Abel to Yzerman
When he pummeled Claude Lemieux in March you shook your fist with him. Every punch to Lemieux’s head was collective vengeance, community payback for a dirty hit too many of us have pointed to as a reason the Wings lost the year before. Of course it wasn’t. Lemieux’s assault on Draper was the bitter memory of a series won by a better team and a better goalie. But Draper’s face became the symbol of that loss.
McCarty’s fists, and maybe a knee if you watch closely enough, closed an early chapter. Lemieux’s blood on the JLA ice was like tonic to the Detroit masses. I wish there was a way Al Sobotka could have preserved it there, along the boards, appropriately in front of the Wing bench, for all time.
Another productive trip West. A whitewash of our JV sisters from St. Louis, a grinding win over the mediocre Dive and last night’s slush-fest in Phoenix. 6 possible points: done.
Check this out: counting OT and the now completely lifeless shootouts, the Wings have lost seven times on the road out of twenty games.
Of those 7 losses?
Wings. Phoenix. Liveblog here.
I’ve maintained my pledge not to use the term “blogosphere” for more than three months. For that, I demand your thanks and respect. Baroque, the A2Y reader who used us as her test-bed for big words and elitist ideas before parlaying those experiments into a gig with Gramps at Hockeytown Todd, gave me a list of replacement words like bevy, litany and plethora…as if none of us had seen The Three Amigos before.
But I stuck with “Stealing from Others”. More from Baroque in a minute, in our bevy of blog entries to keep you occupied while you wait for tonite’s barn burner in Phoenix.
Great column from Larry Wigge at NHL.com. Lots of time spent researching Valteri Filppula’s background, the reason he’s become so polished so quickly and plenty of reaction from the organ-I-zation. In short, a story that should have been written by a Detroit columnist long ago.
Filppula just might be another of those prized all-world draft choices the Wings seem to find regularly.
The 23-year-old Vantaa, Finland native, who was picked in the third round (95th overall) in the 2002 Entry Draft, had 10 goals in 73 games with the Red Wings last season. He started slowly this season, with no goals in his first 10 games. But ...
“You’ve got to remember, he was supposed to spend all of last season in the American League ... he wasn’t supposed to get his feet wet at this level until this season,” Babcock continued. “Now, I just think the sky’s the limit to his potential.”
Thanks to Tony at Skate2Stick for the pointer.
I’m in a bit of a rut. I can’t finish this damn post. I’ve started it three times now and it’s turned into a term paper at 2300 on a Sunday night. I have opinions I believe you and your families need to read, but for the frigging sake of sweet baby Jesus I can’t get my fingers to type them. Topics we need to close the loop on: the remaining holiday wishes for the best team in hockey, my final observations on the sports radio situation and perhaps a closing thought on A2Y’s two-year anniversary.
Update: 1025 EST. Two hours of Sports Radio on WDFN devoted to nothing but the Lions, with the exception of fifteen exciting minutes on fantasy basketball. Wing references only at the top of the hour and bottom with ten second references to last night’s win in Denver. Moving on to WXYT.
Over the summer we live-blogged our phone call to Verizon Fios. Thousands of you responded that it was the most creative example of hockey blogging in hockey blogging history. Since then we’ve taken the whole idea of live-blogging to new and genius levels. We’ve live-blogged airplane delays, annual physicals, tee-ball games and fishing derbies…as well as 19 of the last 20 Wing games.
But today we tackle an issue. I’ve got WDFN tuned in and it’s STREAMING LIVE!! The morning following another spanking of another yester-rival, we’ll see just how badly your Wings are ignored.
As the family and I were shopping for those hard-to-find post Christmas bargains this afternoon, my wife remarked that she’d forgotten to send Christmas cards to the 19 of you who read this blog on a semi-regular basis.
Too late to send, I know and I apologize. But never too late to post, especially when it coincides with the first Dive game of the year. This will serve as this evening’s live blog as well.
Big night in Denver. We’ll get to that this afternoon, give it the attention it deserves. First, Manny and the bitter Blues…man, do they hate them some Wings.
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: email@example.com