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Most Important Game 1…ever?

Probably because we’ve walked the same Olongapo back alleys, O-Joe and I agree completely on just how critical a Game 1 win is to the Wings. He made some great points in the comment section of a post below and I wanted to give them a bit more prominence.

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Back To Back Headache

Updated: Ottawa and Pittsburgh play back to back in Games 2 and 3.  Thanks, Johne.

If the Thrashers and Rangers go seven games, they’ll play on consecutive nights the final two.  Other than that series, no other matchup will feature back-to-back games.

Except, of course, for Detroit and Calgary…games five and six.  And does anyone doubt this series will go at least six games?

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Deep Diggers Unite:  All Agree Zetterberg Ready

Despite blog entries yesterday that looked like the three diggers spoke to Mike Babcock from three different continents, they met over latte last night and conspired to conform.  Their stories are heartwarming in their similarity this morning.

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Predicting The Mainstream Is Too Easy

The usual suspects are all chiming in, predicting the Wing demise.  Strachan and Montgomery today.  Proteau and Campbell yesterday.  More will surely follow as we get closer to Game 1.  John Buccigross is today’s only dissenter.

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Prepare To Defend Thyself Hockeytown

We’re going to be hearing about this story today, and most likely all week.  It’s not new to you, but our dirty little secret is out there now.  Wing tickets, even playoff tickets, are not exactly difficult to come by.

As a matter of fact, they’re embarrassingly available.
Behind The Jersey mentioned it a week ago, and the Detroit News caught up last night.

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It’s Only Monday?

Long, long, long frigging week.  In case you’d forgotten, here are a few items to worry about:  Zetterberg’s health, Bertuzzi’s health, Mike Babcock’s ability to adapt and the true terror of another early loss.  A few items for you to consider as Stress-Ex 2007 grows nearer.

First: the deep diggers are busy, but not exactly unified.  Everyone was at the media avail today, but they all seem to come away with different interpretations

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MacLeod’s Corner

I’ve added Bruce MacLeod’s blog, Red Wing Corner, to the port side under “Head to Hockeytown.”  MacLeod, who writes for the Macomb Daily, is a goldmine as far as Deep Diggers are concerned.  Today, he brings good and bad news.

Everyone—including Henrik Zetterberg (back)—was on the ice for Monday’s practice at Joe Louis Arena except for Todd Bertuzzi. The forward was diagnosed with a concussion after colliding with goalie Chris Osgood last Thursday. His status for Thursday’s playoff opener has yet to be determined.


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Expect Little Love From The Mainstreamers

Updated 0839 CST:  Spector picks Wings in 6. See below

I’m not going to come down too hard on the mainstreamers on this one.  Heck, if I even attempted to be objective—which, you know, I have no intention of experimenting with—I’d be tempted too.  The Wing injury situation, recent playoff history, Hasek’s brittle body and even more brittle psyche?

I’ve never seen a 1 seed considered an underdog, but by the time Thursday night rolls around it’s going to seem that way.  We start, however, with at least one for the good guys.

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Pre-Playoff Activity

Your opposing bloggers are listed to the port side.  You’ll find the regulars there: Battle of Alberta, Red Mile, Double D, Five Hole Fanatics and Flames Blog.

Your Wing bloggers are, as always, in the section titled, “Head to Hockeytown.”  And while their counterparts in Calgary have been asleep at the switch, clearly very satisfied at just getting in, the Wing blogs are ramping it up.

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Ramping Up On Red Mile

You may recall the decidedly Sailor-like antics on Edmonton’s Whyte Avenue last year?  Well, prepare yourselves to read of Calgary’s Red Mile.  Here’s the first of, I’m sure, many mentions.

The impending repeat of Red Mile antics has some businesses on the southwest strip bracing for good times and others groaning at the very prospect.

Fiasco Gelato manager Adrian Juch had mixed feelings about upcoming hockey fever.

“I’m not a supporter of the Red Mile,” he said.

“It’s kind of messy and vulgar.”

Still it is good for business, sometimes scoring a 50% hike in business on a game night.

Police Inps. Kirk McCallum said cops are ready to revisit the Red Mile with plans to be revealed this week.


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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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