Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 03/30/12 at 08:00 PM ET
Tiberius Howard earned that “F” back when he was healthy and carrying this team. He’s starting because guys with F as their middle name start games like tonite.
I don’t like it. I don’t like bringing him back with his 80 percent groin for a game that will be as intense as any we’ve (sorry…you’ve) seen this year. It’s much more likely that come 10pm EST, that groin’s going to be worse than it is right now. And that’s just not good because in the grand scheme of things? Tonite doesn’t matter all that much.
Yes, home ice would be nifty. But it doesn’t mean jack squat if the Wings can’t win at all on the road. It will mean less than that if “the switch” doesn’t get jerked violently upward into a permanent “on” position. Five games left and there is no indication of consistency. Level-headed, sober, stress-free folk have already pinpointed the precise date on April’s calendar when they can shift their full attention to Comerica. They’ve resigned themselves to R1 sadness and they’re ok with that.
Naturally, we don’t meet any of those criteria so we sit here all day and rationalize. We say shit like, “if Franzen…”, or “when the power play…”, or “now that they’re healthy (except for that Helm thing)...”
In the darkest, filthiest alleyways of our red and white hearts each of us harbor this belief that when it all starts this team just might pull it all together.
But that’s a concrete impossibility if Howard’s not healthy. And if Howard’s the key, does tonite really matter all that much? Ahhhh…fuch it. I’m tired of wondering and second-guessing my Uncle. Every worry we have is blasting through his skull fifty times faster and harder. He knows best, right? Doesn’t he? And don’t we have the best GM in hockey by his side? Of course we do.
The best GM in hockey, boy…
added 11:43am, Quincey is a healthy scratch.
I’m just sayin’.
Do we need this? Yes. Enough to lay Tiberius low for the times that really matter? No.
I’m rambling and babbling. Tired of March the way I used to be disgusted with February. Sick of the “what ifs” and the drunken wonderings.
It’s a Live Blog bitches, but if I’m gonna stress I’m ready for the real damn thing, eh?
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