Pledge Numbers

I know it goes without saying at this point, but I’m going to say it again: Detroit Red Wings fans are the most generous fans there are, and it shouldn’t surprise any of us to see that — once again — a group of dedicated wingnuts have pledged to donate a hefty sum to Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation later this week when we gather for H2H2.

Last year, at the inaugural Herm 2 Hockeytown, we were able to donate somewhere in the neighborhood of $6,000 — and that’s after the cost of bringing Herm to Hockeytown. Of that total, a little more than $2,500 came from TPL pledges, and we were all stunned at the success of what was essentially just a silly way to pass a few weeks and make a few games more interesting.

Truth be told, I was hoping to double that amount with this season’s pledge drive. We decided that we’d host the drive for twelve games, take as many propositions as we could handle and hope to come out on the other end able to give $5,000 to Children’s Hospital.

Well, you demolished that number. A few statistics:

:: We had 93 different pledgers.
:: When the pledges were typed onto a Word document, it spanned 17 pages.
:: In total, we received 517 different pledges to keep track of.
:: Every player was sponsored, should they score a goal — ranging from $17 for a Jakub Kindl goal to over $200 for a Johan Franzen goal.
:: Thanks to Darren McCarty’s tweeting of H2H2, we raised an additional $300.
:: Our top pledger, who wishes to remain anonymous, has pledged $1402. Second place, who also wishes to remain anonymous, has pledged $800.
:: In all, 27 different people pledged $100 or more.

In total, the twelve-game pledge period raised $8,894.62 for the Foundation. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We’ve received a handful of donations unrelated to the pledge drive, and we have a few things planned for the day of the event (bring your twenties!) and we should be able to surpass $10,000 if all goes well.

Congratulations, Red Wing Nation. That’s a massive number — particularly in a time when the economy isn’t very strong and every penny counts in your home, like it does in mine. Those of us that are lucky enough to be involved with H2H2 on a coordinating level can’t thank you enough for your insane generosity and creativity during the pledge drive. I don’t know what 2012 has in store for the event, but I’m looking forward to hosting this pledge drive again — and counting more and more propositions for you. It’s been my pleasure.

Loss Candy :: Time for an “Adjustment”

I have nothing to say. What a craptastic way to end the road trip and lead us in to H2H2. Petrella will have more on the pledges at some point, but for now I’ll let the loss candy do the talking.

Tonight’s offering is based on “The Adjustment Bureau,” which Petrella and I both saw this weekend.

Emily Blunt for the lads.

Matt Damon for everyone else.

Good night.

Mar. 5 :: And so Isildur cursed them…

On two occasions before turning 13, I was asked for Elijah Wood's autograph.

Never to rest until they had fulfilled their pledge.
So, it’s come to this… the final pledge game in our twelve-game fundraising marathon. You’ve done well, Hockeytown, already pledging more than $7,000 to Children’s Hospital for H2H2 — but two lackluster performances in a row from our heroes on the ice have only yielded a few hundred bucks. We’re all hoping for an offensive onslaught tonight… particularly the children who will benefit from your generosity.

If ever there was a time for an outrageous pledge, or a proposition that could raise an extra couple dollars, send it our way. Leave it in the comments, send us an e-mail, tweet us @TPLhockey or @H2Hockeytown2. We’ll get it, and we’ll add it to the total.

After tonight’s game, I’ll be up late tabulating totals and e-mailing all of our generous pledgers with details about completing their donations. Once again, a sincere thank you on behalf of The Production Line and from the H2H2 planning committee.

WHAT’S ALL THIS THEN?
Red Wings and Coyotes. 8pm, Saturday night in Glendale.

NOW WHERE WERE WE?
This is the fourth and final matchup between the Wings and Dogs. Two of the three prior games went to overtime, with Detroit winning both. The Coyotes won the only regulation decision. The most recent game was November 8th, a 3-2 victory for Jimmy Howard and the Winged Wheelers.

BEST NAME NOMINEE
Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

THEIR LAST GAMES
:: Detroit didn’t give much of an effort on Thursday night, losing 3-1 to San Jose.
:: Phoenix dropped a 1-0 loss to the Kings on Thursday.

