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Good God I’m A Genius

I’ve considered some serious research the last two nights, scouring the geek stat sites, flipping through thumb charts, even dipping into the book report I did on the 2003 draft.  Wanna see it?  It’s right here for you to peruse.

My intent?  To provide you with some quality, unbiased, fact-based predictions you can take to the bank and impress your neighbors with.

That was the intent. But I got bored looking at stats, so I got wasted instead.

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A2Y To Emrick:  We Apologize

Yesterday I blasted a pretty good guy based on some pretty bad information.  How silly, how stupid, of me to consider that Ansar Khan(!), Deep Digger Captain, would have his facts straight.  When I read this from Khan(!) Tuesday morning, I should have considered the source before pointing you guys to it.  I should have considered the very real possibility that the leader of our diggers had his head up his ass.

Khan(!)/8 April

Emrik said Europeans have “smashed a lot of the stereotypes (about being soft), but it still raises its ugly head when you talk about Detroit.

“Do they have enough character? Are they going to be stamped as the Euro skill players, and can Nashville intimidate them? And that’s the story for this series,” Emrik said. “In the regular season (these teams), played eight games with no fights. They’ll probably have a couple in the first game.”

Thanks Khan(!). Good stuff. Inflammatory. We dig that.  Only, umm, you tool…Emrick didn’t say it.  Mike Milbury did.

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Babcock’s On Board

It’s been way too long since we’ve done a Mike Babcock Consolidated Quote of the Day.  From the Joe, a conversation between Uncle Mike and Teddy Kulfan after practice.

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Anti-Digger: Home Keys Is In Thursday

Bruce MacLeod’s post-practice report confirmed what we’ve been discussing today.  Justin Abdelkader’s in the lineup for Game 1.

Kris Draper (groin) is definitely in the lineup Thursday and will center Jiri Hudler and Justin Abdelkader.

I really like that move.  MacLeod reports that Samuelsson skated on his own, Stuart’s on track for Game 1, Maltby didn’t skate.

Update 1345 EST: More on Abelkader from his hometown paper in Muskegon.  Just imagine what a hero this kid could be if he plays any kind of significant role in Cup #11.

One minute, Justin Abdelkader from Mona Shores was your typical Michigan State University student, probably contemplating a visit to last weekend’s Cedarfest (yikes), and the next he’s on the playoff roster of the powerhouse Detroit Red Wings along with the likes of Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg and Dominik Hasek.

 

 

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Lidstrom on NHL Live

How’d that webcast go for ya?  Baby steps.  Nice attempt.

Try this instead.  Nick Lidstrom on NHL Live.  When? Now.

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Oh…It’s An Every Year Kinda Thing

Disch asked in one of the posts below (I don’t know…I lose track. My lips are so cold.) if the high stress quotient that seems to have overtaken this blog is a new glorious feature added just this year, or an annual excursion into the kind of pain only brought on by the playoffs.

It got me thinking.  Here’s the lead to a post leading up to Game 1 with Calgary, written exactly one year ago tomorrow.

Long, long, long frigging week.  In case you’d forgotten, here are a few items to worry about:  Zetterberg’s health, Bertuzzi’s health, Mike Babcock’s ability to adapt and the true terror of another early loss.  A few items for you to consider as Stress-Ex 2007 grows nearer.

Sound familiar? How about this?

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Early Lines

The Anti-Digger has checked in from the Joe.  Samuelsson and Maltby: both absent from this morning’s practice.  No signs of Helm or Ericsson either.

Here are the lines as of today:

Datsyuk-Zetterberg-Holmstrom
Cleary-Flippula-Franzen
Hudler-Draper-Abdelkader
McCarty-Hartigan-Downey
Drake

No word on whether Stuart’s on the ice, or if he’s practicing with the other top 5.

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Detroit News Webcast at 1145

Live! from the Hockeytown Cafe…Steve Yzerman, Tick Tock Kenny Holland and Kevin Allen will be discussing the Wings’ road to #11.  It will be broadcast via webcast and you can get to it at the DetNews sports page

No mention as to whether former Deep Digger captain Ted Kulfan will be taking part in the discussion or just taking drink orders.  He might be tired after his ode to the Poultry from this morning.

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Berger: Get Back To 1966

In 1966 Eleanor Rigby was whining about lonliness and even taking the drastic step of occasionally wearing a face she kept in a jar by the frigging door.  Wack job if you ask me.

Just as Father McKenzie was wiping the dirt from his hands, the Pocket Rocket was scoring a miraculous Game 6 OT winner to defeat the Wings in the Stanley Cup Final. 

Howard Berger, and I have no idea if he darns his socks or not, says this year’s Final will be a rematch.

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Holland On Toronto’s AM 590

Tick Tock Kenny Holland discusses the value of gaining momentum early in a playoff series, injuries and more.  Good stuff on Holmstrom.

Listen here.

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