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Live From Columbus

Danny Gare just told us Nationwide is jam packed, the largest crowd since they opened the place.  BJs coming off a shutout of Minnesota last night.  Wings with their rightful starter back in net.  Live blog here if you so choose.

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Kopecky, Ellis Out:  Interesting 4th Line As A Result

Now here’s an intriguing line for tonite’s matchup with the BJs.
Khan(!)

Jiri Hudler will center the fourth line with Dallas Drake and Aaron Downey. Hudler said he played center his whole career until coming to North America a few years ago and being switched to the wing. Kopecky, injured last Wednesday against St. Louis, said he hopes to resume skating Monday and play either Tuesday or Thursday.

 

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From Bitterness…Brilliance

Thankfully, here at A2Y, we choose the high road more often than not.  Oh, there are the rare occasions when we choose to point out some of the deficiencies of the 6 remaining Dive fans in Denver.  But only when their true colors are impossible to ignore.  Unfortunately for them, that’s weekly.

What we try very hard to avoid, here at A2Y—a blog dedicated to high-level, serious-minded conversation, is the denigration of another team (other than the HDID) or fan base (besides Darren Garcia and his friends).  Have the opportunities presented themselves to, for instance, attack our friends at Canucks and Beyond?  Certainly.  But book-store owners, in my experience, are easy prey. So we lay off.

But that’s not to say we don’t notice when they choose to hop back into the sewer.  Because sometimes….well, sometimes they bring to light valuable bits of info.

Like this…

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Statistically Speaking

Looking back at Thanksgiving 2007 and the only thing more painful than watching our Czech Miracle of Insanity try to get off the ice in the last 90 seconds was the 23 second shot Fox gave us of William Clay Ford attempting to put his glasses on.  Again and again the old man tried to find his nose, and it just wasn’t happening.  Riveting. 

Tonite the Wings wrap up a 9-game stretch against the division that Gary built. We can be thankful for that.  Why?  Not because the hockey’s been boring, as in previous years, but because Detroit’s performance has been mediocre—at best—against teams we’ve traditionally owned.  Detroit’s now lost five times to teams within the Central, the same number they pointed to in April of last year.  Only Columbus has yet to defeat Detroit.  And they probably won’t tonite either.

Why?

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Blame The Euro’s If You’re Stupid

Pretty good argument in the face of those who claim the reason for the decline in Wing attendance this year is due to the high number of Europeans in red and white.

If the Joe Louis Arena was rockin’ at capacity in 2001 with 11 Europeans, how can you attribute today’s attendance problem to the addition of one more player from across the Atlantic? There may be something to be said about the exit of such all-world players as Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan from the scene, but I find it hard for any fan, casual or not, of hockey to not be mesmerized in the same way by the smooth dangles and top-notch finish of guys like Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.

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Balboa Defeats Creed, Lang in Span of 4 Hours

This is a live blog to spite a certain reader who said I wouldn’t show due to the Rocky marathon on Versus.  Yes, I watched several hours of Rocky today.  And, yes, I’ve stopped watching because the Wings are on.  In fact, the Wings are on HDNet tonite.  Hasek in net.  I have no idea what to expect.  I do know that cranberries were available on my dinner table today and I shunned them, because I’m an adult and I eat only the things I enjoy.

Wings/Bubba. Live blog here.

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Cranberries Suck

If you eat them because you’re tied to some outdated tradition, some ingrained obligation generationally passed down to you by other members of your family who hate them as much as you but have eaten them because “they have to”...well, then you’re just stupid.  Take a stand today.  Mumble an, “I’ll pass…” and just see what the reaction is. There’s a lot of other good stuff you can shove down your pie hole and those scrumptious goodies shouldn’t be tainted by cranberry sauce you despise.  Will that cause angst among the traditionalists at your table? Perhaps.  Is it a chance you’re willing to take? Only you can answer that question.  Only you.

Chris Osgood’s your starter.  He has to be.  17-1-5 his last 23 starts.  10-1 this year.  And a team that plays differently in front of him than they do in front of Hasek.

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Well…Ok

So, yeah, I was considering NOT live-blogging the game tonite.  But the faithful A2Y nineteen would probably just push forward without me anyway.  So, it’s on.  1920.  It seems that it’s much more effective to just LB via the comment section rather than update the original post, so we’ll just pile on this post and away we go.  Crack ‘em if you got ‘em.  Back in 45.

To get you ready for tonite’s tilt with the bitter Blues?  I give you Gramps.

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Crazy Train:  Osgood’s Your Starter

Uncle Mike’s waffling.  Can’t you just imagine the discussions between him, Holland and Scotty?  Let me help you out.

Holland: If we sit Dom, who knows how he’ll react?  The last thing we want is another “situation.”  He could very well go crazy. Literally.

Bowman: Sounds like fun. Sit his ass.

Babcock: I want a Wii for Christmas.

Anti-Digger Bruce MacLeod reports Osgood’s starting tomorrow night against the Bitter Blues.

Coach Mike Babcock said after today’s practice at Joe Louis Arena that Chris Osgood will start in net, Wednesday, against the St. Louis Blues. Dominik Hasek will get the nod for Thursday’s game in Nashville.

“He (Osgood) is playing good ... simple,” said Babcock. “To me, he’s earned the right. Dom has another practice with Jimmy (goalie coach Jim Bedard) to get his game to where he wants and he’ll be going the next night in Nash(ville).”

 

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At The Quarter Pole

That’s the cool phrase these days.  “At the pole…”  Not a big fan.  Not a big fan at all.  Not real sure I like the connotations involved with that.  Also pretty sure I hate Bob Dylan.  To quote Stu Nahan in Rocky II, “how this fighter of such limited ability has gained such popularity is a mystery.”  Same goes for Dylan.  Oh, he’s a poet.  A lyrical magician who was able to express the angst of a nation a turbulent time.

Whatever.  That voice makes me want to drive over a cliff.  Oh, but you’re saying, Rocky references and music critiques are not the bread and butter of this foblog.  Why must you?  Why do we always have to sift through the crap to get to the hard-hitting hockey analsysis?  The fact-based, late breaking, well-researched and equally well-considered viewpoints that cut to the very core of Red Wing hockey?  Oh yeah.  Well, ok.

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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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