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Mule’s In

Multiple media sources confirm.  Franzen’s in.

The Detroit Red Wings will get a big boost with the return of one of their leading scorers.

Swedish forward Johan Franzen has been cleared to play for Game Two of the Stanley Cup Final Monday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Franzen has been suffering from concussion-like syndromes and has not played since Game One of the Western Conference Final against the Dallas Stars.

Frazen competed in a full practice Sunday and appeared ready to go.

“It’s better, I don’t feel anything anymore.  It’s good.  There will be so much adrenaline, it doesn’t matter what shape you’re
in.”

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High Noon: AOL Live Chat

Updated 1708 EST:  Transcript of the chat can be found at the link below.

Eric McErlain will be hosting a live chat at 1200 EST.  His star-studded panel features George Malik and yours truly.

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Holiday Digging

Update 1150 EST:  Since I highly doubt any of the 19 are going to predict a Pen as the first goal scorer, I’m opening up the contest to Pittsburgh fans as well.  Remember, your predictions have to be made on the Live Blog, which starts at 1930 EST.

Back to normal.  I will not be in Hockeytown tonite.  Won’t be jetsetting all over the country.  Just a simple guy, waiting for the puck to drop, saddled up in the Hasek. 

And here’s a deal for you.  During the live blog tonite, first person to correctly identify the first goal scorer gets a Game 1 program.  Re-phrase:  you have to guess the goal scorer before it happens. 

On to our Diggers.

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A Day In The Life Of Game 1

I had every intention of waking up at 0300 Saturday, updating the blog, getting on the road and making it to Dulles airport by 0530 for a 0640 flight to Hockeytown.  But the neighbors came over Friday and next thing you know the Yuengling’s gone with another case on the way.

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Success

Back from Detroit and no jail time involved.  Big, fat recap from the evening’s events coming up later tonite, including shocking imagery of distressed Pens fans, guest Zamboni riders, Osrt in rare form and more.

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A Midwestern Boy On His Own?  Nope.  Just A Game 1 Live Blog

Needless to say, my appearances during this live blog will be sporadic.

Because I’m at the frigging Joe.

4 to 11.

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Who Wants One?

IwoCPO should be in Detroit in about two hours and he wanted me to post this for him…

He has an extra ticket for tonight’s game.  If you are interested in purchasing it from him, please leave a comment with contact information.

He will get in touch with you once he arrives in Motown.

update 12:03pm, Ticket is sold!

update 1245:  Currently blogging from the A2Y bunker in St. Clair Shores.  Just made the transaction on the corner of Woodward and Warren (I’m sure that’s never happened before).  Osrt was all over it.  More to follow.  No surprise, Chelios is out tonite, so is Gary Roberts.

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Headed to Hockeytown

The trek to JLA starts now.  Will be posting the Keys to Game 1 this afternoon from Detroit.  Live Blog will start tonite at 1930. More on that to follow.

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Cleared? Check.  Practice? Check.

Anti-digger Bruce MacLeod asks a pretty good question, “Has this story taken on a life of its own or what?”

No doubt.

Johan Franzen is on the ice with the Red Wings as they warm up for their practice.

 

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Just Four More, Mike

Think Uncle Mike hasn’t been thinking about this for a while? 

Detroit News/John Niyo

When asked what it would mean to see his name on the Stanley Cup, Babcock said he never used to get close enough to see the different names on the hallowed trophy.

That is, until a visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, where Babcock spent considerable time reading some of the names on the Stanley Cup.

“I’m not thinking about that. I’m not thinking about my name,” said Babcock, who suddenly stopped and was visibly moved.

Babcock quickly composed himself and took a swig of water.

“That’d be nice,” Babcock said.

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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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