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SRO At The Joe?  McCarty To Play Friday

Confirmation came from all corners yesterday afternoon: Darren McCarty will make his return Friday night against the Bitter Blues.  If you’re an out of market fan and you don’t have the NHL Network you’re, of course, screwed.  If you’re a Blues fan contributing to the Aaron Downey is a coward conversation over at St. Louis Game Time, this will add a whole new dynamic to that enlightening discussion.  You’re also screwed, but that’s more genetic than anything else.

Drake night, McCarty returns, Downey most likely in the lineup due to the Homer and Filppula injuries.  A meaningless game against a once-competitive team that has turned pathetic has suddenly become the hottest ticket of the season.

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It’s the Fifteen Days Before The Playoffs Start Live Blog

Nothing says live blog like a game in St. Louis in front of the bitter Blues fans.  Oh yes, they hate them some Wings.

Whoa..I know.  We haven’t done an LB in a while. We’ve forsaken tradition for the ease and comfort of the chat.  But I’m feeling rebellious tonite, so it’s a return (if temporary) to the days of yesteryear.

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Homer, Filppula, Mac Slated For Friday Return

Little Gary and Verizon have exactly one week to get their act together and have the NHL Network piped into my house.  I really don’t care about the other subscribers, just my house.  The Wings host the Bitter Blues next Friday with a lineup that could very well feature a return of one Darren McCarty, as well as the rest of our injured corps of forwards.

St. James

Kris Draper (groin) skated Friday and feels good, Holland said, adding that Draper will decide after tomorrow’s morning skate whether he’ll play that night. Tomas Holmstrom (groin) also skated Friday, feels good, and “is getting closer to where we can expect him back soon,” Holland said.

Valtteri Filppula, whom Holland said is bothered by both a tender groin and sore knee, won’t play before Friday. Darren McCarty (ribs) is also expected to be cleared to play by next weekend.

Dan Cleary, given the option of trying to play tomorrow with his jaw still chock full of bionic stuff, has decided to wait until the wires are removed.  So it’s looking like early next week for him.  In any event, next Friday we may get a glimpse (minus Stuart) at the lineup the Wings will ice for the first round.

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Bye, Bye Bubba

Six straight losses at the SoGay, a goaltending tandem that has Barry Trotz climbing a bell tower, a rag-tag collection of goons who haven’t learned the difference between agitating and taking idiotic penalties, and a crowd that can’t come up with anything better than, “Chelios is a sissy.”  Are you kidding me?  That’s the best you’ve got? 

That, my friends, is the team we want in the first round.  Unfortunately, it’s not gonna happen.

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Pick ‘em

We’re down to approximately two weeks and three potential first round opponents.  Let’s play make believe for a minute and assume the teams that make up the top eight in the West will, in one order or another, stay the same.  That leaves the trio of teams tied with 84 this morning, and two others we’ll discuss for good measure.

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Those Hits? They Just Keep On Comin’:  Stuart Out Until Playoffs

And maybe longer.

Khan(!)

Brad Stuart is out for the rest of the regular season, and possibly the start of the playoffs, with a non-displaced fracture in one of his fingers, general manager Ken Holland said. It happened during the third period of Wednesday’s game when he blocked a shot. They’re not revealing which finger or which hand.

Holland said doctors told him Stuart would be out three-to-six weeks. The team believes it’ll be closer to three weeks. He’ll resume skating by the middle of next week.

Well that pretty much sucks.  The DDC also reports that none of the injured forwards will be returning tonite and that Chris Chelios will move up to the second defensive pairing with Niklas Kronwall.  Strange, since he was “competing for that 6th spot,” eh?

The train is open, as you know.  But before you board, consider this.  Stuart had no problem jumping right into the system when he was dealt here and he’ll be skating consistently while his digit heals.  As long as he’s back for the playoffs, I’m not going fetal about it.

 

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Something Wacky This Way Comes

1527 ESTUpdated again. Filppula’s the injured forward, one of them anyway.

1504 EST: Updated below with quotes from Meech and Babcock.

Anti-Digger Bruce MacLeod says a vet’s sitting tonite and Derek Meech is in the lineup.

Oh…and he’ll be playing a wing.

Meech will definitely play forward tonight, according to coach Mike Babcock. Why there’s a need for him up front isn’t as clear. Aaron Downey will be in the lineup. So will Darren Helm.

That means that one forward who played in Sunday’s game in Columbus will be absent tonight, but when asked which forward, Babcock declined to name one. It might be that a veteran will be given a night off to rest a lingering injury.

Something sounds familiar, but I just can’t place it.  Wait, I think I got it.

 

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Dig It

The day I see a direct quote, and I mean a statement with the little quotation marks around it, from Mike Babcock saying Chris Chelios isn’t assured a spot on the third D pairing?  That’s the day I stop believing stuff like this is the mark of a frigging idiot.

Babcock also said that with three or four games remaining, he will settle on his third defensive pairing – a two-man job open to Chris Chelios, Andreas Lilja and Brett Lebda.

Helene St. James, every few weeks, gives us a hint of that garbage.  Prove it Helene.  Give us a quote from Babcock saying that.  Until then?  You just continue to look stupid.

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Back To The Sack

There seems to be some tension in the comments below.  Some of the A2Y 19 have taken issue with the fact that my confidence in our goaltending has dwindled of late.  You’re calling me names and making me sad.  There must be a solution, there always is.  When I find myself at a loss to explain my views, there is always a tried and true solution:  The Sack. 

Adrienne Dater responds to readers’ queries (Yeah, I was tempted to add an “e”) via his Male Bag.  Here at A2Y, we have The Sack.  Once again, all questions were posed by you, the masses.

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I’ll Be Your Super Delegate

I used to like the phrase, “I’ll be your Huckleberry.”  It just seemed cool when Val Kilmer said it in Tombstone.  But I’ve grown out of it.  Now?  Well, the title of this post doesn’t have the same ring to it. But it does bring up a good point, and I’m all about the best of points. 

And here it is: I have no idea what a Super Delegate is.  It seems that every four years, a new phrase appears that makes me feel real frigging dumb.  Super Delegate fits the bill this year.  Am I a bad American because I’d never heard of it before? Should I feel guilty?  Should we change Dominik Hasek’s glossary entry to “the conductor”? 

It’s a valid question.

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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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