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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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42jeff's avatar

Wings really avoid Sammy at the point.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/12/14 at 12:33 AM ET

They’ve seen his work

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/12/14 at 01:35 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

Nike bumped off the Z line for Eaves… Injury or just shaking things up?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/12/14 at 01:39 AM ET

Alan's avatar

Injury or just shaking things up?

Please Gord, let it be a shakeup

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

Nate A's avatar

Z Line restored. Must’ve been an equipment issue, or simply rewarding eave’s good play on the shift prior. We can breathe a sigh or relief and bitch out jobu once again

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/12/14 at 01:44 AM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Perfect…

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/12/14 at 01:45 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

Damnit bert

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/12/14 at 01:45 AM ET

SK77's avatar

C’mon, Bert ...

Posted by SK77 on 01/12/14 at 01:46 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Doughty seems to get that call—I mean if the earlier call on Andersson was holding the stick, well, then so was that one.

Consistency?  Not so much

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/12/14 at 01:47 AM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Doughty seems to get that call—I mean if the earlier call on Andersson was holding the stick, well, then so was that one.

Consistency?  Not so much

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/12/14 at 12:47 AM ET

con…what?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/12/14 at 01:48 AM ET

SK77's avatar

Con, whatever. Bertuzzi didn’t get whistled for the penalty until the third time he hooked Doughty right in front of the ref. Use yer friction’ brain, Bert.

Posted by SK77 on 01/12/14 at 01:49 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

Wow, Jimmy’s body language said “i just let another poopy”

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/12/14 at 01:50 AM ET

Bent's avatar

No call huh?

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 01/12/14 at 01:50 AM ET

SK77's avatar

Apparently punching a member of the Red Wings in the face is still not a penalty.

Posted by SK77 on 01/12/14 at 01:51 AM ET

Bent's avatar

Tatar!!!!!

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 01/12/14 at 01:51 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Tatar pots the juicy rebound—hell yes

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/12/14 at 01:51 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

Tenacious Tats

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/12/14 at 01:51 AM ET

SK77's avatar

YEAH! SAUCE!

Posted by SK77 on 01/12/14 at 01:51 AM ET

Trish's avatar

Sauce   YESSSSSSSSSSSSS

Posted by Trish from PalmBeachCntyFL on 01/12/14 at 01:51 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

woooooo

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/12/14 at 01:52 AM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

I fuchimg love Tatar.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/12/14 at 01:52 AM ET

Alan's avatar

Saaaaaaauce!

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/12/14 at 01:52 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Tatar!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/12/14 at 01:52 AM ET

calquake's avatar

Liken’ me some Tatar Sauce.

Posted by calquake on 01/12/14 at 01:52 AM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

Oh man, did not know about Tat’s dad…

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 01/12/14 at 01:53 AM ET

Bent's avatar

Apparently punching a member of the Red Wings in the face is still not a penalty.

You can punch, high stick, and crosscheck all you want, but don’t you DARE put your stick parallel to the ice and touch a body, or you WILL be called for a hook.  Such is the NHL post-2005.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 01/12/14 at 01:53 AM ET

calquake's avatar

Can they hold the lead?  Let’s hope.

Posted by calquake on 01/12/14 at 01:56 AM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Got the kinks feed. What about Tatar ‘s dad?

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 01/12/14 at 01:56 AM ET

Slumpy's avatar

Pa tribute. Tatar 1st Star tonight.

Bert crashing net on go ahead goal and Sheahan too on 1st goal.

Big boys paying dividends and fearless Tatar aka dirty sauce.

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 01/12/14 at 01:56 AM ET

Nate A's avatar

Apparently punching a member of the Red Wings in the face is still not a penalty.

Neither is punchiing a King apparently. Glendening got a good shot in on Stoll after the whistle just before the commercial.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/12/14 at 01:56 AM ET

SK77's avatar

Oh, CRAP, Abdelkader’s reaction was because Mitchell’s skate nailed him in the face when he got knocked over. Guess that’s actually not a penalty ... and Abby is lucky he didn’t get it worse.

Posted by SK77 on 01/12/14 at 01:56 AM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

I wish the match clock could be little bit more speedy,,,Let’s Go Red Wings !!

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 01/12/14 at 01:57 AM ET

Bent's avatar

Got the kinks feed. What about Tatar ‘s dad?

Passed away yesterday apparently.  He is playing tonight and tomorrow then going to the funeral.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 01/12/14 at 01:58 AM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Thanks bent. Condolences.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 01/12/14 at 02:00 AM ET

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@cigar_nurse - Wings broadcasters said Tatar’s Dad passed away yesterday. The pointing to the sky was for him.

Posted by mc keeper on 01/12/14 at 02:00 AM ET

calquake's avatar

Got the kinks feed.

“You Really Got Me” on that one.

Posted by calquake on 01/12/14 at 02:00 AM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Was Sauces dad on the recent Wing’s dad’s trip?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/12/14 at 02:00 AM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

Got the kinks feed. What about Tatar ‘s dad?

Passed away yesterday apparently.  He is playing tonight and tomorrow then going to the funeral.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 01/12/14 at 12:58 AM ET

  I’m really really hoping Tatar has the winning goal tonight,,,please please !!!

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 01/12/14 at 02:00 AM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Budd Lynch four minutes

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/12/14 at 02:01 AM ET

calquake's avatar

Budd Lynch four minutes

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

Inflation has finally come to roost.

Posted by calquake on 01/12/14 at 02:01 AM ET

Slumpy's avatar

Jeez, Wings terrible on face-offs tonight. Missing Pav badly.

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 01/12/14 at 02:02 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