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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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MOWingsfan19's avatar

Pucker up bitches.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 02/01/13 at 11:00 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

cant talk Ken…...eating…..........hot dog…...........nom nom

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 02/01/13 at 11:00 PM ET

jimathor's avatar

Me thinks this “job” ole Homer did for many years may have involved a little more skill than anyone gave him credit for.

It’s interesting, watching Vanek do his thing last night, dude quite obviously worships at the alter of the chipmunk.

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 02/01/13 at 11:01 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Man… when will Coors Light leave Ice Cube alone?  Poor guy.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/01/13 at 11:01 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

A speedier Jiri Hudler?  Poor Brunner.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 02/01/13 at 10:00 PM ET

If anybody gets a chance to slip Brunner a card…

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/01/13 at 11:02 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

I love Brunner more and more every game.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/01/13 at 11:02 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Ah, the feed just switched to college basketball. Fuch.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/01/13 at 11:02 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Crunch time and Babs rolling the 4 line

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 11:02 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Blues balls prime for the kickin.

Let’s Go Red Wings !!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 02/01/13 at 11:03 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Well. SMOOTH Fuching Cleary. SMOOTH!

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/01/13 at 11:03 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Ah, the feed just switched to college basketball. Fuch.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/01/13 at 10:02 PM ET

That’s criminal.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/01/13 at 11:03 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

And Buckets did what?

The STL PP is LETHAL

of course against our PK that doesnt take much

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 11:03 PM ET

jimathor's avatar

I love Brunner more and more every game.

Amen to that.

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 02/01/13 at 11:03 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

Yay, make up call.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 02/01/13 at 11:03 PM ET

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What you think someone who makes 4 million a year ought to know how to handle the puck without panicking?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/01/13 at 09:59 PM ET

I do.  But I also think that a “power” forward that makes $4 million a year should be able to skate with the puck when no one’s around him as opposed to getting rid of it like it was a ticking bomb.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/01/13 at 11:03 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Oh…I fall ovah..

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/01/13 at 11:03 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

JFC.

Theyll pull the goalie in 30 seconds.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 02/01/13 at 11:04 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

//clinching, clinching, ...//

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 02/01/13 at 11:04 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Giddy UP boyz!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 02/01/13 at 11:04 PM ET

behind the net in G.R.'s avatar

Two minutes to go Griffins lead 5 to1. Tater Tot with the curly fries tonight

Posted by behind the net in G.R. on 02/01/13 at 11:04 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Budd Lynch minute

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 11:05 PM ET

jimathor's avatar

What was that? 2 minutes because you’re looking a bit tired and need a nap?

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 02/01/13 at 11:05 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

Me thinks this “job” ole Homer did for many years may have involved a little more skill than anyone gave him credit for.

I remember reading that he’d stay after practice with a teammate shooting pucks at him, to practice tipping them.  skill yes and hard work.  he did that shit for more than a decade.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/01/13 at 11:05 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Farking feed just crashed!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the pre-season shuffle.... on 02/01/13 at 11:05 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Jesus Christ… Quincey could fuch up a hand job.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/01/13 at 11:05 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Atta boys….

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 02/01/13 at 11:05 PM ET

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CURLY FRIES BITCHES!!!!!

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/01/13 at 11:05 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Curly Fries!!!!

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 11:05 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

CURLY FRIES BITCHES!!!

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/01/13 at 11:06 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

CURLY MUTHA FUCHING FRIES!

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/01/13 at 11:06 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Wow thats gotta be one of the best open net hat tricks ever.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/01/13 at 11:06 PM ET

Bent's avatar

CURLY FRIES!!!!

That was interference too.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 02/01/13 at 11:06 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

and a shorty at that!

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/01/13 at 11:06 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Captain material.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 02/01/13 at 11:06 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Curly friends for ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 02/01/13 at 11:06 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

WOO HOO - Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Here’s Your HAT!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 02/01/13 at 11:06 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Z   Captain putting the team on his back.


That should have been an interference call anyway.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 02/01/13 at 11:06 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Huge win - - just huge

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 11:06 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

AND the ref was NOT going to call Oshie for interference….what kinda shit is that?

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/01/13 at 11:06 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

curly fries

nice

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 02/01/13 at 11:06 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