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Note To Santa: Suck It Fatass.  Down Goes Helm.

Seriously.  It’s not funny anymore. 

Ready. Set. Vomit.


The Red Wings called up center Kris Newbury from Grand Rapids Monday morning to replace Darren Helm, who is out with an injured wrist.

“It’s more of a test, for sure,” coach Mike Babcock said. “We’ll put Newbury out there and we’ll grind away.”

Babcock said he would move Justin Abdelkader up to Helm’s line, skating between Drew Miller and Kris Draper. Newbury will skate on the fourth line with Brad May and Kirk Maltby.


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Those Are Some Serious Michigan Accents

For some reason, and I can’t explain it, I think this is gonna be really frigging cool.  Wing bloggers, a podcast, a weekly thing, babbling.  Brought to you by a new Wing site called The Obstructed View dedicated soley to hosting the writers you read every day, talking about the Organ-I-zation.

Three different bloggers every week, with a new episode every Monday morning.

Michael Patrella from The Production Line, Casey from Winging It In Motown and Kris from Snipe, Snipe, Dangle, Dangle....they’re first on the docket.

The Obstructed View Podcast, episode 1.

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Live Blogging The Evolution From Hunted Into Hunter

Bubba’s won like 28 games in a row.  The Wings are dead and buried.  The earth is burning and all the firetrucks are in the shop for repairs.  The puppies are fat, lazy and refusing to frolick and the strippers are all waiting for pro golfers to walk through the door.  They’ve got no time for 9th place teams.  No time at all.

We have no reason to be optimistic.

Do we?



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Once We Had An Easy Ride And Always Felt The Same…But The Live Blogs Were Boring

Boring, though, is pretty damn good in retrospect, eh? 

Diver Down, as we’ve discussed, is my favorite Van Halen album.  Maybe, with all due credit to Skynyrd’s Second Helping, my favorite of All Time. 

So with baby Jesus playing horrible jokes on us all?

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You Can Still Lead A Full, Happy Life If You Smell Like Vomit

Take a look at all the lines in hockey, the ones currently skating together regularly.  Go ahead. Consider the top five. Not one of them is better than this one would be if they were healthy:

Franzen, Filppula, Cleary.  A pure scorer, a playmaker, a grinder with a shot, a nuisance in front of the net, a battler and all three are proven playoff studs.

Unfortunately all three, plus little Willie, are broken.  Oh, some casts are gone and that’s nice.  But let’s be honest. We’re not going to see a completely healthy lineup the rest of the way.  And I mean all year.

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Ready, Set, Vomit: Down Goes Cleary

So, I guess this statement from Mike Babcock last night…


“...it’s very obvious we don’t have a lot of natural goal scorers…”

...goes hand-in-hand with this refreshing ditty from Tick Tock Kenny Holland.

St. James

“He’s probably out awhile,” general manager Ken Holland said, “but I don’t know long awhile is.”

Yep, he’s talking about our boy Charlie Buckets (link to the glossary).

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What Means More Than A One Night Stand?  Well Duh…A Frigging Live Blog, That’s What

My reasoning for praying to Santa and Jobu for a win tonite is unusual.  It’s not so the Wings can grab a share of that elusive 8 spot in the West.  It’s not so that we can start building up a decent record at the Joe.  Even wrecking the evenings of little whining, pouting, bitter bitch Blues fans, the ones who wake up every morning with cramps they still attribute to an Yzerman slap shot right past the cute little blue note of Jon Casey?  Nope, that’s not even the reason.

I want the Wings to win tonite because I’d like to keep the Van Halen theme for a few weeks, but can’t do it unless it’s part of a winning streak.

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WoooHooo…The Blues Are In Town. Sing For The Laughter.

You woke up smiling this morning at just the mere prospect of it.  There are no guarantees, not this year.  But the possibility that thousands of Bitter Bitch Brittle Blues fans will sob themselves to sleep tonite after a loss to the evil Wings is enough to keep all of us warm all day.  Over at Game Time, where the moaning reaches a deafening roar by, well, game time…they’ve devoted 4 posts to the Wings.  Just today.  Awesome.

All games are exciting, but games against the Red Wings carry that little something extra. That something? Pure, unfiltered hate. I won’t be wearing anything red tomorrow.

No red on game days.  Crazy.

Oh yes…we know.

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Mac On Film

Updated at 1909: Twelve years later and nothing that has happened over the course of 4 Cups affects me like McCarty’s destruction of Claude Lemieux.  Still, to this day, it’s just…ours.  It’s a Wing fan’s moment.  

It’s been nagging at me the last hour or so that we didn’t do Mac justice with the last post announcing his official retirement.  You guys have seen every second of the videos below, but I’m showing them to you anyway.  Because the hat trick in ‘02 kicked Roy’s ass once and for all. And because that frigging goal to clinch OUR first Cup was a moment that defined so much for so many of us.

And because Darren McCarty brought a city to its feet with a beatdown that just had to happen and then he laughed at Denver with the rest of us with his OT winner.

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Yzerman: “What The Faux Was THAT?”

Darren McCarty officially called it quits today, even though we’d heard he retired several weeks ago.  Craig Custance remains the best hockey writer in Detroit.

Sporting News

“I was going to dump it in, it was the end of the shift but [the puck] rolled on me. My reaction was to toe drag and the next thing I knew I had a step on Niinimaa. I was just trying to shield the puck and saw Hextall coming out ... the last thing I remember, I got the puck on my stick and I remember thinking ‘Don’t miss the net.’”

As classic as that goal was, the reaction from Steve Yzerman might have been better.

“We were celebrating and the first guy I see is Stevie Yzerman in the pile. His eyes were as big as saucers and he said ‘What the [expletive] was that? I had no idea.”

NHLPA’s official release on Mac’s retirement is here.

And this will blow your mind…

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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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