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Hanging In San Jose

Bill is out tonight, driving around town and depending on how the Lions are doing, I may be worried about him (note- this was written before the football game started).

So let's talk some hockey.  What Detroit team will show up tonight?

The one from the recent win in LA or the one we have become all too familiar with?

Tonight it doesn't matter to me.

You see, every time we play the Sharks in San Jose in a non-playoff game, I chuckle....

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Wings/Kings - Comments Welcome

I am off the bench to do the live blog tonight and I have read so many comments on the Wings the last few days I am not sure where to start or for that matter, finish.  We've dissected this team so much we should be rewarded with a PhD in fan participation.

Ken Holland has some serious work to do and the earlier the better.  We will all be watching that's for sure.

Now it is your turn and enjoy the game if you can.

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Late Night Mediocrity

There is no way Ken Holland is awake right now.  Well, this is posting at 9. So, maybe.  He's watching the last few minutes of Lost, season 2. Catching up.  He doesn't understand why the fat kid doesn't get skinny. It's weird. He's confused.  Tired. Drowsy. Getting late. Time for bed.


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One and Only Resolution? Enjoy Today

An outdoor game between two rivals.

Mid afternoon on a Sunday when many of you don't have to work tomorrow.

A relaxing little diversion as you wait for the vomit fest that will begin in Detroit at 8:30.

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Two things I learned in the last 48 hours.  Our resident pharmacist at TPSH came up with this nugget today.

The Columbus success this year has been a big story so far this season.  It is a big story because it is unexpected and so large.  There are several indicators that suggest that it is bigger than sustainable.

That's a big statement on a big topic made by a big man with a big agenda, to break the biggest stories on the biggest stage.

Something else, better written and more relevant to 19 of us? This from Tuesday's Live Blog.

0-1. Didn’t take long. 

Posted by bigfrog on 12/27/16 at 08:07 PM ET

That's ten games in a row, if you're counting...and you know we are, Kenny...that the Wings have given up the first goal.

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Back To ‘97

Pulling out all the stops at JLA tonite, for the game that signals approximately the 25th game before the final game At The Joe.  Replica hats. Replicates of the ones worn by The Champs after they dispatched The Legion of Broom(ed) in '97.

A ‘97 Replica Hat?  Surely there is a pallet of the real thing still sitting around a warehouse somewhere that they’re desperate to get rid of…

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 12/27/16 at 05:47 PM ET

I actually have a real one. Not sure where it is. Probably in a closet somewhere along with the, wait for it...Wings power play.


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Merry Christmas. Now Sell It All.

I read Custance's deal today, as most of you did. 

There may be a path to get there without completely tearing things down and ruining the winning culture in Detroit that has taken years to develop.

Read it all at the link above. That line especially stuck out to me. 

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We Need Good Ice, Gary. Send Us To Florida.

The theme of this riveting live blog was going to be Carolina and the fact that one of Gary's little projects can't support ice hockey. I was going to wax poetically about the ice and the fact that, even on bring your cousin/wife to the rink night, they could only pull in about 36 people.

We were going to talk about it.

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I NOW Consider Tomas Tatar A Hall of Famer

You had to know that was coming.


Browsing the Emperor today, I learned a few things...

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Naughty Or Nice

Nice Mike Babcock is failing. Let's be real clear about that.  Mike Babcock, the original, would not be in this position. This team would not be losing this way, this consistently, with Babcock V1.

We heard the grumblings last year about a divided room. Naturally, because they came from someone outside the mainstream, an anti-digger, we frigging disavowed them.

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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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