Abel to Yzerman
Look, I'm not saying I'm some kind of hockey genius. I'm very, very smart and have a child-like charm that keeps all 12 of you coming back. But a hockey genius? Certainly not. Just a Red Wing fan who happened to see into the future on a cross country flight while a fat men slept just a few inches to my left. Yes, I write this on the way to Sailortown, USA also known as San Diego. And I write after having just watched an NBC inflight mini-doc on Sidney Crosby. Midway through I saw the end of May, and with it came the re-birth of hockey in the U.S. Good God!, you're saying. He's having, as Shooter said in "Hoosiers", strange visions. I most certainly am. What are they you ask? Thank you for asking. Thank you kindly. I see Crosby in the Finals. I see a city that almost lost its team ride a euphoric Crosby-led wave right to the cusp of glory. And, yes, there he will meet... ...your Detroit Red Wings. You must believe me when I tell you that I saw this unfold so very clearly. The Kid against The Rejuvenated Dynasty. I see seven games. I see shutouts and offensive explosions. I see double overtimes and I see players dealing with pain and playing through it....inflamed discs or not. I see a mainstream media frenzy, their hands forced because the story is just too good to ignore. I see a hockey fan base formerly split in their feelings about Chris Chelios come together as one, pitchforks and torches at the ready, as they watch Cheli abuse The Kid. And I see heartbreak that will light a fire for redemption. I see Steve Yzerman visiting a crestfallen Crosby in a somber Pen room, consoling him as the Conn Smythe sits lonely in the corner. The fat guy is nodding and drooling and I'm considering poking him in the neck with my coffee straw. My vision is fading, but I believe it. I see it and will make my playoff guarantee now. Wings over Pens in 7.
Is it an "era", if the "era" only lasts a few weeks? Depends on the success of said "era" and how deep that "era" lasts into May and June. Regardless, it Kulfans says it starts Thursday against our former/future rival.
Sounds like Bertuzzi will play Thursday vs. Columbus if he feels he's ready to go. Still not word on Zetterberg, no timetable as to when he'll skate, so that's not great news for the Wings. Franzen will play tonight after missing the last 4 with an upper body injury. Bootland will be a healthy scratch.We'll see we can find something a little stronger than "sounds like" from the other Diggers.
Good golly, the Dive are all-a-twitter. Naturally we'll get to them, but first your daily ITPST update, which is strikingly similar to yesterday's.
Update 1931 I left Vancouver and Minnesota out of the hatefest. Here you go. AlanaH has been talking about you all, every one of you. She’s said horrible things, terrible really. I can’t reveal them out of loyalty to The Empire, but I’ll tell you she’s no fan of the Oil, by god. And Minnesota? Ummm…gimme a few.
I just realized something. The Edmonton Oilers will not be going to the playoffs. Now hold on a damn minute. Stop your scoffing. I’ve known it. But I haven’t grasped it. I looked at the standings, took a gander you might say, and it really hit me.
So what, you say? So what? Why should I care?
Khan(!), ya little bastard. He tells us Cheli's tired and headed home to Hockeytown.
Chris Chelios returned home after Saturday's game in Vancouver, as part of a scheduled rest. He'll play Thursday against Columbus. Johan Franzen (upper body injury) might be ready to play Tuesday in Calgary but Dan Cleary (sprained knee) is not ready.He's also got tidbits on Kopecky re-signing for two more and Bertuzzi's return.
Of what you ask?
FIRST PERIOD—Scoring: 1, Colorado, Kamensky 24 (Forsberg), 3:29.
Penalties: Young, Col (interference), 1:20; Severyn, Col (fighting major),
4:45; Pushor, Det (fighting major), 4:45; Sakic, Col (interference), 5:12;
Corbet, Col (fighting major), 10:14; Maltby, Det (fighting major), 10:14;
Draper, Det (roughing), 10:14; Forsberg, Col (roughing), 18:22; Roy, Col
(roughing, fighting major), 18:22; Larionov, