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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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monkey's avatar

Another nuance of the NHL rulebook I was not previously aware of:  cross-checking is ok when the player being beaten is lying face down on the ice.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/23/12 at 10:45 PM ET

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I don’t know if I can handle PeeAir doing color all night.  Makes me want to puke.

Posted by Jeff from CO. on 01/23/12 at 10:46 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Big E needs to be better on D. The DC doesnt miss a thing.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 01/23/12 at 10:46 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

So lately during telecasts they have been using this weird low in the corner camera angle. I’m not sure who’s idea this is but it sucks , so stop it already!!

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/23/12 at 10:46 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Berglund ain’t no ‘rosby, Mick.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/23/12 at 10:46 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Hi Ya ALL! 
Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 01/23/12 at 10:47 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

Good Evening all. This is a big game. LETS go WINGS!!

Posted by Yzersyuk on 01/23/12 at 10:48 PM ET

SYF's avatar

brb, 19.

Good start.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/23/12 at 10:49 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Filpula channeling Federov’s ghost again.  Damn that kid’s a beast this year.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 01/23/12 at 10:49 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Z hooked. No call. And so it begins. Zebra suck.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/23/12 at 10:49 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Sorry I’m late.  Guess the Wings have been late again too.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/23/12 at 10:50 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

high stick into the pimps face, no call.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/23/12 at 10:51 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

good afternoon, everybody. Still at the office. Gotta love the gore in its filter free glory at work.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/23/12 at 10:51 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

God Kväll alla knäpp gökar !!!!  Lets go Red Wings

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 01/23/12 at 10:52 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Sorry I’m late. How do we look?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/23/12 at 10:52 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Valtteri Filppula is long overdue for 10 consecutive 100 point seasons.  Get on it, bitch.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/23/12 at 10:52 PM ET

VooX's avatar

Posted by SYF from Dr. Ima Tearadikov’s “Office” on 01/23/12 at 07:45 PM ET

From ProElite 3 in Hawaii this past weekend, Brent Schermerhorn def. Kaleo Gambill:

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 01/23/12 at 10:53 PM ET

monkey's avatar

high stick into the pimps face, no call.

Nuance.  He got up.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/23/12 at 10:53 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

I heart helm. Way to keep the blows pinned in their zone

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/23/12 at 10:53 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Well, fuch.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 01/23/12 at 10:54 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

fuch that

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/23/12 at 10:54 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

Bad defensive breakdown there. Come on boys

Posted by Yzersyuk on 01/23/12 at 10:54 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Another first goal scored on the Wings.  WTF

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 01/23/12 at 10:54 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

well that stunk ...

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/23/12 at 10:54 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Yeah - there is not a lot or room out there

EXCEPT right in front of the DET net.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/23/12 at 10:54 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

Well that was easy, bad time for a change there Miller.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 01/23/12 at 10:54 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

down 0-1, they’ll pour the molasses on the ice now

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/23/12 at 10:54 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Wings collide. Blues score. Fuch!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/23/12 at 10:54 PM ET

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Does anyone with a remotely decent record give up as many odd man breaks as Detroit?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 01/23/12 at 10:54 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

what a feckin’ circle jerk that was.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/23/12 at 10:54 PM ET

VooX's avatar

Bad line change, and the BBBB’s score.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 01/23/12 at 10:55 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Another first goal scored on the Wings.

Make that second goal.  The WTF still applies.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 01/23/12 at 10:56 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Late to the party bitches.  Can’t believe how much I was looking forward to this game. 

Came out of the shower to an acquiring satellite signal on the tv.  So that’s right, I manned up and went commando under my vintage JCPenneys snowsuite.  I’m not ashamed and I’d do it again if I had to.  That satellite dish wasn’t gonna clear itself off.  Man did we get pounded with snow today.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/23/12 at 10:56 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Blues play with impressive tempo.

DET hasn’t for the past several games.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/23/12 at 10:57 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

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

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 01/23/12 at 10:58 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Posted by ITDeuce from The Land of Ice and Snow on 01/23/12 at 07:56 PM ET

Note to self, don’t buy a used snowmobiling suit.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/23/12 at 10:59 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach'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.

so far it looks like the Wings are being outworked, out-hustled. the Blues want the puck more, and they’re winning the battles.

they’re playing better positionally, too.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 01/23/12 at 10:59 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Man did we get pounded with snow today.

Gotta love that lake-effect snow.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 01/23/12 at 11:00 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Uncle Mike telling Pierre to STFU and GTFO.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/23/12 at 11:00 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

go Mr. Babcock, Way to tell em!

Go WINGS!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 01/23/12 at 11:00 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