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About Last Night: The Finland Chronicles

As previously noted, TPL headed over to Helsinki, Finland to take in a SM-liiga game between Jokerit and Saipa. Here are my raw, unedited and completely pointless ramblings from an evening of Finnish hockey… First Period 20:00 – We’ve made it.  Not quite a full house, but both end zones are boisterous and chanting. Jokerit […]

Sept. 25 :: Pond Hopping for Some Hockey

WHAT’S ALL THIS THEN? While everyone else in the blogosphere continues to suffer through the financial crisis known as the NHL lockout, TPL’s commitment to the game remains firm and unwavering. Simply: we go where the hockey is (or where the real jobs say we need to go.) So with the Nokia box on lockdown […]


Boom. Bears repeating once more: congratulations to @Ayronatthewings and her crew on the unbelievable pre-game show. It was the talk of the town during Game 3 — even gaining mentions by the NBC crew as “the best in the business.” If you didn’t have a chance to see it live, or online yesterday, please enjoy […]

Country Grammar: Previewing the Predators

Country Grammar: Two Ways. Take your pick. WHO’S THIS GUY? Wait, you don’t remember me? I don’t blame you. It’s been almost three months of Hollis-free TPL and I’m surprised Petrella and Disch even let me back in the front door. Three months of watching the Wings go from on top of the world to […]

Howard starts, Quincey sits, Nyquist still in

A bevy of quick updates — despite Coach Babcock’s insistence that “anyone who can’t play Wednesday can’t play Friday,” the Red Wings will turn to Jimmy Howard to start tonight’s game against the Nashville Predators. There goes my thought that they’d be concerned he’d get run against the likely first-round opponent. Perhaps Ty Conklin’s less-than-inspiring (SURPRISE!) performance against the […]

Franzen & Ericsson in; Mursak & Kindl out

Per Ansar Khan, both Johan Franzen and Jonathan Ericsson are healthy enough to return to action tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Franzen had missed the previous five with back spasms. Ericsson has missed 13 since fracturing his wrist against Colorado on February 25th. Jakub Kindl will be a healthy scratch (remember those?) on the […]

Q It To Me One More Time

Tonight, the Red Wings lost to the Vancouver Canucks by a score of 4-3 in a shootout. You know the old saying in the NHL: “after you’ve won 23 games at home, there’s no sense in being angry about losing the next one.” Oh, they don’t say that? That’s because it’s never been done before. […]

What to do with MacDonald — and other tidbits

Today, the Wings take on the Sharks in an attempt to stretch their record home win streak to 23. The goaltender that’s won the last five is none other than Joey MacDonald — who, after having taken over for Ty Conklin in Edmonton on the 4th, has played remarkably well. Jimmy Howard had this game […]

Feb 12 :: Clock strikes upon the hour…

A FEW STOLEN MOMENTS IS ALL THAT WE SHARE Tonight, the Red Wings reach for the record books. They’ve won 19 straight on home ice — one shy of the National Hockey League record. Some purists will tell you that Detroit’s version won’t mean as much, since there are a handful of shootout wins in […]