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I Guess What We’re Talking About Is A Game 1 Live Blog

And here we go.

Live Blog starts now.  My commentary will go in the comment section along with all of yours.  And, honestly, I tend to pace…so don’t expect too much from me.  I’ve been home for almost two hours and have spent every minute in the Hasek Club Car. 

Again: the keys.  Power play.  Taking the violence to Bubba instead of receiving.  And, by god Dom…go frigging completely insane.  Because we dig that.

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All Aboard

Stress Train is now boarding.  Five hours and small change until the puck is dropped in Hockeytown.

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Living In Nashville

So many fascinating human interest stories following Bubba’s rags to riches to rags back to riches and eventual return to rags story this year.  Every one of them brings a tear to your eye. 

Almost lost their team, then the Ekspurts saved it.  Cracker Barrell closed due to plumbing problems, but re-opened two days later in time for the NASCAR qualifier.  Out of the playoff “chase”, then in, out, then right back into it and ready to hit that first round again.

So many stories.  But none compare to this.

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Game 1 Rules of Engagement





, curious minds want to know…we’re going Live Blog tonite.  Starting at 1845. 

Stress Train departs at 1400.

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Downey or Mac?  Uncle Mike’s On The Fence. Or Is He?

The Anti-Digger deserves the benefit of the doubt. If Bruce MacLeod’s proven anything this year, it’s that his word is good—especially when compared to the Diggers.  Apparently, Uncle Mike’s playing it close to the vest as far as Downey and McCarty are concerned.  St. James, Kulfan and Khan(!) all say he’s waiting until after warmup to make his decision. 

MacLeod?  It’s a done deal.

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Beating Bubba: Keys To Round 1

Let’s be real clear here.  This series has nothing to do with how Bubba plays, and everything to do with what the Wings bring to the table every game.  Detroit can play good hockey and beat Nashville playing their absolute best.  Every game. 

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Pre-Departure Stress Train Footage

Updated 1300:  Footage below provided by jmara85.

Our crack team of engineers has been testing out different features of the Stress Train in preparation for today’s 1400 embarkation and departure.  A2Y passengers are in for more than they may have bargained for.

We’ve had a man on the ground documenting the work at the secret staging location all morning long.

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Comment of the Day

Screw it. I’m fine.  I’ll be just fine.  Starting something new and we’ll continue it throughout the playoffs.  Each day I’m going to determine which A2Y reader (of the 19) was the most brilliant, most juvenile, most something. 

Today’s is short, simple, to the point and yet slightly confusing.  How appropriate that it should come from AndrewfromAnnArbor.

From “Just Another Day”

God bless my mother-in-law because it’s 14:30 and I’m already drunk.


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Just Another Day

Has every year been like this?  Every postseason I ask myself that.  Was I this pathetically nervous last year? I must have been.  Playing Calgary in the first round?  All we must have been reading was how the big bad Flames were going to grind the Wings into the ice. Pound them into submission.

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Sammy Wants In

Updated 1355: HSJ says it’s Mac for tomorrow. See below.

Updated 1352: Teddy Kulfan squeezed a quality quote out of Uncle Mike regarding Samuelsson’s wishes to play Game 1.

Babcock said “he just told me if it was up to him he wants to play. But my kid wants to play for us tomorrow, too. He’s one of those guys that’ll skate again tomorrow and we’ll see how he reacts.”

Updated 1338:  We have a situation.  Deep Digging Captain Khan(!) says Mac’s playing.  Anti-Digger MacLeod says Downey is.  Thanks to solo16 for the pointer.

Al Sobotka better be putting reinforcements behind the end boards because William Tell says he’s ready to play.


Forward Mikael Samuelsson (groin) said he felt good after practice and believes he’s ready for Game 1 vs. Nashville Thursday. But coach Mike Babcock said the final lineup decisions on Samuelsson, Tomas Holmstrom and Brad Stuart won’t be made until Thursday morning. Babcock said there’s no reason to believe Holmstrom won’t be ready, but they just want to make sure. Stuart, coming off a broken right index finger, continues to maintain he’s ready to play.

No reason to believe Holmstrom won’t be ready, eh?  Translation: Homer’s not feeling good.  My words, not Khan(!)‘s. Just so there’s no confusion.


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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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