Abel to Yzerman
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.
We've got a killer on the road. Todd Bertuzzi, loved around the league for his philanthropy, will join the Wing lineup tonite according to Teddy Kulfan.
Coach Mike Babcock said Bertuzzi would replace Jordin Tootoo on the fourth line, playing alongside Cory Emmerton and Patrick Eaves, as the Red Wings took on Anaheim in Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals.
For Bertuzzi, who struggled as his pinched nerve in his back affected the strength in his leg, delaying his return to the lineup, the chance to play again was long time coming.
"I'm really looking forward to it," said Bertuzzi after the morning skate. "It's been a long three months and I'm looking forward to just getting in and being able to help the guys, be part of it again.
No word yet as to whether the NHL will black out all of Southern California (millions of viewers, Gary) for this one. More to follow in the Live Blog.
Tuesdays game was pretty damn ugly. One goal, on the powerplay, and just 22 measley SOG. Of course, you can't shoot if you don't have the puck to begin with. Damn near the whole game was spent in the Wings end.
When the Ducks did not have the puck in the DET end, their aggressive forecheck caused DET turnovers or puck dumps to neutral ice - - so ANA could gather the puck and attack again. DET had very limited sustained attack in the Ducks end; the Wings were one and done - if they coiuld get through the neutral zone at all. It seemed to me that ANA won the majority of the 50-50 puck battles - they were almost always coming off the wall with the puck.
Said Uncle Mike: “We didn’t execute very well coming out of our own zone. We didn’t have a lot of speed, therefore we didn’t have attack time. I thought we forechecked real poorly. I didn’t think we had much energy on our forecheck. When you get a chance to go back for the puck you want to execute the first time and get moving. And if you don’t, you spend too much time in your own zone and when it’s time to forecheck you’re changing your line. You never spend any time in their zone.''
Only 2 GA (discounting the EN), so there is that. Coulda been a case of the jitters for the young "D". But the #1 line were out-played. Gotta show up tonight. LGRW.
So the Hawks/Wild started at 8 and the Wings/Ducks at 10:30. Naturally there's no way, even in regulation, that game would have been over to see the start. I'm cool with that. Used to it. The NHL hasn't been able to crack that code...ever. Not since the USA Network...PRE-BETTMAN.
I listen to the first on the radio, on my phone. Got it. I'm ok. I know I'll have the game on NBCSN when OT ends in Chicago.
Over. Wild lose. I like that.
Wings/Ducks. First ten seconds of the second period then...poof. "Blacked out in your area." Fine. Switch to Fox Sports SW: "Blacked out in your area." Fine. Switch to Game Center Live: "Blacked out in your area."
Is this what you envisioned, Commissioner? Really?
This league is a joke.
Oh yes. Yes, I did. For the first time ever, since this blog was created back in 1978, we've welcomed Jim Morrison to a Live Blog.
Back in 2007, so long ago that I can't even find the links to those posts, the Wings were on the verge of horrific defeat to Anaheim.
The game before, a puck stayed in the air. It floated and weaved like a Chuck Long 7 yard out. All over the place. No direction. But momentum took it, carried it until Lucifer gave it a final push with some hot evil breath and sent it over our Czech Miracle of Insanity's shoulder. That game, that moment, is etched in Stress Train history, along with 34.7, Max Talbot, deficits to garbage teams like St. Louis and Phoenix, extra men on the ice, stolen goals, Al MacInnis and Jamie Langenbrunner, Deadmarsh, Yzerman hitting the crossbar, and big Swedish asses.
That goal that beat Hasek sealed the series for Anaheim in 2007. It didn't settle the series. It sealed it. The next game the Wings were down three goals after two periods.
22 straight seemed like a long-shot back in mid-March when DET headed out to the West coast for a four game swing, beginning with a ridiculous back-to-back at ANA (thanks Gary, ass). At the time, DET were 5-6-2 on the road, and ANA were13-1 at home. Those two wins at ANA (5-1, and 2-1) were big at the time - - they are huge now.
DET can do this. Jimmy is a freaking wall right now (4-0, 0.75, .969 in last 4 GP), and Mule is not useless. The 3 and 4 line are playing big, and they'll have to continue to do so.
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