Abel to Yzerman
And I have no idea where the love of god has gone. No, that's not pessimism talking. That's not me saying that adorable cherub, that drooling, babbling bundle of baby fat and joy, our precious 8lb baby Jesus has forsaken us and punished us for our many, many sins. Baby Jesus has not decreed the end of our (shortened) season.
I'm talking about Stress. I'm talking about disgusting, horrific Stress. It's going to overtime tonite. Because it must.
The teams have alternated wins throughout the series, and DET are hoping that trend continues tonight.
Sparty will be back in the lineup tonight, no word yet on who gets the short-stick - - though I'm sure opinions will vary on just who that should be.
The "D" pairs, not named Kronwall and E-52, have got to be better. Said Uncle Mike: “Our best (defense) pair, (Jonathan) Ericsson and (Niklas) Kronwall, have done a great job for us. I think they’re the best pair by far in the series."
This could be the last time, bitches.
I worked Seger and our Happy Hudler into the same post title, and talked about hookers without even having "hookers" as a phrase that will catch the spammers. Of course, the ads here on KK should be interesting for a few days.
I digress. As usual. Hey guess what Ryan Getzlaf's faceoff stats are through four games?
He's taken 92 faceoffs and won 0.
That's a lie but it's an educated lie.
One way or the other, DET will be playing again at the JLA on Friday. And for one team or the other, Fridays game will be an elimination game.
It'd be better if ANA was facing elimination. But, considering as neither team has managed to put together back-to-back wins, that'll be challenging.
We've been holding back the Lightfoot, saving Gordie for when the time is exactly right.
1-3, 5-4, 0-4.
Granted, three games isn't the biggest sample. 5 goals = win, 1 goal and 0 goals = loss. If 5 is the outlier, DET are in really deep trouble. A 2.00 G/G average won't win many contests. DET finished the season averaging only 2.54 G/G (20) - - scoring woes have plagued DET all year, that is nothing too shocking.
It was DET's defense that carried the Wings this season, 2.29 GA/G (5). The Wings defense is being shredded right now to the tune of 3.67 GA/G. It seems that ANA own the damn puck in the DET end.
I think it was Mandingo that said something like, if DET are to win, they'll have to play a perfect game - - so far, they have been anything but that. Game 3 was a shit sandwich for damn near everyone.
Hard times, bitches. LGRW
I'm writing this at 0900 PST and the last thing George told me was that William Tell is in for the Strangler. Note to Sobotka, reinforce the glass behind the nets...hell, ALL the glass. A hail of rubber is headed your way.
You couldn't have been surprised. Go back and watch the game. The Poultry Priority was clearly DeKeyser. They ran him, pressured him and finally knocked him out for the series. It's sound. And Brendan Smith can expect the same treatment. So can Kindl and Lashoff. It's what smart people do to young men. Well, we're talking about Bruce Boudreau here. It's obvious enough that even an idiot can figure it out.
Half of Detroit's defense wear bibs. They drool and make toddler mistakes.
Meanwhile, Ken Holland's big offseason signing continues to sit. Ian White continues to stew and seethe. And you know he is.
Lashoff taking DeKeyser's spot: "He's smart, knows how to play and competes hard,'' Babcock said of Lashoff. "He makes a good first pass and he's a good penalty killer." (Gee, wonder what Bab's thinks of White and Cocoa?)
Hiller in net for the Ducks tonight.
After taking home-ice in ANA, the Wings have got to defend it now - - avoiding the chinese fire drill in their own end would certainly help. LGRW.
Bullet Bob Seger was a young man in the early 70's. He, because he felt change would do him good, headed west. It was there that his world crumbled when he put a lot of stock into some surface emotions. Yes, I know. Young, dumb and full of...enthusiasm. She swindled him though. She led him on and then crushed his soul.
But don't blame her. Oh no.
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