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Want A Cup Of Joe?

Updated at 0141 15 Feb Carrier Standard Time: Herm asked in the comments below if I have a comment regarding a certain player I won’t type the name of who currently resides and plays in a certain pisspot of a town south of the border.  No comment now. No comment tomorrow or ever until providence delivers that big horse to our door.  I’ve jinxed so much for so long.  No. I won’t say it.  But, please, Tick Tock…just this once. Get Dombrowski on the phone if you have to. There. That’s all I’m gonna say about Rick Nash.

Win or lose tonite against the Original Bubba, one thing can’t be disputed: no Red Wing team has ever been as dominant at Joe Louis Arena as this team is right now, or has been this season.  Back when the 19 was just a gleam in the eyes of sinister bastards like RWBill and the elusive Gramps, the Joe was a house of sin.  Poor pathetic little sisters like St. Louis and Denver, Nashville and San Jose (remember when they couldn’t win a damn thing in our Manger?) feared the Joe because they knew they’d leave soiled and violated. 

The last few years saw a change in that, though.  In dark corners of The Hasek we talked amongst ourselves and whispered the bad things. We wondered about motivation and grit and, ugh, leadership…as if we know a damn thing about what it takes to lead a hockey team. Oh, don’t get all redolent on me.  We all talked about it, and I probably spewed that garbage more than most. We wondered about The Swede and our Uncle Mike.  The last two years the Wings won more than they lost at home but big frigging deal.  Plenty of teams win more than they lose at home.

But the Wings haven’t dominated at the Joe like baby Jesus promised us they would.  Last year Detroit won 21 games at home. An interesting number considering what they’ll try to accomplish tonite…in February.  Think about that. Detroit goes for their 21st straight victory with two months left in the regular season. The streak itself would equal the number of games they won at home last year: period.  ‘09/10? 25 wins.  23 already this year.  27 home wins the year before that.  A number this year’s team should surpass no later than early, early March. 

Something’s going on with this team, this year. Krupa, with his vocabulary, noticed it yesterday and wrote about it in between sonnets and Latin classes.  In yet another article that has me warily wondering if maybe he can’t be coined the new Anti-Digger, Krupa tells us this might be Detroit deciding getting booed in their own barn is just not the Wing way.

But the will to please their fans, or, at least not to hear their displeasure, merely underlined an imperative realization. To play deeper into the playoffs, the Red Wings had to correct their problems at home.

There it is.  Oh, dealing with the boos sucks I suppose.  Although when the drive home takes you to million dollar mansions I kinda think the displeasure of the fan base is softened a bit.  No, Krupa nailed it when he told us the real reason:  if glory is to rest where we know it belongs, then winning at home is the only sure-fired recipe.  Home ice advantage. Not just in Round 1 or 2.  But 3 and then, by God, 4.  You want San Jose again?  Nifty. I’d like that too.  But I want them at the Joe when it matters the most.  Bow down to Gordie before you take that ice for Game 7, Joe.  Bow, bitch.

Streak or no streak.  Home ice all the way through is the ultimate goal.  8 wins at home in the postseason and we’re talking a real strong parade possibility.  10 and you can pack your coolers for a long, blissful day in downtown Hockeytown around 10 June.  Home ice is what we need and it’s the decree that rules all others.

Here’s a few other ditties, just to show you I pay attention:

Hank Zetterberg can go scoreless every game though mid-April. I don’t care.  He can float and he can coast.  Back check if he feels like it.  Shoot twice a game, all from 20 feet out. I don’t care.  I don’t care as long as Playoff Hank shows up when he’s supposed to.  I think he’s earned that.  I think he’s earned that benefit of the doubt.  I know what February does to us. I get it.  We stress, no matter what. Best record in the league. Greatest display of home dominance in hockey history.  Best team defense we’ve seen in three years.  Best goaltending we’ve seen since 2002 and probably even before that. But we’ll bitch because it’s all we know to do in February. The playoffs are too far away and too much can go wrong.  We were born to stress and stress we shall.  But until Henrik Zetterberg proves to me that he doesn’t have what it takes to lead this team when it matters the most, I’m inclined to cut him some slack.

