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Come On Home, Son And Bring That Serial Killer With You

Tick Tock Kenny Holland has told us all he made a mistake when he waived Kyle Quincey.  Three years later, because it’s the Winged Way, he’s brought him back to Hockeytown.  That’s what Holland does, you know.  He lets them go with a promise that if they behave and improve and drop him a BFF text now and again? A spot will open up and it’s home again, home again.

Quincey’s not the first. He did it with Larionov, and with Osgood, Conklin, Darren by god McCarty and with a certain sociopath who we’ll discuss a bit more in just one second.  He brings them home. They win Cups. They stay on, retire as Wings, hire on with the greatest organ-I-zation in sports and then he does it all over again.  It’s loyalty and Holland’s got it in spades.  And it’s also, more importantly, righting a wrong.

So in wades Kyle Quincey.  Back to the third pairing (for now) and the second power play unit.  An upgrade all around and, just as good, a slap in the face to Denver…which is just plain funny.

And speaking of slapping Denver around, the Unibomber’s been signed for two more years.  Some people say he’s “polarizing”. That’s a nifty term these days, although it’s usually used with two other words in Detroit: Brendan and Inge.  I think we’re passed the point of controversy when it comes to our serial killer. He’s ours. We dig him. And for those of you who don’t? Well you can go ahead and suck it.

The Wings are better than they were a couple days ago.  The best team in hockey got better.  And now it’s on to 24 against the team that has just come right out and said they want to be the bastards to end it.  Ok.  We’ll see, Bobby.  I’m on record as saying Jim Howard’s a better goalie than Luongo.  I guess we’ll see tonite for a game that’s as important as one can get in February. 

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monkey's avatar

Wake up, Detroit, the stretch run commences.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 02/24/12 at 12:24 AM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

Jävlar helvetes jävla skit ochså.....but we got 1 point though..

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 02/24/12 at 12:24 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Night all…off to the hot tub time machine.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 02/24/12 at 12:25 AM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

With less than a week left, the February that we all know and loathe finally showed up. Fuching grounghog month. Can’t wait for it to be over.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 02/24/12 at 12:26 AM ET

SYF's avatar

There should be an asterisk because the ‘Nucks won in a shootout to break the streak.

Seriously, that’s how pathetic that line of thinking is to those who want that asterisk on the Wings home record.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/24/12 at 12:27 AM ET

Chet's avatar

didn’t necessarily love that icing call but whatever.

why did two of our shooters use a walker as they approached luongo? whatever “scouting” that was was complete shit.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 02/24/12 at 12:27 AM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

Nattti natti

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 02/24/12 at 12:28 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

West…...didn’t mean to fvck with you.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from home of the 1925 Stanley Cup Champs on 02/23/12 at 10:23 PM ET

No worries.  My snark is worse than my bite.  It comes across a lot less pissy in real life.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/24/12 at 12:28 AM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Seriously, that’s how pathetic that line of thinking is to those who want that asterisk on the Wings home record.

Couldn’t agree more.  Every record would need an asterisk cause they change the rules.  Duh.  That’s jealousy talking.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 02/24/12 at 12:28 AM ET

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It was emotional.  23 wins will stand 23 years easy though.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 02/24/12 at 12:29 AM ET

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Anyway, roll it off our backs and get back on the saddle against the Dives on Saturday night.  We got one point out of this game tonight so we’re still one point ahead of the ‘Nucks and six up on the B’Lose.  Win the Central and we’re secured home ice advantage.

Shake it off, Wings.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/24/12 at 12:29 AM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Night dudes.  (also a great film).

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 02/24/12 at 12:31 AM ET

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And of course Suckville and B’lose play a 3 point game.  Could I possibly hate either team more?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/24/12 at 12:31 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Win the Central and we’re secured home ice advantage.

Shake it off, Wings.

Posted by SYF from a “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp” on 02/23/12 at 10:29 PM ET

Agreed.  Bigger fish to fry my friend.  Fix the power play and re-gain their lost road mojo.  The streak is over.  It was fun.  But there’s still only one prize that matters.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/24/12 at 12:35 AM ET

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Canucks are a much more dirty team than I thought (yes, I made this comment in the middle of the second period with friends I was watching the game with). Are they talented? Hell yes!

But their cockiness and dirty play has made me no fan of a team I once thought was alright. I never understood why the Hockey News and HNIC always said the Canucks were the most hated team in the NHL. Tonight, I’m starting to understand. Now I see why people get almost as excited for a Vancouver loss as they do for their own team’s win.

You made your bed Vancouver. Good luck sleeping in that bitch.

As for the Wings: what a run! How fuching fun was that streak?? Talk about making the usual “dog days” of the season feel almost like the playoffs!

We’ll meat the Canucks again. And not only all the Red Wings fans around the world (we are legion, bitches), but the rest of the NHL, will be cheering for us to bring the Cocky Canucks down.

