Abel to Yzerman
So…Uncle Mike was gonna leave big brother Cheli home, but now someone’s hurt so everyone’s together for the Hoedown at the Gay. Who’s hurt? Nobody’s sayin’. Or, in the case of our Diggers, nobody’s askin’.
But a minor injury to an undisclosed player forced the team to bring Chelios on the trip. Babcock said after the morning skate that he wouldn’t know who’d be out on defense until just before the game.
“We’ll see who’s eligible and who’s not,’’ said Babcock, who wouldn’t reveal the injured player but said it’s not Nicklas Lidstrom.
It isn’t Meech or Brett Lebda, either, as they both skated during the optional practice.
It’s been a pleasant six games since the Wings last saw an opponent from Hockey’s Toughest Division. Six games, six victories, three straight blowouts (yes, last night was a blowout), a goal differential of 26-10, a shot gap of 219-123. Six games that immediately followed a tough loss to Columbus, which followed an irritating loss to Bubba.
What we’re talking about is a six-game stretch the Wings hopefully used to remind themselves that dozing through a hockey game is not a recipe for success, even against the Central.
Especially against the Central.
I’m too lazy to look it up, but this is at least the 19th time this year a Datsyuk goal has been the NHL Play of the Night. Oh, alright. 19 may be pushing it. But it’s been at least twice.
What the heck. How ‘bout a live blog? We’ll start it here and even invite the Canes bloggers to join in. And for you Cane fans shafted out of TV coverage tonite, here’s a gift...courtesy of Matt Saler, a Wing fan.
To help you pass the time until the puck drops? Here’s Bruce MacLeod.
The Montreal beat writer couldn’t resist.
“It must be nice to cover a team that wins so often,” he said. “All we have here are controversies. Every now and then controversy is fun, but when it’s every day you hate it.”
This is coming from a writer in the most hockey crazy city in the world.
Man, this one crept up on me. Had I given it a bit more thought—imagine that—I’d have brought this up yesterday. Here’s the deal. Sit down Wing fans, because this is gonna hurt. Ready?
Updated 1051 EST: Just for fun, read through the list of comments at Russo’s Rant’s blog from last night. Amazing how the tone changed over the course of three hours. Includes a good comment from Matt Saler from OtW.
I put that in quotes because I guarantee those were the exact words shouted, whispered in awe or uttered from father to son accompanied by a hearty back slap last night at 2153 EST.
And it’s true. With a shutout just moments away and the memory of watching Chris Osgood start seven consecutive games still very fresh in his cluttered mind, our Czech Miracle of Insanity returned to his sociopathic self and gave us a wakeup call. I’m almost shocked he didn’t point at the cameras after his takedown of Gaborik and say…
Team Dub just suggested a liveblog on the post hi-jacked by hippies and criminals below. We’ll start it here while I try and find a feed on the computer. NHL Network has screwed me again. Blacked out.
For your reading pleasure at intermission. Notice the selective use of exclamation points, always an indicator…at least in my book.
“Being named Hockeytown USA just confirms what all of our young players and their families believe, that we truly are the State of Hockey,” added Mark Jorgensen, Executive Director of Minnesota Hockey. “We’re proud to be a small part of that with so many other great hockey organizations!”
Oh…and there’s also this from Hockeytown (minus the Cups) USA.
And the final word from “the new Hockeytown’s” finest?
December 7th, 2007 at 9:58 pm
Thank God that is over.
Bob Duff has broken a big one, that single story every reporter waits for.
“I’m a big Shreddies guy.”
The move back to Detroit, the team that originally drafted Drake back in 1989, put him within eyesight of the Canadian border and in close proximity to Shreddies.
“It just became a lot easier to get them,” Drake said, joking he’d had a Shreddies clause written into his pact. “That was the only contract bonus I got.”
The rest of the story mentions a few other (former) Wings and the items they’d have imported from home. I don’t know if Duff had a straight face when he wrote this about Bob Probert.
Probert, who spent his entire 17-season NHL career in the United States playing for the Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks, was another player who delighted in care packages of Canadian products.
I told you. I frigging told you. Dominik Hasek, after a very strong outing versus Montreal, will get his second straight start tomorrow night against Minnesota. At least that’s what Uncle Mike told Khan(!).
“We knew he was going to be good,” Babcock said. “Right now we’re fortunate we got Dom going and Ozzie going, and we’ll be able to roll.”
Babcock allegedly also told his little buddy that Maltby “could play” Friday, which means he won’t.
So perhaps you’ve heard by now that Scott Niedermayer’s coming back. Well, we saw that didn’t we? He tried to retire. The poultry said…“Whoa Tiger. Give yourself some time.” Niedermayer said, “Roger. I will.”
But, yet, there were doubters. Experts who claimed they had “sources”...
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