Tick Tock Kenny Holland is not going to deal for a backup goaltender. Not now. Not in two weeks and, get this, not in two years.  Joey MacDonald’s your backup goalie for the long-term future.  If 15 million’s the number Holland has to spend at the deadline (and I saw that somewhere but have no link or any idea if it’s accurate. I may have dreamt it) not a cent is going toward a goaltender.  He needs a sniper and he knows it.  I’m still thinking it’s Selanne. 

Finally, compared to special teams performance the identity of our backup goalie is a frigging speck in the milky way that it is the brain of one Michael Ophelius Babcock.  If that power play doesn’t get going and I mean going at a clip that sends sick chills down the spines of potential playoff enemies, nothing’s gonna matter anyway.  I don’t care what Boston did last year with their garbage power play.  The Wings are built to make dirty teams pay dearly.  Guys are gonna get run and the man-games lost are gonna be disgusting come May if power play goals don’t start becoming the norm instead of the exception.

It’s a Live Blog, bitches. And we’re running it way early so Primis and JJ can start anew.  You know the kids get scared when mom and dad are fighting.

21’s a nice number but flip that fucher around so we can let the puppies loose on Woodward.

 

 

 

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bezukov's avatar

Bast goddammed hockey team in the goddammed universe.  Everyone else can STFU and GTFO.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/15/12 at 01:02 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

Halfway to 42.

Posted by monkey from here to Timbuktu on 02/14/12 at 09:59 PM ET

I’ve been thinking that all day smile

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/15/12 at 01:02 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Good night!  Wonderful night!  21.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 02/15/12 at 01:03 AM ET

monkey's avatar

Vietmunese hookers on the way to the store to grab a can of spotted pinto.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/15/12 at 01:05 AM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

To cap it off, the Blose had a goal called no goal by Toronto with FOUR seconds left in the game tonight. What a fantastic evening.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 02/15/12 at 01:06 AM ET

Guilherme's avatar

Herm, Voce de Santos nao?

Sao Bernardo, uma hora de distancia.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 02/15/12 at 01:06 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

See you bitches Friday.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/15/12 at 01:06 AM ET

42jeff's avatar

SWEEEEET







Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/15/12 at 01:06 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

21!  A new NHL record!  Asteriks be damned.
Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 02/14/12 at 09:57 PM ET

Kurt Vonnegut curses you.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/15/12 at 01:07 AM ET

monkey's avatar

Detroit took the season series from Dallas 4-0, outscoring Bubba 16-9.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/15/12 at 01:07 AM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Daddy where were you when the Wings broke the Consecutive Home Wins record?

Well… I was sitting in my old blue chair… shiny as fuch… bs’ing with 18 o’ my friends.


G’night mo fo’s.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 02/15/12 at 01:07 AM ET

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Legal, eu conhecei.  Eu morrei en morumbi e Sao Paulo mesmo Rua teodoro sampaio.

Posted by Dahrken from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/15/12 at 01:08 AM ET

RorSchach's avatar

G’night mo fo’s.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Land of Ice and Snow on 02/14/12 at 10:07 PM ET

Good Night!

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/15/12 at 01:08 AM ET

monkey's avatar

Overheard on the tubes:

Let me put it to you this way, I asked an NHL scout to rank the following four Russian stars recently, Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeni Malkin and Ilya Kovalchuk. And he answered, “Really close between Datsyuk and Malkin, they’re 1a and 1b, then it’s Kovalchuk, and Ovechkin a distant fourth.”

Sounds about right.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/15/12 at 01:10 AM ET

Bent's avatar

Kurt Vonnegut curses you.

I’m lost.  Who now?

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 02/15/12 at 01:11 AM ET

SYF's avatar

21!  A new NHL record!  Asteriks be damned.
Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 02/14/12 at 09:57 PM ET

As someone once artfully said, “If it were so easy today, then why hasn’t everyone else done it already?”

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/15/12 at 01:12 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

Three Stars

Detroit
  H. Zetterberg
  Henrik Zetterberg

  Red Wings - LW
  Goals: 1
  Assists: 0
Three Stars

3 STARS

Detroit
  H. Zetterberg
  Red Wings - LW
  Goals: 1
  Assists: 0

Detroit
  D. Helm
  Red Wings - C
  Goals: 0
  Assists: 1

Detroit
  J. MacDonald
  Red Wings - G
  Saves: 20
  Save Pct.: .952
——-

SOG 21-37 Wings

PP 1 OF 5

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/15/12 at 01:13 AM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

and counting!!!

