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Abel to Yzerman

Coming To Terms With A Couple Of Steel Firms

It's not submission.  We're not Blues fans, for god's sake.  It's short-term acceptance.   For a very brief period of time we've come to understand that this franchise's singular goal is to extend the playoff streak.  That's organizationally.  They're thinking of nothing else. They expect nothing other than just getting in.

It's why Pittsburgh landed two captains, both better than the one they already had.  Minnesota improved. Columbus did and so did Boston.  The Diggers hint that we kicked Jagr's tire but not hard enough.  We're also reminded that the Wings committed to a youth movement when injuries hit us in February?  Ok. 

I call it giving up.  But that's just my isolated opinion, I'm sure.

But only for a short period of time, and only in the eyes of Holland and his team of equal-voiced advisors.  Here's why we have legitimate reason for hope:

There is no way Henrik Zetterberg views this as a gloss-over year.  There is no way that a competitive athlete can be this close to the playoffs, and therefore the Cup, and view this postseason as a nice-to-be-here deal. 

But it's not Hank we worry about.  Or Datsyuk. It's not Kronwall or Howard or even the young defense.  It's not Nyquist or whoever else Uncle Mike puts in there on any given night.

Three things must happen if this team is going to go all UM on us and "shock the world", and it would be a horrific shock to those who despise us, wouldn't it? 

Franzen must be the guy we used to know.  Actually, we never really knew him.  He is the guy we know now because the guy we want him to be has only been around for rare glimpses, but thankfully those glimpses were enough for Tick Tock to ensure the guy we do know will be around for a long, long time.  Who has the ability to get under his skin, like Yzerman got under Fedorov's? Like Bowman got under Shanahan's? Putting him at center, telling him to "choose a line" and then "dominate"?  That's not going to cut it.  The most frustrating Wing of our time, without question. 

Filppula.  Does he realize that if he actually performs for the next two months he can write his own ticket?  If Wally plays even close to his potential he could be looking at an epic payday in June or July or whenever Gary decides to let teams other than us sign free agents this summer.  I'm tired of him and I'm anxious to see him go, but I wouldn't mind an explosion of talent that carries us where few outside of the 19 of us really want us to go. 

Helm.  Poor, sweet, innocent Darren by god Helm.  I'm telling you right now that if we get Helm back healthy and if those two fuchtards I mentioned above can play the way baby jesus wants them to? We have a shot.  If we don't get two out of those three? Done like dinner after one just like Kenny and the rationalizers expect and accept.

The three paragraphs above, plus the one sentence that preceded comprise the most obvious thoughts a Wing fan has ever typed. I get that. But it doesn't make them any less critical.  Mule, Wally and God.  We roll with them, or go out whimpering awash in flagellation and excuses from Kenny and his posse.

It's a Live Blog, you bitches.   I once called the Blues the best team in the Western Conference. Now I just call them the 8 seed, if they're lucky...just like the not so distant good old days.

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calquake's avatar

It’s taken 5 years to figure out you guys were neighbors?

We both worked EMS in Detroit but at different times.  We’ve corresponded but neighborhood never came up.

Posted by calquake on 04/07/13 at 01:30 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Z has a pained look on his face.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 02:28 PM ET

He must have seen the power play.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/13 at 01:30 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Z has a pained look on his face.

probably the same look i had on my face watching that PP

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 01:30 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

James.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 01:31 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Jimmah!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/13 at 01:31 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Great minds Jeff… great minds.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/13 at 01:31 PM ET

gt500x's avatar

Franzen just quit moving his feet

Posted by gt500x on 04/07/13 at 01:33 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

what the hell happened to the TV?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 01:34 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Poor execution all around for the forwards

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 01:34 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Sweet set up by Der Kaiser there.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 01:34 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Quick whistle.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/13 at 01:34 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Capitalize for fuchs sake.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/13 at 01:34 PM ET

klank's avatar

Abby suckered Sobotka into that penalty.  Good… goood.

Posted by klank from the finest hot tub in Marin on 04/07/13 at 01:34 PM ET

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One and done…..at least they got the one for a change

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/07/13 at 01:35 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Nice, Danny - real *#$%@& nice

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/07/13 at 01:35 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Out hustled again on the PP

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 01:35 PM ET

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Franzen drives the net and he taps it in…instead he just floats on the outside waiting for a pass.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/07/13 at 01:36 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Will somebody please tell the Douche Canoe how to pronounce Franzen?  Geebuz, that drives me crazy.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/07/13 at 01:36 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Mule is a top hindrance.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/13 at 01:37 PM ET

gt500x's avatar

Ouch - Kronwall

Posted by gt500x on 04/07/13 at 01:37 PM ET

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Not sure if the Wings could score 7 on 4 right now.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/07/13 at 01:38 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

can somebody please tell this moron it’s not DEL Keyser.  wtf

idiots

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/07/13 at 01:38 PM ET

gt500x's avatar

Mule is a top hindrance.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/07/13 at 02:37 PM ET

Franzen is also top line delayer.

Posted by gt500x on 04/07/13 at 01:38 PM ET

gt500x's avatar

Stay off the damn goalie!

Posted by gt500x on 04/07/13 at 01:38 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Stay off the damn goalie!

Posted by gt500x on 04/07/13 at 02:38 PM ET

If you’re referring to the Wings, they haven’t been on the goalie all game… sadly.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 04/07/13 at 01:40 PM ET

gt500x's avatar

Zetterberg didn’t look like he wanted to pass to Abby xD

Posted by gt500x on 04/07/13 at 01:41 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Time to start double shifting Dats with the 3rd line, see if he can break something lose against Blues scrubs

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 01:41 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

We both worked EMS in Detroit
Posted by calquake on 04/07/13 at 02:30 PM ET

Wow.  I bet there are some stories there.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/07/13 at 01:42 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Who the fuch is Del Kaiser?

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/07/13 at 01:44 PM ET

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You’d think at some point there’s someone in Doc’s ear saying, “it’s DeKeyser not Del, you dumbass”

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/07/13 at 01:45 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

You’d think at some point there’s someone in Doc’s ear saying, “it’s DeKeyser not Del, you dumbass”

Posted by Valek on 04/07/13 at 02:45 PM ET

You’re assuming anyone else at NBC know anymore than he does

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 01:47 PM ET

The Hurricane's avatar

Del Kaiser is the great nephew of Red Olent.

Fuching idiot speaks for a living….

Posted by The Hurricane on 04/07/13 at 01:47 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Wow.  I bet there are some stories there.

I’ve always felt there was a potential book from all the absolute batshit crazy stories that used to float around aboot working EMS.  We used to work 12 hour shits, four days on three days off then reverse the schedule.  Cost me my first marriage… thank you God.

Posted by calquake on 04/07/13 at 01:48 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

One more drop pass to Abby, that mighta been a great chance

Posted by Hootinani on 04/07/13 at 01:48 PM ET

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Nyquist with a case of the “passies” all of a sudden

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 04/07/13 at 01:49 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

One more drop pass to Abby, that mighta been a great chance

actually shooting the puck might make it a great chance, too.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/07/13 at 01:50 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Nyquist with a case of the “passies” all of a sudden

They’re all a bunch of “passies” if you ask me.

Posted by calquake on 04/07/13 at 01:50 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Stewart choking down on the stick.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/07/13 at 01:50 PM ET

gt500x's avatar

Okay, I’m calling an overtime win

Posted by gt500x on 04/07/13 at 01:51 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

When was the last time Filppula was an impact player?

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 04/07/13 at 01:51 PM ET

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