Abel to Yzerman
8 CBJ 46 GP, 22-17-7, 51 PTS
9 DET 45 GP, 21-16-8, 50 PTS
And that is all you really need to know about tonights tilt with the Kings (well that, and the fact that LA lost last night at MIN).
I don't remember the exact statistic, but in 2009 Chris Osgood was like 55-0-0 when the Wings scored 3 goals. That's astounding, especially when you consider I made it up. But as with so many things with life when you're not quite a pharmacist's mate (good job Okie)? Specifics don't really matter. We actually argued about that ditty way back when, way back in the good old days when playoff berths were clinched well before the Ides of March. It was a proven fact of life that Osgood rarely lost when spotted 3.
Clearly we all know where I'm going with this. George brought us a nugget from our own Ken Kal today.
The Red Wings are 4-15-6 this season when scoring 2 goals or less, however, they are 16-0-2 when they score 3 or more
No lineup changes for the Wings tonite, except for Drew Miller's damaged digits. Eaves is in, which leads me to this...
When Al Gore invented the internet back in 1973, I'm pretty sure he never envisioned the staying power a single post on a little Red Wing blog would have. Today, as we prepare for a four game hurl fest? I thought it might be nifty to look back a few months to January 19th, when I said something so genius, so Nostradamus-like in its accuracy, that I'm nearly breathless as I type this to you today from the A2Y home office in San Diego.
Read this and bathe in the warmth of my brilliance.
I believe this team is going to be prolific. They'll lead the league in scoring, both even strength...and on the power play. Oh my sweet baby Jesus. You drooling, babbling bundle of hope and leadership. You brought us one of your disciples and he, Tom Renney, will be our new god. We will love him and bathe him in oils and praise. Offensively, this team is going to be nearly unstoppable when Uncle Mike lets the kids play...
That was the day the season started. The comment section is open for your praise.
See you tonite for the Live Blog. Vomit.
8 CBJ 46 GP, 22-17-7, 51 PTS, 17 ROW 7-3-0 in last 10.
9 DET 44 GP, 20-16-8, 48 PTS, 18 ROW 3-4-3 in last 10.
3 PTS behind, 2 fewer games played. I'm no pharmacist, but if DET are to make it to 22, they must win, period.
I would say that might be the most appropriate Live Blog title we've had in years. Figure out the tune and you'll understand why...unfortunately.
Fading down the stretch, or is it disappearing?
No passengers tonight, or no chance at all for 22, none.
Dreams of the playoffs are slipping away.
The Flames defense is horrible, 3.38 GA/G, 0.68 5-5 F/A; both marks second worst in the league.
Win or go home.
Your Detroyet Red Wings have 47 pts (tied with CBJ, but DET have a game in hand) and sit in 8th place today, they trail 7th place STL by three points.
Tonights tilt with CGY, of the 6 games remaining on the schedule (@ CGY, @ VAN, PHX, LAK, NSH, @ DAL), is the opponent with the poorest record. The Flames defense is horrible, 3.38 GA/G, 0.68 5-5 F/A; both marks second worst in the league.
Win or go home.
I can't believe I wrote that. "Changing the narrative" is one of the worst, elitist, BS phrases in the history of our esteemed language. But I'm using it, because it fits.
And here's why...
I think a lot of people would be happy to see us miss the playoffs, so we've got to go out there and play with the same sense of urgency when we get to Calgary.
That's James Tiberius Howard, via Helene St. James.
Since the Ingalls sisters took their feel-good story to Walnut Grove, this blog has been--almost exclusively--a bitching, bitter, blast at Kenny Holland. I take nothing back. It's been a legitimate disappointment. But I'm admitting today that I could have gone in different directions many times and taken the easy road.
Howard's quote struck a chord with me this morning and it reminded me of what we used to be here: a fawning, biased ode to the greatest franchise in hockey.
I don't have much. Detroit's made two huge offseason signings over the last two years. Our GM, aggressive because he knows a title is within reach and always looking for ways to make his owner and his fan base happy, has refused to acknowledge parity as an option. Refused.
Detroit's GM is a swashbuckler. He gobbles opportunities. He's fearless. And he's being rewarded...
Hunter's hitting .415 and Fielder? .439.
Yes, that GM.
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