Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 04/07/12 at 11:09 AM ET
The diggers, in all their courageous glory, can’t bring themselves to type it. They’ll skirt it and they’ll talk around it. They’ll say everything but what we’re all thinking. Khan(!!!)?
The Red Wings aren’t as concerned about who they are playing as they are with how they are playing.
Nicely phrased. Good grammar. Active voice.
And absolute bullshit.
Krupa went all redolent on us this morning. Breaking down the reasons we should stress: Helm’s absence, disgusting power play, a team that isn’t used to playing together. He even pulled this one out of his pharmacist’s hat.
Pavel Datsyuk is substantially back, too. But he is not yet the whirling-dervish of a forward who is a threat to score or set up a goal.
I guess he skipped the last ten minutes of the Blues game in favor of a Joni Mitchell retrospective.
They won’t say it. They can’t bring themselves to broach it. We will. I will.
I hope we lose today. I hope we lose healthy and I hope we lose competitively with Tiberius playing well. But make no mistake, I hope we lose and so do you.
Drew Sharp is a tool, but at least he has the sack to say it, too.
Today’s loser “wins.”
The loser could fall to the sixth seed and gets the third conference seed, the champion of the relatively underwhelming Pacific Division—Phoenix, Los Angeles or San Jose.
Home or away, I don’t want Nashville. Not in the first round. A second round matchup? Not too gross because if the Wings get there it will mean they’ve found their game. And when they find it, they’re the favorites. But it’s not there yet. The Wings, as Redolence said, are a work in progress. It’s a work that will work itself out through a Round 1 matchup, not over four days of practice.
Wings lose today and they’ve got Phoenix, LA or San Jose. All of them are beatable even with a Detroit team still finding their way. Nashville is not beatable in the first round. And that’s a fact. Not by us. Not by this team right now.
This pretty much caps off the weirdest season any of us can remember. A regular season that closes with a game I hope we lose so that we can actually get a lower seed that starts on the road. That’s just stupid but it’s the reality we fester in today.
So, umm, go Wings. Play well, men. But not too well.
Live Blog this wack job of a season finale, bitches. And if agreeing with me betrays the way you’ve been raised here in The Hasek? I get it. You don’t have to say it. I won’t make you. But in the dark places, thinking it is ok because losing to that team today paves the way to 12. Winning makes our lives a lot tougher over the next three weeks.
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