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The Boos?  Oh, They Pretty Much Stopped With Nine Minutes Left

You know, it’s a little strange that we refer to the Blues fans as “bitter.”  I mean, they are…don’t get me wrong.  But we definitely shouldn’t be so narrow-minded as to think that other fans aren’t included in that description.

Now, I think you have an idea where I’m going with this.  So, before I begin…I’m playing with house money.  For three years I’ve been building up the collateral that allows me to say what’s gonna follow after the little jumpety doo.  Because I’ve defended Sergei Fedorov every time the pretend Wing fans boo’d him at the Joe?  Because I’ve done that consistently, I can say this with a certain amount of credibility.

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Every single one of you, Wing fan or not, knows who won today in Pittsburgh.

I don’t. I have no idea.  Drove for seven hours today. Just got home.  Actually listened to Mike Lange’s call on Pens radio as I drove through Pennsylvania.  But it was too nerve wracking and turned it off with 7:45 left in the first.  Scoreless.

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52 Percent Thid.  Care To Join The Live Blog To Discuss It?

I guarantee that as you’re reading this I’m hauling ass trying to get home in time to see this game.

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No More Songs Until We Lose

That’s just the way it is. No Seger. No Lightfoot.  Nothing.  Sing to yourselves if you have to.

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Drew Sharpe:  Friend Of Oz

We’ve tried to tell Drew Sharpe to just stay the hell away from hockey.  Repeatedly.

But you know what?  Give the guy some credit.  While the other columnists are hitting the streets, looking for radio gigs or trying to hide their ears under a Karate Kid haircut sitting next to tough guy Mike Lupica?

At least Sharpe’s talking Wings.  He’s just a little misguided.

Standards are extraordinarily high here—maybe unrealistically high—and no one can stop regular-season boredom from morphing into playoff paranoia


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Talkin’ Sunday

Sean Leahy from Puck Daddy contacted me earlier this week and asked if I’d like to participate in a bloggers’ roundtable.  The subject? This Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh.  I’m pretty sure he was looking for some statistical analysis from me, because it’s widely known that we kind of roll that way here.

So, when the time came for predictions?  All bias was set aside and research prevailed.

4. Finally, it was 7-6 Pittsburgh in overtime last time around. Will this game be even close as exciting as the last time? And your prediction, of course.
A2Y (Wings): Let’s see. Osgood gives up three in the first. Pulled. Conklin shuts out the Pens the rest of the way. Hossa scores four. Gary Bettman and Pierre McGuire sit on either side of Sidney Crosby and feed him baby food with plastic spoons in between shifts. Wings win 5-3.

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February Continues:  Homer Out 3-5 Weeks

Hernias and Holmstrom.  Man.


Tomas Holmstrom will have surgery to repair a sports hernia and will be out three-to-five weeks.

An MRI revealed a small tear in his groin. Holmstrom hopes to have the surgery early next week in Philadelphia.

He had the same procedure on June 11, but on the other side. He said this tear is smaller, so he’s optimistic he won’t be idled as long. He’s hoping to return with about 10 games remaining in the regular season.

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Single File Please.  Plenty Of Room For Everyone Aboard The Stress Train.

For those of you genuflecting in The Hasek?  Pouring yourselves shots at 1100 on a non-game day?  I’ve got news for you.  The Diggers have caught on.  One way or another, they’ve realized that the stress level has risen and that we’ve got ourselves a scapegoat.

Now, considering sports radio in Detroit isn’t exactly Wing-heavy…I’m wondering where the papers are getting an idea that you’ve reached your emotional breaking point?

Jeez. I have no idea how they’ve come to that conclusion.

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Zetterberg Conference Call Shocker:  “We Made Crosby Our Bitch.”

Whoa. Crazy stuff, eh?

Yeah, it would be even more shocking if he’d actually said it…or anything close to it.  But hey. Don’t fret.  He dropped this frigging bomb.

Q. Do you have a favorite day of the week that you like to play on?
HENRIK ZETTERBERG: I like the weekends. I like the afternoon games. It nice to play then.

There are actually some interesting ditties in there.  Matt Saler’s got the whole transcript here.

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Implosion Imminent?

Updated 1508 with very little that’s new or exciting.  I just have this to say:  I’m going to remember every one of you disloyal bastards who are predicting first-round exits for this team.  You ungrateful, sons of…oh. Nevermind. I started it.  Back to where you were.
Mike Mouat, a Detroit Red Wings Examiner, doesn’t say quite as much. But he comes pretty close.

And finally, goaltending, coach Mike Babcock has essentially declared it an open race between Chris Osgood and Ty Conklin imploring one of them to grab the job and protect it. Osgood has allowed a few soft goals in the last two games, but then again five of the seven goals allowed by Detroit in those games have come while a man short.

While those on-ice problems are apparent there is friction in the dressing room that the team will need to address behind closed doors as opposed to comments through the media.


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About Abel to Yzerman

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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