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Abel to Yzerman

King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime

While there are several issues with the Wings this season, a couple stand out above the rest... and one in particular on the flatli -- I mean, blue line:

Didn't know he had a street in Wisconsin SoCal named after him, did you? Neither did I.

(sticktap to Alan for the picture, and stoney for the correction)

So here we sit, battered, bruised, broken - and if you're like me, soiled - watching our beloved Detroit Red Wings press on through the meatgrinder that is the Western Conference's current Playoff lineup. They've battled through ridiculous injuries, questionable coaching and roster decisions, and generally poor play from those whom better should be expected (I'm looking at you, Quincey, Howard, Cleary, and Samuelsson), and tenuously cling to a Wild Card spot thanks to a couple of surging teams in the East. I don't expect a win tonight. Nor do I expect a win tomorrow. One or two points out of this trip would be nothing short of miraculous at this juncture.

But we'll be here, glued to our televisions, computers, or other devices, gluttons for punishment; 19 in all, from across the globe, and all walks of life. Disagree if you will, argue if you must, but batten down the hatches, because the second half of the season is going to be a test for one and all.

As Kate would say, We're All In.

It's a Live Blog, Bitches.

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ITDeuce's avatar

no whiskey please

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/12/14 at 12:41 AM ET

Alan's avatar

“Kings win the draw” is the most common phrase I’ve heard tonight.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/12/14 at 12:42 AM ET

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Jimmy’s gotta learn how to play the puck better or just stay in his net.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 01/12/14 at 12:44 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

sheesh

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/12/14 at 12:45 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

“Kings win the draw” is the most common phrase I’ve heard tonight.

Well, I bet we won’t hear any more of that if we get them into a shootout

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/12/14 at 12:45 AM ET

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Commence with sloppy seconds

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 01/12/14 at 12:45 AM ET

VooX's avatar

Evening, bitches, what are you drinking?

Just finished a gig and was feeling a bit masochistic so I figured I’d watch some Red Wings hockey.  Who are we hating these days?

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 01/12/14 at 12:45 AM ET

Bent's avatar

Who are we hating these days?

The refs.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 01/12/14 at 12:47 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

hola, VooX.

have a seat and stay a bit,

lots to be discussed and digested ... most of it not so good.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/12/14 at 12:47 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Who are we hating these days?

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 01/11/14 at 11:45 PM ET

The zebras.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/12/14 at 12:48 AM ET

calquake's avatar

lots to be discussed and digested ... most of it not so good.

Sounds like Thanksgiving at my family’s house.

Posted by calquake on 01/12/14 at 12:49 AM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

“Kings win the draw” is the most common phrase I’ve heard tonight.
Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/11/14 at 11:42 PM ET

21-9 in favor of the Kings

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/12/14 at 12:49 AM ET

Alan's avatar

lots to be discussed and digested

Depending on the play at the time, re-digested.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/12/14 at 12:49 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Depending on the play at the time, re-digested.

RSV

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/12/14 at 12:50 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Fuching whore zebra suckage.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/12/14 at 12:51 AM ET

VooX's avatar

Thanks for the update, I missed you reprobates.  I haven’t missed hockey a bit.  How times have changed.  Thanks, Gary.  Ass.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 01/12/14 at 12:51 AM ET

Slumpy's avatar

Z noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 01/12/14 at 12:51 AM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Another stupid ass penalty invention by this joke of a league. Thanks Gary. Ass. Bah.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 01/12/14 at 12:52 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Skoll target the head?

suspension-worthy ... but it won’t happen

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/12/14 at 12:53 AM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

why not dress too too against these asshats?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/12/14 at 12:53 AM ET

Slumpy's avatar

Don’t blame legal eagle gary. Lawyers make the best politicians and commissioners. Look at history other than Lincoln.
snake

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 01/12/14 at 12:54 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Another stupid ass penalty invention by this joke of a league.

Seriously.  Adding another layer or bureaucracy is rarely a good idea.  But it seems like that’s what little gary does.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/12/14 at 12:54 AM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Glad the kinks are hitting Jimmah with their shots instead of the net.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 01/12/14 at 12:55 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

Nice save Jimmy

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/12/14 at 12:57 AM ET

VooX's avatar

Who is doing colour these days on FSN when Mickey is not there?

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 01/12/14 at 12:59 AM ET

Slumpy's avatar

Howard looking good tonight. Red Wings finishing a few checks here a there, a good sign.
Sheahan 1st goal.
Plenty of positives already out of this one.
Kings interfering with Howie tonight because no Red Wing defenseman strong enough to move any Kings away.

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 01/12/14 at 12:59 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

“It’s 9 o’clock on a Saturday ... “

... in L.A.

a 4-on-3?

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/12/14 at 12:59 AM ET

Alan's avatar

Who is doing colour these days on FSN when Mickey is not there?

Osgood

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/12/14 at 01:00 AM ET

Bent's avatar

Who is doing colour these days on FSN when Mickey is not there?

Osgood.  He is getting better, but sometimes still sounds a little wooden.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 01/12/14 at 01:00 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

“colour” by Ozzie

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/12/14 at 01:00 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

Boy, we sure know how to kill penalties

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/12/14 at 01:01 AM ET

Slumpy's avatar

Chis Osgood, VooX with some amazon bird from kansas or iowa in the studio for intermission.
FSD is rubbish now with ticker runs whole game showing every sports score on earth game start to finish, so annoying.

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 01/12/14 at 01:01 AM ET

VooX's avatar

Thanks, guys.  Maybe Ozzie needs some of Larry’s special ginger ale to loosen up the tongue.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 01/12/14 at 01:01 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

Osgood.  He is getting better, but sometimes still sounds a little wooden.

He’s pretty loose tonite. Maybe they’re giving him a little of Merf’s Medicine pregame

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/12/14 at 01:02 AM ET

Alan's avatar

Mercy kill for this power play. Ugh.

There’s that whole re-digesting thing I mentioned.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/12/14 at 01:02 AM ET

Bent's avatar

FSD is rubbish now with ticker runs whole game showing every sports score on earth game start to finish, so annoying

THANK YOU, so glad someone finally agrees with me.  It is a huge issue when you are DVRing one game while watching another.  Wish I knew where to complain.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 01/12/14 at 01:03 AM ET

calquake's avatar

My god Quincey is terrible.

Posted by calquake on 01/12/14 at 01:03 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

jeebus Qtard, that shift was a complete disaster after a decent first 30 minutes.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/12/14 at 01:04 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

That was the worst 2 PP of the season.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/12/14 at 01:04 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

Nicely done Andersson with the intentional rebound SOG

And Jimmy stayin strong

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/12/14 at 01:05 AM 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