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08:05 AM ET 01.10 | Between significant retirements and the departure of Brad Stuart, Detroit will cope with more change than most over the shortened season, which leads to a bit of a chemistry experiment on the fly. [Mike Babcock] said he'll use his two-best players, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, on the same line at the start of the season, which is expected to begin with games at St. Louis Jan. 19 and Columbus Jan. 21, barring a change in the schedule. "They've been playing (in Europe) and they're in shape," Babcock said. "They play good together. Last year they started out slow, never got going." He said 26-year-old rookie Damien Brunner will start on that line. He's the leading scorer in the Swiss league, where he has formed great chemistry with Zetterberg.

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January 10, 2013  09:24 AM ET

just going to be an interesting season all around, isn't it?

January 10, 2013  09:35 AM ET

not the scoring I'm worried about..it's the back end

January 10, 2013  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

not the scoring I'm worried about..it's the back end

I think I heard this quote on Oz.

January 10, 2013  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I think I heard this quote on Oz.

or from Mike Piazza

January 10, 2013  10:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I think I heard this quote on Oz.

That's the kind of disgusting pornography we don't need here in the hockey T&R threads ;)

January 10, 2013  10:35 AM ET

Seriously, tho, how great is it for a rookie to get to play on a line with Datsyuk?

January 10, 2013  10:56 AM ET
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Seriously, tho, how great is it for a rookie to get to play on a line with Datsyuk?

Very.

January 10, 2013  10:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

That's the kind of disgusting pornography we don't need here in the hockey T&R threads ;)

Agreed. It's bad enough that Kingsley guy is showing Swampy's lover naked....

January 10, 2013  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I think I heard this quote on Oz.

I knew as soon as I hit Submit this was going to get that response CE...figured ....too late...already posted

January 10, 2013  11:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

That's the kind of disgusting pornography we don't need here in the hockey T&R threads ;)

what sort DO we need then?

January 10, 2013  11:42 AM ET
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what sort DO we need then?

Discreet, thoughtful and very numerous.

January 10, 2013  11:44 AM ET
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I knew as soon as I hit Submit this was going to get that response CE...figured ....too late...already posted

I'm not above picking the low hanging fruit. :-)

January 10, 2013  11:45 AM ET
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what sort DO we need then?

Indeed.

January 10, 2013  11:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Discreet, thoughtful and very numerous.

I can do 'very numerous' and maybe even 'thoughtful' but 'discreet' isn't happening.

January 10, 2013  11:57 AM ET
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what sort DO we need then?

If I could remember any lines from the Python skit about the DI who gets caught up in Elizabethan smut smuggling, I'd tell you.

January 10, 2013  11:58 AM ET
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Agreed. It's bad enough that Kingsley guy is showing Swampy's lover naked....

Odd that the mods don't remove your avatar.

January 10, 2013  12:09 PM ET

Well this thread went horney rather quickly.

January 10, 2013  12:11 PM ET

I don't know if this a fast start Wings or not, but if they lag out of the gate in this division, they might find themselves out before they know it.

January 10, 2013  12:17 PM ET
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Odd that the mods don't remove your avatar.

Well it is dead sexy.

 
January 10, 2013  12:19 PM ET
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If I could remember any lines from the Python skit about the DI who gets caught up in Elizabethan smut smuggling, I'd tell you.

Blackadder 3 has bit about a "stack of french ****" in it

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