EXPECTED LINEUP
By special request, the TPL Glossary is ready to jailsex your eyes.
Datsyuk — Zetterberg — Holmstrom
Scuttles — Filppula — Franzen
Cleary — Modano — Thunderchief
Abdelkader — Helm — Miller

Lidstrom — Stuart
Kronwall — Ericsson
Cirque — Kindl

Howard
MacDonald

Holy Shit, There’s a Scratch?!
Kris Draper

Injuries
Brian Rafalski [back/day-to-day]
Patrick Eaves [leg/day-to-day]
Chris Osgood [groin/March]

The TPL Name Game “Three Stars”
Disch: Jiri “What Service Could a Hobbit Offer Such a Great Lord of Men” Hudler / Doug “A Fool…But an Honest Fool, He Remains” Janik
Petrella: Jiri “Master Must Go Inside the Tunnel” Hudler
Hollis: Mickey “That Blade Was Broken!” Redmond
*Now it’s up to you! Think up your best names and throw them in the comments — the best one will be shared for all to enjoy on the TPL Facebook Page. The best of the best will be pitted against one another at season’s end, and the winner takes home a TPL Shirt of their choice.*

TIDBITS
:: Joey MacDonald played admirably, aside from his Chris Osgood-against-the-Sharks-like gaffe, but he’s no Jimmy Howard, and I’m certain even he’d admit that. It’ll be nice to get the starter back in the net, hopefully refreshed, and hopefully looking forward to his new two year, $4.5M deal that kicks in next year.
:: New look forward lines. And by that, I mean old look. Zetterberg/Datsyuk/Holmstrom on the ones, Hudler on the twos, with Bertuzzi on the threes. Let’s see where this goes.
:: Henrik Zetterberg has very quietly climbed to fifth in the league in scoring with 69 points. He’s ten points behind the leader (the pretty Sedin). Interestingly, Pavel Datsyuk is sixth in the league in points-per-game, having played 19 fewer games than most of the leaders, but still securing 52 points.
:: PREDICTION — Wings 5, Coyotes 1. A big one for the kids. And also… Hollis took our obligatory “once every three games, we must predict a loss” grenade for us. Thanks, boss!

WHAT WE LEARNED AGAINST THE SHARKS
Goddammit, Dany Heatley.

The Pipeline: Cory Emmerton

With all the talent coming up through the Red Wings system, there’s plenty of unique stories, personalities and talents to share, and we here at TPL are doing our part to bring those to you via “The Pipeline.”

It’s time for another installment of “The Pipeline” and this time the guys welcome in current Grand Rapids Griffin and occasional Red Wing call-up Cory Emmerton. In his third full season in Hockeytown West, Emmerton has all the tools to be a skilled forward in the NHL, and we touch on some of the nice things Coach Babcock and the organization have to say about his future in red and white. On a day off before back-to-backs with Rochester, Cory was kind enough to take a few minutes to chat with us about hockey in the AHL, what it was like to net his first big league goal, and where his allegiance lies in the Great Portman / Kunis Dust-Up. He’s a great kid and we had a lot of fun with him — we hope to check in with him again before the end of the season.

*A big thanks to Cory Emmerton, Randy Rice, and the Grand Rapids Griffins for being so gracious and accommodating.

Photo courtesy of The Detroit News

Loss Candy :: Are You Surprised?

Final

3-1 SanJo (Hi Mr. P!)

Thoughts

Do I really need to go through this game again? I think it was pretty easy to see where things went wrong last night. A red-hot team in their own barn conspired against the Wings from the start, and when you add no jump from the Wings and sloppy play, the result speaks for itself. Frankly, I chalked this one up to the loss column as soon as I heard Joey Mac was getting the nod between the pipes, yet he was one of the bright spots (save for the third goal) on the night for the Wings so I suppose I could shove that in my pipe and smoke it. In fact, I’ll just blame the Shitbox for the third goal so that I can say I was proved wrong about something last night.

But that’s the problem: this Wings team is predictable. They’ve been predictable since the calendar rolled into 2011 and they continue to show up, put in 50% effort and watch as teams that are fighting for playoff spots beat them. The Wings have the ability to strike fast and often, but they seem more interested in getting on the bus and getting back to the hotel than they do winning games. Is it time to panic? No. Sure, it’s not alot of fun to watch right now, but this is what happens over an 82 game season. And while it sucks to watch teams like San Jose stay red hot, that doesn’t mean anything when the playoffs come around. If the Wings want to fiddle around and take their sweet time getting into form, that’s up to them. All it means is that it’ll be another two weeks of painful hockey with a few wins interspersed with some ugly losses, but the hope is that they’ll kick the tires and light the fires heading into April and roll into the playoffs with a head of steam.

Will it happen? Who knows. It’s been a season of predictability with this team, but the motivation level of the Wings is one thing we may never completely understand.

Loss Candy

(Ed. note: Swedish themed today to celebrate my dominance over IKEA furniture this week.)

Boys: Say hello to Petra Silander.

Ladies: Enjoy the view that is Beiron Andersson.

Mar. 3 :: His brother was a ’59, Fred Dorfman.

Unreleased photo of Ruslan Salei after last night's game...

