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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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WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Don’t bite my head off but… I think the Maple Laffs could beat this team.

The Laffs already beat Gary’s team and they are a favorite to win the Cup.  So yes the Laffs probably would beat this Wings team.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 02/01/13 at 09:34 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

If DET are going to have to rely on the 3 and 4 line for goals, they are screwed.

They have not scored one.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 09:34 PM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

wow wings fighting back.

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 02/01/13 at 09:34 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

I just bought gamecenter live.  Blacked out.  This is bullshit.  I should’ve read the fine print better, eh?

Oh well.  I’m watching the November 17th Wings-Leafs game instead.  Early in the first. Yzerman has a goal.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 02/01/13 at 09:32 PM ET

try goin through a VPN that might have an ohio address OUTSIDE of toledo oh, you will get the game

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 02/01/13 at 09:34 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

why do the Wings have so much trouble getting the puck to go that last foot out of the zone?!

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/01/13 at 09:35 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

How can that not be interference?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/01/13 at 09:36 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

WTF?  No call?

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 02/01/13 at 09:36 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Damn these refs are inconsistant.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 02/01/13 at 09:36 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Babcock or Hitchcock . Who wins the Cock Fight tonite?

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/01/13 at 09:36 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

Its on NHLnet tonight mon ami.

Can’t get NHLnet here. :(

In unrelated news, I don’t know about that Russian rookie on the second line, but he can skate!

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 02/01/13 at 09:36 PM ET

calquake's avatar

why do the Wings have so much trouble getting the puck to go that last foot out of the zone?!

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/01/13 at 09:35 PM ET

I think it’s one of those Bridgestone pucks.

Posted by calquake on 02/01/13 at 09:37 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

Why did the Wings NEVER signed Joe Corvo???

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 02/01/13 at 09:37 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

Ahh.  Brad McCrimmon sighting.  Now I’m sad.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 02/01/13 at 09:38 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

hell ya!

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 02/01/13 at 09:38 PM ET

Avatar

What just happened there?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/01/13 at 09:38 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

GOAL!!!! Big RIG

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/01/13 at 09:38 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Nice tackle.  I thought the Super Bowel was Sunday.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 02/01/13 at 09:38 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Big E!!!

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 09:38 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Big Rig!

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/01/13 at 09:38 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

That big beautiful E

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/01/13 at 09:38 PM ET

Bent's avatar

BIG E!

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 02/01/13 at 09:38 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

O captain, my captain! Damn fine play

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 02/01/13 at 09:38 PM ET

Mandingo's avatar

EEEE?

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 02/01/13 at 09:38 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Beautiful - E!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 02/01/13 at 09:38 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

One Shot.  We got a hockeyball game!!!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 02/01/13 at 09:38 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

That was the most limp wristed slapper I think I’ve ever seen.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/01/13 at 09:39 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

from

ZZZZZ

tied

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 02/01/13 at 09:39 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

I believe I am watching a delayed feed.

Score bitches.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 02/01/13 at 09:39 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Boy.. That Big Rig Sucks. We need to trade him.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/01/13 at 09:39 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Big-EEEEEEE-52!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/01/13 at 09:39 PM ET

jimathor's avatar

BOOOOOOOOOMMMMMM. My god, the big lug has a purpose.

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 02/01/13 at 09:39 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Wow gamecenter is SO far behind. But i’ll fuching take it.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 02/01/13 at 09:39 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

YEAH BIATCHES!

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/01/13 at 09:39 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Boy.. That Big Rig Sucks. We need to trade him.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/01/13 at 09:39 PM ET

One timely goal does not a good player make.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/01/13 at 09:40 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

Wow gamecenter is SO far behind. But i’ll fuching take it.

No goal here yet.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 02/01/13 at 09:40 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Won a 50-50 puck there

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 09:40 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

4:31 Jonathan Ericsson 1 (Unassisted)

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/01/13 at 09:40 PM ET

Mandingo's avatar

Alright, Wings need to find a way to steal a point out of this.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 02/01/13 at 09:41 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

And another

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 09:41 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

One timely goal does not a good player make.

What about a season of solid defensive play?

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 02/01/13 at 09:41 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