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Wuzzibutreadytokickflamebutt…..Bertuzzi In, Hudler Out

Update 2129:  Khan(!) had been dormant all day, but adds this.

Todd Bertuzzi will make his Wings playoff debut tonight in Game 3 at Calgary, replacing rookie Jiri Hudler in the lineup. Bertuzzi will play on a line with Robert Lang and Kyle Calder, bumping Mikael Samuelsson to the fourth line, with Valtteri Filppula and Johan Franzen.

Ted Kulfan reports Bertuzzi’s in, and…deep breath…Hudler’s press-box bound.

 

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3 Hours To Kill So Let’s Take a Spin

Update 2012:  I’m watching the game on Versus!!!!!!!!!!!! tonite. If Pittsburgh and Ottawa go to OT and I miss a frigging second of the Wing game I’m throwing tantrums from stem to stern.

Haven’t seen much on our topic of choice today.  Gametime decision.  Samuelsson?  Hudler?  I think the only redeeming factor to keep Samuelsson in there is if Babcock actually thinks he can contribute physically where Hudler can’t.  I agree with Gramps below that keeping him in the lineup to man the point on the powerplay is foolhardy at best…when you’ve got Lidstrom, Schneider and Lebda who can all handle it better than Samuelsson.

I disagree, as he knows, with Gramps that we Wing fans look at Manny Legace as an illegitimate scapegoat for The Punch In The Face.  If we do, the Wing organ-I-zation, including the players, obviously share that sentiment.  To get you ready for Game 3, let’s take a spin around the land of Happiness…Wing bloggers with a 2-0 lead.

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More Provincial Love

Man, I miss the Oil bloggers.  They were funny last year when their team actually, you know, made the playoffs.  But their despair has led them to new heights of humor.  I was just over at MC Hockey where he’s pushing you to a site called Time On Ice, which apparently has a pretty healthy stat machine that lets you see what players are playing against who(m).  I’ll check it out later.  What caught my eye, though, was his description of it.  Man…priceless.

MC79

If you’re interested in what coaches are doing - and I think that most of the people who read this site are - it’s a simply great tool.  It won’t show you a nude Jim Playfair sitting in a hotel room in Detroit, flipping through nudie pics from the Red Mile, drinking rye straight from a bottle and weeping but it does pretty much everything else.

Hey…if you’re going to check out the Time On Ice site, grab the official game number for a specific game from NHL.com first. Have it handy when you go back.

 

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And Now, Because I Care

I give you this present, a gift of empathy. I know you need a break from the stress, or you're just starting to drink and you want a good laugh. Either way, you must check this out. Hey UM fans? You hate Ohio State? Do they hate you back with the burning heat of a Thanksgiving groundhog roast on the outskirts of Nashville? Maybe...but there's no hate like Provincial hate, brother. Read the post, but definitely read the comments.

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Maybe The Game-Time Decision…

...is what it is because our new hero Mike Babcock is taking an extra six hours to decide who to sit, Jiri Hudler or Mikael Samuelsson? Justwuzzienoughtopleadinsanity is going to play. We know it, or we can safely assume it. The question is who to take out of a lineup that has been so frigging successful. Prevailing opinion here is that Hudler deserves to play but Sam probably will due to experience and...and what?

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Thanks Toronto…Justhowwuzzi Gametime Decision?

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.

added 1514  For what it’s worth, Ted Kulfan confirms it...after XYT, Toronto and Calgary all had it.  Nice.  Helene St. James, at least, has a bit more than Kulfan’s two line blog entry.

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.”

 

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Regehr Absent From Morning Skate

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.

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Lesswuzzi?

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.

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Mid-Day Reminder

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.

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Wings Sweep 2-0

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.

Me: “Hello.”
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.

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