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Looking Forward

Ok. I’m gonna get myself in some hot water.  There’s a real strong possibility women readers and male Dive fans are going to be upset.  The women will take offense at my generalizations and the male Dive fans will take offense that I’m lumping them in with the women where they belong.

Ahh, well. Can’t please everybody.

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12 Years Later

0321 on a school day and I’m seriously contemplating waking up my six-year old to show her what happened a dozen years ago tonite.

Oh, the Dive fan likes to point out that we’re “living in the past” when we continuously point to this game, that fight, that bit of redemption, that other fight and then that goal.  We like to reply that the impact of March 26th, 1997 is still very much being felt up and down the organ-I-zation.

In fact, we might even say that the momentum generated by that single regular season game still courses through the veins of the Wing franchise, that it is the lifeblood of a dynasty that is very much alive today.  Since the night Igor Larionov decided he’d go ahead and punch Peter Forsberg in the face, the Wings have made a habit of winning Stanley Cups.

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Homer’s In, So’s Chelios, Maybe Even Osgood…No, None Of Them, Or Maybe All

This is your live blog. I don’t feel like doing a song. I don’t feel like a ditty.  I’ve been wondering a few things today and they’ve got me grumpy.  I’m wondering how the dirtiest team outside of Anaheim suffers one single penalty last night. And not because they didn’t try.  I’m wondering how Mike Freaking Keenan got to those refs with a comment that I considered blown way, way out of proportion.

I guess not.

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GDT - Game #74: Red Wings at Oilers (9:30)

The Red Wings had their four-game winning streak snapped with a 5-3 loss on Monday at Calgary, which kept them one point behind the Sharks for first place in the West. In a little over 25 minutes of ice time, Osgood managed to allow 3 “SOFT” goals on 14 shots (0.785%), and DET found themselves with almost zero chance at the win.  The Wings, to their credit, battled back and made a contest of it (although I have no firsthand knowledge having turned off the game at the 4-1 mark).  Conklin, who is slated to start tonight, made 11 saves on 12 shots, Mule and Hudler scored to pull the Wings to a 4-3 score.  Conroy potted the E/N goal to seal the game.  Conklin, a former Oiler,  is 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA against Edmonton this season, and made 21 saves in a 4-0 victory on Nov. 17.

The Oilers had their three-game winning streak snapped in a 3-0 loss at Minnesota on Sunday to conclude a three-game road trip.  Dwayne Roloson made 33 saves, but has allowed seven goals in his last two contests. He is 26-18-9 with a 2.75 GAA in 2008-09 - but 0-2-0 with an 8.01 GAA against Detroit. EDM currently sit 7th in the Conference, 3 pts behind 6th place CBJ, and 2 pts ahead of NSH.  The Oil are 4-2-4 in their last ten games.

Ridiculous workload today, updates later this afternoon.

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Standin’ On The Corner At Midnight?  We’ll Still Have About Ten Minutes Left

And that’s thanks to you Gary, you little elf. 

Hey.  This comment hit close to home.  I felt like, well, I felt like I could have written it myself.

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GDT - Game #73: Red Wings at Flames (9:30)

Calgary tonight and Edmonton tomorrow night to end the Wings 3 game road trip.  The Wings are coming off a solid, 6-3 performance Friday night in Atlanta.  Babcock was pretty happy after the game, except for this comment about the Wings surrendering the 3rd G/A :  “I thought Ozzie had played so good, you owe him to take care of the puck better than that.”  Speaking of Ozzie, since giving up seven goals in a March 7 loss to Columbus, he has allowed only seven in four straight wins.  DET will try to recapture the 1 position in the W.C. tonight after SJS took over the position with their win over COL yesterday.

CGY have their own issues of late.  In losing five of their last seven, the Flames have seen their Northwest Division lead over Canucks cut to three points. CGY blew a one-goal lead in Friday night’s 3-2 loss to visiting STL, allowing the Blues to score twice in the third period.  Starting all but five games this season, Miikka Kiprusoff could be running on fumes, he has a 3.95 GAA in nine March starts. In his last 6 starts against DET, he is 2-3-0 with a 3.67 GAA.

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Something Cooking In Hossa Camp?

We’ve all seen how contract negotiations go in Tick Tock’s world.  The order of things has become almost standard by now.  A little chatter…followed by a period of silence…then a few surprise quotes from an agent or the player himself…a few hints dropped to an eager Digger.  Then all of a sudden a Wing press conference is called and the next thing you know old Jed’s a millionaire in red and white for 8 years at 6.5 mil/per.

And here we go.  Hossa’s talking and he’s not being too subtle about it.

St. James

“To be able to stay as a Red Wing, I am prepared to take less money, but a fair deal, so both sides are happy. That’s what I’m looking for. I know if I go somewhere else, I could have more, but I’m willing to take less to stay here. Hopefully things work out.”

“I could be somewhere else, you know, but I came here because I like everything and I want to be a part of it,” Hossa said. “And that’s why I want to still be a Red Wing and stay here.”

Dave Dye’s got a little on it too and expands the discussion a bit.

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Heads Up To Our Denver Readers:  Don’t Read The Post Today

Terri Frei’s got a good look (good…as in good for Wing fans) at the performance of six teams who could have been considered the league’s “elite” prior to the lockout, with a special emphasis on one team that has maintained that label.

Frei points out that the Wings notched a league-best 446 points the four seasons prior to Gary’s Legacy, and 455 in the four seasons since, also first in the NHL.

The Red Wings, as often has been noted, have been brilliant in making the transition, making tough decisions on buyouts or allowing proven players to leave while retaining a young and talented core and reaping the benefits of many years of astute scouting and drafting, especially of European talent.

 

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Surely This Can’t Be A Live Blog

Yes it is.

And?

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GDT - Game #72: Red Wings at Thrashers (7:30)

The Red Wings begin their last multi-game road trip of this season tonight in Atlanta, followed by a back-to-back Monday at Calgary and Tuesday at Edmonton.  DET has started Osgood the past three games against playoff contenders, and won by a combined score of 12-4 (i.e. GA/A = 1.33).  Osgood will start again tonight.  Since the Wings five game losing streak in January, DET has posted a 16-4-2 record.  DET leads the League in road points at 47, with a record of 21-10-5.

ATL have virtually no chance of making the playoffs, they are 13th in the Eastern Conference, 17 points behind eighth-place Carolina.  That is not to say ATL have not been playing good hockey.  ATL had won a franchise-record six straight before losing 6-2 at Pittsburgh on Tuesday.  ATL recorded two shutouts and outscored opponents 22-9 during their run, and played the last two games without Ilya Kovalchuk.

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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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