Abel to Yzerman
1818 EST: Ahhh…Andreas. Man.
1747 EST: Just watched the Franzen attempted clear several times. Hard to tell for sure, it’s obscured, but it sure looks like that puck cleared the zone. Real tough to tell though.
1735 EST: Bertuzzi has played one normal and one short shift in the third. Could be due to the nature of the third, and the Wings obvious defensive emphasis. Draper on the PP now instead of Bertuzzi.
1542 EST: For Paul who’s on a plane somewhere. Teams look fairly even, although Ducks are cycling and grinding better. As Kukla pointed out in a comment below, the Getzlaf line is dangerous, mainly due to the defensive deficiencies of R. Lang and his mates. Wings seems to be picking up steam with 5+ minutes left.
1515 EST and the Stress Train was delayed by NBC execs. Here now. Board if you must. Warm beer on the house.
The Ottawa goaltender says that if the Wings move on to face his Sens, he won’t be pondering the personal matchup he’ll have with our Miracle of Insanity.
...if the Senators happen to meet the Detroit Red Wings and former Ottawa teammate Dominik Hasek, he said it won’t be a big deal.
“You know, if it happens, if we play Detroit, I don’t think it’s a goalie-on-goalie thing,” Emery said.
“I think it’s a full team series, and that’s how I’ll look at it.
“I’ll just prepare for what shooters they have and what plays they have, different things like that, but I’m not worried about the other goalie.”
He’d better give it at least a little thought, because goaltending is just one of the reasons either WC Finalist will be favored over Ottawa.
I thought I had met my match when Mike Babcock started opening his mouth earlier this year. It was refreshing and challenging. He would talk, but we were never quite sure exactly what he was saying. Around Christmas time I’d gather the family around the Commodore 64, warm up some nog, put on some Burl Ives holiday classics and read Babblecock to the kids.
But now…Sasquatch won’t shut the hell up and it keeps getting better. I just found this little nugget and it makes me feel warm.
You didn’t read it here, but someone out there thinks the retirement of Steve Yzerman actually helped the Wings. You know I’m referencing the recent article by ESPN’s Scott Burnside in which he says the absence of Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan changed the tone for the better in the Wing room. Do I agree with that assessment? Mum’s the word…for now.
John Niyo, though, reports this morning that Yzerman commented to the CBC last night.
“I think the team’s a better team without a broken-down, 41-year-old Steve Yzerman, no question,” Yzerman told CBC’s Scott Oake and Kelly Hrudey . “That’s why I retired. I didn’t feel I could help this team anymore.
“But to think that my presence was a hindrance or a negative in the locker room, I would say that’s completely inaccurate or ridiculous.”
Jerry Green writes this morning that the Poultry could very well be the dumbest team in all of sports. I don’t know if I can agree with that. Yes, there is a strong possibility that they are startlingly stupid, up and down their roster. I’m not denying that. But, if you’re going to average IQ’s you have to know that chris pronger’s is going to move the
(Thanks Baroque) northward.
Because he knows him some physics. That’s right. Dr. Sasquatch. The eccentric genius.
Still trying to figure out what Little Gary’s logic is in employing a three-day layoff between Games 4 and 5. I guess the idea of shafting Canada by denying them their HNIC Saturday fix was just too tempting to resist. A conference final doubleheader? Ottawa/Buffalo at 5 followed by Wings/Poultry at 8? Six consecutive stress-filled hours? Nah. Split it up and stick the Sens and Sabres with a 2pm Saturday start, then Detroit and the duckies with a Sunday afternoon game all of America will opt out of in favor of edging and spreading mulch.
And not just one of them. Several. Start with the absence of Sasquatch and a depleted blue line that couldn’t even pretend to put up any form of resistance from ten minutes onward in the third.
Then move to two 5-3’s that netted nothing.
And continue that thought when you consider what a 3-1 lead would have meant to the Wings, with 11 straight potential series clinching victories to their credit.
And we move to another pivotal Game 5 in Hockeytown. Good news? Yep.
Detroit has outscored their last two opponents (both “favorites”) 9-2 in Game 5’s.
Updated 2225 EST with your hard to believe stat of the night. Bertuzzi's goal was his third this playoff...his career high. He also equaled, with that goal, his career high in points(6).
Courtesy of the guys at WDFN, here’s your weekly adventure with Chris Chelios. Today…Sasquatch and what he’s got coming to him somewhere down the road, the brilliance of Nick Lidstrom and the necessity for the league to address hits to the head over the summer.
Heading out to dinner as part of a “team building” endeavor. Love that stuff. Since I won’t be around for the next two hours or so, I’m declaring the Stress Train officially open for business.
Another long day. I’m officially declaring the Stress Train off limits until, oh, let’s go with 2045. This should be a day of anticipation, not dread. Think optimistically and how positive a 3-1 lead in Detroit would be for you and your families.
Am I “predicting” victory tonite? Well, I’m not coming right out and saying it because we’ve all seen situations where teams lose their best players and rally around his absence. So, no, I’m not guaranteeing a Wing victory. I’m sticking with the same prediction I’ve had for this and every series so far: Detroit in 6.
I do, however, have a fun little game for us to pass the time. As entertaining as “Name That Idiot”? Maybe not. But still nifty.
About Abel to Yzerman
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