See you in the Spring, Alain.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 02/24/12 at 12:39 AM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Ahhhnd que Weekes with the shit eating grin talking about breaking fans hearts in the Joe. What a pinto.
Paging the riot squad in Vancouver. You won a regular season game on the road. Prepare the parade route.
The team will probably bitch about the wings once again led by their crying coach.
Meh. It was fun while it lasted. I remember when it was a good year to have half the streak number of wins for a whole season in the 70’s.
15 points to 100.
See ya all Saturday.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 02/24/12 at 12:45 AM ET

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Since 09 SC finals I’m scared of ice officials more than of our opponents.

Posted by Alex on 02/24/12 at 12:46 AM ET

SYF's avatar

All ‘bout a little perspective, West.  And Red Winger is right:  that was some bona-fide fun watching history in our own friggin’ barn.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/24/12 at 12:46 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Ahhhnd que Weekes with the shit eating grin talking about breaking fans hearts in the Joe. What a pinto.
Paging the riot squad in Vancouver. You won a regular season game on the road. Prepare the parade route.
The team will probably bitch about the wings once again led by their crying coach.
Meh. It was fun while it lasted. I remember when it was a good year to have half the streak number of wins for a whole season in the 70’s.
15 points to 100.
See ya all Saturday.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 02/23/12 at 10:45 PM ET

Well, there’s another spread-eagled jackass MSM’er that goes to the shitlist.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/24/12 at 12:48 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Did I really spell “meet” as “meat”???

Freudian slip, bitches.

wait…what???

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 02/24/12 at 12:55 AM ET

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Ahhhnd que Weekes with the shit eating grin talking about breaking fans hearts in the Joe. What a pinto.
Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 02/23/12 at 10:45 PM ET

Weekes and Cherry are, no doubt, bumpin’ and grindin’ on each other, ecstatic the the nucks beat the Wings.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 02/24/12 at 12:57 AM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Weekes is the douche who left Jimmah out of his top 15 goaltenders. He must have come to TickTock looking for a job and was laughed out of the Joe like. Balfour.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 02/24/12 at 12:57 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

HNIC is becoming “must see TV” almost as much for their douchebaggery as their quality hockey coverage; and that is both very funny and very sad.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 02/24/12 at 01:01 AM ET

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Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 02/23/12 at 10:39 PM ET

I know exactly what you mean.  Vancouver has an obscenely high skill level, but yeah, they were kind of exposed in last season’s SCF.  I can’t tell you how many hockey fans I talked to last spring who came to the same conclusion. 

They’re notorious for cheap shots after the whistle.  Lots of stick work, punching and hell, even biting.  Throw in the incessant diving, whining, bitching, yapping and chest thumping and it’s easy to see why they’re as despised as they are.

Say what you will, I wish Detroit was as good a road team as Vancouver.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/24/12 at 01:04 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Leaving on a bright note: only 1/3 of downtown Vancouver is aflame as I type; and the mayor has promised he will not blame the NHL this time, but rather hold the ECHL responsible for the travesties currently being visited upon his fair city.

‘night, all.


See you later, Alain.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 02/24/12 at 01:05 AM ET

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Say what you will, I wish Detroit was as good a road team as Vancouver.
Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/23/12 at 11:04 PM ET

If that were the case, the record breaking 62 wins and 131 points 95-96 season would be obliterated.

Posted by Blame Canada from the Land of the Jingoistic Hockey Pundit on 02/24/12 at 01:17 AM ET

Guilherme's avatar

Win the Central and we’re secured home ice advantage.

On the first round. 2nd seed and a game 7 in Vancouver? Shit.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 02/24/12 at 01:29 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Mule can’t even block a fuching shot… useless.

That line belongs in the righthand column.

If the Preds would accept Mule and Errorson for Nash, I’d drive to Detroit and help them both pack for their trip south. And I don’t even like Nash.

On the bright side, I loved Quincey’s play (in spite of the two penalties). There are great days ahead – all we have to do is weed out the lazy-ass MoFos (cough-Franzen-cough) along the way.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/24/12 at 01:31 AM ET

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Worst +/- on the team tonight?
FRANZEN, JOHAN   0   0   0   -3

Why was he on the ice with 0:33 to go and face-off in our end upcoming?

Only five players had a + night:

ABDELKADER, JUSTIN   1   1   2   +3
MILLER, DREW             0   1   1   +2  
HELM, DARREN               1   2   3   +2
ERICSSON, JONATHAN   0   0     0   +2
QUINCEY, KYLE               1   0   1   +1

Posted by Alex on 02/24/12 at 01:32 AM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Hey dudes, have you seen an actual dirty team play a game?  Cause at the end you can actually point to dirty plays directly, instead of talking about all that little stuff that the cameras didn’t catch.
I have never heard so much demonization for things that are totally generalized.
Remember when Pronger stomped on Kesler?  Dirty. 
“Oh but you should see all the little shit that no one notices.”
Okay then.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 02/24/12 at 01:51 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

SO finally caught up on the game.  Holy freakin Helm.  Has he been taking puck handling lessons or what?

