Abel to Yzerman
Heck, doesn't every game this season have the word 'rivals' in it when hyping the matchup?
Paul here using Bill's account so he receives the comment notifications and not me. He is without computer access at this moment and asked me to put up the live blog for him.
It feels like old times, playing the Blue Jackets once again, but this time with both teams in the Eastern Conference.
Expect the team from down there to hit anyone wearing red and it will be up to the Wings to play their puck possession game.
The Blue Jackets have improved and will play a full sixty-minute game and will pressure the Wings every chance the have.
With that said...
Third game in four nights, and the second half of a back-to-back?
Update: Wow, sorry about that; apparently I killed the pages and had to remake them realgu... er, quick.
I really had no idea who the Wings were playing today. I assumed they were, but I've been distracted. I can't devote my energies to three teams at once and yesterday it was the Lions and then, the unspeakable obscenity.
Happy Columbus (not the Blue Jackets) Day/Canadian Thanksgiving!
I paused the Michigan debacle to give you another hastily conceived live blog.
Hopefully, the Wings will be up by three around 8:07 because I think there's something else on. And hopefully the Tigers will be up by 5 after the first inning so I can turn back to watch the Wings. And hopefully the Michigan game just ends. Soon.
Sorry for the late start; still trying to get the hang of this "Interwebs" thing.
(Still a work in progress, so please excuse my dust)
I will be working with RedMenace today to teach him the finer points of posting a blog on A2Y.
So he should be doing regular game day posts in the very near future.
DETROIT RED WINGS
LAST HEAD-TO-HEAD GAME (2011-12)
DET 2 @ PHI 3 (3/6/12)
1st Period: DET Zetterberg (Filppula, Hudler) 4:00-EV; PHI Voracek 13:50-EV; PHI Giroux (Coburn) 18:11-EV
2nd Period: PHI Talbot (Giroux) 14:10-SH
3rd Period: DET Franzen (Smith, Quincey) 8:47-EV
Shots: DET 39 (2-16-21); PHI 23 (9-8-6)
Goalies: DET MacDonald (L, 20-23); PHI Bryzgalov (W, 37-39)
PP: DET 0-4; PHI 0-2
It's been exciting, this three game stint against the East. Everything we expected. A little rougher, a little more tense. A couple of patsies and a lay-down against the Big, Bad Bruins.
Glad you liked it. Because here comes the same old, same old...Gary's Coyotes.
DETROIT RED WINGS
LAST HEAD-TO-HEAD GAME (2012-13)
PHX 0 @ DET 4 (4/22/13)
1st Period: DET Franzen (Brunner, Zetterberg) 2:37-PP; DET Brunner (Zetterberg, Kronwall) 19:24-PP
2nd Period: DET Filppula (Zetterberg, Kronwall) 16:09-PP
3rd Period: DET Franzen (Ericsson) 18:38-EN
Shots: DET 23 (4-12-7); PHX 34 (12-10-12)
Goalies: DET Howard (W, 34-34); PHX Smith (L, 19-22)
PP: DET 3-5; PHX 0-4
Well, if there's going to be a legitimate "rival" in this division, this is it. Toronto? No. It will be fun to see them get pasted and it will be particularly fun to hear their fans whimper. Montreal, Florida, Tampa...blah, blah, blah. That's just science.
Boston's it. But not yet. Not until a playoff series. Until then, it's all just talk. Like this...
We'll start with their city.
That's from the Stanley Cup of Chowder, a Boston blog of the SB Nation variety. That means it looks, sounds, smells just like every other SB Nation blog.
A few key words from this manifesto, the same as the ones you'll read on the SB Nation Blues, Dive, Duck, Predator blogs. Ready?
...no matter what I say about their decrepit, run-down city, Detroit fans will find some way to cry about it. But if you think about it - that is such the epitome of their fanbase. Hardly any of them actually LIVE in Detroit city limits (find a Red Wings fan. Ask them where they're from. I bet you anything they're from like Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti or any number of other non-Detroit Michigan locales that you can hear about in a variety of Sufjan Stevens songs) and yet they all leap to whine and cry at you if you dare to invoke the fact that the city might as well be a war zone.
About Abel to Yzerman
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