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Just Another Day

Has every year been like this?  Every postseason I ask myself that.  Was I this pathetically nervous last year? I must have been.  Playing Calgary in the first round?  All we must have been reading was how the big bad Flames were going to grind the Wings into the ice. Pound them into submission.

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Sammy Wants In

Updated 1355: HSJ says it’s Mac for tomorrow. See below.

Updated 1352: Teddy Kulfan squeezed a quality quote out of Uncle Mike regarding Samuelsson’s wishes to play Game 1.

Babcock said “he just told me if it was up to him he wants to play. But my kid wants to play for us tomorrow, too. He’s one of those guys that’ll skate again tomorrow and we’ll see how he reacts.”

Updated 1338:  We have a situation.  Deep Digging Captain Khan(!) says Mac’s playing.  Anti-Digger MacLeod says Downey is.  Thanks to solo16 for the pointer.

Al Sobotka better be putting reinforcements behind the end boards because William Tell says he’s ready to play.


Forward Mikael Samuelsson (groin) said he felt good after practice and believes he’s ready for Game 1 vs. Nashville Thursday. But coach Mike Babcock said the final lineup decisions on Samuelsson, Tomas Holmstrom and Brad Stuart won’t be made until Thursday morning. Babcock said there’s no reason to believe Holmstrom won’t be ready, but they just want to make sure. Stuart, coming off a broken right index finger, continues to maintain he’s ready to play.

No reason to believe Holmstrom won’t be ready, eh?  Translation: Homer’s not feeling good.  My words, not Khan(!)‘s. Just so there’s no confusion.


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2008 A2Y Stress Train Movie Trailer

I find it hard to believe anyone reading this isn’t already aboard the Stress Train, saddled up to the bar in The Hasek Club Car, counting down the hours until the real pain begins.

But…if you need convincing, if you’re still on the fence, or you’re just confused about what the idea behind the Stress Train is.

Then you must watch this, the world premiere of the official Stress Train Movie Trailer, debuting tonite in theaters worldwide; courtesy of Gabe.  Check the sidebar to the right.

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Introducing “Bubba” To The World

I’m pretty sure Bubba doesn’t read the New York Times.  I feel pretty darn comfortable saying that.  I’m also fairly certain they’ve never visited PensBlog, because Bubba’s a little sensitive.

So I doubt they’ve had a chance to see the serious-minded comments we made when asked to preview the series at each of those spots.

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Reflective Fedorov

Thanks to Peter Gower over at the MLive message board for the pointer to a great story in today’s Washington Post on Sergei Fedorov.

They were at MCI Center the following year. Konstantinov watched in a wheelchair as Fedorov and the Red Wings won their second straight Stanley Cup, defeating the Capitals in four games. Konstantinov was wheeled down to the ice afterward for the celebration.

“Scotty Bowman’s speech before the last game we play was, ‘Guys, I don’t know much to say about hockey but one thing I like to say is I’d trade all my rings for this win tonight, and let’s do it for Vladi,’ ” Fedorov said. “That was most incredible moment in my career in how humanly and great Coach was.”



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Good God I’m A Genius

I’ve considered some serious research the last two nights, scouring the geek stat sites, flipping through thumb charts, even dipping into the book report I did on the 2003 draft.  Wanna see it?  It’s right here for you to peruse.

My intent?  To provide you with some quality, unbiased, fact-based predictions you can take to the bank and impress your neighbors with.

That was the intent. But I got bored looking at stats, so I got wasted instead.

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A2Y To Emrick:  We Apologize

Yesterday I blasted a pretty good guy based on some pretty bad information.  How silly, how stupid, of me to consider that Ansar Khan(!), Deep Digger Captain, would have his facts straight.  When I read this from Khan(!) Tuesday morning, I should have considered the source before pointing you guys to it.  I should have considered the very real possibility that the leader of our diggers had his head up his ass.

Khan(!)/8 April

Emrik said Europeans have “smashed a lot of the stereotypes (about being soft), but it still raises its ugly head when you talk about Detroit.

“Do they have enough character? Are they going to be stamped as the Euro skill players, and can Nashville intimidate them? And that’s the story for this series,” Emrik said. “In the regular season (these teams), played eight games with no fights. They’ll probably have a couple in the first game.”

Thanks Khan(!). Good stuff. Inflammatory. We dig that.  Only, umm, you tool…Emrick didn’t say it.  Mike Milbury did.

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Babcock’s On Board

It’s been way too long since we’ve done a Mike Babcock Consolidated Quote of the Day.  From the Joe, a conversation between Uncle Mike and Teddy Kulfan after practice.

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Anti-Digger: Home Keys Is In Thursday

Bruce MacLeod’s post-practice report confirmed what we’ve been discussing today.  Justin Abdelkader’s in the lineup for Game 1.

Kris Draper (groin) is definitely in the lineup Thursday and will center Jiri Hudler and Justin Abdelkader.

I really like that move.  MacLeod reports that Samuelsson skated on his own, Stuart’s on track for Game 1, Maltby didn’t skate.

Update 1345 EST: More on Abelkader from his hometown paper in Muskegon.  Just imagine what a hero this kid could be if he plays any kind of significant role in Cup #11.

One minute, Justin Abdelkader from Mona Shores was your typical Michigan State University student, probably contemplating a visit to last weekend’s Cedarfest (yikes), and the next he’s on the playoff roster of the powerhouse Detroit Red Wings along with the likes of Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg and Dominik Hasek.



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Lidstrom on NHL Live

How’d that webcast go for ya?  Baby steps.  Nice attempt.

Try this instead.  Nick Lidstrom on NHL Live.  When? Now.

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