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Tuesday Deep Digging

You know, I’ve got a buddy in San Jose…or somewhere close to it.  Not sure exactly where.  One of the ten or so high school friends I still talk to on an amazingly regular basis…who can say that at age 38?  He kind of staggered into our Michigan high school our senior year, or was it junior?  For some reason, it’s a blur.  Anyway, he came from California and wasn’t received all that well.  Those of you who grew up in Michigan understand.

But, he kinda grew on us with those seven or eight layers of clothes (mostly pastel), that ridiculous accent and a few mannerisms we found to be funny as hell.  And, to his credit, he stayed loyal to the hundred or so pro teams in California.  Still loyal to them now, so this series should make for some interesting emails.  Better do your research Kelly. I’m coming after you.

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Counting The Chickens In The Hockey Hotbed of NoCal

Oh, they’re frothing in California at the prospect of an Anaheim/San Jose Conference Final.

All 8 people, combined, who care about hockey out there, that is.  I present to you Shaved Ice, a blog I’d never heard of until tonite.  I’m sure it’s because I’m so isolated.

The Sharks need to play Detroit next. The Red Wings have been beaten down, bruised and frustrated by a physical Calgary team. They are poised for their annual postseason collapse, which would have happened in Round One if Calgary could have mounted any sort of offensive attack. We need the Wings now because tackling the Ducks in Round Two will be too emotional. If…wait, I mean when we beat the Ducks, and we will beat the Ducks, it will be a huge accomplishment. I fear our guard could be down and a hungry Dallas/Detroit winner will take advantage.

The Ducks have to be the final step before we play for Lord Stanley. It is hockey destiny. GO CANUCKS!

 

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Oh…Good.  It’s San Jose.

Vancouver with the empty netter.  Those of you who truly enjoy physical and emotional pain get your wish:  The Team We Don’t Speak Of.  I knew it would have been too much to ask…woops, ANOTHER empty netter. 

Hit the links Marty.  Thanks.

We’ll have an optimistic little Round 2 preview for you tomorrow night.  Until then…a break.

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Khan(!) Less Optimistic About Homer Playing Game 1

Woops. Dissent amongst the diggers again.  Stoney and Wojo spoke with Mike Babcock earlier today and appeared satisfied that our boy Homer would be ready to go for Game 1.  Khan(!)?  Maybe not.

The Wings are listed Holmstrom as day-to-day, but his left eye was swollen shut Monday, so it’s hard to imagine he’d be ready to start the second round series, which will begin on Thursday for the Wings.

Holmstrom will see an eye specialist in Detroit on Tuesday. He saw an eye doctor in Calgary Monday morning and Holland said the team was encouraged that the doctor allowed Holmstrom to fly home with the club.

“He was real bad when he left the rink (Sunday night), but this morning he made significant improvement,’’ Holland said. “We’ll see over the next 48 to 72 hours how it’ll heal.’’

I’m not worrying about that tonite.  Nope. All I’m concerned with is Dallas/Vancouver.  No pressure.  No stress. Just a Game 7 to enjoy (and really hope, sorry A, that Dallas wins).

 

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The Flame Bloggers: A Final Spin

As we did last year after the PITF, we’ll take a final spin around the Flame ‘sphere and give you their reaction.  Mostly classy, as usual.

Battle of Alberta

I like the Wings’ chances going forward. If they can stay out of bad penalty trouble against the Stars or Sharks (and that mainly amounts to Schneider and Lang keeping their sticks to themselves), they’re going to make the WC finals.

Agreed Matt, especially if we play San Jose.  That’s going to be all about the special teams, without a doubt.  They’ve killed us in that area.  Killed us.

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Niyo: Wings Likely To Start Thursday

No matter who they play (Dallas…please), John Niyo reports that it looks like Round 2 begins Thursday for the Wings.

It’s not official yet—it won’t be until after tonight’s Dallas-Vancouver game—but it looks like Games 1 and 2 in Detroit will be Thursday and Saturday this week, regardless of the opponent. Then they’ll play Monday-Wednesday in San Jose or Dallas, with Game 5 the following Saturday.

 

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Babcock:  Homer and Lebda Both “Day-To-Day”.

Uncle Mike Babcock, on WDFN, told Stoney and Big Bob that neither Brett Lebda or Tomas Holmstrom would play tomorrow if a Game 7 had become necessary.  But, neither are ruled out for Game 1.  Apparently Homer had blood in his eye. 

When asked about Calgary’s “good tactics”, Babcock said he wasn’t going to comment.  Wojo said, “we will.”  Babcock’s response?

“You should.”

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The Provincial Ghosts Can Suck It

I'd thought of a more distinguished title for this post, but I've never been a distinguished kind of guy. So, we'll let that stand. Notice I didn't say the Flames can suck it. I think their behavior Saturday would have warranted a recommendation that they do, but it wasn't directed to them. I didn't say the fans can suck it, because I respect those fans just like I do the Oil fans. And I didn't say the bloggers can suck it, because--even you Kyle--I like that group, too. No, only the ghosts. Only those bastard ghosts who threatened to Punch Us In The Face again.

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FRANZEN!!

Sleep well.

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Call Your OT Winner

Oh, what the heck.  Supersitions aside.  Predict the OT winner.  Me? I’ll say Cleary, despite the fact his slapper off the post probably sealed our fate.  Anybody but me consider how sweet it would be to win a series-clinching Game 6 in front of that crowd?

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