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SoCal Meteorologist:  The Gales of November Are, In Fact, Coming Early…It’s A Live Blog

I figured it just might be time to bring Lightfoot back into the mix.

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Note to Stan: Might Be Time To Hang Them Up

Stan Fischler’s been around a long time.  Not just on earth, but writing hockey.  I’m talking like 83 years.  So we respect him for that.

But, respect aside, I believe it might be time for the senile bastard to just fade…away.  Check this out.

Since Mike Babcock never lies, it’s worth noting that he calls his current Red Wings, “The best players I’ve ever been involved with.” (Excuse us while we wonder how the goaltending will hold up in April.)

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Pre-Poultry Potpourri

That’s right.  I used a French word in the post title.  I’m all eclectic now.

Looking at six hours until they drop the puck at that most traditional of hockey venues, The Honda Center.  Until then, a few ditties for you.

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Ducks Better in ‘07?  Nope. Just Healthier

So says Helene St. James this morning.

Ducks Blog/OC Register

Q: Take us back to the 2007 Western Conference Finals when the Red Wings lost to the Ducks. Did management and coaching staff look at that and say, ‘This is where we need to get better.’ Was that at all a turning point for them?

A: No. I think they looked at it as, ‘We didn’t have Mathieu Schneider. We didn’t have Niklas Kronwall.’ Take the two of top three defensemen off any team – how well are you going to perform?

Exactly.  No “improvement” required to beat that team, just a little health.

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Whoa…This Can’t Be Good

It’s been nearly three years since you and I began this juvenilicious journey.  Since that dark afternoon in January 2006, we’ve established a few precious constants here.  Bettman, the Dive, obscenely high expectations, the Stress Train, firetrucks and rainbows and puppies.

 

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A Night At Staples

Reaction.  Great game, good crowd.  Nice arena.

Hossome.  The guy’s amazing.  Kenny?  Make it happen.  Whatever magic silly trick you have to learn.  Whichever salary cap cheat maneuver you have to develop.  Doesn’t matter.  Just get it done.

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He spent all night staring down at the lights of LA…It’s a West Coast Live Blog

I’ll not be participating in the live blog, not directly.  Since I’ll be making friends at the Staples Center. 

There was really no other option for a Seger-driven Live Blog was there?  That chick twisted our boy Bob in knots.  Just a young midwestern boy who headed west because we all know a little change does a world of good some times.  Next thing you know he’s whipped.  And just a minute later?

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Maltby’s Happy Again…Grind Line Back Together

In front of what will probably be at least half-a-house of Wing fans, the Grind Line will reunite tonite at Staples Center.

And, oddly, Kirk Maltby has decided to speak to the media again.  You do recall he refused comment after a Saturday evening spent in the press box?  Well, he’s all miss chatterbox again.

“It’s always fun,” Maltby said. “It brings back memories whenever you have the three of us together. We’d love to be able to duplicate some of the things we were able to do back in the 90s, but we’re a little bit older and wiser. Hopefully we can use that to our advantage and have a solid game tonight.”

 

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Catering To The Hawks

Windy City is right.

I’ve never given a great deal of thought to Chicago’s longstanding nickname. 

But today it’s really ringing true.  Why?

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Grinder for Grinder…And One In The Wings

Think there may be a little friction in the room right now?  Darren McCarty essentially replaced Kirk Maltby in the lineup against Chicago Saturday.

Khan(!)

Babcock said he needs more from his third and fourth lines, one of the reasons why he sat Maltby for Darren McCarty.

It was the first time in recent memory Maltby was a healthy scratch. He was upset about it and declined comment.

 

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About Abel to Yzerman

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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