Abel to Yzerman
I’ve decided to continue my new-found tradition of flying across the country just hours before a playoff game begins. I’ll be around just in time for the beginning of Game 1, blogging from Seattle of all places.
And yes, I’m 2-0 flying on game days.
First off, if you haven't seen it by now: Zetterberg didn't practice today and apparently had a heat pack on his back yesterday. Uncle Jack Adams Mike said that he's "resting." Oh. Good. I've been nothing but an observer the last two days. Watching in awe as stressed-out Shark and Wing followers waged an epic battle. Delicate, but surprisingly feisty, San Jose fans sandal-to-boot with Wing fans who are so crude that tears of joy spring to my eyes with every reference to California life choices. If you haven't seen the ongoing, mulit-post discussions, read them here. All the things A2Y was founded on reared their heads: stereotyping, tasteless blasting of the other team's fan base simply because they're, well, the other team's fan base, photoshop magic, give and take regarding a Rocky reference, crude Sailor humor that you just can't compete with if the high road is your only avenue to get there (nice job figuring that one out later in the day, Ian...you're coming around son) and, yes, even a little hockey talk. No matter the result of this series, the last two days have set the stage for some truly epic exchange of trash. I've never been prouder. And this one from O-Joe really sums up the whole evolution, a decided victory for Wing fans. "Ian, where did you get the impression that me suggesting you are gay is, in my mind, an insult? All I said was that when the subject of identifying dicks is the topic, I suspect you are an expert on the matter." Classic. Back later with some, sorry, series analysis.
I’m going to do a series preview tomorrow, or maybe the next day, or maybe after Game 2. It’ll probably consist of some made up quotes, a few slams at NoCal, some whining about the playoffs being stressful, and a happy puppy reference or two. Oh, and Rocky. Definitely a Rocky mention. I’m thinking Rocky III. And I’ll be happy with that preview. Because that’s who I am…not statistically sound, just kind of tip tapping because it’s fun.
Well…I’ve found the anti-Iwo.
I just read a series preview that is the mother of all series previews. Peterboroughpete at Behind The Mask...outstanding stuff. I read through the whole thing twice looking for something to cut and paste here as a preview, but to do that would be an injustice. Read it here.
So I called a guy an 11-year-old girl. What’s wrong with that? He whined like one, got all “emotional”. He came back at me with some good stuff we’ll get to, and analyze, in a bit. So all’s well. But, man, then the tree huggers chimed in. Men with names like “Ian” and “Toby” and “Angela”. I thought we’d opened up A2Y to the cast of the OC.
Oh, we’ll address their sensitivities in a bit too. But first we need to address something. Something very important.
No, I don’t think the Wings are going to lose this series. And, no, I don’t think it’s going 7 games.
You know, I’ve got a buddy in San Jose…or somewhere close to it. Not sure exactly where. One of the ten or so high school friends I still talk to on an amazingly regular basis…who can say that at age 38? He kind of staggered into our Michigan high school our senior year, or was it junior? For some reason, it’s a blur. Anyway, he came from California and wasn’t received all that well. Those of you who grew up in Michigan understand.
But, he kinda grew on us with those seven or eight layers of clothes (mostly pastel), that ridiculous accent and a few mannerisms we found to be funny as hell. And, to his credit, he stayed loyal to the hundred or so pro teams in California. Still loyal to them now, so this series should make for some interesting emails. Better do your research Kelly. I’m coming after you.
Oh, they’re frothing in California at the prospect of an Anaheim/San Jose Conference Final.
The Sharks need to play Detroit next. The Red Wings have been beaten down, bruised and frustrated by a physical Calgary team. They are poised for their annual postseason collapse, which would have happened in Round One if Calgary could have mounted any sort of offensive attack. We need the Wings now because tackling the Ducks in Round Two will be too emotional. If…wait, I mean when we beat the Ducks, and we will beat the Ducks, it will be a huge accomplishment. I fear our guard could be down and a hungry Dallas/Detroit winner will take advantage.
The Ducks have to be the final step before we play for Lord Stanley. It is hockey destiny. GO CANUCKS!
Vancouver with the empty netter. Those of you who truly enjoy physical and emotional pain get your wish: The Team We Don’t Speak Of. I knew it would have been too much to ask…woops, ANOTHER empty netter.
Hit the links Marty. Thanks.
We’ll have an optimistic little Round 2 preview for you tomorrow night. Until then…a break.
The Wings are listed Holmstrom as day-to-day, but his left eye was swollen shut Monday, so it’s hard to imagine he’d be ready to start the second round series, which will begin on Thursday for the Wings.
Holmstrom will see an eye specialist in Detroit on Tuesday. He saw an eye doctor in Calgary Monday morning and Holland said the team was encouraged that the doctor allowed Holmstrom to fly home with the club.
“He was real bad when he left the rink (Sunday night), but this morning he made significant improvement,’’ Holland said. “We’ll see over the next 48 to 72 hours how it’ll heal.’’
I’m not worrying about that tonite. Nope. All I’m concerned with is Dallas/Vancouver. No pressure. No stress. Just a Game 7 to enjoy (and really hope, sorry A, that Dallas wins).
As we did last year after the PITF, we’ll take a final spin around the Flame ‘sphere and give you their reaction. Mostly classy, as usual.
I like the Wings’ chances going forward. If they can stay out of bad penalty trouble against the Stars or Sharks (and that mainly amounts to Schneider and Lang keeping their sticks to themselves), they’re going to make the WC finals.
Agreed Matt, especially if we play San Jose. That’s going to be all about the special teams, without a doubt. They’ve killed us in that area. Killed us.
No matter who they play (Dallas…please), John Niyo reports that it looks like Round 2 begins Thursday for the Wings.
It’s not official yet—it won’t be until after tonight’s Dallas-Vancouver game—but it looks like Games 1 and 2 in Detroit will be Thursday and Saturday this week, regardless of the opponent. Then they’ll play Monday-Wednesday in San Jose or Dallas, with Game 5 the following Saturday.
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