Abel to Yzerman
There are more than a few blogs with content so superior to ours that I get embarrassed and sad when I read them. So generally, I just avoid them altogether. Greatest Hockey Legends is one. Joe Pelletier has decided to compare Nick Lidstrom and Ray Bourque and I’m sure you’ll be pleased with the result. Dive fans who believe Bourque played his entire 1.23 year career in Denver are rejoicing.
Another pretty telling stat for me is post season All Star awards. In 19 of his 22 seasons Bourque was either on the first or second team, including in each of his first 15 NHL seasons. Lidstrom has “only” been honoured 8 times in 15 complete seasons, with more sure to follow. But it took him 7 years before his first all star nod.
It is the only statistical anomaly between these two great defenders. A case could even be made to suggest Bourque faced stiffer competition for All Star honours. As such, I conclude Ray Bourque’s legacy ranks him ahead of the still growing legacy of Niklas Lidstrom. But only for the time being.
When Alexander Ovechkin leaves Joe Louis Arena this evening without a point he shouldn’t fret. Because it’s almost
the holiday season? No. Because Pepe Lopez Tequila is sold in the greater DC area? A good reason, but not what I’m talking about here.
AO, after the Wings shut him down tonite, should feel snuggly and warm in the knowledge that he’s not alone.
Superstars don’t fare well against Nick Lidstrom’s Wings.
A word of advice. If ever given the option between a forty dollar bottle of Patron Tequila and, for instance, a twelve dollar bottle of Pepe Lopez…choose the Patron.
Update 1315 EST: Khan(!) reports on his blog that Homer skated a full practice today and looks like he could be back Monday. That blog post has been up for at least an hour now and hasn’t been deleted or changed so it’s probably true.
Sssshhhh…don’t tell anyone. My wife’s planning a surprise birthday party for me tonite that I’ve already been told about by at least 4 different attendees.
How does that affect you? Not much, but there will be little to a realistically-zero amount of posts today, and I won’t be participating in the live blog tonite. I will be pretending not to worry about the score, and only focusing on acting surprised.
Last live blog I had to lure you in with a contest. Tonite? We harken back to the words of Rocky Balboa in II when Mick suggested he go back to southpaw prior to the 15th round.
“No tricks. I ain’t switchin’.”
You’re damn right Rock. No tricks. Live blog starts here.
You won’t be seeing him on the ice tonite, but here’s Tomas Holmstrom, Inside The NHL.
0629: A quick note. The Dive sit, once again, in the 9 spot this morning. What a shame. And hey…how bad are they defensively? This bad. Of the 8 teams ahead of them in the West, 7 of those teams have scored fewer goals than Denver. Of those eight teams, wanna guess how many have let in fewer goals? Good job. 7.
0547: Updated below to include Gramps’ new additions to the HockeyTown Todd stable of writers and a number of stories from the Canadian media.
Today’s a good day for the Diggers. A good day. Collectively they show a little spine, a little initiative.
Khan(!), still sad and confused about the lies Mike Babcock told him earlier this week, tries to redeem himself with a good piece on the ease with which thousands of people are taking their home-state Wings for granted. I read the article about fifteen minutes ago and it hasn’t been deleted from MLive yet, so that’s a good sign. Helene St. James causes a bit of an uproar with her interpretation of Uncle Mikey’s comments to the media yesterday and Ryan The Temp (John Niyo) returns to the Detroit News cycle of brilliance.
We’ll have those stories and more, next, on this edition of Thursday with the Diggers.
Jack Adams front-runner Mike Babcock just wrapped up a media conference call and we’ve got it for you. He touched on the Flying Circus and the fact that Zetterberg was the league’s best player the first six weeks; a title Pavel Datsyuk has since assumed. Babcock made no mention of the knee injury that may keep Tomas Holmstrom out of tomorrow night’s Edmonton game.
Saler’s a frigging showoff. He’s got the transcript here.
You can check out the Canadian Press story here.
We tend to pick on Mike Babcock here a bit more than we give him credit for the Wings’ success. A bit more? A lot more. But, that doesn’t mean we don’t respect the way he’s put this team together and molded it to fit his style. John Buccigross agrees, and recommends a world-wide stage.
So far this season, the Detroit Red Wings are the best team. They are by far the best-coached club. Mike Babcock is hands down the best coach in the NHL. He has to be Canada’s coach at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, and Steve Yzerman should pick the team. Synergy, people.
Thanks to Ken Campbell at The Hockey News for pointing this gem out.
You know the flagship network here in the states? Versus? Are you wondering what game they’re airing on New Year’s Eve? Of course you are. Let me help.
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