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 It seems appropriate since we are in Montreal tonight. Most consider the Habs to be the greatest of the "Original Six." 24 Stanley Cups. Rocket and Pocket Rocket, Beliveau, Boom Boom Geoffrion. Those are the old guard.

The Wings countered with Abel, Lindsay, Howe, Sawchuk. Our old guard. I realize some of you aren't too familiar with some of the old names. But, history is important.

Both teams have had the great Scotty Bowman behind our respective benches. That was then.

The future is now.  We are looking at two very talented clubs tonight. My two favorite actually. Of course, the Wings being my #1. Montreal is riding high right now with a 5-1-0 record second in the overall standings.

The Wings are riding high too. Just coming off a pretty good back to back series against Toronto. The Wings are currently sitting at 3-1-1. I'll take it.

Also, safe passage to our very own Chief.

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Game Notes- Detroit vs. Montreal

First a little old school talk with Ted Lindsay and Maurice Richard.

Below are the game notes...


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Stay Safe Command Master Chief

via the US Navy,

The guided missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) is scheduled to depart Oct. 20 on an independent deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans.


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Video- Highlights Of Wings/Leafs From Saturday Night

Missed the Wings 1-0 OT win over the Leafs last night?

Maybe you were unable to watch and forgot to set the DVR.

Well, how about 9 minutes of action from the game?

Watch below...

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I am still feeling good aboot last night but that euphoric feeling has to be filed as yesterday's news. Tonight is staring us in the eye and Randy Carlyle is going to send in the goons. We all know what to expect. Confidence is high, but Gus is the starter so that brings me down a few notches.

 I was pondering last night aboot our youth movement and how happy I was that we didn't make any bone headed moves to trade away prospects. Nyquist, Sheehan, Jurco, Tatar, and the list goes on and on. The D was there and the Mule has been a pleasant surprise.

 The future is now. The kids are alright, and I really like our team!

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No Game Day Post, Instead A Look At Zetterberg’s Night

Not much has changed since the last semi GDT so lets take a look at Friday's game against the Leafs.

Jonas Siegel of TSN has some facts and figures and a look at Henrik Zetterberg's game last night.

Henrik Zetterberg was everywhere on Friday night.

Detroit's captain was the driving force in erasing the Maple Leafs' mini two-game win streak, piling together four assists in an overwhelming performance at the ACC.

That performance was another indictment on Toronto's lacklustre defensive efforts....

Stuck in the Western Conference for the near-entirety of his quietly storied career, Zetterberg has played in just 10 games against Toronto, totaling six goals and 14 points.

He's just three points back of Ted Lindsay for eighth all-time in Red Wings scoring history.

"He's really smart, I know that," Gardiner observed of the 34-year-old. "You just see the little plays he makes with his stick. He sees the ice so well. He's a great player."


added 12:43pm, Jimmy has a groin issue, TMR with the information.  Mrazek recalled.

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Video- 11 Minutes Of Highlights Of Wings/Leafs From Friday Night

Paul Romanuk and Greg Millen of Sportsnet with the call...


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Tonight we face the storied Maple Leafs. Shanny is now a big shot with the team and things are supposed to be turning around in Toronto. I remember when Shanahan came to The Wings. That signing most defiantly helped bring The Cup back home, where it belonged. That was long ago. Right now they have Carlyle and as far as I know, we still retain the services of one Mike Babcock.

The task at hand is just to pile up the points early on. The last loss was very hard on some of you, but there is no whining in hockey. The Wings are currently 1-1-1 some see that as the end of the world. Some think we should make a play for a 24 year old, -20 D-man/boy from Buffalo that would cost us plenty in players and cash.

Whatever. It's too early to panic. Uncle Mike has a new crop of assistants and the ship will be righted. We play tonight, in the supposed center of the hockey universe. So drink up and strap in, cause its gonna be a bumpy ride.

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Hard To Criticize Ken Holland

from Jordan Heath-Rawlings of Sportsnet,

Since their last Cup win, the Wings have gone from 115 points to 112, then three years of 102, 104 and 102, followed by a lockout-adjusted 96 in 2012–13 and, last year, 93 points, barely enough for the Eastern Conference’s final playoff berth. One of the results of that slide is that Detroit is no longer the top-of-list destination it used to be for marquee free agents.

Once the big names are gone, clubs usually look for bargains who can perform above their cost, but here the Wings’ prosperous past still haunts them. Holland’s loyalty to the Red Wings brand means he often eschews the bargain-hunting approach in favour of signing known quantities—veterans like Cleary, Todd Bertuzzi and Mikael Samuelsson—who have worn the winged wheel before and fit into the team’s blueprint. He also often plays those veterans over the team’s younger, more talented prospects.

In other organizations, this commitment to past-their-prime veterans would be nearly unforgivable, but the Wings’ track record makes the moves tougher to criticize. It may leave the team constantly searching for upside, but it’s precisely this approach—loyalty to his people, patience with those he trusts, only veering from the status quo when he sees real benefit or has no real choice—that has gotten Ken Holland to where he is and earned him that four-year extension.


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Game Day Notes- Detroit/Toronto

All then news and notes on Detroit and Toronto...

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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


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