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Dive In Detroit

I was reminded of what it's like to be a fan of the Red Wings today. I was reminded of the pain that inherently accompanies being a fan of a team that has been the benchmark of success in a shoddily run league.  For a quarter century you and I knew, more than any other fan base, what it was like to truly feel that kind of stress, the kind that comes with playoff losses and OTs and all the other collateral aches we've been through. 

I was reminded of it today because I realized that the only thing that could possibly rival being a Wing fan during the playoffs is being a Lion fan during every, single regular season game. My god. 

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Striving For Mediocrity,Kenny

There's one team in the East. One.

It's Tampa and everyone else.  So, essentially, as we move toward the cruel winter months (it's 68 in Florida as I write this), the goal is not just to make the playoffs. No, Kenny, the goal is to get the 7 seed. Because the first round is a bye for Steve Yzerman's team, the team he manages now because you, Kenny, wouldn't, you know, leave the job you've proven incapable of doing anymore. 

Tampa and, probably, Pittsburgh.  And then everyone else. 

Tampa and Pittsburgh and, maybe, Toronto, the team coached, Kenny, by Mike Babcock because he didn't want to coach this team anymore because, you know, you don't have the ability to bring anyone to Detroit anymore. 

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Back In Business

It's been 11 days since the Wings played.

Well, it seems like that.  When you've got a bad BJ on a Saturday, days run together.

I know. Sorry. 

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Everybody who's ever bought a home knows this, but I'm going to say it again.

The only way to break in a new house is with a BJ.

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Holy Hell. It’s A Streak And It’s A Live Blog

Two in a row, sister. Two. In. A. Row.


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“1957 and Counting…”

That's the tail end of a text exchange between our Emperor and me, just minutes ago. As he's want to do on game days, Paul will send me a text gently reminding me that the Wings play tonight. I'll typically respond with, "with your permission, Emperor, I'd like to host a live blog, keeping in mind the restrictions you've placed on me not to pick on Ken Holland, the Diggers, George or Darrel  Evans' base running blunder in the '87 ALCS."

Tonight he granted that permission and felt the need to needle my sensitive transplanted underbelly, my soft spot for all Detroit sports teams. "They'll be on just as the Lions are about to lose." 

I responded mildly, to which he quoted the title of this specific Live Blog.

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Live Blog- Wings/Oilers

Last minute Paul here replacing your normal host.

Puck drops around 4:08pm ET which really feels like an hour later since the clock rolled back overnight.

Hopefully the Wings start on time, play a complete game and give Petr some support.

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Streaking Toward A Firing

GregG Krupa suggested that Jeff Blashill may be fired if the Wings "don't improve."

In pure digger form, he did not suggest that the Ilitch conglomerate fire Ken Holland, the most impotent general manager in all of hockey.

And, frankly, in true local form it was even suggested that Krupa's mentioning of firing Blashill was referred to as "challenges that Blashill faces". Because, far be it from the serious bloggers on this site to actually suggest we make drastic, necessary moves to improve this team.

Whatever. I'm far from serious. 

Well, I'm serious about what has happened to this team under the velvety soft hand of Ken Holland. I'm also serious about firing a coach if he deserves it, and saying so.

I'm not so sure he does deserve it, though. 

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Scary Times

Sometimes, on days like today, when the neighborhood kids are running around bloated and sugar-amped on Charleston Chews, I like to pretend my friend Willy Wonka is wobbling the streets handing out candy and wishes, along with half-off coupons to down river strip clubs where the fire trucks park on hot days and the puppies frolic without cares in the world.

Holidays are for dreaming. Halloween is for pretend games. Well, I've got a dream and I pretend a lot. 


This site, MyNHLTradeRumors, had a little ditty in it yesterday about a certain former Captain returning home to the bosom he nestled in across three decades.

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Nice Mike Babock…The Clock Is Ticking

Because, honsestly? The talent on this team does not equal the record.

And it hasn't for two years.

Jeff Blashill is a product of Ken Holland.

And some on this site actually recommend Todd Nelson? Haven't we played that song before? At what point do you admit to yourself that your infatuation with Holland and his "team of advisors" is just not competent?


Fire Holland Fire Blashill. Fire anyone remotely responsible for the state of this team. Loyalty ends where incompetency begins.

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About Abel to Yzerman

Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com


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