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What’s At Stake?


Today will be the 20th Red Wing game I’ve attended over the history of my life (Rocky II).  They haven’t lost a single one.  One tie against Dallas four years ago.  19-0-1.

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Last Call:  A2Y DC Muster Tomorrow Morning

To all Wing fans heading to the Verizon Center tomorrow: there will be an A2Y pre-game sipper at Fado of DC.  They should be open around 0900 so when you show is up to you.  I’ll be there between 10 and 1030.

Here is the address.

Fado Irish Pub 808 7th St. NW Washington, DC 20001

Here are directions.

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No Wonder:  Homer, Zetterberg Both Out.  Oompa’s Iffy.

Precaution my ass. Justin Abdelkader’s trip to DC now appears to be absolutely essential.  And the Stress Train?  Get in line and load ‘er up.


Henrik Zetterberg (back spasms) and Tomas Holmstrom (sore groin) didn’t practice and won’t play Saturday. Jiri Hudler also didn’t practice due to a sore left foot, caused by blocking a shot on Thursday. Coach Mike Babcock said Hudler will be a game-time decision. If he can’t play, Derek Meech will fill his spot up front.

No word as to what line Home Keys is on, how Homer got hurt, how bad Hudler’s foot is or when Hank’s back.


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Abbadabadoopitiedoo:  Home Keys Called Up

Looks like Aaron Downey’s return stint with the Wings was a one-game appointment with Steve Ott.  Back to GR he goes. And it would appear those of us attending the Wing/Cap game tomorrow here in DC may not get to see Hank Zetterberg because Justin Abdelkader’s been called up in place of Downey.

The Red Wings announced today that they have recalled forward Justin Abdelkader from their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids, and reassigned forward Aaron Downey.
Along with rookie forward Ville Leino, Downey, 34, was called up by the Red Wings this week. The moves were necessary to fill roster vacancy created by injuries to defenseman Brad Stuart (ribs) and forward Henrik Zetterberg (lower back).

Precaution or necessity?  We’ll see.  As much as I’d like to see Zetterberg in there tomorrow, I also wouldn’t mind seeing a line that includes Leino and Abadabbaboobiedoo.

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Say The Word.  Just Say It And I’ll Fire That Mother Up.

“They have til game number 60. If they don’t get it turned around by then, I am on the stress train full-time.”

Game 60?  Please.  I’ve been aboard since Game 1.  I live there and you all know it.

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It’s Most Definitely On

I’m breaking my day-following-a-defeat postless routine.

Because I have to show you something.  And it’s hilarious. 

Sometimes you just have to say “well done.” Go here now.

And, yes, as the post title suggests…it’s on.  I refuse to be out-juvied by two sorority sisters from Pittsburgh.

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Updated 0515 EST:  Amazing insight from Marty Turco. 
“I’d like to see that call made a little more often.”

Updated 0250 EST:  Video of the call added below.  What isn’t added are the Wing highlights from the third period, because there aren’t any.  O’Halloran may have made another horrible Holmstrom call but Detroit’s poor play in the first and third period is what led to their fourth loss in a row.
Wings just had another goal called back, just before the end of the second period against Dallas.  If it had counted, a Lidstrom slapshot…of course, it would have closed the gap to 4-3.

But not in Gary’s world. Not in the league where Tomas Holmstrom is called for goalie interference on…this.

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Good Old Marty.  A Perfect Lodger, A Perfect Guest.

And yes, a Beautiful Loser.

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Breaking News: Stars Fans Hate You And They Really Hate The Wings

I know.  It’s hard to handle.  Try to take it in and stay off the bell towers. But they do.

And it’s a deep hate. 

Ready? Move the kids away from the computer.

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Hometown Discounts All Around?

Not much time this morning but I do want to give you a little ditty to start your day.  Yesterday I predicted the departure of Marian Hossa.  Today, because it’s who I am, I’m taking that back.  Based on this.


“I definitely want to settle down long-term, too,” Hossa said. “It’s a great organization. Everyone is used to winning here, and you just want to be a part of it. It’s like big family here.”

Asked if he would take less, Hossa replied, “I’ll be able to let you know soon.”

Franzen also has said he’d like to stay.

These guys are sticking around too.  Bet on it.

Oh. And one more thing.

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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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