Abel to Yzerman
from Cornelius Hardenbergh oF Stanley Cup of Chower,
Niklas Kronwall is a dumb jerk of a Detroit Red Wing, and he always has been. Known for "Kronwalling," the act of using a lack of prior suspensions to prevent yourself from getting future suspensions despite dirty hits, Niklas Kronwall is the rock that holds the Detroit Red Wings defense together. Unfortunately for Detroit, they'd be better off with another guy named Niklas back there. But the other guy retired. Suckers....
Aside from not hitting and not playing defense, what has Kronwall been up to? Getting himself up to 10th in Defenseman scoring, is what he's done. The top 9 defensemen (in terms of points) all have over 50, and Niklas is sitting at 10th with just 49 (8 goals, 41 assists). This ties him with Daniel Alfredsson for the lead on the Red Wings. Kronwall also sits at 3rd on the team in PIMs, behind only Reilly's Brother and Kyle Quincey.
The Bottom Line is that we'll be seeing quite a bit of this fellow and I wouldn't buy front row seats this round, mainly due to him stinking up the joint.
a bit more...
Update, Breaking News...BREAKING...George just posted that Kronwall, DeKeyser and Franzen are all sitting. Good move, Michael.
Boston's Boston and there's no sense whining about what could have been had the Wings done their job against Carolina. Pittsburgh is weak, soft and ripe for an ass kicking. But they won't be getting it from us and Columbus won't be doing it, either.
It's Boston and we'll get to them in good time.
With the Philadelphia Flyers win in OT today over Pittsburgh, the Columbus Blue Jackets cannot catch them for 3rd in the Metropolitan Division.
So it comes down to this...
If Columbus happens to get just one point tonight, the Wings will need to get two tomorrow afternoon in St. Louis to finish in the first wild card spot.
If Columbus losses in regulation to Florida, the Wings will need at least one point tomorrow.
Columbus holds the ROW tie-breaker so Detroit needs to finish at least a point ahead of them in order to hold the first wild card spot.
If the Wings do finish in the first wild card spot, it will be Detroit playing Pittsburgh in the opening round.
Short, short, short on time. On my way to PETCO soon to see Joe Nathan blow a 9-run lead.
You know my feelings on this subject: tonite is a must-win, because baby Jesus promised me the Pens.
Two games left: Carolina and the Bitter Bitch Battered Blues. We need three points, at least. We need them. And here's what else we need.
The state of Florida needs to come through. Steve Yzerman needs to come through. Jon Cooper and Stamkos and whatever slug they've got in goal down in Tampa (in place of Bishop) needs to come through.
Because Pittsburgh is ripe. They are ripe for a whipping and the Wings will do just that. Whip them. In 5 games.
from the CP at TSN,
If the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins meet in the first round of the NHL playoffs, things will be different than they were Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center.
The Red Wings will likely have Jimmy Howard in goal and are hopeful captain Henrik Zetterberg will return from an extended injury absence. The Penguins should get Evgeni Malkin back from a foot injury, too.
But in outplaying Pittsburgh and tying the score late in the third period before losing 4-3 in a shootout, Detroit showed that it could present serious matchup problems for the Metropolitan Division champions.
"I thought our team played real well tonight. I thought we were better than them," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said after the shootout loss clinched a playoff spot. "We carried play, in my opinion, tonight, for sure. I thought we played well."
There will be exceptions. When situations appear dire, Lightfoot will show up as if out of nowhere. Gordo will be our savior and our most reliable of drinking partners.
But, starting tonite and continuing through our 23rd consecutive Stress Train driven playoff run?
If you think tonite isn't big, you're an idiot. It is. For three reasons.
1. We need the points, because we want to finish ahead of Columbus, because if we do...
2. ...we get the team we want to play and that team is the team we're playing tonite. We want Pittsburgh. Badly.
3. I still hate the Pens
Why, you ask, why is number 2 beyond debate?
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