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Kronwall Back If Wings Reach Finals?

That would appear to be the case according to Helene St. James’ game story this morning.

The Wings are, by the way, close to getting one Swede stronger. Niklas Kronwall, the big-hitting defenseman who broke a bone in his back March 30, is to skate Saturday for the first time. If the Wings can win this series, Kronwall may return for the Stanley Cup finals.

I’ll have a full recap later in the day.

 

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The Real Chris Pronger

One year after we predicted it Chris Pronger has completely lost it.  After two games of being turned inside out by Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Cleary, Pronger is showing his true colors tonite with multiple penalties, several tantrums and at least one intent to injure….so far.

Brent Severyn is the Duck radio color guy. After the hit on Homer he advocated that the Ducks “bring out the barbed wire,” and “make a statement.”

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Garage Bound For Game 3

So, the IwoCPO family’s all moved in and happy. Children are tucked away and content.

One problem: after a day of intense negotiations, cable will not be installed until tomorrow. I’m listening to the game via Sirius in a garage full of boxes.

The train is fired up and chugging, as am I. This wil be an open post all game long for those who would like to contribute.

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Waiting For 3

They’re cleaning up the Stress Train after Sunday’s OT.  Fortunately, or unfortunately, the fourth period Sunday night didn’t last long so there isn’t much to do. Should be ready to board by 1800 or so.  As you wait, here are a few tidbits to keep you occupied.

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Be Yourself Bert

Todd Bertuzzi is sounding downright social these days. The Canadian Press ran a nice little featurette on our boy yesterday, and it made me feel all warm. I brought the kids in, gathered them around the computer and pointed to the bearded Bertuzzi. I said, "Kids...that's a nice man. He speaks nicely. He plays nicely. He doesn't hurt people and he most definitely wouldn't place a shaft of composite across your back if you wore a jersey with a ducky on it." That made my children happy.

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Size Matters; Kopecky (Not Hudler) Replaces Calder

In the end, when Uncle Mike made the final call, it came down to size and potential for violence.  Kyle Calder’s ineffectiveness forced his hand (he didn’t play since mid-way second period in Game 2) but even after he made the decision to sit him, he had another dilemma.  Hudler or Kopecky?

And he made the right move. Going into Anaheim, against a team that thrives on confrontation, an oompa-loompa wasn’t going to do the trick.  A healthy Kopecky might.

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Moving Day

I’ll be mostly occupied with moving the IwoCPO family into the new house today, so posts will be limited.  Lots of hurting Wings today, I’d imagine.  I’ll be back with a comprehensive review of the causes of said pain later today.

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Pick Your Hero

Updated 2257:  So I’m thinking that may have been a bad idea.  I’ll look inward this evening and let you know.  Introspection after an OT loss is always fun.

Last time we did this was Game 6 in Calgary, so I don’t want to read any of you whining about me jinxing anything.  Pick your game winner here.  First to choose the hero gets a 3 dollar gift certificate to the Saginaw/Bay City/Midland Tri-City Airport bar.

Me? I’m going with, yep, Bob Lang.

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Kunitz Out For Ducks

Via the OC Register Ducks Blog,

The Ducks went into Sunday night’s second game of the NHL Western Conference finals at Detroit without left wing Chris Kunitz.

Kunitz, who scored the lone Ducks goal in Friday night’s 2-1 loss in the series opener, was listed as “day-to-day” with an upper body injury. Kunitz usually skates on the club’s top line with center Andy McDonald and right wing Teemu Selanne.

Not real comfortable with any report that uses past tense before the game actually starts, but hey…there’s diggers everywhere I suppose.  I’ll believe it when the lineups are announced.

  Bruce MacLeod confirms it.

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Digging Mother’s Day

When the Wings scored first Friday night, I immediately fast forwarded to 2200 Sunday.  Heading to Anaheim up 2-0.  That’s how I roll.  If they’d fallen behind, I would have been fetal, rocking, sucking the thumb, humming.  It’s the mind of the hockey fan, at least this one.

Oh…your eyebrows are raised?  You’re thinking, “what a child.  What an imbalanced, juvenile little boy.”  Yeah. And?  You’re telling me, right now, you’re telling me that when the Wings get a lead you don’t start fantasizing about the best possible scenario? 

Liars. Lying liars.

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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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