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/24/12 at 02:10 AM ET

Primis's avatar

*  This PP thing is now at a new level.  One lone SOG in TWO PP’s in the first?  Unacceptable.  THE POINT SHOT DOES NOT WORK!  YOU HAVE TO SHOOT FROM CLOSER, YOU DUMBASS, MORONIC COACHES!  STOP HAVING THEM CYCLE THE PUCK BACK TO THE POINT!  YOU HAVE THE MAN ADVANTAGE, USE IT TO GET CLOSER!

* “Top” two lines were absolutely worthless.  With Datsyuk out now, there’s really no hope for them.  The scoring chances Bertuzzi-Zetterberg-Franzen got were things like slow deflections or shots from bad angles.  They never really got good chances.  We appear to be hosed without Datsyuk, boys and girls.

* Sooo… what’s Cleary’s excuse now for why he can’t make anything happen?  I’m tired of him eating 2nd line minutes for producing absolutely nothing.  He gets as many chances as Hudler, and at least Happy buries some of his.

*  What was the point in the shootout?  2 skaters go in and just shoot (no move whatsoever) and the 3rd (Z) makes a tiny move, but again just shoots it.  Have nay of them ever heard of a “deke”?  Why would you EVER not make a move, unless you’re someone like Pavel who has to just shoot every now and again to keep goalies honest?  BY my count, Hudler now has just plain shot the puck on his last 3 or 4 SO attempts in a row (all unsuccessful… shocking, I know).

* I’ll say it again:  FIX YOUR GODDAMN PP, YOU IDIOTS.  It’s pathetic, and more than anything it is what’s costing them games.

*  Hey remember back when Zetterberg was feared and respected enough by opponents that he got room somewhat like Datsyuk does?  He doesn’t anymore.  Nobody’s afraid of playing defense against him.

*  I don’t see much in the way for playoffs right now.  Even at home the PP is horrendous, and if the PP isn’t clicking in the post-season, it’ll be an uneventful one- or two-and-out.  This team, as it stands right now, is not capable of a deep playoff run.  Not unless they fix the glaring errors and holes in their game.

Posted by Primis on 02/24/12 at 09:31 AM ET

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That was about as sorry an excuse for effort, at JLA, than we had seen in a long time.

I think we are going to have to accept that Mule is as streaky as Mikael “William Tell” Samuelssom.  Last night he was just freaking intolerable and invisible.  I realize he is #2 in scoring, but if that fucher would show up more regularly, he’d be #2 in the NHL.

I think it was the 1st Wings PP, when they actually tried to work the puck down low, and generated a decent chance.  Never recall seeing them try again on the PP.

But hell, DET play that way the entire damn game.  Work the puck deep and throw back to the point - bombs away.

Everyone but the 3 line that is - those magnificent bastards work the puck deep and keep cycling it deep - -  and here is the best part, they get rewarded for it.  Every other forward line needs to take fuching notes.

Wings got a fuching point last night and didn’t even deserve that (except for JFH and the 3 line).

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/24/12 at 10:23 AM ET

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I think we are going to have to accept that Mule is as streaky as Mikael “William Tell” Samuelssom.  Last night he was just freaking intolerable and invisible.  I realize he is #2 in scoring, but if that fucher would show up more regularly, he’d be #2 in the NHL.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Franzen’s slowdown occur right around the same time as a possible leg injury that he played through… and then didn’t he take a shot off a leg again here a little while back after he was starting to show possible signs of life again?

The guy takes a lot of abuse and punishment.  He gets slashed a *lot* (with no call), and he gets a lot from playing in front of the net too.

Which is why I rail on Cleary and Zetterberg, who I don’t usually see taking that type of punishment, and yet they still disappear anyways.

I’m also sick and tired of seeing a guy like Hudler go into the corners, or a slight guy like Miller fighting and battling like crazy for a loose puck against two opponents…. and certain other “Top 2” forwards not doing the same.

Posted by Primis on 02/24/12 at 11:45 AM ET

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I said way back in October that I thought the organization had over-estimated and over-valued their top six forwards and needed to upgrade in order to match up with the better teams in the west and stand a chance of going deep into the playoffs.  Nothing we’ve seen over the past twenty games has changed my mind.  It showed in Chicago.  It showed again last night. 

The dirty little secret is out—the Detroit Red Wings’ top six forwards (especially minus Datsyuk) doesn’t really scare anyone any more.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/24/12 at 01:35 PM ET

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[Franzen] gets slashed a *lot* (with no call), and he gets a lot from playing in front of the net too.

I have noticed this.  Sometimes big guys get boned by the zebras.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 02/24/12 at 03:23 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Helm was asked today whether there had been any talk of a line name. He’d heard “HAM” thrown around, but vehemently objects. “I don’t like ham,” he said. “I just don’t like the taste. And it looks like skin. We can do better.”

That’s a terrible line name. 

I vote for “The Death Star”.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 02/24/12 at 08:35 PM ET

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