneider could play right after the break (Jan. 26 in St. Louis). Holland believes the Jan. 28 game against Colorado is more realistic.

The Wings have the luxury of not rushing Schneider back into action.

Screw it. Keep him out until March if it means he’s healthy.  Schneider’s knee isn’t the problem. You want a problem? A healthy Lilja’s the problem. 

Back to Khan(!) and I’ll be damned if the Wings aren’t finally coming around to my way of thinking.  How about a Rocky reference from Kris Draper?

Holmstrom’s hot streak has prompted teammates to resurrect one of his nicknames.

“We call him Tommy Gunn when he’s hot, that’s why you’re hearing it a little more than early in the season,’’ Kris Draper said of the character name for boxer Tommy Morrison in Rocky V.

Baby steps.  We all know that if you need a strong, impact-making metaphor you don’t look to Rocky V…but, hey, it’s a start.  By the way, next time you watch Rocky (and yes, I mean the first one) check out the scene where Paulie’s going nutso with the bat, slinging it around like Balco’s very own Gary Sheffield.  There’s a picture of him on an end table in a Navy Chief uniform.  Not our proudest moment, but…

Finally, Chris Chelios.  AlanaH’s favorite Wing. 


The Wings play Nashville five more times, and Chris Chelios hopes referees are on the lookout for players who dive.

“Out of all the teams, they benefit the most from the new rules,’’ Chelios said. “They got a small, fast team, they like to embellish the dives, they got a whole quartet of those guys over there.’’

Chelios, who’s never hid his disdain for Paul Kariya, now with Nashville, once called the speedy forward the biggest diver in the league.

Man, we’re gonna miss that guy in 2012 when he retires.  Too bad Bubba won’t recognize the humor in that quote since the average Pred fan is thinking, “Quartet? Two ain’t that bad.”


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