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A Tidbit For The Confident Dive Fan

Official A2Y attorney at large, Okie Jeff, posted this over at the KK forum this morning.  For the Dive fans and bloggers who have begun to frequent our happy home the last few days, I give this to you.

Jose Theodore allowed four goals in 21 minutes before being pulled in favor of Peter Budaj in the Avalanche’s loss. Theodore has a 17-9 career record in first-round games, but he’s 2-14 in the second round and has lost his last 12 second-round decisions.

Live Blog kicks off at 1445 EST.  Yes, Dive fans, you’re more than welcome to join us.  Your viewpoints are valued, as always.

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It’s a Game 2 Saturday.  Want Some Keys?

Update 1240 EST:  Dandenault stays.

Spring time in the nation’s capitol (al).  Absolutely perfect weather. A day made to take the top down on the jeep, load up the family and drive down (over, up? I have no idea) to Maryland’s eastern shore and thank all that is holy for the opportunity we have to enjoy all of nature’s wonders.

So I think I’ll break out the Pepe Lopez, sit cris-cross applesauce on the floor and rock back and forth for the next 7 hours until the game starts.

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Is Your Tummy Ok?

I’m not sure I’ve made myself clear on this issue, so maybe it’s time I expanded just a bit on my feelings for Dive “fans”.  We’ll get to that, as usual. But first…this.

I don’t care if Forsberg’s hurt, Wolski’s done, Jose 3 or 4 has himself case of the runs. None of that matters. Actually, it does matter. It makes me happy.

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One Down


Do you really think Osgood will steal any games from us? NO.  Are you scared Theo will?  YES!

How’d that work out for you?

Eat it Dive fans.  Three more times.


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Oh No He Din’t….It’s a Game 1 Live Blog

Once again, for the second time the last three games, I’ll be missing the live blog tonite, DVRing the game and sitting through an official
function trying not to soil the cloth of our nation.  I’ll be receiving your comments and emails throughout and won’t read a single one.  Don’t
try to send me notes and trick me either, the ones titled, “Your House Is On Fire”.  You almost got me last time but it didn’t work.

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Defeating The Dive: Keys to R2, G1

Hey, how about that?  My cousin, who lives in Nashville of all places, commented on the “There will be blood” rant below.  Bastard won’t call or email me, but when it’s time to stab some Dive fans in the temple, boy, there he is.  For you, cous, we may have a Rocky III reference coming up real soon.

As I write this it’s 6 hours until game time.  I’m ready to present to you the keys to victory, and happiness.

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Oh, There Will Be Blood

Round 1 was a quaint, engaging experience for Wing fans—particularly the 19 readers of A2Y.  Bubba’s fans dropped in from time to time and exchanged a few barbs with the faithful.  Friendships were formed between the two fan bases.  We bid them farewell and wished them the best.  Bubba’s bloggers came by occasionally and a few serious-minded, even-keeled hockey discussions took place.  Children were smiling.  Puppies frolicked as firetrucks waited outside, offering rides. 

Well, you can leave that crap at the door brother.  Leave it.  Because Round 2 is a whole new ballgame, a whole different dynamic.

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Preview Coming

Your fearless leader asked me to inform you that a full round two preview will up tonite or tomorrow morning.

Therefore, this post is yours, comment away if you want to chime in on the Colorado/Detroit series…

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Datsyuk, Stuart Not On Ice For Tuesday Practice

Updated 1344 EST:  See below.  Deep Digger Captain Khan(!) reports that Datsyuk has “the flu.”  Oh.  Ok.

The Anti-Digger says we shouldn’t be alarmed, that Datsyuk is only “banged up.”  But we wouldn’t be standing in line to board the Stress Train three days early if we didn’t obsess over playoff-sucking news like this.

The Red Wings are on the ice for the first time since Sunday’s Game 6 in Nashville. The only two regulars not on the ice are Pavel Datsyuk and Brad Stuart. I’ll ask after practice what the reason was for their absences.

MacLeod also reports Ericsson is skating with the big boys today, giving the Wings 8 defensemen and 3 options for that 6th spot.

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Uncle Mike:  “I Didn’t Like The Long Shots Beating Hasek”

On Toronto’s Fan 590, Mike Babcock discusses goaltending, Lidstrom’s knuckler, Darren Helm, McCarty and the importance of staying patient against a team you know you have the talent to beat. 

Listen here.

On the team’s health: “We’re getting healthier. Looks like Maltby will be back and ready to go.  Not only are we healthy, but they’re all going to be in shape.”

On his contract:  “Very, very fortunate to be the coach of the Red Wings. My family wants to stay. I want to stay.  Kenny and I have a good relationship and I’m not concerned one bit.  I’m not going anywhere.”

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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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