Abel to Yzerman
Updated 2225 EST: Khan(!) is on the spot.
Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi suffered a strained neck during a first-period collision with goaltender Chris Osgood Thursday in Chicago. Bertuzzi finished the period but did not return after the first intermission and won't finish the game. Bertuzzi was back-checking against Denis Arkhipov when he ran over Osgood, right after Nikita Alexeev fired in a shot from the face-off circle to open the scoring at 5:03 of the first period. Osgood was shaken-up but remained in the game.And in case there might be a few of you not disturbingly reminded of the end of the '02-'03 regular season, let me help you out. Going into the last game of the year, tied with Dallas for the conference lead. Each with 109 points. Finale against? Yep. Chicago. Wings lose in OT, 4-3. Dallas wins their game. Now...had Detroit won that game after not squandering 2-0, then 3-2, leads? A conference title by virtue of the first tie breaker (more wins, they would have had 49 to Dallas' 46) and a matchup with Edmonton in the first round. Instead of that pleasant, quick 4-gamer against Uncle Mike and his French pal JSG. So, should the Wings lose tonite and the conference or division titles come down to Saturday? Nifty, eh?
Hell no we're not. Because it's not in our genes. We're not bred that way, you and me. When back specialists fly in to treat our young future Captain, we go all fetal. When our brittle, chicken-wired groin of a wack job three-time savior is held out for the last two games against a team that hates us (yeah, narrow that number down right?), we give strict orders to the family not to speak until all is confirmed as well. So, what should we worry about, and what should we look at as pure caution on the parts of Those Who Need To Win More Than Most (Uncles Ken and Mike)? Hasek: he's out tonite and most likely Saturday. Why? No one really knows. Oh, well, Babcock does. But it's April and he's got jokes. St. James Blog
Babcock at first laughed and joked (presumably) Hasek was out because, "he's got a huge groin pull and might not play again" - a reference to the fact Hasek hasn't finished his previous two NHL seasons because of groin injuries.Yeah. Real funny motherfu... ...anyway, he's probably fine. Bertuzzi: healthy and ready to impale anything remotely Provincial. Lidstrom: less than healthy, but most likely resting out of a sense of paranoia not seen since The Stallion discovered Mick had been carrying him in Rocky III (minute 22). Nah, it's not in our nature. We're a calm group of fans, by nature. Things like the Summer of Ken, the Decision, Punches in the Face, suicidal goalies, goalie controversies, insane goalies and goalies in general have no effect on us. So with two games left in the most meaningless regular season in the history of meaningless regular seasons, we're taking this rash of injuries in stride. Aren't we?
Chris Chelios just finished up on Detroit’s WDFN and we’ve got the entire interview for you. Today’s is even a bit more newsworthy than usual as Cheli discusses what Bertuzzi/Calder have meant to the Wings, says Lidstrom is fine and get ready for this…apparently a specialist is being flown in to examine the back of one Hank Zetterberg.
Update: 1551 EST. I just re-read this post and this line from Khan(!) jumped out at me. "He said Dominik Hasek is fine, but didn’t really say why Hasek wouldn’t start on Saturday." What? What the HELL is that? How do you not press for an answer to that question? Khan(!): Mike, umm, how come Dom's not starting Saturday? Uncle Mike: I'm sorry, what? Did you say something Ansar? Here, have a sucker. Khan(!): Thanks Mike. That about does it. Uncle Mike: Good question though. How's your day? Or, as George Costanza said in the episode when he wore the down ski jacket with the lift tag on it to pick up chicks, "How you living?" Clearly some of you aren't living cleanly enough because the news out of Hockeytown is troubling. Nick Lidstrom is out again tonite with a "sore lower back." Khan(!) (Ansar, not Bill) with more.
MLive took a page from the Dominik Hasek book of showing your opponents some token respect. Their headline this morning reads, “Wings Looking To Clinch Title Against Lousy Blackhawks”.
And what is going on over there with the Khan(!)s? Yesterday I thought it was a misprint. Today? Not so sure. Are there two Khan(!)s? Is this some sort of Booth nepotistic charade? Who the hell is BILL Khan(!)? I’ll track it down for you, have no fear.
Chris Chelios held a conference call with hockey writers this afternoon. Entire transcript is below. Among other things, he discussed winning the Cup in 2002.
If you look back, probably the biggest highlight has to be on the ice when we won the 2002 Cup with my two boys who were 15 and 14, or 14 and 13 at the time, to share that with two sons who love hockey as much as I do. That was definitely the highlight of my career. You know, not making it any more important than the Cup that I won in Montreal, but I celebrated that alone, and to do it with my two boys and my family, it was something special.
Embattled Deep Digger Captain Ansar Khan(!) reports today that the Wings have signed their 2006 top pick Cory Emmerton to an entry-level contract.
Emmerton skated with some of the Wings at Wednesday's optional practice at Joe Louis Arena. He'll join Grand Rapids for the AHL playoffs. Emmerton got off to a hot start at Kingston, where he was one of the OHL's leading scorers before breaking his ankle in December. He returned late in the season and continued to put up points in the playoffs. "He's a point-producer, sees the ice well, moves the puck well, good around the net,'' Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill said. "He just needs to add strength and keep improving his skating.''
...that’s when the feces really start to fly over at the Klessel Emporium of BS and Boy Band Groupies. We haven’t been shy here at A2Y about telling you who we’d rather not face. You know San Jose, AKA The Team We Don’t Speak Of, is not a pleasing thought. And recently we’ve added Calgary to the list. I don’t want to see them either. That’s me talking. That’s me saying thoughts of The Enigma’s soft wristers arching into Kipper’s mitt make me sad.
But it’s definitely not the organ-I-zation talking.
...rub a little salt. Now, as you know, I’m not one to take enjoyment from another fan base’s pain. It doesn’t excite me to consider the fourteen remaining hockey fans in Denver who are trying to temper hope with reality. Five points back with 3 games remaining against Bubba, AlanaH’s Nucks and Calgary. And if they squeek in? A matchup with certain despair. And Bubba? Oh dear.
You know, the woman just irritates me. She said she’d be boycotting the NHL earlier this year and I looked forward to her absence. But she keeps on writing and it just makes me sad. She was offended, shocked, dismayed by the violence. She lit the torches.
If the hit on Williams and the many others we’ve seen this season was part of the game—as old-school apologists suggest—I want no part of this game.
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