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GDT - Game #71: Red Wings host Flyers (7:30)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  GDT light today, workload issues.  Your schizophrenic Red Wings appear to be responding to whatever medications Dr. Babcock has prescribed.  Two impressive back-to-back road wins at CBJ and STL have DET leading the League with 101 pts.  DET has become the first team in NHL history to top 100 points in nine straight seasons, and they have clinched a 17th straight postseason berth.  Ozzie has been tapped to start for the third straight game. 

Meanwhile, in the wild, wild E.C.,  PHI is in a dogfight with the PIT, MTL, NYR, CAR and FLA for first round home-ice advantage as well as just securing a playoff spot.  If history is any lesson, PHI might as well mail-in tonights tilt; “the Flyers haven’t won in Detroit since Nov. 4, 1988, going 0-13-0 with two ties in their last 15 trips to Joe Louis Arena - the NHL’s longest active road winless streak by one team against an opponent.”  PHI have split their eight games in March, scoring four or more goals in each of the wins and one or fewer in each defeat.

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Ditties

Hi. Good morning.  I’ve got a few for you.  A token here, a ditty there, a nugget or a morsel. It’s all up to you, really.

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Not A Bad Monday, Eh?

Those are the kind of weekends I was guaranteed when I signed up to be a Red Wing fan.  When was that?  Well, there’s a group who’d like you to believe that was in May of 1997.  But they’re a little too bitter to be taken seriously.  I’m positive it was before one of Chris Pronger’s earlier temper tantrums cost his Blues a series, before Steve Yzerman went top shelf in triple OT and even before Jacques Demers left one town for another.

Ahh…glorious memories.  For some.

 

 

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Sittin’ Here On A Cloudy Afternoon…With A Live Blog

UpdateMalik reporting that Stuart’s hurting, Osgood’s starting and Wally’s out.

Classic Seger for you there.  Name that tune and win our life-long respect.

Remember when the Columbus games used to cause some gnashing of teeth because of the inevitable boredom?  Remember when 8 games was torture?  Well, I’m thinking that next year we may be wondering if six games is enough. That’s how good this rivalry could become.

John W., a commenter at On The Wings, said today’s game could set the tone for the rest of the year.  I think we’re past that, finding moments or games to define anything. But I agree about this:  today’s a big one.  The Wings, if they have the kind of anger we hope they can muster, are still pissed about last Saturday.

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GDT - Game #70: Red Wings at Blue Jackets (5:00)

The Red Wings are coming off a fairly impressive 5-2 win at the Blues on Saturday.  Perhaps even more encouraging was the play of Chris Osgood, who stopped 30 of 32 shots, including all 16 he faced in the 3rd period.  Although the Wings failed to convert on 4 PP chances; their much maligned PK units did kill all 4 of the Blues PP chances.  After yesterdays game, Babcock stated:  “If you go back over the last 10 games, our penalty-kill has been outstanding,.’ “It’s just the pucks have found a way in.’’  The Wings should be a determined bunch this afternoon; just 8 days ago, CBJ pummelled DET in an 8-2 ass-kicking at the JLA, chasing Osgood. As determined as DET might be, their 6-5-1 in back to back games is disturbing.  DET’s schizophrenic defense has allowed at least six goals in three of its last seven games - all losses. In the other four, all wins, the Red Wings have allowed two or fewer, including the 5-2 victory over St. Louis on Saturday.

CBJ are riding a four game winning streak and are currently 6th in the W.C., one point behind Vancouver and just five in back of the fourth-place Blackhawks. The Blue Jackets have taken three straight from the Red Wings, including two victories at Nationwide Arena. Columbus has never beaten Detroit more than three times in a season, and is 14-28-7 with one tie all-time against the Wings.

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Still Waiting On The Thunder?  Try A Live Blog

Oh, yes I did.  Van Halen’s being set aside for the time being in favor or a traditional, tried and true winner.

We’re starting the LB a little early because I needed to get the rules to you quickly.  It’s a mid-afternoon game of Hit Me Mick.  But in some cases, Mick won’t be helping. Actually, I have no idea if he’s in St. Lose today at all. 

So we’re refining the rules.

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Back To Back: Bitterness Then A BJ

You know what’s even better than watching the Blues sit cross-legged in a puddle of their own waste at the bottom of the Western Conference standings (where the Dive currently are)?

Seeing them get all pumped over a playoff run only to be able to laugh when they fall just short.

And if the Wings contribute to that?  All the better.

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GDT - Game # 69:  Red Wings at Blues (2:00)

Matinee game today.  The Blues are making a serious charge for a playoff spot, going 7-2-1 in their last 10 games; and are coming off a 3-1 win over SJS on Thursday.  The Blues are 5-1-1 in their last seven home games, allowing just 11 goals in these contests. Chris Mason is 12-5-4 with a 1.96 goals against average and .930 save percentage since the All-Star break. He was just 5-13-1 with a 2.99 GAA and .904 save percentage before the break.

The Red Wings are amazingly consistent at playing ridiculously inconsistent hockey, and are coming off a 6-5 OT loss, and a 3rd period collapse against CGY on Thursday.  DET outshot CGY 39-13 in the first two periods only to see CGY outshoot DET 17-2 in the 3rd.  DET surrendered 3 goals in the 3rd and barely managed to salvage a point on Dan Cleary’s goal, after Conklin was pulled at 19:18.

DET is 6-0-1 in the last seven meetings against STL.

Despite all that ails the Red Wings, they find themselves tied with BOS for 1st overall, and DET has a game in hand; go figure.  Numbers below.

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Did Someone Mention Reality?

I could have sworn I read something about that. Oh yes. Now I remember.  We’ve been big into the “reality of the situation” here the last few days.  Tempers have gotten short.  Lines in the sand have been drawn. 

Yes, we’ve discussed the “reality” of the Wing play of late.  Got it.

But you know what else is real?  Less than a year ago, this identical team with the exception of one notable addition, did this….

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Faith, Steam, Trust and Hope Fading In Hockeytown

I’m going to be blunt, and most likely borderline obscene.  I say that now so that Paul can call the attorneys, so that you can hold off on reading this post until your kids have headed back to their television induced acceptable behavior, so that you can lock up your pets and remind your wives, significant others, spouses, half-sisters (good afternoon to you in Tennessee)...that on days like today no one is safe.  No one is untouchable. 

Nothing is off limits.

And let’s start with the end because that’s where we are: this team will not repeat.  Period.

Well…maybe semi-colon.

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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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