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Everybody wants some.  Columbus wants a playoff spot.  Most Wing fans want the conference.  You?  You want just one complete sentence out of Larry Murphy.

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On Tap For Tonite:  “Hit Me Mick”, Van Halen, And BJ’s For All

Daylight savings time.  Spring forward, I guess, eh?  Hope you have the energy.

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GDT - Game # 66:  Red Wings host Blue Jackets (7:00)

Just in case you didn’t know, the BJ’s are good this year; as opposed to past years when they have been merely mediocre. Right now, the BJ’s occupy the 7th spot in the W.C.  However, the BJ’s position is risky.  The BJ’s 70 points are equal to NSH (6th) and DAL (8th); EDM (9th) and ANA (10th) are only 2 pts back, with MIN (11th) 3 pts back, and STL 4 pts back. Obviously then, the BJ have to perform down the stretch, or once again they will be playoff voyeurs. In the BJ’s last game against NSH, their goalie sensation, Steve Mason, proved merely mortal in making only 19 saves in a 4-2 loss.  The BJ are expecting their trade-deadline acquisition, center, Antoine Vermette to make his first appearance in their line-up. 

Up in the Motor City, the Wings are coming off a rare 3-2 win over COL; on the tail end of a back-to-back.  Uncle Mike is pumped: “We’re practicing like a team that really wants to win.”  Babs is also jacked-up over Ozzie’s recent play: “Ozzie’s last two starts have been real good for him,” Babcock told WZAM-AM’s Sports Pen. “You need good goaltending going into the playoffs and it looks like we’re seeing Chris right the ship for us.”

The season series is tied 2-2, with both teams winning their home games. Wings PK numbers ought to improve tonight, as the BJ’s PP is dead-last in the league at an anemic 12.5%.  The numbers and other tidbits of information are below for your perusal if you continue reading.

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As Heard On Sirius Radio

I’ve got a secret for you.  I’m gonna tell you but you have to promise it won’t go any further than, you know, just us.

Ready? Here we go.

I’m one of those guys…those sports talk radio guys who call in and say stuff like, “ok…I’ll hang up and let you guys answer that one.  Hey great show. Seriously.  Man, yesterday when you were talking….CLICK”

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Kenny Holland: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy?

Oh…yes I did.  I dropped a LeCarre reference on you.  What? You think all I read is Judy Blume?

Tick Tock Kenny Holland told us something yesterday.  He said that the Wings have enough skill to win it again. Enough experience to handle whatever’s thrown at them. Enough grit to stand up to whoever they happend to face.  He told us, and he told them, that he believes they can do it.  He told them that no matter what Calgary did, the Wings are better.  No matter what San Jose did? His Wings are better.  And Chicago?  Not yet kids.

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Should You Choose To Accept It

Morning Wing fans.  You’re first place in the conference, first place in the league, first place in the world.  A glorious day. 

Naturally, with a three-games-played deficit to make up…that lead probably won’t last long.  We probably need to discuss that a bit.  And we need to talk about yesterday.  I’ll tell you right now I’m not pleased with the last minute deals from San Jose or our little brothers in Chicago.  No sir.  I’m not. 

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Does It Seem Cold In Here To You?

A finely-tuned Colorado team invites the Wings into the rollicking Pepsi Center tonite as the cream of the West duke it out in a continuation of hockey’s greatest rivalry.

What?  Oh. Nevermind.

Re-phrase: a tired Wing team takes to the ice in Denver tonite, playing the West’s worst.  A rematch of last year’s second round?  Yeah, I guess. 

At least one of these teams has something to play for. In the Wings’ case?  First place overall.  In the conference?  Yep.  In the league?  Yep.  How ‘bout that?

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GDT - Game # 65:  Red Wings at Avalanche (9:00)

Somebody gave the Red Wings a “shot” last night; almost a “team” Gordie Howe hat-trick!  Downey hooks up with Janssen for a twelve-round epic. Kopecky with a SH goal and 2 A (did you see him absolutely busting his arse to catch up with Datsyuk to score his shorty?).  Fil finally finds the net.  Ericsson picks up an assist in his 1st game of the season.  Oh, and Ozzie pitches his first shutout of the season.  A very nice rebound off the Wings unmentionable performance in NSH. But all was not Rosie with the Wings, Hossa was carted off the ice last night on a stretcher—reports during the game and afterward suggest all tests were negative.  A classy response by the Blues fans last night after Hossa was carted out.

So, you are thinking theWings will be gassed both physically and emotionally for the game in Denver tonight right?  You maybe right, DET is 5-5-1 with 0 days off.  Also, the Avs are just ghosts of the past, and currently occupy the basement of the Western Conference, losers of 5 straight.  The Avs last loss was to the NY Isles, current basement dwellers in the E.C.  After the Isles game, Granato said:  “We haven’t played well enough, we haven’t played smart enough, we haven’t had good starts to games, we make mistakes that this time of year we shouldn’t make, and when we do, they end up in our net.”

The Avs are hoping to prevent its first six-game slide since April, 1998.

The Red Wings pulled within 1 point of SJS last night after the Sharks loss to Dallas.  DET can take 1st in the W.C. with a win tonight.

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Serious Analysis Of Central Division Moves

1354:  Oooh. Intrigue in Denver.  George Malik caught this just as Dive apologist Adrian Dater put it on his blog at the Denver Post.

Just learned from a reliable source that Peter Forsberg, along with his parents, are in Denver right now and that Forsberg will “make an announcement” at the Avs-Wings game tonight.
That announcement is expected to be that he will officially retire from the NHL.

A few minutes later?  Poof.

Dater/All Things Dive

Sorry for the false alarm folks. No Forsberg retirement announcement here tonight. While a retirement is likely to be official at some point soon, it won’t be tonight at the Avs-Wings game.

Too bad. Would have been nice.

 

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Deadline Day Tomfoolery

NoteOkie Jeff’s Game Day Thread will appear on A2Y at 1700 so all you trade deadline junkies can get your fix before then. 

This has the potential to be a Cory Cross kinda day.  Just throwing that out there.  There’s a strong possibility that Keith Tkachuk’s treadmill will see more activity today than the cap geniuses in the Wing organ-I-zation.  I just don’t see anything happening.

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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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