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Anti-Digger: Home Keys Is In Thursday

Bruce MacLeod’s post-practice report confirmed what we’ve been discussing today.  Justin Abdelkader’s in the lineup for Game 1.

Kris Draper (groin) is definitely in the lineup Thursday and will center Jiri Hudler and Justin Abdelkader.

I really like that move.  MacLeod reports that Samuelsson skated on his own, Stuart’s on track for Game 1, Maltby didn’t skate.

Update 1345 EST: More on Abelkader from his hometown paper in Muskegon.  Just imagine what a hero this kid could be if he plays any kind of significant role in Cup #11.

One minute, Justin Abdelkader from Mona Shores was your typical Michigan State University student, probably contemplating a visit to last weekend’s Cedarfest (yikes), and the next he’s on the playoff roster of the powerhouse Detroit Red Wings along with the likes of Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg and Dominik Hasek.



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Lidstrom on NHL Live

How’d that webcast go for ya?  Baby steps.  Nice attempt.

Try this instead.  Nick Lidstrom on NHL Live.  When? Now.

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Oh…It’s An Every Year Kinda Thing

Disch asked in one of the posts below (I don’t know…I lose track. My lips are so cold.) if the high stress quotient that seems to have overtaken this blog is a new glorious feature added just this year, or an annual excursion into the kind of pain only brought on by the playoffs.

It got me thinking.  Here’s the lead to a post leading up to Game 1 with Calgary, written exactly one year ago tomorrow.

Long, long, long frigging week.  In case you’d forgotten, here are a few items to worry about:  Zetterberg’s health, Bertuzzi’s health, Mike Babcock’s ability to adapt and the true terror of another early loss.  A few items for you to consider as Stress-Ex 2007 grows nearer.

Sound familiar? How about this?

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Early Lines

The Anti-Digger has checked in from the Joe.  Samuelsson and Maltby: both absent from this morning’s practice.  No signs of Helm or Ericsson either.

Here are the lines as of today:


No word on whether Stuart’s on the ice, or if he’s practicing with the other top 5.

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Detroit News Webcast at 1145

Live! from the Hockeytown Cafe…Steve Yzerman, Tick Tock Kenny Holland and Kevin Allen will be discussing the Wings’ road to #11.  It will be broadcast via webcast and you can get to it at the DetNews sports page

No mention as to whether former Deep Digger captain Ted Kulfan will be taking part in the discussion or just taking drink orders.  He might be tired after his ode to the Poultry from this morning.

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Berger: Get Back To 1966

In 1966 Eleanor Rigby was whining about lonliness and even taking the drastic step of occasionally wearing a face she kept in a jar by the frigging door.  Wack job if you ask me.

Just as Father McKenzie was wiping the dirt from his hands, the Pocket Rocket was scoring a miraculous Game 6 OT winner to defeat the Wings in the Stanley Cup Final. 

Howard Berger, and I have no idea if he darns his socks or not, says this year’s Final will be a rematch.

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Holland On Toronto’s AM 590

Tick Tock Kenny Holland discusses the value of gaining momentum early in a playoff series, injuries and more.  Good stuff on Holmstrom.

Listen here.

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The Hasek Club Car

For those of you who submitted the proposed playoff banners, thank you.  I hope to get them up here before Thursday so that all can review and nitpick.  There’s a good chance that may have to wait until the weekend, however. 

In the meantime, Nate A has provided a classic image your families need to see.  The Stress Train is clearly full and just waiting to leave the station Thursday around 1400.  The club car, where commiseration and alcohol go hand in hand, will undoubtedly be the location of choice for most travelers.  Goaltending could very well be the reason most of you have found seats there already.

And so, the club car has officially been named, The Hasek.

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Does Emrick Need A Nickname Too?

NBC’s starting to piss me off.

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It’s Monday Night And I’m Ready

Tonite at my daughter’s teeball practice a kid spoke to me with a southern accent. I’m not sure what he said, but the tone was disrespectful.  So I gave him a forearm to the throat.  And, just before I ran away, I told him he’s going down in 5.

No, none of that happened.  But three more days of this crap can’t be good for anybody.

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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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