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Deep Digging: Monday, Bloody Monday

Stop the frigging presses. Ted Kulfan's broken a biggie. Kulfan/Detroit News

And many times, there's blood in hockey. Because there are a lot of cuts.
If I was a sinister blogger, I'd leave it at that and say something marginally sarcastic like, "really?". But, I'm not that blogger. And, the story's pretty good.

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Whoa…Nobody Told Me

If I knew how to spell "apocolypse" I'd say it had arrived. At no point did anyone tell me, when I migrated into the Kukla Empire of Blogs, that I'd be affiliated with the insanity that is the former Vancouver Canucks Op Ed. Yes...it's true. The rumors have come to fruition. AlanaH has unveiled her new home. Oh, I was happy. Happy for her. Happy for The Godfather. Happy for us all. Such unity at such a "special" time. But, then I read further. I try my best to remain even-keeled here at A2Y. Honest, forthright and devoid of sarcasm. You can imagine how shocked and, frankly, saddened I was to read this over the weekend.

I'm afraid I share these accommodations with a very troublesome next door neighbor. You know the type I mean-the kind who pulls his car into the driveway next door and you just KNOW, simply by the way he spins his tires and laughs at his own jokes, that he's gonna drive you freakin' insane. For me, that neighbor is Abel to Yzerman, also a resident writer here's at Kukla's.
To that I say, why? Have I not conducted myself professionally, gentlemanly? On the rare occasions I've mentioned series-turning goals from center ice, Chelios victory laps, 5-hole goals on 6-million dollar goalies....well, I've done so in a compassionate manner. And now...this? This assault? This unprompted attack? Well, I guess...I guess that it's on. Beware bookstore owner.

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Fan Post of the Day

In case you haven't noticed, I'm definitely appreciative of a nice exchange of insults in public. Today's FPOD is simple, to the point and definitely funny. It comes from the comment section of the Free Press' game story. One innocent reader had this to say about Hasek's playing style.

"Yes I agree a good win but am I missing something here? Is it not easier for a goalie to make a save when he is on his feet rather than laying on the ice or on his knees? Come on Hasek - get with the program and if you can't then take a hike. A big long hike and don't look back. P.S. Take Chelios with you."
Personally, I found the comment to be idiotic. But had I chosen to comment, mine would have paled in comparison to this nugget:
"Yes I agree a good win but am I missing something here?" Yes, you are. Primarily a frontal lobe.
That? Well, that's just funny. Have a good Friday night.

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Friday Stat Sheet

A few stats for your perusal this Friday evening. And for comparison's sake I'll throw in how they ended up last season, and how they finished in 01-02. * Power Play: the Wings have skyrocketed to 22nd (15.4), thanks to their current hot streak with the man-up. They've now scored a PP goal in 7 straight games. 05-06: 1st, 22.1% 01-02: 2nd, 20.3% * Penalty Kill: Still lingering in the middle of the pack at 17th (82.4). 05-06: 3rd, 85.5% 01-02, 7th, 86.0% Hard to imagine either unit falling below their present rank, and both will most likely end up top 10 by season's end.

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Time To End The Hudler Project

Late recap. So late in fact that I'll point you to On The Wings for theirs. In brief, another bittersweet win for our boys as Cleary stays hot, Samuelsson stays hot, Hasek gets hot precisely when we needed him to...and another Wing hits the IR, this time for an extended period of time. Now...the Kopecky situation. He lost an edge and slammed into the boards. Jim Vandermeer landed on top of him, the boards came next, successful surgery today and it's off to the IR he went, for up to twelve weeks. What does his loss mean to the Wings? Well, Jiri Hudler is probably going to get another chance, another doghouse reprieve. We can't send him down, and he can't play well enough, consistently enough, to deal him for anything of much value. So, we lose a gritty kid with attitude and feistiness only to gain an ongoing project with frustrating potential.

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Stiff Or Not, Datsyuk’s In

Pavel Datsyuk’s “stiffness” isn’t bothersome enough to keep him off the ice tonite in Chicago.  Johan Franzen’s also in, but no one knows who he’ll replace.  Odds are, it’s Jiri Hudler…he of 5:30 worth of ice time against Ottawa.  Nik Kronwall?  Not yet.

Helene St. James/Detroit Free Press

“I think he’ll play the next game,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said after the morning skate at United Center in Chicago. “They’re just giving him one more day.

Kronwall has missed nine of the past 13 games.

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Art…You’ll Never Learn

Ken Daniels is a hockey guy. Art Regner is not. Ken Daniels has credibility with the Wings organization. Art Regner is viewed as a buffoon with a microphone. Both proved it yesterday. Regner, the host of WXYT's "Big Show" and the info-hungry sports reporter he is, watched the Wing/Ottawa game the other night on the tube. Good. He says he became perturbed when, during a timeout with :14 seconds left, FSN Detroit cut to Ken Daniels between the benches.

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Thursday Deep Digging

Interesting. Discussion regarding Pavel Datsyuk's "stiffness" is escalating. While our erstwhile Deep Diggers have (a) decided not to ask for any further explanation, (2) are satisfied that "stiffness" is all the clarity they need to write their one-sentence descriptions of his condition or (c) can't stop giggling; I'm getting comments here and reading elsewhere that it may be his wrist. Mike Babcock said he'll know for sure at today's morning skate whether Datsyuk can go tonite against Chicago.

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Datsyuk’s Hurting; Diet For The Geo-Bachelor

Important stuff first. It would appear Pavel Datsyuk, just as he seems to be heating up, may be hurting. Ted Kulfan/Detroit News

Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk missed Wednesday's practice with what coach Mike Babcock described as "stiffness." Babcock did not say what the injury was but added he expects Datsyuk will be able to play Thursday against Chicago.
Ok Mike. Is it me, or has Babcock publicly expected every hurt Wing to play the next game after their injury...only to report a few hours before the game that they skated but "couldn't go"? I'm at the point where if an ailment is bad enough to mention to the media, it's probably bad enough to keep that player out a few games. The IwoCPO bachelor dinner tonite: a mini, microwavable container of tomato soup and one of those mini-cereal boxes of corn flakes. Both items I found hidden under the sink in my office. Man, I'm living it up. At some point I might have to teach myself how to (a) shop, (b) cook and (3) stop whining.

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Responding To Chelios

You recall, I'm sure, Chris Chelios' comments regarding Ottawa's decision not to re-sign Hasek.... ..."Whether Murray was frustrated or Ottawa was frustrated with him, I think personally it’s a stupid move to get rid of Dom because he was playing at the top of his game when he went out.” Well, Bryan Murray has returned the favor. Don Brennan/Ottawa Sun “That’s Chris Chelios. Maybe he’ll be a GM or coach someday, then he will be able to make decisions that impact the future of an organization. There’s no secret. We know Dominik Hasek is a quality goaltender. But you know the reason we let him go.” Read the rest of the article here. Pretty good stuff, actually. Brennan uses a device we don't see too much amongst our DD's...humor.

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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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