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12 Hours Out Of Mackinaw City The Gales of November Came Slashin

Watching the Wings come back from an 0-3 deficit last year was one of the most exciting weeks of our lives.  It was stunning and it was incredible.  Those three games reminded us of just how good this team can be when everything is going right.  Health, chemistry, goaltending, strong pharmaceutical work.  For a week they were brilliant. 

Do I think that could happen again? 3 straight wins against a team not quite as good as the one Detroit roared back against last year? 

No, I don’t think it will.

I believe what I said back when we wondered where the Wings would finish. This is the matchup we didn’t want because it’s the kind of team that has traditionally given the Wings problems in the playoffs.  A great goaltender and a slow-down style bound to frustrate every one of us.  We knew we’d outshoot them, probably outskate them and in the dark places we all knew there was dangerous potential for the kind of sadness only we know.  Anaheim, Edmonton, Calgary, LA, San Jose, New Fuching Jersey. All ugly, tragic losses from our past that proved that it takes so much more than just talent to do this.  There are variables in the years we win.  Dallas Drake or Larry Murphy, vengeance and redemption.  Grind lines and aging goalies that remind us of Nicklas in ‘86.

It’s not our year, folks. The intangibles aren’t there. The variables are missing.  Would Darren Helm have made a big difference? I believe so. I think his speed and his tenacity and his godlike playoff touch would have made a big difference.  And I believe that when he went down the Wings deflated more than a little.

And here’s where it gets weird.  I’m ok with it. I’m ok because my expectations, for the first time in forever, were not high. 

We’re going to Live Blog this bitch and it’s going to be fine.  We’ll bid farewell to our boys and look to the summer when Tick Tock will remind us all why he’s our savior.  Nick will stay and Helm will heal.  Parise will join because he knows this is the system and the franchise that was made for his talents.  And there will be others. Oh yes there will.  The Wings will not re-build. They will re-stock and re-load.

But that’s later. Today we will not bitch about Franzen loafing.  We’ll laugh about it because it’s defined us for the last sixty days.  We’ll remember that Jiri Hudler’s a karoake artist with a weakness for back-biting hookers.  We’ll think back to 2008 when Big Jonny Ericsson was on everyone’s list, including my wife’s.  We’ll watch Pavel Datsyuk even closer tonite because we know it could very well be the last time we’ll see that kind of brilliance for the next six months.  And I’m not even going to get into why we’ll be watching The Perfect Human just as closely.

And, once again, as one we’ll look at the Nashville crowd with wonder and remark just how incredible it is that so many stupid people can fit into one building for one purpose and still have absolutely no idea what it is they’re watching. 

It’s over tonite, folks.  I’m pretty sure we all know it. And if it’s not?  Well, shit.  Wouldn’t that be good.  Because if tonite doesn’t signal the end, well, we’ve got ourselves a chance.

Here’s your Live Blog, bitches.  Make it a keeper.

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RWBill's avatar

EVENIN’ BITCHES !!

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/20/12 at 10:08 PM ET

barnburner13's avatar

Well put, Master Chief, as always. 

LETS GO RED WINGS!!!!!

Posted by barnburner13 from Fort Drum, NY on 04/20/12 at 10:08 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Evening 19, what are you bitches drinking?

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 04/20/12 at 07:57 PM ET

Gentleman Jack and sprite

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/20/12 at 10:08 PM ET

jennyquarx's avatar

I was feeling pessimistic the last two days and then I heard Zeppelin in a record store today.  Then Deacon brought home this story from school about a shipwreck and Zac started singing the Edmond Fitzgerald to me.  I asked Deacon to hand me a coaster (they’re Olympia Entertainment ones) and he brought me Al the Octopus.  Then I logged in here and it’s Seger.  Seriously you guys.  The planets are aligned today.  And if not, that’s okay too.  Everything you wrote makes it okay.

