Abel to Yzerman
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.
Update!!!: 1059 EST. OTC makes a very good point in the comments below. Baroque’s consistent attempts to raise the level of conversation here could be solved by simply banning her from from the premises. I’ve created a poll below. It’s very important that you vote. We’ll make it a caucus if you want.
We’ve had some pretty enlightening moments here at A2Y the last twelve months, moments that would leave an outsider unfamiliar with our “norms” shaking their heads—and perhaps believing that most of us are “challenged”, or 8 years old.
And we’re cool with that. Well…18 of us are.
It just might be a big frigging night in Flint. Darren McCarty’s debut with the Generals is still up in the air, but tonite is a possibility.
Brendan Savage/The Flint Journal
“We’re very hopeful,” director of hockey operations Ron Sanko said Thursday night. “But we don’t want to disappoint any fans by saying, ‘Yes, he’s in,’ when we don’t know. We’re still waiting for clearance.
“The minute we know he’s cleared to play, the entire city of Flint will know.”
No word on what specific type of clearance is required from the NHL. That’s got me wondering a bit. More on that to follow.
Michigan sports editors must be reading The Wayne Fontes Experience.
All this begs a question. Are there 2 teams in all of sports, both elite, both title contenders, that have been so throughly ignored by their local media entities?
Thank God for the Detroit blogosphere…
Big Al takes the Detroit MSM to task for ignoring the Pistons and Wings. Two days later?
A2Y’s San Francisco delegate, Alex, brings up the question below. It’s the issue we’d all like to avoid for now, but it’s coming down the pike.
Who starts in the playoffs?
Man, the Dallas writers sure took this one hard. Check this out:
That was the worst loss of the season tonight, and there could be some hell to pay.
Oh. Woops. That wasn’t a Stars beat writer, it was actually Adrian Dater talking about Denver’s 5-2 loss to Phoenix last night. Sorry about. Sometimes when I laugh hysterically, I get all fuzzy.
1855: We’ll do the liveblog on this post tonite.
Man…getting old sucks. And no, that’s not a lead-in for a Chelios story. I’m talking New Year’s recovery time. Pepe Lopez appeared again, and the results were not good.
Anti-digger Bruce MacLeod blogged from today’s morning skate that all three injured forwards are looking better. Zetterberg’s the closest, followed by Homer than Maltby. None, however, will play tonite.
MacLeod also provides an update on contract talks between Ken Holland and representatives for Chris Osgood and Andres Lilja.
Both Chris Osgood and Andreas Lilja said Monday that there is no news on their contract talks. Both have reportedly been offered multi-year deals (Osgood, three years, Lilja two years). Neither has signed, however.
When he pummeled Claude Lemieux in March you shook your fist with him. Every punch to Lemieux’s head was collective vengeance, community payback for a dirty hit too many of us have pointed to as a reason the Wings lost the year before. Of course it wasn’t. Lemieux’s assault on Draper was the bitter memory of a series won by a better team and a better goalie. But Draper’s face became the symbol of that loss.
McCarty’s fists, and maybe a knee if you watch closely enough, closed an early chapter. Lemieux’s blood on the JLA ice was like tonic to the Detroit masses. I wish there was a way Al Sobotka could have preserved it there, along the boards, appropriately in front of the Wing bench, for all time.
Another productive trip West. A whitewash of our JV sisters from St. Louis, a grinding win over the mediocre Dive and last night’s slush-fest in Phoenix. 6 possible points: done.
Check this out: counting OT and the now completely lifeless shootouts, the Wings have lost seven times on the road out of twenty games.
Of those 7 losses?
About Abel to Yzerman
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