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Babcock On A Friday Morning

Mike Babcock gives us about 12 minutes of his wisdom this morning.  Thanks to the Jamie & Brady Show at WDFN for the use of the audio.
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Of All The Nights Not To Sell Out

Gotta be brief this morning…heading to the airport. 

One thousand people made statements last night.  They’re not coming back, not spending their extra cash, until the Wings prove the money isn’t a downpayment on disappointment.  Last night may have convinced a few of them that this Spring may be a little different.

Game 1 isn’t a series, but it can set a tone.  The Wings established a presence last night.  And all of a sudden, they don’t look quite so squishy soft as more than a few mainstreamers claimed.  And all of a sudden, a few writers in Calgary were searching for cheesy metaphors.

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Perspective

A great game, a perfect game really.  But just one game, and only the first.  Big, fat recap in the morning after we’ve had a chance to digest this one. But, while we’re on the subject of perspective; the first star tonite goes to the grandfather of A2Y reader Teamdub.  He’s a Bronze Star awardee who probably won’t make it through the night.  One of our nation’s real heroes and a member of a dwindling generation that was full of them.

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Evidence That I’m Losing It

I’m actually going to pay the Detroit News a compliment.  Nah, not really. They’re liveblogging the game.  Dana Wakiji and Terry Foster. 

Wakiji

Guess who I rode up with in the elevator?
Here’s a clue: they held the elevators for them. Yes, it’s the owners of the Red Wings and Tigers, Mike and Marian Ilitch. Mrs. I asked if I was staying the night since I had a wheeling computer case with me. I’m just hoping it’s not actually the whole night, as in the Canucks and Stars.

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Your Gameday Dose Of Cheli

Gotta hand it to Chris Chelios.  Two-and-a-half hours before Game 1 and there he was on WDFN, and here is on A2Y.  Today he discusses playoff pressure, Big Brett changing picks on the fly, postseason officiating and the importance of one H. Zetterberg.  Listen here and turn up your volume, the recording is low today.

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Tick, Tock…

Three hours and change, or the equivalent of one half of a Vancouver/Bubba Sr. game.  Speaking of which, the die-hards who stayed up and watched that entire game are just waking up.  A few of them are commenting below.  You can tell they’ve had no sleep because they’re using terms like “dratto”.  Of course, that was Jeff from Oklahoma…which explains his vocabulary.

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Kulfan: No Bert At Morning Skate

Update: Bruce MacLeod, not surprisingly, has more specifics.

Neither Detroit forward Todd Bertuzzi (concussion) nor Calgary defenseman Robyn Regehr (knee) took part in the morning skate, Thursday. Neither will be in the lineup tonight for Game 1. Bertuzzi did skate on his own and will have more tests Friday. Coach Mike Babcock considers him a possibility for Sunday’s Game 2.

Ted Kulfan reports that Todd Bertuzzi was absent, or at least not on the ice, for the morning skate.  That hasn’t stopped the conspiracy theorists amongst you from wondering aloud if this is a ploy by the Wings, but I don’t think so.  Count him out for Game 1.  If the Wings surprise us and he plays, good on ‘em.

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Oh…Good

So…getting any work done?  Approximately 8 hours until the pain starts.  Now don’t get me wrong.  When I say it’s going to be painful, that doesn’t necessarily mean I’m predicting a loss tonite.  Nope.  It just means the playoffs themselves are painful. Every game, every minute, every shift. 

I’ll tell you, and this is just between us, I was feeling sorry for AlanaH last night, knowing she was dying with all 76 shots fired at Luongo.

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Bruce MacLeod: The Anti-Digger

The man is on fire.  He started his Red Wing Corner blog less than a week ago and immediately solidified himself as the credible source of info amongst Wing beat writers.  He can’t be described as a Deep Digger, because he’s too good.  Case in point, this afternoon.  Bad news on Bertuzzi and, for Flame fans, Regehr.

Calgary defenseman Robyn Regehr didn’t skate again, Wednesday, and isn’t expected to play Game 1 of the playoffs against Detroit Thursday. Regehr injured his knee in a game last Thursday and hasn’t skated since. When healthy, Regehr will match up against the Wings’ top line of Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Holmstrom.

Forward Todd Bertuzzi won’t dress for Thursday’s Game 1 against Calgary. “I don’t think he has any chance of playing tomorrow,” said Detroit coach Mike Babcock after Wednesday’s practice. “We’re day-to-day. We think he’ll have an opportunity to play on Sunday.”

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What You Blog About When Your Team Sucks

Never been in that position, so it’s tough to imagine how I’d react.  But, thankfully, the 13 Dive fans left in Denver are doing their best to make up for the fact that Super Joe and The Sheriff are teeing off right about now.

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I completely utterly forgot that Darren McCarty plays for Calgary. If he plays this postseason I take back all the good things I said about this team. Luckily having Tanguay and Yelle make up for it.. let’s hope those two conspire to keep him out of the lineup.

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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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