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Take It Back Mike

This edition of Wednesday with the Deep Diggers is brought to you by Goldmill's Gym in South Philly, home to the greatest heavyweight in history: Rocky Balboa. I spent 11 minutes of quality time on Monday defending our game to a co-worker. You've been there. You've used the standard lines, "you have to see it in person," "it was a lockout, not a strike," "the CBA doesn't guarantee defense attorneys for every player like the NBA's". I was winning. I pointed to Kulfan's article on blood and stitches and got the reaction I wanted. Awe. The discussion ended as I'd hoped, with a convincing victory for hockey and hockey fans. No one's tougher. No sport requires more character or fortitude. Real men playing a hard game

And today, I’ll have to defend…this.


“Zetterberg and his group dominated territorially and had oodles and oodles of chances,’’ Babcock said after the game.

Noooooooooo.  Did Babcock write that in an email to Khan(!)?  Did he include an “LOL” and a “TTYL”?  Did they have this chat over a latte?  How did Khan(!) distract Babcock from “The View” long enough to get a quote? 

Oodles and mother(*&(ing oodles.  Dammit Mike.

Once you get past THAT, Khan(!) dives into the Datsyuk/Zetterberg success.  Standard stuff: two natural centers, faceoffs, improved stats.

Oh, and this little tidbit to close it out.

Chris Osgood, who stopped 14-of-15 shots over the final two periods in relief of Dominik Hasek Monday, is likely to make his first start in goal tonight since Nov. 2, when the Blue Jackets visit the Wings.

Eeeeeyeahhhhummmmm.  Not so sure about that.  Osgood is “likely to start”?  I’d think that Hasek is probably politicking for a different scenario.

Oh, the drama.  Oodles and oodles of it.

Meanwhile, Matt Ellis’ 4:55 of PT on Monday has earned him some ink.

Sipple/Detroit Free Press

“I’ve been working my whole life to get this opportunity,” said Ellis, a 25-year-old native of Welland, Ontario. “Words can’t explain how excited I was and how honored I was tonight to put that jersey on and play with some of these guys. It was an amazing feeling.”

Expect to see Ellis get considerably more ice time tonite as it would seem that Mikael Samuelsson’s been nursing the sore groin thing for a few games.  He will be re-evaluated after today’s morning skate, followed by a barely coherent and meaningless comment from Babcock.  Probably something along the lines of, “he skated really hard this morning, harder than I thought. He’s ready, practice ready, but game ready’s different than practice, so I thought he’d play tonite but now I have a different plan. It’s a plan. I’m a plan guy. I plan.  So, he’s not gonna go, but he skated so hard this morning. It’s weird, this groin thing.  I’m hungry.”

Sergei’s back at the Joe tonite.  If you’re a loser, boo him.


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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