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Update 1315 ESTKhan(!) reports on his blog that Homer skated a full practice today and looks like he could be back Monday.  That blog post has been up for at least an hour now and hasn’t been deleted or changed so it’s probably true.


Sssshhhh…don’t tell anyone.  My wife’s planning a surprise birthday party for me tonite that I’ve already been told about by at least 4 different attendees.

How does that affect you?  Not much, but there will be little to a realistically-zero amount of posts today, and I won’t be participating in the live blog tonite.  I will be pretending not to worry about the score, and only focusing on acting surprised. 

Feel free to use this post as tonite’s LB.  Also, if you’re feeling all holiday spirity and stuff tonite…you can .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), which I’ll pretend to be reading on my blackberry as if they were super important work items that I just can’t get away from because I’m so damned important.

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No Gimmicks. Just Wings and Oil.

Last live blog I had to lure you in with a contest. Tonite? We harken back to the words of Rocky Balboa in II when Mick suggested he go back to southpaw prior to the 15th round.

“No tricks. I ain’t switchin’.”

You’re damn right Rock.  No tricks.  Live blog starts here.

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You won’t be seeing him on the ice tonite, but here’s Tomas Holmstrom, Inside The NHL.

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Thursday Digging

0629: A quick note.  The Dive sit, once again, in the 9 spot this morning.  What a shame.  And hey…how bad are they defensively? This bad.  Of the 8 teams ahead of them in the West, 7 of those teams have scored fewer goals than Denver.  Of those eight teams, wanna guess how many have let in fewer goals?  Good job.  7.

0547: Updated below to include Gramps’ new additions to the HockeyTown Todd stable of writers and a number of stories from the Canadian media.


Today’s a good day for the Diggers.  A good day.  Collectively they show a little spine, a little initiative. 

Khan(!), still sad and confused about the lies Mike Babcock told him earlier this week, tries to redeem himself with a good piece on the ease with which thousands of people are taking their home-state Wings for granted.  I read the article about fifteen minutes ago and it hasn’t been deleted from MLive yet, so that’s a good sign.  Helene St. James causes a bit of an uproar with her interpretation of Uncle Mikey’s comments to the media yesterday and Ryan The Temp (John Niyo) returns to the Detroit News cycle of brilliance. 

We’ll have those stories and more, next, on this edition of Thursday with the Diggers.

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Uncle Mike Goes League-wide

Jack Adams front-runner Mike Babcock just wrapped up a media conference call and we’ve got it for you.  He touched on the Flying Circus and the fact that Zetterberg was the league’s best player the first six weeks; a title Pavel Datsyuk has since assumed.  Babcock made no mention of the knee injury that may keep Tomas Holmstrom out of tomorrow night’s Edmonton game.

Saler’s a frigging showoff. He’s got the transcript here.

You can check out the Canadian Press story here.

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Buccigross: Put Uncle Mike At The Helm

We tend to pick on Mike Babcock here a bit more than we give him credit for the Wings’ success.  A bit more?  A lot more.  But, that doesn’t mean we don’t respect the way he’s put this team together and molded it to fit his style.  John Buccigross agrees, and recommends a world-wide stage.

So far this season, the Detroit Red Wings are the best team. They are by far the best-coached club. Mike Babcock is hands down the best coach in the NHL. He has to be Canada’s coach at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, and Steve Yzerman should pick the team. Synergy, people.


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Gary’s Gonna LOVE This

Thanks to Ken Campbell at The Hockey News for pointing this gem out.

You know the flagship network here in the states?  Versus?  Are you wondering what game they’re airing on New Year’s Eve?  Of course you are.  Let me help.

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Ted’s Changed His Tune

Wow. It’s an all skate today.  The old stand-bys are coming out of the woodwork to give us so much to work with.  I’m truly thankful.  Earlier today we had the Diggers editing (or just deleting) blog posts to hide their shortcomings, now we have our boy Ted jumping into the fray.

Hey…remember this?

The Red Wings seem vulnerable, the Predators won’t go away without a fight, and St. Louis and Chicago are both much-improved. Even Columbus, with its talented goaltender Pascal Leclaire, seems poised to make a move. Stay tuned … the balance in this division could shift immeasurably.

Sure you do.  That’s Teddy Montgomery of USA Today fame on 15 October. 


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Outside The Lifelines

It’s always a little dangerous to stray into areas external to The Dynasty.  Wing talk is easy. We know it.  Very secure and warm in the comfort of that level of conversation.  But, sometimes, the staffers here at A2Y like to get a little nuts and branch out a bit.

But not quite yet.  First?  This little ditty.  If the playoffs started today, we’d be looking at a Detroit/Dive first rounder.  Didn’t we just leave this daydream?  Weren’t the Wings just competing for a President’s Trophy while the dinky-doo Dives were fighting for the 8 spot?  I guess it’s normal now.  Oh well. Nice little run. Looks like Ryan Smyth chose real well.

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Editing After The Facts Change

Updated 0530:  I’ve added a comment from Matt Saler, pointing out that Khan(!) isn’t the only culprit here.  As is usually the case, the Wing Deep Digger incompetence is a group activity.  See the bottom of this post for more.


Of all the Wings it couldn’t have been, Nick Lidstrom was the only one singled out yesterday by Deep Digger Captain Ansar Khan(!).  Remember this?

“We’ll see who’s eligible and who’s not,’’ said Babcock, who wouldn’t reveal the injured player but said it’s not Nicklas Lidstrom.

Now? Well, now it gets interesting.

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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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