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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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bezukov's avatar

Elliot lost the puck big time on that shot.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/01/13 at 10:41 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Wings jumping.  Go for the win.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 02/01/13 at 10:42 PM ET

Mandingo's avatar

Wow…did the Wings just win a battle?

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 02/01/13 at 10:42 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

DET should have the legs to maybe pull a rabbit outta their hat

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 10:42 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

How long has it been since we had a forward who would hit like that?

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 02/01/13 at 10:43 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

TooToo with a smash too!

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/01/13 at 10:43 PM ET

RWBill's avatar


Well I drank all the liquor out of the minibar. On to wine now.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 02/01/13 at 09:32 PM ET

Factor in it’s 4:45 am and I see Hurl coming.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/01/13 at 10:43 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Wow…did the Wings just win a battle?

I count 2 since the E-52 goal

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 10:44 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Factor in it’s 4:45 am and I see Hurl coming.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 02/01/13 at 09:43 PM ET

No. I’m a professional. After this bottle of white there’s a bottle of red. Nowhere near hurling.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 02/01/13 at 10:44 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

What about a season of solid defensive play?

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

Not saying that I don’t like what E has shown thus far, but he’s got to buy me a few more drinks before he’s off my shit list.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/01/13 at 10:45 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Z with 10 points in 6 games, captain putting the team on his back.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/01/13 at 10:45 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

How long has it been since we had a forward who would hit like that?

Helm on Jovo?

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 02/01/13 at 10:45 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

Not saying that I don’t like what E has shown thus far, but he’s got to buy me a few more drinks before he’s off my shit list.

He was really, really solid for the second half of the year last year.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 02/01/13 at 10:46 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

SCORING CHANGE

4:31 Jonathan Ericsson 1 (Assists: Henrik Zetterberg 6, Johan Franzen 5)

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/01/13 at 10:46 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

No. I’m a professional. After this bottle of white there’s a bottle of red. Nowhere near hurling.
+19
White washes down good with red. Now if you just had a wee bottle of Nyquil.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 02/01/13 at 10:46 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Alright boys.  Introduce your skate to their throats.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/01/13 at 10:47 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

White washes down good with red. Now if you just had a wee bottle of Nyquil.

Posted by Rumbear from the Top O the Hasek, lookin for my Kindl fire…. on 02/01/13 at 09:46 PM ET

Just ask RWBill.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/01/13 at 10:47 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

F you Backes cheapass scumbag

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 02/01/13 at 10:47 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

After this bottle of white there’s a bottle of red.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 02/01/13 at 09:44 PM ET

Or perhaps a bottle of rosé  instead.


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/01/13 at 10:48 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Terrible call.

Posted by calquake on 02/01/13 at 10:48 PM ET

Bent's avatar

HAHAHA fuch Backus.  But I don’t think he hit his head.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 02/01/13 at 10:48 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Well, I’ll take it.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/01/13 at 10:48 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Toughskins is hurtin’.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 02/01/13 at 10:48 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

How many goals will Detroit give up on its 5 minute major PP?

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/01/13 at 10:48 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

White washes down good with red. Now if you just had a wee bottle of Nyquil.

Posted by Rumbear from the Top O the Hasek, lookin for my Kindl fire…. on 02/01/13 at 09:46 PM ET

I have Canadien Nyquil, Benylin. Way better than Nyquil.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 02/01/13 at 10:48 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Whoa… a phantom call in the Wings favor?  Now I know I’m drunk.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/01/13 at 10:48 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

I didnt see a 5 minute there

2 for interference maybe

lame ass call

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 10:48 PM ET

Mandingo's avatar

Wow.

That may be the worst penalty call of the season.

An absolute gift for the Wings.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 02/01/13 at 10:48 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Hitchcock pointing…...must be a donut in the rafters

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 02/01/13 at 10:48 PM ET

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5 min PP?  Can get at least 2 shots on goal out of this.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/01/13 at 10:49 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

lets get two!!!

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 10:49 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Backes is a Jackass but that was an awful call.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 02/01/13 at 10:49 PM ET

jimathor's avatar

Damn that’s a hard hit. The slowmo is a “this is your brain on drugs” moment.

Not a hit to the head mind.

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 02/01/13 at 10:49 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Wow, that is a terrible, terrible call.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 02/01/13 at 10:49 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Couldn’t have happened to a beter guy

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/01/13 at 10:49 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Good grief…at least get a shot or three

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/01/13 at 10:50 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

can someone tell these idiot St Louis announcers what the rule is?  email them a link or something?  sheesh.  it doesn’t have to be a hit to the head if it’s blindside.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/01/13 at 10:50 PM ET

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Cleary’s passing percentage to opponents this year is phenomenal.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/01/13 at 10:50 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Fuch em….like we have NEVER had a bad call agin us

Let’s GO Red Wings !!!!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 02/01/13 at 10:50 PM ET

jimathor's avatar

a beter guy

I think you meant “bigger douche”.

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 02/01/13 at 10:50 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