He said legacies usually get asked to pledge automatically.
Ten pledge games down with only a pair of chances left to send your moneyz to the children. Last night’s tilt with the Ducks didn’t do a whole lot to pad the coffers and the pledges are pretty darn thin for tonight’s game, so we are looking for you guys to pump up the volume and make some shit happen.

Shoot us an e-mail and let us know, we’ll get you added to the chart.

WHAT’S ALL THIS THEN?
Red Wings and SanJo, Thursday at 10:30pm Eastern.

NOW WHERE WERE WE?
It’s the last of four meetings this season, and the visiting team has won every single time. The last meeting was an uninspired 20 minute performance from the Wings, resulting in a 4-3 San Jose victory at Joe Louis Arena on Feb. 22.

BEST NAME NOMINEE
Brandon Mashinter. Sounds like something you do after a heavy meal. Or before you prepare to go into battle.

THEIR LAST GAMES
:: Detroit lost 2-1 in an early, one-team shootout last night against Anaheim.
:: San Jose dropped the Avs 2-1 in a more traditional, two-team shootout on Tuesday.

EXPECTED LINEUP
By special request, the TPL Glossary is ready to jailsex your eyes.
Mulo — Zetterberg — Thunderchief
Scuttles — Datsyuk — Cleary
Filppula — Modano — Holmstrom
Draper — Helm — AbdelMiller (One of the two will play.)

Lidstrom — Stuart
Kronwall — Ericsson
Cirque — Kindl

MacDonald
Howard

Holy Shit, There’s a Scratch?!
Whoever loses the coin flip between Justin Abdelkader and Drew Miller

Injuries
Brian Rafalski [back/day-to-day]
Patrick Eaves [leg/day-to-day]
Chris Osgood [groin/March]

The TPL Name Game ”Three Stars”
Disch: <<off the reservation, on vacation>>
Petrella: Ville “May I Have Ten Thousand Marbles Please” Leino
Hollis: Jiri “It’s Not Gonna Be An Orgy! It’s A Toga Party” Hudler
*Now it’s up to you! Think up your best names and throw them in the comments — the best one will be shared for all to enjoy on the TPL Facebook Page. The best of the best will be pitted against one another at season’s end, and the winner takes home a TPL Shirt of their choice.*

TIDBITS
:: After all the hype about Johan Franzen being motivated by the birth of his son, The Mule tried to do his part to spark the Wings last night, leading the team with 7 shots. Sadly, he was also -1 in 16:39 of ice time.
:: Somebody needs to cover Devin Setoguchi.
:: After taking to the road for most of February, the Sharks are settling in to the Tank for the rest of the season. They just started a six game home stand, and 12 of their final 18 games will be played in front of the teal clad fans. Oh yea, they’ve won six in a row at home. On the bright side, the Wings have won three straight regular season decisions at HP Pavillion, so something’s gotta give tonight.
:: Unfortunately, that “give” may be between the pipes, as Joey Mac gets the nod from Babbles tonight. MacDonald has lost both career decisions against the Sharks.
:: PREDICTION: I want to say that the Wings will come out firing and make a statement, but I’m just not feeling it. The Wings are surrendering an average of  35 shots per game to the Sharks this season, which means you need a goalie who can keep you in the game between the pipes. I like Joey Mac…but not in this one. 5-2 Sharks with the curbstomp.

WHAT WE LEARNED AGAINST THE DUCKS
If you fail to take advantage of the power play, the power play advantage will fail you. Write that down.

Loss Candy :: Share the Blame

Final

2-1 Ducks in OT (Hi Mr. P)

Thoughts

  • Of course, we’ll start with the the play of the night: Ruslan Salei’s “hooking” call in OT on the Ryan breakaway. There’s not a doubt in my mind that it was the wrong call and it seems like every single person in the Wings locker room had their say about it. In fact, the only time I’m ever heard the term “toe-pick” used as much as it was during the postgame last night was during the figure skating competition at the Winter Olympics. It was a soft call and the timing was unfortunate, but there’s something to be said for the fact that Larry Murphy quickly agreed with the call on the broadcast and then backtracked only after he saw the replay. These things happen quickly and Kozari made the call he thought he saw on what was ultimately a “bang-bang” play where Salei’s stick caught Ryan’s arm and a second later Ryan was flailing onto the ice. Bad calls happen all the time, and this one definitely falls into that camp. The only shame is that it came in OT and ended up deciding the game. If it happens during regulation, people are still pissed off this morning but just not on the same level. Brush it off and move on.
  • The REAL travesty of the game was the Wings going 1 for 9 on the power-play, including coming away with zilch after a 93 second 2-man advantage. Inexcusable, especially when you are on the road and situations like that are few and far between. The Wings made no qualms about the fact that ice conditions may have played a part in their ineffectiveness, but give me a break. Those excuses don’t fly when it’s March and teams are battling you to find their way into the playoffs. Play through it and execute. Excuses aren’t for winners and the Red Wings know that because they have TigerBlood running through their veins. They have magic coming from their fingertips. It’s time to take this tin can and turn it into gold. It’s time be the F-18 and deploy their ordinance.
  • No, Charlie Sheen is not your loss candy. He’s just so hot right now with all of his awesome rants that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to throw some quotes and a photo in there.

