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Don’t Try This At Home

DVR’ing the game.  Neighborhood function.  Actually posting when I should be “checking on the kids”.  Not reading comments, or checking scores. 

Torture.

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Coincidence? I Think Not

This is frigging crazy.  Last year on January 9th, here is how we started the day on A2Y.

First of all, my condolences to the fans of Buckeye nation.  Watching your team get pasted last night after enduring 51 days of endless fawning must have been difficult.  I ached for you last night Buckeye fans. Truly.

For about 20 seconds.  The rest of the time I pointed and laughed.

What did the rest of the post consist of?  Yep, an ode to the Dive.  Here you go…a little flashback for you.

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Oh, That Has To Hurt

Adrian Dater’s in Livonia, and he has a “raging sinus infection.”  The thirteen remaining Dive fans may wish a worse fate on him after reading this.

The Wings are just an absolute machine right now, so I’m predicting a 6-2 final. The question about the Wings remains: will be they be big and tough enough for the playoff grind, or will injuries take a toll on some of their older players?

I think they’re even more skilled than last year and are outskating everybody by heads and tails, so I think they will win the Cup again if their bigs stay healthy.

Dater also says Theodore will be in net tomorrow night at the Joe, which reminded me of another epic Dive goalie moment.

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External Sources

It’s January, and that means you’ve tired of the Diggers.  Sorry.  I shouldn’t narrow the months down like that.  It’s winter, and you’ve tired of the Diggers.  So, we turn to some other sources to re-affirm our suspicions that the Wings are, well, the Wings.

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Wings/Hawks Live Blog

Hawks feed tonite on Center Ice.  A Hawk home game, no less.  Even for us Wing fans, that’s good to see.  Game intro focused completely on the four game streak.  Hawks have cumulatively outscored Detroit 6-1 in the third periods through the first four games.

Robert Lang’s hair appears to be impeccably coifed.

Game previews can be found at On The Wings and Third Man In.

National Anthems in Chicago are the best of any arena in the continental 48…if this rivalry ever gets renewed it would be something very good for Gary’s NHL.

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Sunday Odds and Ends

More Sundin talk.  A must-win for the Wings?  Street hockey in DC and mind games from Uncle Mike.  These stories and more right here on A2Y: Fair and Balanced.

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Self-Medicating With Marty Turco

No confirmation from the Stars as to who’s starting in net today.  But if it’s Turco?  His therapist has recommended a sunny outlook.

“I think it’s a great situation,” Turco said. “We get to ask, ‘Who are we?’ It’s kind of an identity search, and I think we’ll see more of who we are against them this time.”

 

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Whoa:  McCarty to Grand Rapids?

Yep.  According to Chris Chelios, that may be the plan.  Just on with Stony and Wojo, Chelios said something may be in the works to open a spot with the Grifs then…possibly…with the Wings.

“If he still has that burn to play that game, lose the weight, get him to Grand Rapids and come back to the Wings in some form. That would be great.”

 

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Coming Around?

Last week we liveblogged the swill that is Detroit sports radio.  For four hours the A2Y staffers sat on the edges of their seats, pens at the ready, prepared to transcribe whatever lively Wing banter crossed those majestic airwaves.

Nada. 

Earlier today, I directed you to the Wayne Fontes Experience, a site that has no problem pointing out the inadequacies of the Detroit MSM.

Now?  Interesting.

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Pressure Mounting On Turco

Quite a quandary for Dave Tippets. Do you start Marty Turco against the Wings even though you know it’s hard to stop pucks when in the fetal position?  Or do you start Mike Smith even though you know that if you are going to succeed in the playoffs you’re going to need Turco to beat the Wings?  Weird, wacky and fun for the whole family. 

Dallas can handle the Ducks and Sharks, but they haven’t given any indication that they can compete with the Wings. Not beat the Wings. Just battle them close enough to prove that they belong in the same conversation with the best team in hockey.

It’s hard to imagine how a team that looks so confident, so capable, when it lines up against every other team, can empty its pockets and fork over its lunch money as soon as it sees that famous winged wheel crest. No club is more spooked by the Wings’ aura than the Stars, and no player pulls the sheets up over his head faster than Turco, whose career mark against Detroit stands at 1-10-5 after the latest de-pantsing.

More from SI’s Allan Muir.

 

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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: wphoulihan@gmail.com

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