Abel to Yzerman
...rub a little salt. Now, as you know, I’m not one to take enjoyment from another fan base’s pain. It doesn’t excite me to consider the fourteen remaining hockey fans in Denver who are trying to temper hope with reality. Five points back with 3 games remaining against Bubba, AlanaH’s Nucks and Calgary. And if they squeek in? A matchup with certain despair. And Bubba? Oh dear.
You know, the woman just irritates me. She said she’d be boycotting the NHL earlier this year and I looked forward to her absence. But she keeps on writing and it just makes me sad. She was offended, shocked, dismayed by the violence. She lit the torches.
If the hit on Williams and the many others we’ve seen this season was part of the game—as old-school apologists suggest—I want no part of this game.
Not sure how many of you caught it, but Brett Hull just said Pavel Datsyuk is unhappy with Mike Babcock and will definitely be leaving over the summer. Eddie Olczyk made a great point in return, asking what more could Datsyuk want? He’s playing in every situation, leading forwards in minutes and points. Sounds like a lot of Hull bluster to me. We’ll see.
Oh….good. Bubba lost last night. They’re floundering, as we knew they would. 3-5-1 over their last nine, two of those wins against the listless Oil. As we’ve said here before, their playoff will be over after the first-round. We know the look of a team headed in that direction, so it’s not exactly a dangerous prediction. Thankfully, Anaheim’s picking it up so maybe they’d like that 1 seed?
Because we don’t want it, Duckies. Take it if you must.
Updated 1515 CST with Holland comments below.
Except for the part about staying healthy for an extended period of time, Nik Kronwall is supposed to be the second coming of Nicklas Lidstrom. And this one hurts maybe more than any of the multiple serious injuries he’s suffered.
Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall will be out six-to-eight weeks with a non-displaced fracture of his sacrum, general manager Ken Holland said Saturday.
Kronwall won’t need surgery but is likely done for the season unless the Wings reach the Stanley Cup finals.
Nicklas Lidstrom will miss Sunday’s game in Columbus due to lower back strain, but Holland said it’s nothing serious.
It’s not like anything important’s been going on. Back in the nation’s capitol (capital) for the day, then it’s on to the State That Hockey Forgot for the weekend.
Yep, it’s been ten years since Igor Larionov—of all people—started the brawl at the Joe. Ten years since Aaron Ward earned his stripes, Brendan Shanahan truly became a Wing and Mike Vernon won his 300th. Oh, you’d forgotten the OTHER miletone that night, eh?
Flew in to Brendan Shanahan’s new hometown today. Caught the last six minutes of the Blues fest on the radio. Nice.
Honestly, it’s hard to fathom that a team playing for the division gets only two points out of consecutive games with Columbus and St. Louis. It’s pathetic is what it is. And what are we left with after the most recent display of Hank-less offense? Complete and total uncertainty.
About to hop a plane back to DC, so I have to keep this short. Just a thought for you, really. And here it is: Is there anyone who wasn’t absolutely certain Fedorov was going to score last night, and I mean certain of it the moment he hopped over the boards? More tonite, including various reactions to The Debut.
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