Posted by jennyquarx on 04/20/12 at 10:09 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

I’m in. Here goes nuthin

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/20/12 at 10:09 PM ET

VooX's avatar

Another feed.  That one is more for anyone.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 04/20/12 at 10:09 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Grain Belt Nordeast for me.

In case you’re wondering, it’s pretty damn good.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/20/12 at 10:09 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Evening 19, what are you bitches drinking?

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 04/20/12 at 07:57 PM ET

Gentleman Jack and sprite

Posted by 42jeff from Minot, North Dakota on 04/20/12 at 08:08 PM ET

Oh yes…and a couple times today maybe a little vomit….

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/20/12 at 10:09 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Hey VooX, set me up with a Mt. Gay and Coke.

Cal’s right, play with fuching passion gol damnit you *#$%@&

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 04/20/12 at 08:07 PM ET

I don’t think I said it that way counselor. grin

Posted by calquake on 04/20/12 at 10:10 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

I’m in bitches.  This one’s for pride.  Sunday’s game will have a bit more on the line and the one after that is gonna be huge.  Wings in seven.

Now go do it.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/20/12 at 10:10 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

I Believe!!!!!

Lets Go RED WINGS!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 04/20/12 at 10:10 PM ET

VooX's avatar

Cheers to all, enjoy the finest we have aboard the Hasek just for you.  No need to leave your seat, fill our buckets or your pants when you feel the urge to lose fluids.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 04/20/12 at 10:10 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

wtf?!

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/20/12 at 10:10 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Frigging LOL.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/20/12 at 10:11 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Oh look. the shit starts early.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/20/12 at 10:11 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Way to go Grandpa Joe

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/20/12 at 10:11 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

BTW - IIR, Okie missed the GDT opening night, too (his only miss this season) ...

we won that one 5-3.

just saying.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/20/12 at 10:11 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Here we go refs.  They should give the Red Wings lessons on showing up on time.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/20/12 at 10:11 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

dammit Cleary

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 04/20/12 at 10:11 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Really?

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/20/12 at 10:11 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Wow, the stripes aren’t wasting any time tonight.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/20/12 at 10:11 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Right outta Lil Gary’s script.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 04/20/12 at 10:11 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

I’m going to delay the TV and listen to Ken Kal audio stream, just to change the dynamic, and the bounces.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/20/12 at 10:11 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

It’s gonna be like that?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/20/12 at 10:11 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Wow….it wasn’t Bert?

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/20/12 at 10:12 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Stupid Rednecks, that’s a headshot and a penalty

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/20/12 at 10:12 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

This is going to be one big joke isnt it

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/20/12 at 10:12 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

oh, man, game ain’t even 2 minutes old, and already the zebras are making a statement.

joy.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 04/20/12 at 10:12 PM ET

Bent's avatar

A penalty every 15 seconds should make an interesting game.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 04/20/12 at 10:12 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Jimmah, just stay in the net dude.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/20/12 at 10:12 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

4 on 4. Me likey.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 04/20/12 at 10:12 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

hahaha

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 04/20/12 at 10:13 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

why are the point men so ridiculously wide open so often?

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/20/12 at 10:13 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

Hejsan alla glada !!!  Let’s Go Red Wings !!!

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 04/20/12 at 10:13 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

How is this not 3 on 3 by now?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/20/12 at 10:13 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

why are the point men so ridiculously wide open so often?
Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/20/12 at 08:13 PM ET

Our point men? Because putting a man on them would be like guarding Shaq in 3 point land.  If somebody scores from the point, the Bubba will have to respect the points

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 04/20/12 at 10:15 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

can we see the Flying Circus, please?

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/20/12 at 10:16 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

How is this not 3 on 3 by now?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Land of Ice and Snow on 04/20/12 at 08:13 PM ET

Lazy ass refs.  Couldnt keep up the pace

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/20/12 at 10:16 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Hal Gill actually skates?

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 04/20/12 at 10:16 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

can we see the Flying Circus, please?

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/20/12 at 08:16 PM ET


Negligible I say… negligible.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/20/12 at 10:17 PM ET

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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