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Abel to Yzerman

Voox? Line ‘em Up

You want stress? We’ve got it, brother. And we’ve got it on every front.  Injuries, whiskey, rusty goaltending and a very dangerous reality tied to road sadness.

If the playoffs started today…golf would follow and it would follow quickly.  Lidstrom’s alleged “bone bruise” is reason enough to sink us early, but when you consider everything else providence has foisted upon us and ten games seems like a split second.  I’d venture to say that this is the first time any of us have looked at a March schedule and wished for another dozen or so games.  The mood in the Hasek is sour, my friends. 

Ten games isn’t enough time to fix the wrongs that should have been addressed on February 28th. Ten games isn’t going to cure the worst power play we’ve seen since pre-Yzerman.  Ten games won’t teach this team how to win on the road.  And ten games might not even be enough time to remind the Wings how invincible they were for 23 home games that seem like five years ago.

But there is light, oh yes there is.  A glimmer, faint and flickering. But a light it is because there is still all that teasing, tantalizing talent.  A turnaround can happen. Health can improve.  Somehow, some way, the pucks can go in when they should.  It can happen because we’ve seen it. We’ve seen them at their best.  But, holy hell…it’s got to happen soon. 

Confidence is a wacky, dangerous motherfucher of a drug.  It’ll make your head spin and give you wicked, menacing powers when you’ve got it.  But, when it’s gone…drink up and drink early.  This team has got to find it before the Stress-ex begins.  It’s going to take a trigger. A game for the ages, a wreck the season of a “rival” type performance.  Not a gimmick, but a statement. Not a shootout, dammit.  A win. Something convincing and obscene.  A powerful, graceful, dangerous reminder of the possible.

It’s a Live Blog, bitches.  For all that is pure and holy in this disaster of a post trade-deadline freefall, it’s a Sunday Live Blog, a St. Patty’s Day Live Blog and a communal prayer to the adorable one that he finally lets our team come out and play.

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Little Redhead's avatar

TIE- Awesome play FLIP!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 03/18/12 at 02:35 AM ET

shanetx's avatar

SJ announcers crying blood about the inconsequential pick by Z, on a guy who couldn’t have caught Flip anyway.

Let them lose a cup finals game on a goal with 6 men on the ice, then we’ll talk.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 03/18/12 at 02:35 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Holy Jumpin….Oakland University has a med school?

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 03/18/12 at 02:36 AM ET

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It warms my heart so much to hear these Sharts announcers wailing about interference.

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 03/18/12 at 12:34 AM ET

I’ve lost count of the number of times they’ve said the Wings have gotten away with something compared to the one time they said San Jose did.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/18/12 at 02:36 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Jimmah!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/18/12 at 02:37 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

I’M CALLING IT RIGHT NOW,

RED WINGS ARE WINNING #12 THIS YEAR !!

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 03/18/12 at 02:37 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

It warms my heart so much to hear these Sharts announcers wailing about interference.

No shit.  Totally incidental contact between two players away from the play.  Boo-fuchin-hoo.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/18/12 at 02:37 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Break.  More tea.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 03/18/12 at 02:38 AM ET

Stevis's avatar

Hudler actually has it in his head to shoot tonight.

Posted by Stevis on 03/18/12 at 02:39 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

DO THIS !!!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 03/18/12 at 02:40 AM ET

shanetx's avatar

Good hustle Emmerton.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 03/18/12 at 02:41 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Beat These Sharts! Beat These Sharts!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 03/18/12 at 02:43 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

someone tell me helm is ok ... please?

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/18/12 at 02:43 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

I’M CALLING IT RIGHT NOW,

RED WINGS ARE WINNING #12 THIS YEAR !!

Posted by RWBill from the Land of 12 in 12. on 03/18/12 at 12:37 AM ET

That of course, is conditional on God being healthy.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 03/18/12 at 02:45 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

someone?

anyone?

please ... ?

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/18/12 at 02:45 AM ET

Itrusteddrrahmani's avatar

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/18/12 at 12:43 AM ET

I can’t. DAMMIT.

Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Nyc by way of A2 on 03/18/12 at 02:46 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

//sigh//

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/18/12 at 02:49 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Personalized inscription on back of my new iPad.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 03/18/12 at 02:52 AM ET

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That’s nice….Niemi throws the glove hand into Hudler’s face as he skates by.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/18/12 at 02:52 AM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Come on WINGS, Please score…...

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 03/18/12 at 02:53 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Jimmah!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/18/12 at 02:55 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

LA leading NSV 3-1 late.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 03/18/12 at 02:55 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

Nice comeback to salvage a point.  Let’s make it a deuce.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/18/12 at 02:56 AM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

O.T.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 03/18/12 at 02:57 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Detroit Red Wings‏@DetroitRedWings

Darren Helm has left the game with a lower body injury and will not return. #DRWChat

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/18/12 at 02:58 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Two points. Now Wings!

Let’s Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/18/12 at 02:58 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Well this should put us 2 points up on NSV, 3 if we can win here.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 03/18/12 at 02:58 AM ET

Sal's avatar

Knees aren’t supposed to bend sideways.  Let’s hope is just a strain.

Posted by Sal from the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains on 03/18/12 at 02:59 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

I’m calling Fedorov with the OT winner.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 03/18/12 at 03:00 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Head shot on Kronners. No call.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/18/12 at 03:01 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Zebra suckage.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/18/12 at 03:02 AM ET

Bent's avatar

Fuch off sharks.

Night all.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 03/18/12 at 03:02 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Frack…....

G’night.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 03/18/12 at 03:03 AM ET

Stevis's avatar

As usual, no quick whistle to be seen in the Wings’ end.

Posted by Stevis on 03/18/12 at 03:03 AM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

OH RATS!!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 03/18/12 at 03:03 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

wow ...
kill jimmy and score

g’nite

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/18/12 at 03:03 AM ET

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Make sure the Sharks get that extra PP, then swallow the whistles.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 03/18/12 at 03:04 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

scoring change

08:12 Valtteri Filppula (23) Wrist Shot - Assists: D. Janik (1)

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/18/12 at 03:04 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Cheap shitty way to run Jimmah!


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/18/12 at 03:05 AM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

I am drunk and this game sucked. - Me

Posted by Yzersyuk on 03/18/12 at 03:05 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