Abel to Yzerman
Aaron Downey’s in tonight. The Kings’ announcers just informed us Samuelsson’s out with a groin. Hadn’t heard that until then. Teddy Kulfan blogged earlier tonight that he was out, but couldn’t offer a reason.
Via Red Wings’ TV available on Center Ice online (yes, I caved). Let’s try this out and see how it looks.
JV Digger George Sipple posted a few paragraphs about Aaron Downey obtaining his work visa today. Personally, I have no idea how an NHL player waits this long to get something like that done. Does it have to be renewed every year? How come it’s always the fringe guys who have visa problems? Anyway, the blog post led to some good conversation in the comment section that I’ll point out to you now. The topic? The relevance of the tough guy on a Wing roster.
TEAM TOUGHNESS, not an enforcer is what we need most. Team toughness is backed by having an enforcer that can step in if needed. No team can afford a goon. Drake and Downey have other skills too just like Probert. He still holds a DRW record for most points in a playoff year. Guess who he topped to get that one??? Number 9
I’m going on Ebay today, and I’m selling the Stress Train. We won’t be needing it this year. Of that I’m convinced. Why?
Because Barry says we’re the best in the west.
Updated at 0650 EST with a bevy of wit below.
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” Winston Churchill said that. If I was an elitist quote dropper sitting in a Denver cafe’ at 0945 on a Tuesday, I’d probably say that another way. I’d go, “....was so much owed by so many to so few.” I’d pause a minute, thip my latte, and then finish with, “Churchill”.
But, I don’t like latte, Denver or cafes. I do like that quote, but I bring it up only because I’ve finally found one that rivals it in terms of long-lasting impact and eloquence. And it’s courtesy of Mike Babcock, as seen in today’s Detroit Free Press.
“It looks like Khabibulin, who’s their best player, is playing well,” Babcock said. “You know, sometimes they call it hockey. Sometimes they call it goaltending.”
There’s nothing I can add to that.
I’m tired. Tired of the “odds and ends” thing. It’s become a cliche as thousands of hockey bloggers have stolen it from me and called it their own. I’ve recovered from that and will use this title today, maybe “potpourri” when I know the Dive fans are reading. I just don’t know. My lips are so cold.
Well, if you spent the day trying to guess the Wings’ lines minus Johan Franzen…keep trying. It took Babcock all of seven minutes to run Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Holmstrom out together and there they stayed the rest of the first.
The Nina. The Pinta. The Santa Maria. The BJ. All historical references to the great Christopher Columbus. Celebrate them all today, my friends. Celebrate them all. As you do, consider the stress that awaits us at this early stage of the NHL season. I’m even considering firing up the train. The toughest month of the season starts tonite with Edmonton then continues with the Flames and resurgent Hawks, before it’s on the road twice to hit the traditional Wing foes in the West and Far West (Thanks Gary…Ass).
1635 EST: Updated below with quotes from Holland.
Johan Franzen has a Grade 2 sprain of the MCL (medial collateral ligament) in his right knee. Franzen’s leg was injured during the second period of Saturday night’s shootout loss in Chicago. Tuomo Ruutu was tripped by Pavel Datsyuk and fell on Franzen’s leg.
The injury will keep Franzen out of the lineup for 3-4 weeks.
Detroit is carrying two spare forwards on its roster ... Aaron Downey and Matt Ellis. One will be inserted in the lineup for Monday’s home game, but isn’t likely to assume Franzen’s role on the top line. A third-line player—Dan Cleary, Valtteri Filppula or Kris Draper—could be bumped up to Datsyuk’s top line with Ellis or Downey skating on the third or fourth line.
1102 EST: Updated with Digger reaction below.
The subtleties. It’s the subtleties we forget during the offseason. The little things that we have to get used to again that make the whole viewing experience unique. Example? Sure. I’d forgotten about late night hockey and how to prepare for it. I’d forgotten that a 2030 start time required the type of moderation I hadn’t been practicing on your standard Saturday.
I’d forgotten that dowsing myself with Heineken (yes, I’ve made the switch from Rolling Rock) for 6 hours prior to game time comes real close to ensuring that by the second period I’d be wondering why Greg Stefan was wearing number 39.
About Abel to Yzerman
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