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Khan(!) Feeling The Heat

Nothing is more conducive to organizational success than a little internal competition.  And you, my friends, are the benefactors.  Obviously feeling that his Deep Digger Captain status is in jeopardy, Khan(!) is keeping pace with our man Bruce MacLeod this afternoon regarding Wing cheerleader Todd Stillwuzzi.

Bertuzzi out for Game 2
The Wings announced that Todd Bertuzzi will not play in Game 2 vs. Calgary Sunday and is day-to-day. After practicing Saturday, Bertuzzi (concussion, strained neck) said he is optimistic he’ll be ready for Game 3 in Calgary on Tuesday.

“I feel a lot better, whether a couple of days of practice would put me in a better position or not, we’ll have to decide after,’’ Bertuzzi said, before learning that he would not play. “It’s not ultimately my decision. I tell them how I feel and they base their decision on that.’’

 

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And Then I Threw Up

We make a lot of references to vomit and other bodily functions here. It's kind of an A2Y staple. I've always enjoyed the word "vomit" as either a noun or a very strong verb. And, honestly, watching someone vomit, particularly if they're a friend of mine and it's alcohol-induced, is a type of entertainment you just can't find anywhere else. I say that because I just received news that nearly made me expel recently-eaten solid foods from my body at an alarming rate of speed. I have to be on a plane tomorrow at 1530. I guess I don't have to tell you what that particular scheduling quirk means. If I was prone to dropping the f-bomb here, I would certainly make use of that conversational device now.

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Bertuzzi A Black Ace?

Updated 1407 ESTMacLeod reports that Todd Stillwuzzi (thanks O-Joe) is out for Game 2, despite practicing for the second straight day.

Iwo’s alliterative analysis: Had the Wings not done what they did the other day, denying the diggers the Detroit death watch they desperately desired, this decision would most definitely have been different.

Bruce MacLeod reports today that Bertuzzi practiced today, but not on a line that would dress tomorrow.

Todd Bertuzzi is on the ice for Saturday’s full practice. He’s skating with Josh Langfeld and Tomas Kopecky. Mikael Samuelsson and Kyle Calder are skating on Robert Lang’s line. Although Bertuzzi might play in Sunday’s Game 2, the Red Wings are preparing for him not to dress.

Do the Wings even call their reserves “Black Aces” anymore? Not sure.  I’ll drink on it and get back to you.

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Saturday Deep Digging

Oh, we’re gonna get nuts this morning.  There’s so much, so very much.  And it’s all fresh, new and exciting…like a puppy, a little puppy frolicking in the summer sunshine.  That’s what I have for you this morning: links and links and more links to happy Detroit Diggers and sad, befuddled, downright angry scribes in Calgary.

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Babcock On A Friday Morning

Mike Babcock gives us about 12 minutes of his wisdom this morning.  Thanks to the Jamie & Brady Show at WDFN for the use of the audio.
Listen now!

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Of All The Nights Not To Sell Out

Gotta be brief this morning…heading to the airport. 

One thousand people made statements last night.  They’re not coming back, not spending their extra cash, until the Wings prove the money isn’t a downpayment on disappointment.  Last night may have convinced a few of them that this Spring may be a little different.

Game 1 isn’t a series, but it can set a tone.  The Wings established a presence last night.  And all of a sudden, they don’t look quite so squishy soft as more than a few mainstreamers claimed.  And all of a sudden, a few writers in Calgary were searching for cheesy metaphors.

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Perspective

A great game, a perfect game really.  But just one game, and only the first.  Big, fat recap in the morning after we’ve had a chance to digest this one. But, while we’re on the subject of perspective; the first star tonite goes to the grandfather of A2Y reader Teamdub.  He’s a Bronze Star awardee who probably won’t make it through the night.  One of our nation’s real heroes and a member of a dwindling generation that was full of them.

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Evidence That I’m Losing It

I’m actually going to pay the Detroit News a compliment.  Nah, not really. They’re liveblogging the game.  Dana Wakiji and Terry Foster. 

Wakiji

Guess who I rode up with in the elevator?
Here’s a clue: they held the elevators for them. Yes, it’s the owners of the Red Wings and Tigers, Mike and Marian Ilitch. Mrs. I asked if I was staying the night since I had a wheeling computer case with me. I’m just hoping it’s not actually the whole night, as in the Canucks and Stars.

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Your Gameday Dose Of Cheli

Gotta hand it to Chris Chelios.  Two-and-a-half hours before Game 1 and there he was on WDFN, and here is on A2Y.  Today he discusses playoff pressure, Big Brett changing picks on the fly, postseason officiating and the importance of one H. Zetterberg.  Listen here and turn up your volume, the recording is low today.

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Tick, Tock…

Three hours and change, or the equivalent of one half of a Vancouver/Bubba Sr. game.  Speaking of which, the die-hards who stayed up and watched that entire game are just waking up.  A few of them are commenting below.  You can tell they’ve had no sleep because they’re using terms like “dratto”.  Of course, that was Jeff from Oklahoma…which explains his vocabulary.

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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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