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Abel to Yzerman

You Want A Rivalry? You Got One Now, Sister

It's been a long time since I've seen the Wings dominated like they were opening night.  At one point the shot totals were just obscene...like 24 to 4.  The Wings special teams were so bad that we'd forgotten about our complaints from years past about Whiskey or William Tell on the point.  Those memories were glorious compared to what the Blues wrought two Saturdays ago.

This is a rivalry.  It has all the ingredients.  A hungry young upstart team, built through the draft as a result of consistent shit play over a number of years.  A veteran dynasty man feel are on the downslope. The coaches are friends but highly competitive.  Mike Babcock would probably shoot Ken Hitchcock and claim a hunting mis-identification.  Hitchcock would definitely and literally eat Mike Babcock and make no excuses other than simple hunger.

There is animosity between the fan bases.  St. Louis fans, the bitter little bitches, despise us.  They honestly and genuinely hate every one of us.  That's understandable because their team hasn't beaten ours in anything meaningful since 1991. That bothers them.  They've never had our respect, as a franchise.  We admire their team now, but never the fans themselves.  Konstantinov jokes just don't endear us to their kind of people.

By and large, the Blues fans we've seen are scum.  I'm not judging. I'm just dealing in truth.  I'm sorry.  And because they're scum, we enjoy their pain here at A2Y. 

Unfortunately, though, the odds of dealing that kind of pain over the next two weeks are not good.  Unfortunately, based on last year's records, comparative playoff success, the opening night fiasco...the Blues are just better right now.  And that's ok.  But the dynamic must change. With each game, it must.

And because we're talking about the Wings and the Blues, it will.  Baby Jesus says so.  The gap that was so obvious on opening night must close, and so it shall.

The Wings are playing better. The Blues are very good.  The Wing defense is not as bad as we thought.  The Blues are still very good.  Jimmy Howard is playing as well as any goalie in hockey.  The Blues goaltenders are good, but not better.  They're young and hungry.  The Wings are getting younger and remain savvy.

And they dislike each other.  Which is nice and will get nicer because it's gonna happen three more times in like the next three weeks.

It's a Live Blog, bitches.  It's time to see if these guys really hate losing like we hope they do.

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TheRealYooper's avatar

FEED

do not know if FSD, dream cars is on now

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/01/13 at 07:08 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

Evening bitches   I was going to pack tonight cuz me and the daughter are moving…but screw that.  GO WINGS!

Posted by 42jeff from Minot, North Dakota on 02/01/13 at 07:03 PM ET

right on Jeff, glad to see ya.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 02/01/13 at 07:09 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Damn, looks like the gang is all here tonight(!)

Hola bitches.

DET better show up too.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 07:13 PM ET

The Hurricane's avatar

Prediction: Fire up your video studio, Shanahan. One of the smurfs is going through the plexi. Tootoo with a 3 game suspension.

Posted by The Hurricane on 02/01/13 at 07:13 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Of course you stay up and watch.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/01/13 at 07:06 PM ET

Yes well I just drove 11.5 hours through the former USSR to get to this bed I’m in, I’m not sure if the odds of being let down by this game dictate that I should go to sleep right now or not.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 02/01/13 at 07:15 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

ootoo with a 3 game suspension.

has he been suspended before?

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/01/13 at 07:16 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

I’m not sure if the odds of being let down by this game dictate that I should go to sleep right now or not.

DET have to be better tonight Malibu, they cant be worse than in the opener - - it just isn’t possible.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 07:17 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

ootoo

SSWBWS (fixed it)

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/01/13 at 07:17 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/01/13 at 07:03 PM ET

Down by Asheville, NC.  Well that makes sense.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/01/13 at 07:18 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

DET have to be better tonight Malibu, they cant be worse than in the opener - - it just isn’t possible.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Looking for a “D” man on 02/01/13 at 07:17 PM ET

Whore mouth…

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/01/13 at 07:18 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Heyohhhhhhhh !  welcome back from the former USSR !  11 1/2 hours,  you back in Berlin?

yellow card

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/01/13 at 07:19 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

When jack-ass-man does something stupid…and we know he will….I hope little man tate..err..tootoo steps up.

