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Please Don’t Betray The “Spirit Of The Live Blog”

There are rules you know.  Unwritten and never followed, but there are rules. And if you don’t know them, here are some guidelines to help you imagine them:

—Don’t do anything during a live blog that would make you look smarter, funnier or physically stronger than anyone else.  The live blog was created so that all posters are exactly the same.  Don’t ruin that for the slower typists.

—If you come up with an idea that may give you an advantage over other live bloggers, set it aside.  Or email me. Better yet, submit the idea to me in writing and in triplicate.  I’ll farm it out to the committee and we’ll decide, over the span of 19 months, whether the idea will benefit the entire community of posters.

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Exactly….Go Ahead And Choke On It

Updated 1104 EST: with two different looks at the Hossa situation.

Seen Hot Stove from last night yet?  Scott Morrison talks about the fact that Tick Tock and the Hossa camp were in deep discussions yesterday afternoon, and that it’s looking like he’s staying in Detroit, and that the Cap is not an issue.  I take that to mean that if he does sign, it will be at a number friendly to the Wings and maybe even one that allows Holland to hold on to at least one of these three: Hudler, Conklin, Samuelsson.

What you may not have heard about yet is this statement from Wing fan Mike Milbury.

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GDT - Game #82: Red Wings at Blackhawks (2:00)

Happy Easter everyone.  GDT light today as the family participates in Easter Sunday activities. 

So, it has all come down to this. . . nothing, zero, zip, nada (of course it would be nice to end the season on a positive note, as DET have lost 2 straight and are 4-5-1 in their last ten).  Yesterdays game had all the same intensity as watching paint dry.  The only real drama being the phantom call on Kronwall resulting in the Byfuglien penalty shot.  You can argue the merits (or lack thereof) regarding the call all you want.  Babcock summed it up accurately:  “The first thing is, I’d like their player not to be behind our player with 29 seconds left. . .”  Cheli played forward because Draper was out with an “upper-body” injury and will be evaluated Monday.  Ozzie between the pipes today.  The ‘Hawks expect to receive both Samuel Pahlsson and Kris Versteeg back in their line-up, with Nikolai Khabibulin in the cage.

CHI get CGY to open the playoffs.  DET will play either ANA or CBJ depending on the result of the STL/COL game (5:00).  If STL wins, they finish in 6th place, and DET play CBJ.  IF STL lose, they finish in 8th, and DET plays ANA.

I’ve got to put on floppy ears and hide Easter Eggs for my neices and nephews; if you want to add a comment or scan the numbers, please continue.

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We Are, After All, Talking About BJs

Between the hours of 2300 and 0430, the phone rang off the hook.  It was the same person every time, private number, undetermined gender.  Each time I answered, there would be a pause, a clear of a throat, then the humming would begin.

The tune was recognizable right away.  Walter Egan’s catchy 1978 classic that is still a favorite with the kids of today, “Magnet and Steel.” 

 

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Welllllllllll…..Noonan?

Ted Knight in Caddyshack is the greatest acting performance of our generation. 

And we have a decision on our hands.  But the decision you make, as most decisions made here, will have absolutely no impact on anything whatsoever.  All it’s going to do is pass the time and give us something to talk about.

The playoffs are close and I have lost any ability I ever had to tie consecutive sentences together that carry any sort of similar meaning.

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11 More Aprils In The D

An amazingly, even for the NHL, inept call cost the Wings a win today and it just doesn’t matter.  I was about 19 minutes behind you guys on the live blog all afternoon as domestic issues delayed my viewing pleasure.  I haven’t read the comments yet.  Wanted to let my mind wander without influence. 

About what?

Thank you for asking.

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Live Blog?  Sure.  And Here’s My Entry…

...stay healthy. That’s it and that’s all.

And for your enjoyment, an image from our man Guralnick.

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Two Down:  Franzen For The Next Nine Or Ten

Gotta hand it to Tick Tock.  He doesn’t mess around when he gets the guys he wants. And it’s looking like another hometown discount.

TSN

Sources say the deal is believed to be a long one, upwards of nine or 10 years in order to keep the salary cap hit to a manageable level for the Red Wings.

More as we get it.

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GDT - Game #81: Red Wings host Blackhawks (3:00)

Not much intrigue for either DET or CHI as they each enter their final two games of the regular season with a home and home series.  By virtue of CGY’s 5-1 loss at EDM last night, CHI has secured the 4th spot in the W.C. playoffs. DET has been locked in the 2 spot for some time.  If you are desparate to find some motiviation for the final two games, and fancy looking way-down the road, DET (112) could surpass E.C. leading BOS (114).  DET’s first round playoff opponent is still undetermined.  CBJ have 92 pts, ANA and STL have 90 pts.  All three have one game remaining.  CBJ host MIN tonight at 7:00.  ANA is at PHX tonight at 8:00.  STL is at COL on Sunday at 5:00.  CHI will play CGY in the first round.  DET hope to start their Stanley Cup drive on Thursday.

Here are some interesting numbers heading into the home and home series.  Nicklas Lidstrom needs three more points to become the 12th active player with at least 1,000 career points. Pavel Datsyuk has matched his career high of 97 pts (32 g, 65 a).  DET has won each its last five games against CHI, scoring nine power-play goals in the five games. DET have won the last four home meetings and are 15-2-1 in the past 18 at JLA. CHI has scored only one power-play goal in its last seven games (3.8 percent, 1-for-26). There is some news on Hossa’s injury and contract talks with Franzen, below.

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Oh, They’re Bitter Today In Blues Land

Of course they are.  Even if the Wings had won last night, essentially eliminating Bubba?  Blues fans would have found something to cry about, some reason to whip out the F-Detroit line.  As it is, with the Wing loss? The Blues still have the best possible scenario, their destiny in their own hands. 

I’ve never wished a Wing loss, ever.  But I’ll tell you, knowing the angst that would follow a Bubba win…well, it made last night’s loss a bit more palatable. 

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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: wphoulihan@gmail.com

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