Abel to Yzerman
There's a saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." But something is broken on this Team, and it is called consistency, and it has been an ongoing problem for some time. How we are managing to stay somewhere in the middle of the pack is puzzling, considering how we are hot one night, ice cold the next. This type of play is unacceptable to many Wing's Fans.
We deserve better. We demand better.
I'm going to hope that tonight we can get the BJ, instead of the usual sucking the Wings have been doing. Uncle Mike has said that he is to blame for not being ready, prepared. I say it's a two way street. He isn't on the ice missing passes and letting goals in. He does draw up the game plan however, so if the plan isn't panning, then change the plan.
Consistency. Fix it!
We are ranking all of the current NHL head coaches. We asked a panel of experts to rank each coach on a scale of 0 to 10 based on how they predict he will perform this season.
Brian Hedger at NHL.com has a preview of tonight's game.
Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch with a preview too,
The Blue Jackets have lost 118 man games to injury through 17 games, without question the defining statistic of their season.
Only five players have played all 17 games, and one of them — the Jackets’ leading scorer — might miss a game against the Detroit Red Wings tonight.
Center Ryan Johansen is “banged up,” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said, and did not practice yesterday. Johansen is questionable to play in Nationwide Arena.
“We’ll see how he feels (this morning),” Richards said. “He’s got a little bit more (than soreness). We’ll know more (today).”
Team notes are below...
Montreal (13-4-1) is at the Joe tonight and they are smoking hot having won five in a row. When a Team is winning it makes them even harder to beat.
The Wings (8-3-5) know that there is no time for back patting. Friday's win was almost a full sixty minute effort. Howard was spectacular, and I was very impressed with Glennie and the grinders.
So, more of the same from the Wings tonight, and a FULL sixty minutes of effort from every single player.
Trap Game or not, confidence is high, and, I expect carry over from Friday to push the Wings into two in a row.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Johan Franzen rattled off a litany of goals before the season: Come to play every game, be strong mentally, be focused, use his size to get to the net, contribute offensively and get off to a good start.
So far, he can put a check next to each entry.
The Detroit Red Wings forward has five goals and 11 points in 10 games. He has scored a goal in three consecutive games and will take a five-game points streak into Sunday's game against the Montreal Canadiens at Joe Louis Arena (7 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).
"It took him a little bit to get back, but obviously Mule had his legs going," coach Mike Babcock said following Friday's 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. "That's what he's got to do for us. When his legs get going he's an ultra-effective player. When he's standing around watching he's just like the rest of us, not quite as good.
"It takes you time when you've been injured, especially a leg injury."
Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out with a few notes on tonight's game in a post about the job Montreal GM Marc Bergevin has done and a recap on Montreal's win last night,
If so, or maybe you just want 18 minutes of highlights from Wings/Hawks last night.
That aboot sums it up. I'm no pharmacist, but if we do not start winning, instead of just hanging around for the embarrassing loser point, then, what is the point?
The Wings have fallen to sixth in the Atlantic. I am aware of how tight the standings are, but it is not going to get any easier.
The Cawks are coming to the Joe tonight, and I am hoping that we will interfere with any chance they have of winning. Subtlety or otherwise.
That's it. I got nothing.
NHL.com previews tonight's game which starts just after 7:30pm ET on FSD.
Below are notes on both teams...
The Wings have nine games left in November, five ant home and four on the road.
What are your expectations for the remaining nine games?
Me, I would be satisfied with 14 points but that may be asking too much.
Below is the schedule for December which includes ten home games and four on the road. It looks like a very favorable month to me.
I've been thinking aboot the teams of the past and what Steve Yzerman meant to all Wings fans for over 20 years. Bringing the Cup back to Detroit two years in a row. The greatest team ever assembled in 2002, playing one leg, then I stop myself from waxing nostalgic.
He is no longer one of us. He is an adversary, a formidable opponent with a pretty good Hockey Team right now. Tampa (10-3-1) is currently riding high atop the Atlantic Division.
The Wings (7-3-4) on the other hand, have moved back up into third in the Atlantic, and are going to try to put an end to Tampa's current streak. We have a pretty good Hockey Team too. Only three points separate the two Teams.
First TPH, and now Zetterberg, have proven to be good Captains in this after Yzerman era, and these young Wings have heard all the stories. Probably watched lots of games growing up.
A few Wings have even played on the same team as Stevie Y.
All that needs to be pushed back into the past. We are going forward with a really good crop of talented youngsters, and after the win on Friday, maybe some more confidence.
Thanks for the memories Stevie, but, now it's time to make new memories of our own.
Anyone else concerned or maybe confused about the quote from Mike Babcock to Craig Peterson of the Wings' website yesterday?
After participating in pregame warm-ups Friday night, Datsyuk was a last-minute scratch with a sore groin. The Wings won the game 4-2 over the New Jersey Devils despite the absence of Datsyuk who has scored five goals and 10 points in eight games this season.
Injuries are becoming a recurring trend with Datsyuk, this already being the second time he’s been absent from action. He missed the first five games of the regular season with a separated shoulder that he suffered in the preseason in addition to missing 37 games last season.
“I don’t know when Pavel’s coming back, if he’s coming back,” coach Mike Babcock said. “I don’t know what’s going on there. I just try to have the best lineup I can.”
Or is it Babcock being Babcock?
About Abel to Yzerman
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: firstname.lastname@example.org