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Pick ‘em

We’re down to approximately two weeks and three potential first round opponents.  Let’s play make believe for a minute and assume the teams that make up the top eight in the West will, in one order or another, stay the same.  That leaves the trio of teams tied with 84 this morning, and two others we’ll discuss for good measure.

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Those Hits? They Just Keep On Comin’:  Stuart Out Until Playoffs

And maybe longer.

Khan(!)

Brad Stuart is out for the rest of the regular season, and possibly the start of the playoffs, with a non-displaced fracture in one of his fingers, general manager Ken Holland said. It happened during the third period of Wednesday’s game when he blocked a shot. They’re not revealing which finger or which hand.

Holland said doctors told him Stuart would be out three-to-six weeks. The team believes it’ll be closer to three weeks. He’ll resume skating by the middle of next week.

Well that pretty much sucks.  The DDC also reports that none of the injured forwards will be returning tonite and that Chris Chelios will move up to the second defensive pairing with Niklas Kronwall.  Strange, since he was “competing for that 6th spot,” eh?

The train is open, as you know.  But before you board, consider this.  Stuart had no problem jumping right into the system when he was dealt here and he’ll be skating consistently while his digit heals.  As long as he’s back for the playoffs, I’m not going fetal about it.

 

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Something Wacky This Way Comes

1527 ESTUpdated again. Filppula’s the injured forward, one of them anyway.

1504 EST: Updated below with quotes from Meech and Babcock.

Anti-Digger Bruce MacLeod says a vet’s sitting tonite and Derek Meech is in the lineup.

Oh…and he’ll be playing a wing.

Meech will definitely play forward tonight, according to coach Mike Babcock. Why there’s a need for him up front isn’t as clear. Aaron Downey will be in the lineup. So will Darren Helm.

That means that one forward who played in Sunday’s game in Columbus will be absent tonight, but when asked which forward, Babcock declined to name one. It might be that a veteran will be given a night off to rest a lingering injury.

Something sounds familiar, but I just can’t place it.  Wait, I think I got it.

 

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Dig It

The day I see a direct quote, and I mean a statement with the little quotation marks around it, from Mike Babcock saying Chris Chelios isn’t assured a spot on the third D pairing?  That’s the day I stop believing stuff like this is the mark of a frigging idiot.

Babcock also said that with three or four games remaining, he will settle on his third defensive pairing – a two-man job open to Chris Chelios, Andreas Lilja and Brett Lebda.

Helene St. James, every few weeks, gives us a hint of that garbage.  Prove it Helene.  Give us a quote from Babcock saying that.  Until then?  You just continue to look stupid.

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Back To The Sack

There seems to be some tension in the comments below.  Some of the A2Y 19 have taken issue with the fact that my confidence in our goaltending has dwindled of late.  You’re calling me names and making me sad.  There must be a solution, there always is.  When I find myself at a loss to explain my views, there is always a tried and true solution:  The Sack. 

Adrienne Dater responds to readers’ queries (Yeah, I was tempted to add an “e”) via his Male Bag.  Here at A2Y, we have The Sack.  Once again, all questions were posed by you, the masses.

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I’ll Be Your Super Delegate

I used to like the phrase, “I’ll be your Huckleberry.”  It just seemed cool when Val Kilmer said it in Tombstone.  But I’ve grown out of it.  Now?  Well, the title of this post doesn’t have the same ring to it. But it does bring up a good point, and I’m all about the best of points. 

And here it is: I have no idea what a Super Delegate is.  It seems that every four years, a new phrase appears that makes me feel real frigging dumb.  Super Delegate fits the bill this year.  Am I a bad American because I’d never heard of it before? Should I feel guilty?  Should we change Dominik Hasek’s glossary entry to “the conductor”? 

It’s a valid question.

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Dale Jr. Never Has This Problem Bubba

Post coming up regarding the lost weekend that was and the state-wide disaster that our goaltending situation has become (Overly dramatic? Sure). 

But first…some riveting imagery from the SoGay Center.  I honestly thought Nashville had turned the corner, left the redneck stereotypes behind. 

Apparently…not

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Saturday Digging

1300 start today with Bubba.  I just briefed the family that little should be expected of me today, not with a game in the middle of the afternoon.  The reaction to that statement was less than enthusiastic.

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Still Insane, But Feeling Better

Our Czech Miracle of Absolute Insanity’s feeling better, according to Khan(!).

“Feeling good, very good I would say,’’ Hasek said. “Big progress compared to two days ago. I feel ready to go. Decision will be made if I’m playing this weekend or not.’‘

Asked if he could play Saturday vs. Nashville, Hasek said, “Practice just finished. I’ll see how I feel two, three hours from now, but I could do anything I want on the ice, move any way, go up and down, so I didn’t have any problems.’‘

The DD captain also reports that, not surprisingly, neither Homer or McCarty will play this weekend.

Holmstrom went on the ice before practice and tried to push off hard. It didn’t feel good, so he left the ice almost immediately.

“It’s been a week today, so I thought it was going to be good,” Holmstrom said. “I guess I’m taking baby steps. It’s frustrating.”

 

 

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Lessons In Losing Your Press Pass

Updated at 1239 ESTNice reaction to this ditty.  Apparently, Ms. Engel has earned herself the nickname, “little ball of hate.”  Naturally, considering her affiliation with the Stars and Stars fans it’s not original, but…baby steps.  If you go below you’ll see a letter written by one of the A2Y 19 to the LBOH regarding her comments about our boy Ozzie.  I think you’ll find her response interesting.

And, Ms. Engel?  Don’t pick on our goaltenders.  Only we can pick on our goaltenders.

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Whoa.  I have a feeling Fort Worth Star Telegram reporter Jennifer Floyd Engel isn’t going to be exactly welcomed in the Stars room when they return to Dallas.  Check this out.

DETROIT—Don’t be too upset about the Dallas Stars’ gutless-pig meltdown Thursday.

They aren’t.

In fact, players seemed pretty OK with gagging away a huge victory against a really good Detroit Red Wings team.

More?

 

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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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