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 02/15/12 at 01:13 AM ET

bezukov's avatar

G’night bitches.  I gotta good feeling.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/15/12 at 01:13 AM ET

Sullyosis's avatar

Kurt Vonnegut curses you.

I’m lost.  Who now?

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 02/14/12 at 10:11 PM ET

Some hack who made “so it goes” when someone dies famous. Basically Mitch Albom if he were a WWII vet.

Posted by Sullyosis from A hateful lair in Post Apocalyptic US (or Arizona) on 02/15/12 at 01:13 AM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Posted by 42jeff from Minot, North Dakota on 02/14/12 at 10:06 PM ET

So glad you included the golf clap in there. What a movie.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 02/15/12 at 01:15 AM ET

SYF's avatar

3-2 NSH with 5:42 to go in the third.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/15/12 at 01:17 AM ET

calquake's avatar

Basically Mitch Albom if he were a WWII vet.

But taller.

Posted by calquake on 02/15/12 at 01:18 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Fear the Asterisk Anus!

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/15/12 at 01:19 AM ET

calquake's avatar

Basically Mitch Albom if he were a WWII vet.

Posted by Sullyosis from A hateful lair in Post Apocalyptic US (or Arizona) on 02/14/12 at 10:13 PM ET

But taller.

Posted by calquake on 02/15/12 at 01:19 AM ET

monkey's avatar

Someone asked how is it that St. Louis is still so close to us in the standings despite the streak.

Detroit is 24-2-1 at home, while St. Louis is 24-3-4.

There are no other teams in the league that have anywhere near that level of dominance at home.  Detroit is just a touch better.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/15/12 at 01:20 AM ET

calquake's avatar

Oops.

Posted by calquake on 02/15/12 at 01:20 AM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

It’s really too bad MC can’t watch the games, or even listen to the Radio FEED, from 97.1 The Ticket.

Other than the win the part I liked best aboot the game? Cory Emmerton check.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/15/12 at 01:20 AM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

21 bitches. Gary Ass is going to grind his teeth down like Dougie’s method friend.
20 to 100 points for the umteenth year. What’s there not to like about this team?
14 pages on a February LB. Love this place and my fake friends.
BBB’s lose and Shitcago losing with 5 to go in the 3rd.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 02/15/12 at 01:20 AM ET

monkey's avatar

Posted by Sullyosis from A hateful lair in Post Apocalyptic US (or Arizona) on 02/14/12 at 10:13 PM ET

Someone should slap you with a dick.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/15/12 at 01:21 AM ET

SYF's avatar

The technicality assmunches are already out in full force.

Fuch ‘em.  The louder they scream, the more jealous they are.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/15/12 at 01:22 AM ET

monkey's avatar

The technicality assmunches are already out in full force.

Fuch ‘em.  The louder they scream, the more jealous they are.

The Wings should roll this shit to 30 and beyond.  Turds will have no choice but to shut up.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/15/12 at 01:24 AM ET

Bent's avatar

Ah, I saw that picture earlier.  Makes sense now.

Alright, I’m off bitches, will miss Friday’s LB as usual but will be watching consecutive home win 22 when I get home.  Night all.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 02/15/12 at 01:24 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Jeebus, if you’re watching the Preds/Cawks game, the Preds have some serious foot speed in this game.  They got so much energy with 2:30 to go in the third.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/15/12 at 01:24 AM ET

SYF's avatar

The Wings should roll this shit to 30 and beyond.  Turds will have no choice but to shut up.

Posted by monkey from here to Timbuktu on 02/14/12 at 10:24 PM ET

+19, brother.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/15/12 at 01:26 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Hossa bumped a linesman after a clear offsides call was made.  That’s frustration.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/15/12 at 01:28 AM ET

SYF's avatar

And the Preds have done it.  3-2 win over the Cawks.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/15/12 at 01:29 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Blackhawks de again. Preds live on.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/15/12 at 01:29 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

die.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/15/12 at 01:29 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Posted by Sullyosis from A hateful lair in Post Apocalyptic US (or Arizona) on 02/14/12 at 10:13 PM ET

Someone should slap you with a dick.

Posted by monkey from here to Timbuktu on 02/14/12 at 10:21 PM ET

Don’t think I haven’t tried.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/15/12 at 01:31 AM ET

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