Abel to Yzerman
This can’t be good.
Bad news from this morning’s skate at the Toyota Center in El Segundo, California: Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg didn’t practice because his back is acting up again.
Zetterberg, the team’s leading scorer with 28 goals and 61 points, and a plus-20 rating, in 44 games, missed five games in late December because of back spasms, and his back problems cost him the last 19 games of the regular season last year.
Interesting. Four months ago, if you’d told me our first round opponent could be any of the following six, I’d have been mass producing stress train tickets at a discount price: San Jose, Vancouver, Minnesota, Dallas, Denver, Calgary.
Now? Only one team presents an opportunity for pain, in my opinion. And if the Wings can somehow beat Luongo, they’ll fall too. I’m thinking the first round brings with it a team that wouldn’t be there if the playoffs started today: Phoenix.
Ah…the dynamic is shifting. Uncle Mike has decided to betray his public claim of alternating Osgood and Hasek.
“I’m still kind of alternating, I just went with Dom because I like the way he played the other night (vs. Vancouver),’’ Babcock said. “In my mindset before the game, I said to myself if he plays good he’s going again. ... In my mind right now, I’m thinking Ozzie in L.A., Ozzie the first game back after the break (Jan. 30 vs. Phoenix). In saying that, it’s always day-to-day.’‘
Can’t argue with that. Hasek stole the game against Vancouver and there should be no reason not to start him with a day’s rest in between.
It’s pretty damn hard for me to sit here and criticize our Wing-dumb Detroit columnists when I haven’t written anything more substantive than a few lines per game on our now bad-luck Wing chats.
But I will anyway. Bob Wojnowski’s writing about the Wings, so you know football season (at least in Michigan) is over. What does he have to say? You’ve read it by now, but we’ll re-hash because that’s how we roll here at A2Y.
Work? New Zealand? Domestic Pressures? Sure. All realistic.
But honestly…not really. Here’s what I don’t know: I have no idea who’s healthy tonite, who the starting goalie is, what Darren McCarty’s status is, whether Hank Zetterberg is going to rest during the all star break, or whether Mike Babcock has uttered a complete sentence in the last five days.
I’m back..I think. After not reading about the Wings, or even thinking of them since our last live blog/chat, I think I’m back in form. Blogger’s malaise. Blogger burnout. Whatever.
Live blog/chat here.
For those of you concerned Henrik Zetterberg may be too ill (“flu”) to play tonite, he’s in the pre-game skate.
Lack of posts the last few days, I’m aware. Should return to normal tomorrow.
Tonite…we’ll use the A2Y chat room for the live blog. Also, if you’re interested in reading a bloggers’ preview of tonite’s game. Greg Wyshynski from AOL’s NHL Fanhouse spoke with a few of us earlier today.
...we introduce the live blog equivelant tonite here at A2Y. Is it revolutionary? No. Is it new to the 19 of us?
All I’m sayin’ is that we’re taking the live blog to a new level tonite. If you’re not a KK member, sign up. You’ll be glad you did. See you at game time.
Darren McCarty on HNIC radio, via Sirius, this afternoon said he feels good after his first game with the Flint Generals, that he’s comfortable staying in the IHL the rest of the year if no one picks him up, and that he considers his tenure there as a tryout for any NHL team interested in signing him.
When Kelly Hrudey asked him if there was one team he’d like to play for more than any other, McCarty wasn’t shy in identifying Detroit as that team.
“I’m not going to lie, Detroit’s at the top of my wish list.”
DVR’ing the game. Neighborhood function. Actually posting when I should be “checking on the kids”. Not reading comments, or checking scores.
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