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Update: the Diggers are climbing onboard. Helene St. James says Babcock seems optimistic that we’ll be looking at a Notdangerouslywuzzi situation. See below.
Pow…this one hurts the diggers. First word on Bertuzzi comes out of Toronto of all places.
Todd Bertuzzi has practised the last few days and took a regular spin at today’s morning skate. But does that mean the big winger is about to crack the Detroit Red Wings line-up? Bertuzzi’s response was that, “Everyone will take the pre-game skate then go from there.”
But why would Detroit want him in right now anyway?
Bertuzzi suffered a concussion late in the regular-season and has yet to appear in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The other day he said he was feeling better and that every day was a stride in the right direction.
“Obviously I’ll want to be 100 per cent,” he said. “It’s just a matter of working as hard as I can.”
Pretty good analysis included in that story on why or why not to play Bertuzzi.
added 1458, Kal just passed a note on to XYT, verifying Bertuzzi is a game-time decision.
And here’s the real deal: why say anything at this point? If he’s playing, he’s playing. If not, he doesn’t and it doesn’t do the Wings a damn bit of good to say so either way. Somebody’s lying and I like it.
Based on what Mike Babcock said Tuesday morning, it would seem Todd Bertuzzi will play tonight in Game 3 between the Red Wings and Flames.
It’s still officially a game-time decision whether Bertuzzi will play, but Babcock said, “He told me he was great. I’ve said all along, as soon as he’s ready, he’s playing.”
No news on Whatmewuzzi? yet, but Bruce MacLeod reports that the Flames probably don't expect the services of Robin Regehr tonite.
Calgary defenseman Robyn Regehr did not participate in Tuesday's morning skate. That means that he's unlikely to be in the lineup tonight for Game 3. Either Andrei Zyuzin, who played in Game 1, or Mark Giordano will dress instead of Regehr.Here's what Battle of Alberta has to say about Giordano.
Giordano can be a defensive liability, relatively speaking, but he can also launch a counterattack. And, he's shown a decent knack for getting his point shot through to the net, which is clearly a skill the Flames could use right now. Calgary could quite conceivably win the next two games while still allowing 7 GA, but scoring only 2, they cannot and will not.
Ken Kal just on WXYT. Wings take to the ice in about fifteen minutes for their morning skate. He feels there’s a good possibility Bertuzzi plays tonite on a line with Filpulla and Franzen. That has potential. More as we get it.
Get your nappy naps in today. Drink your milkie milk. Rest. Don’t work, because it’s useless. Don’t start drinking until at least 1500. Don’t expect too much. Anticipate stress tonite. Look for the “first ten minutes” of fury from the Flames. Look for a few questionable calls. Blah, blah, bluh-blah, blah, blah. I’ll be out of the loop until later this afternoon, unless I hear news regarding Stillwuzzi, etc.
Holy frigging jumpin’. I predicted a Wing series win, but a sweep? C’mon, that’s crazy talk. At no point could I have foreseen that. No one in their right mind could have looked at this series, listened to the MSM, viewed recent Red Wing playoff failure and seen this coming…a sweep. Man, that’s exactly what we needed. More time for Stillwuzzi to rest his noggin, Z his back, Chelios his every bone in his body. A sweep does us wonders and I’m just so very thankful for it.
Wait one. Phone call.
Someone else: “Did you say the word ‘ho’ yesterday on your blog?”
Me: “Yes. Don Ho died. It was a tribute.”
Someone else: “You’re an idiot and stop with the sweep thing. One sentence would have been funny, now it’s just old. Shut up and move on.”
And so we shall.
Before we get into the game day stories, I need to tell you all something. And this is it: I’ve never had a problem calling a Ho a Ho. This may get me fired from the Empire, but I’m going to say it even stronger. Some Ho’s are, and have been, proud to be Ho’s. And I think it’s time we all reflect on the contributions of Ho’s, and what they’ve meant to our society. If you find that offensive, you need to take a long look in the mirror and asked yourself why you don’t place that kind of value on a Ho, especially one in particular.
That’s right, Don Ho died Saturday. No Ho ever sang tiny bubbles like that Ho did. America lost a Ho yesterday, a big-time Ho.
On to the subject at hand.
Don Cherry has a problem with the Red Wings, go ahead and click here for a reminder. About five minutes in Cherry goes postal on the Wings refusing to block shots, Datsyuk in particular.
Nothing is more conducive to organizational success than a little internal competition. And you, my friends, are the benefactors. Obviously feeling that his Deep Digger Captain status is in jeopardy, Khan(!) is keeping pace with our man Bruce MacLeod this afternoon regarding Wing cheerleader Todd Stillwuzzi.
Bertuzzi out for Game 2
The Wings announced that Todd Bertuzzi will not play in Game 2 vs. Calgary Sunday and is day-to-day. After practicing Saturday, Bertuzzi (concussion, strained neck) said he is optimistic he’ll be ready for Game 3 in Calgary on Tuesday.
“I feel a lot better, whether a couple of days of practice would put me in a better position or not, we’ll have to decide after,’’ Bertuzzi said, before learning that he would not play. “It’s not ultimately my decision. I tell them how I feel and they base their decision on that.’’
We make a lot of references to vomit and other bodily functions here. It's kind of an A2Y staple. I've always enjoyed the word "vomit" as either a noun or a very strong verb. And, honestly, watching someone vomit, particularly if they're a friend of mine and it's alcohol-induced, is a type of entertainment you just can't find anywhere else. I say that because I just received news that nearly made me expel recently-eaten solid foods from my body at an alarming rate of speed. I have to be on a plane tomorrow at 1530. I guess I don't have to tell you what that particular scheduling quirk means. If I was prone to dropping the f-bomb here, I would certainly make use of that conversational device now.
Updated 1407 EST: MacLeod reports that Todd Stillwuzzi (thanks O-Joe) is out for Game 2, despite practicing for the second straight day.
Iwo’s alliterative analysis: Had the Wings not done what they did the other day, denying the diggers the Detroit death watch they desperately desired, this decision would most definitely have been different.
Bruce MacLeod reports today that Bertuzzi practiced today, but not on a line that would dress tomorrow.
Todd Bertuzzi is on the ice for Saturday’s full practice. He’s skating with Josh Langfeld and Tomas Kopecky. Mikael Samuelsson and Kyle Calder are skating on Robert Lang’s line. Although Bertuzzi might play in Sunday’s Game 2, the Red Wings are preparing for him not to dress.
Do the Wings even call their reserves “Black Aces” anymore? Not sure. I’ll drink on it and get back to you.
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