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Bring The Bitterness. Live Blogging The Boys Of January.

So I guess it’s on then.  Another chance for another baby brother to flex and stomp and spew their bluster.  January hockey for another wannabe and a game that for them is the “most important of the season”, yet for the Wings is just…January hockey.

I don’t have to point you anywhere to tell you just how pumped Blues fans are.  We know they’ve been lifting all day and choking down Pall Malls in between sets.

Most of them—statistics show—have been raised, and even conceived, by first or second cousins.  Literacy, hygiene and electricity are frowned upon.  Few even realize where the city of St. Louis is and even fewer have actually attended a hockey game.  But, for some reason, they’ve latched on to this train wreck of a franchise and have refused to let go. 

They deserve substantial credit for that, for this loyalty to a team that has brought them nothing but statically transmitted losing seasons of Blues hockey.

Most of all though, and this is frequently discussed in the dark corners of The Hasek, where Voox refuses to let the youngsters frolic, Blues fans live to hate you, Red Wing fans.  Even in times like these, the cold months, when double rainbows make them quiver along with winning records and disgustingly misguided hope, they reserve a spot in their pointy heads for a very legitimate brand of bitterness.

It’s legitimate because we have custody of them.  Physical, legal custody.  The Blues laugh when Detroit lets them.  Blues fans smile when we allow it.  If the sun shines on that shithole of a city it’s because Ken Holland gave the swaddled gift child a nod and a wink.

Oh, but now they’re competitive.  Now they have a big eater at the helm and all is well.  All. Is. Well.  Right up there with the big boys: Detroit and the middle brother in Chicago.  If the playoffs started today, they’d be the 4 seed.  Oh the chills.

But, alas Babylon, it’s only January.  And if Blues fans have learned one thing over the last twenty years…it’s that January means exactly jack shit.  Nonetheless, here they are and good for them. The little tykes. Good for them.

We’re wondering though, Blues fans.  Oh yes. We’re wondering when the fall will come, because it always does.  We’re wondering if maybe it won’t start tonite in cozy little Joe Louis, where the bad men play and the noises hurt, where the memories are brutal. 

Sooner or later, because history and providence and everything else that is holy decree it, the wheels are coming off.  And just like every year since 1997, we’ll be there to remind you that talking shit about Vladimir Konstantinov guarantees you nothing but earned sadness.

It’s a Live Blog, bitches.  And if you’re a Blues fan, just dropping in…Fuch Detroit?  Oh no my friends. Oh no.  Fuch you.

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WestWing's avatar

1 goal lead, this is when Hitchcock puts 6 defensemen on the ice. At the same time.

And every one of them will be clutching, grabbing, holding, hooking, etc. at least for as long as they allow it.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/23/12 at 10:00 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Wow, Babs takes responsibility for the current fiasco.  Good man.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 01/23/12 at 10:00 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Babcock tossin the boys under the bus.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 01/23/12 at 10:00 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Did Uncle Mike just shoo the Canoe?

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/23/12 at 10:01 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

babs to DC: leave me alone and let me do my job, we gotta fix our tempo.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/23/12 at 10:01 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

I wish I knew how to look up certain stats.  I have to believe the Wings have more of their shots blocked than any other team.

Boy, I sure have to agree.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/23/12 at 10:01 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Non-crisp passing so far.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 01/23/12 at 10:02 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Babcock tossin the boys under the bus.

And for good reason.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/23/12 at 10:02 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

having a magnificent line like Bertuzzi, Datsyuk, and Franzen on the ice doesn’t do a lot of good when they can’t even get the puck out of their own zone.

sheesh.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 01/23/12 at 10:02 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

uncle mike really needs to double shift the helm line tonight.

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/23/12 at 10:03 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Non-crisp passing so far.
Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Lidstrom’s head telling him 1 more year on 01/23/12 at 08:02 PM ET

What do you mean? I see the wings making lots of crisp passes to the invisible man and those guys wearing white.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/23/12 at 10:03 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Jesus the Wings cannot even pass…  To each other.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 01/23/12 at 10:03 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

uncle mike really needs to double shift the helm line tonight.

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/23/12 at 08:03 PM ET

Concur.  They have been “working” tonight.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 01/23/12 at 10:04 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Did the wings watch a keystone cops movie in the locker room before the game? I can’t remember seeing them run into each other so much

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/23/12 at 10:04 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Wings doing a whole lot of one and done - - when they do manage to get in the Blue zone.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/23/12 at 10:05 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

When the Helm line is the Wings best one, that is generally not the best sign.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 01/23/12 at 10:05 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

I can’t remember seeing them run into each other so much

that’s what happens when you’re chasing instead of making plays.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 01/23/12 at 10:06 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

If only i could put the skill of Zetterburg and Franzen into the bodies of Abdelkader and Emmerton.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 01/23/12 at 10:06 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

I really thought the Wings would get fired up for this game.  Not seeing it yet.

LGRW !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 01/23/12 at 10:06 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

  uncle mike really needs to double shift the helm line tonight.

  Posted by Down River Dan on 01/23/12 at 08:03 PM ET

Concur.  They have been “working” tonight.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Lidstrom’s head telling him 1 more year on 01/23/12 at 08:04 PM ET

That’s all those kids do.  I truly believe that Helm doesn’t know how to float.  He only knows how to skate as fast as he possibly can at every possible moment.


Ha, Mick just called him E52 again.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/23/12 at 10:07 PM ET

monkey's avatar

If only i could put the skill of Zetterburg and Franzen into the bodies of Abdelkader and Emmerton.

And the head of a lion.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 01/23/12 at 10:07 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Wings are getting abused by the Blues speed and aggressive forecheck.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/23/12 at 10:07 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Nice Pass from Huds

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/23/12 at 10:08 PM ET

monkey's avatar

See, this, they need more of.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 01/23/12 at 10:08 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Stoned….

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/23/12 at 10:08 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

  If only i could put the skill of Zetterburg and Franzen into the bodies of Abdelkader and Emmerton.

And the head of a lion.

Posted by monkey from the morel high ground on 01/23/12 at 08:07 PM ET

I fugging love this place…

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/23/12 at 10:08 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Zatta denied on the Wings best chance tonight.

Only good shift of the game for DET.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/23/12 at 10:08 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Sit down bitch.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 01/23/12 at 10:08 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Ha, Mick just called him E52 again.

actually i think he said B-52. I guess he is a Big Ugly

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/23/12 at 10:08 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Stuie!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 01/23/12 at 10:09 PM ET

FranzensMouthguard's avatar

Stuartwalled!

Posted by FranzensMouthguard from Chicago, IL on 01/23/12 at 10:09 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Disco Stu

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/23/12 at 10:09 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

stuie with the big sit

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/23/12 at 10:09 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

“The partisan crowd at Joe Louis Arena”

No shit sherlock

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/23/12 at 10:09 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Stuie says hello.  wow.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/23/12 at 10:09 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Stu and Stew are pissed.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 01/23/12 at 10:09 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

STU-WALLED!!

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 01/23/12 at 10:09 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

once again, a clean hit means you have to fight—that’s an instigator

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/23/12 at 10:10 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Love how Stewart started punching before Stuart was really set to fight….

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/23/12 at 10:10 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Pussy Blues.  Challenging Stuie for a clean hit.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/23/12 at 10:10 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