Posted by Down River Dan on 02/01/13 at 07:20 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

0220 hours, no, that’s 7 hours, you must be east of Berlin.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/01/13 at 07:20 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Well we know if he starts Tootoo that some shit is going to go down and we are seeing the Red Wings transform into a freak show.

I don’t mind at all if it comes from something through the game, but all I saw last time was a beat down by St Louis, so just man up and play, don’t resort to some ECHL showcase.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/01/13 at 07:22 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Whore mouth…

Just stating fact, Jeff.

Really, it would be impossible for them to be worse.  I haven’t seen DET play that bad since the early 80’s - - seriously.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 07:23 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Just stating fact, Jeff.

Really, it would be impossible for them to be worse.  I haven’t seen DET play that bad since the early 80’s - - seriously.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Looking for a “D” man on 02/01/13 at 07:23 PM ET

Ok ok ...you’re only speaking the truth.


Dammit.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/01/13 at 07:24 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Okie, did you forge the 10 - 3 game back in 2011? That was awful..

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/01/13 at 07:25 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Nope. Still right here. We had serious customs issues (commies) and ended up having to drive from Minsk to Kiev today. It was…interesting. Then Moscow in two days and St. Pete the next day. Haven’t been on here in awhile, hope everyone is well.

And yes, I’d like to think the Wings can’t be any worse than the opener, and the efforts in the past few games have made me feel better, but…the Blues look good.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 02/01/13 at 07:25 PM ET

alukacs's avatar

evening all… freaking game is not on center ice in canada again… let’s hope for decent fsd feed and a win tonight

Posted by alukacs on 02/01/13 at 07:25 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 02/01/13 at 07:25 PM ET

Set a spell. Take your shoes off. Y’all come back now, y’hear?

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/01/13 at 07:27 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

i swear i will go batsh*t crazy if NHLNetwork goes with a blues feed

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 02/01/13 at 07:28 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Okie, did you forge the 10 - 3 game back in 2011? That was awful..

Probably.

But the opener was ineptitude of epic proportions - - in all aspects of the game.  Reminiscent of the Dead years.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 07:28 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

I’m Hopslamming. That’s a verb.

Posted by MoreShoot on 02/01/13 at 07:29 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

i swear i will go batsh*t crazy if NHLNetwork goes with a blues feed

If they dont have their own crew, they generally go with the home feed.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 07:29 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Must.. Find. Det Feed. I will not get stuck with this horse shit Gag feed.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/01/13 at 07:29 PM ET

monkey's avatar

monkey????

*#$%@& a, man.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 02/01/13 at 07:32 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Thanks for the stroll down memory lane, Bill. Hadnt thought about that Stockholm trip in awhile.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 02/01/13 at 07:32 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

it IS time for someone to get Kronwalled by the way. We are overdue.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 02/01/13 at 07:33 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Good afternoon, evening, and I guess top o the morning to Malibu!

Got a feeling aboot tonight….could be gas though.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 02/01/13 at 07:34 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

it IS time for someone to get Kronwalled by the way. We are overdue.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 02/01/13 at 07:33 PM ET

I was thinking about that during the Dallas game…seems I’ve seen Kronner let up on several opportunities this year.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/01/13 at 07:34 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

geez you’re in the Ukraine !  that’s awesome.  get some sleep, we’ll be here!

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/01/13 at 07:35 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Hell living in MO my NHL network is effin blacked out. I am stuck with St Lose coverage…. glad I have a bottle of Makers to open.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 02/01/13 at 07:36 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Thanks for the stroll down memory lane, Bill. Hadnt thought about that Stockholm trip in awhile.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 on 02/01/13 at 07:32 PM ET

Like your sister in the ice bar?  Good trip.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/01/13 at 07:36 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fjeeavlf4n4

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 02/01/13 at 07:36 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

NHL Network douchenozzle-duo. Still yammering aboot the first game. UGH!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/01/13 at 07:37 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

pregame song being sung

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/01/13 at 07:37 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Ok I found Jameson in the minibar. I’m staying up. Game on bitches.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 02/01/13 at 07:37 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

I’m Hopslamming. That’s a verb.

Posted by MoreShoot on 02/01/13 at 07:29 PM ET

That is a Thing !

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/01/13 at 07:37 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Stacey hasnt changed one iota in case ya were wondering.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 02/01/13 at 07:38 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Good grief, already

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 07:39 PM 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