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Up 2-0?  Awesome.  Voox?  Keep ‘Em Comin’.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If you don’t know who Voox is, and if you don’t know his job among the 19?  You might want to stop reading.  As many of you realize by now, the lead to every post shows up on the main page.  But what follows below is an A2Y exclusive.

So if you’re not a Wing fan, and I mean an obsessed one, a pathetic one, one who may stay in bed all day tomorrow if the Wings lose tonite?  Then reading the rest of this probably isn’t something you’d enjoy.

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GDT - W.C. Finals, Game 3: Red Wings (2-0) at Blackhawks (0-2) (8:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

The “young” ‘Hawks are going to be Under Pressure tonight at the United Center.  They have performed well at home in the playoffs, sporting a 5-1 record at the U.C.  But the ‘Hawks are still on the playoff learning curve. 

The Red Wings claim they are a confident and patient bunch.  And at least so far in these playoffs, the numbers support their claim:  Ten times, DET have had the lead or been tied after 40 minutes, and on each occasion, DET has won. In 4 of those 10 games, DET, the oldest team in the playoffs, average age of just more than 30 years, scored the winning goal with five or fewer minutes to play.  The reigning Stanley Cup Champions have shown incredible will to fight till the end.

The ‘Hawks played well in game 2, Ozzie was better.  Babcock claimed the Wings had no legs, and they needed the extra day off in the worst way.  We will see tonight if DET can skate with CHI.  We will see how tight CHI is gripping their sticks, and if they can limit their lethal turnovers.  Not a must win game for CHI, but pretty damn close, you can almost hear the fat lady warming up.

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Playoff Preps: Zetterberg Style

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I rely on you guys too much.  I just assume that if there’s anything I need to see, you’re going to send it to me.  During the playoffs, I rarely look at blogs other than the Wing ones or our opponents’.  Unless, of course, they’re talking about Chris Osgood’s Hall of Fame credentials.  Who can resist that kind of creative debate?  Again and again and again.

My point is this.  James Mirtle posted something pretty cool and I had no idea it was out there.  And that makes me sad.

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Hoping To Be Home By Game 3 - Detroit/Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am still in the hospital and had a procedure done this morning that should help with issues I am having.

I need to be under observation for twelve hours and if all goes well, I could be home for the game tonight.

I want to thank everyone for their prayers and well-wishes, they mean a lot to me. 

But I am sort of disappointed Roenick hasn’t called me out yet, heck, first Thornton, then Babcock, why not Kukla?

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Facing Off In The Media

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

The Staal brothers will probably settle this in the offseason.  For now?

Carolina center Eric Staal had a pretty simple explanation for why his younger brother, Jordan Staal, was thrown out of the faceoff circle several times when they squared off in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final Monday.

“He’s cheating, that’s why,” Staal said. “[The linesman] has got no choice. [Jordan] has got his stick in the air and he’s turning his body.”

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Wings Preparing For Datsyuk’s Absence

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

Despite all the assurances that Pavel Datsyuk’s foot is “day to day” and that they’ll just “go ahead and freeze it”, the Red Wings are getting ready in the event the Hart candidate sits out Game 3.

Valtteri Filppula is ready to take his spot on the line with Marian Hossa and Tomas Holmstrom.

“A lot of guys on this team have played with each other, so I don’t think it’s going to be that big of (an adjustment),’’ Filppula said. “Nobody’s a stranger.”

Babcock said rookie Ville Leino might make his playoff debut if Datsyuk can’t play.

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“Detroit Sucks”?  Down 0-2, Hawk Fans Will Stand By Their Claim

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

Via the Detroit News,

Brett Lebda, in his fourth season with the Wings, grew up about a half-hour north of Chicago in Buffalo Grove and was a—gasp!—Blackhawks fan. If anyone understands the mindset of the typical Hawks fan, Lebda figures he has as good a grasp as any.

Hey, that whole thing about Detroit? That’s just all in fun.

“It’s just a chant, (and) it’s been going on for a long time,” Lebda said Thursday following practice at Joe Louis Arena. “It’s kind of like tradition. It’s an Original Six rivalry and you’ve got to look at it as flattering going in there.

More, including a nice plug for the Hawk blog, The Fifth Feather.

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Roenick’s Mouth Runs Away Again

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

Chris Chelios is 47 and the Wings have six healthy defensemen who are better, faster and more dependable.  But he’s not playing because Mike Babcock is “anti-American”.  That’s according to Jeremy Roenick.

The coach just doesn’t like him for some ungodly known reason. I think he’s got a grudge against American players, but he does not like Cheli at all. If you’d know some of the things that Babcock says to Chris Chelios, it would make your stomach churn—just total disrespect for not even just one of the best Americans, but one of the best defensemen to ever play the game. The way he is talked to is just unacceptable.

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The Geno

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

Evgeni Malkin’s third goal last night came off a set play with a highly creative name.

“It was a faceoff play and it’s called ‘The Geno’ for a reason,” Pens coach Dan Bylsma said. “He pushed through and went and got the puck himself and after that it’s just all him.”

More from the Raleigh News and Observer on how the Canes need to “redefine the series”.

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No Knee Issues For Erik Cole

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

After playing just over 14 minutes and 22 shifts, Cole showed few effects of the knee-on-knee from Matt Cooke.

How did he get through it, physically?

“Fine,” he said.

Was there ever any doubt in his mind that he would be able to play, Cole was asked.

“I’m sure there was at some point,” he said.

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