Abel to Yzerman
For those of you who submitted the proposed playoff banners, thank you. I hope to get them up here before Thursday so that all can review and nitpick. There’s a good chance that may have to wait until the weekend, however.
In the meantime, Nate A has provided a classic image your families need to see. The Stress Train is clearly full and just waiting to leave the station Thursday around 1400. The club car, where commiseration and alcohol go hand in hand, will undoubtedly be the location of choice for most travelers. Goaltending could very well be the reason most of you have found seats there already.
And so, the club car has officially been named, The Hasek.
NBC’s starting to piss me off.
Tonite at my daughter’s teeball practice a kid spoke to me with a southern accent. I’m not sure what he said, but the tone was disrespectful. So I gave him a forearm to the throat. And, just before I ran away, I told him he’s going down in 5.
No, none of that happened. But three more days of this crap can’t be good for anybody.
Gabe’s comments earlier got me thinkin’ you may be hankerin’ (practicing…sorry) for an update from The Nill Factory. Where do we turn for that? Prospect genius Matthew Wuest at Red Wings Central, of course. Hot off the presses with info on Mursak, Kindl and our boy Grigorenko. No mention of soon-to-be-legend Hat Trick Dick, though.
It’s interesting to note that goalie Stefan Liv has led HV-71 to to the final with astonishing numbers. He has league-bests in goals-against average (1.37), save percentage (.952) and shutouts (three). He is a restricted free agent with the Red Wings until July 1, when he becomes unrestricted.
Because goaltending’s never a topic of discussion around here.
Whew. The Office returns on Thursday. Must See TV(!) for many. Not so much for us. Wanna know what you’ll be missing this month? You bet you do. Steve from Eye On The Media has it broken down for you.
If you believe that you are shockingly stupid. Here’s what a fan of Michigan pro sports is thinking this morning. “If the Red Wings lose, what then?”
That’s right neighbors, the Tigers have affected the acceleration of the Stress Train. Honestly, my thinking all winter has been that if the Wings cut my throat in April or May, the Tigers will pick up the ball and give me hope until next hockey season.
That plan, to put it very mildly, looks like it’s right down the crapper. It would appear the Wings are our only shot at summertime happiness. Because, two teams in 81 years have started 0-6 and made the playoffs.
Would kind of like to get through this one healthy. Wouldn’t mind seeing Hasek get in the groove. A few other pleasant sights would be a Cleary goal, a McCarty fight and a win.
Oh, and a wayward puck to the head of our hero Pierre wouldn’t hurt either. At least it wouldn’t hurt us.
Those of you fortunate enough to attend the Wing/Hawk Injury Free Fest at the Joe today may want to take the opportunity to let Pierre McGuire know of his newly minted A2Y nickname.
We wanted Bubba, now we got him. We wanted Ellis instead of Kipper, Luongo or even Jose Three or Four. We got him. We wanted Arnott instead of Iginla. Got that too.
But we weren’t displeased with Edmonton once. And LA was a nifty matchup once too.
Whatever. Whoever. The playoffs suck no matter who the opponent is. 8 months of irritation leading up to full-blown physical pain and suffering.
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