No rest for the weary as the Wings head to SanJo to face the Sharks. Pre-game is coming in a bit, but in the meantime…

Loss Candy

Izabel Goulart, meet the TPL readers.

Ladies: Reynaldo Gianecchini is waiting for you.

Mar. 2 :: Oh, G.W.?

Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks displaying how he feels about Corey Perry

My brother-in-law got his doctorate there. Did you pledge?
Nine pledge games down, three more to go. We’ve eclipsed last year’s fundraising total, but we’ve got our eyes squarely focused on a big number. Just a shade under $6,300 so far, and there are some fun pledges in play for tonight — mostly having to do with punches being landed on Corey Perry’s dumb face. Unfortunately, Perry may not be playing tonight, presumably after tweaking his vagina in practice, so we’ll have to do our best to hold Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan scoreless.

A seventh road win in a row is worth over $100 already… anyone else want to chip in a few bucks for that? Or perhaps a few bucks for holding Getzlaf scoreless? Or for more Datsyuk magic? Shoot us an e-mail and let us know, we’ll get you added to the chart.

WHAT’S ALL THIS THEN?
Red Wings and Ducks, Wednesday at 10pm Eastern.

NOW WHERE WERE WE?
This is the fourth and final regular season matchup between the two clubs. Detroit has won the first three, most recently a 4-0 victory on December 3rd. Howard had his second shutout of the season against Anaheim, and goals were scored by Cleary, Franzen, Filppula, and Homer.

BEST NAME NOMINEE
Big Sexy, Dan Sexton, is back in Anaheim. Sound the horn.

THEIR LAST GAMES
:: Detroit won their sixth road game in a row, a 7-4 victory in Los Angeles on Monday.
:: Anaheim beat Colorado 3-2 on Sunday.

EXPECTED LINEUP
By special request, the TPL Glossary is ready to jailsex your eyes.
Mulo — Zetterberg — Thunderchief
Scuttles — Datsyuk — Cleary
Filppula — Modano — Holmstrom
Abdelkader — Helm — Miller

Lidstrom — Stuart
Kronwall — Ericsson
Cirque — Kindl

Howard
MacDonald

Holy Shit, There’s a Scratch?!
Kris Draper

Injuries
Brian Rafalski [back/day-to-day]
Patrick Eaves [leg/day-to-day]
Chris Osgood [groin/March]

The TPL Name Game “Three Stars”
Disch: <<off the reservation, on vacation>>
Petrella: Jiri “I Wish I Were Big” Hudler / Jonathan “It’s a Glow in the Dark Compass Ring. So You Don’t Get Lost” Ericsson
Hollis: Jonathan “I’m Much Better at Video Hockey” Ericsson
*Now it’s up to you! Think up your best names and throw them in the comments — the best one will be shared for all to enjoy on the TPL Facebook Page. The best of the best will be pitted against one another at season’s end, and the winner takes home a TPL Shirt of their choice.*

TIDBITS
:: The Red Wings didn’t make any moves on Monday’s Trade Deadline — but they did sign goaltender Jimmy Howard to a two-year extension. Tiberius was set to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, and the Wings made it clear that they intended to keep him, and hoped they could come together on a fair term and salary. He’ll make $2.25M in each of the next two seasons.
:: Speaking of the deadline, Anaheim did what Anaheim does: add more assholes to an asshole-filled lineup. New Ducks Brad Winchester, Brian McGrattan, Jarkko Ruutu, Ray Emery, and Dan Ellis will help goon and caviar it up in southern California.
:: While watching highlights the other day, I saw a Ducks defenseman get burned straight through the middle of the ice. They showed a replay from another angle, and — YUP — it was Andreas Lilja. Todd Diamond says hello.
:: The December 3rd game played by these two teams was the fastest game in the NHL this season, taking just over two hours.
:: Jimmy Howard is 11-0-0 in his last eleven road decisions.
:: Today is Jonathan Ericsson’s 27th birthday. League sources say his gift was NOT BEING TRADED on Monday.

WHAT WE LEARNED AGAINST THE KINGS
NHL teams are capable of scoring when you stop trying.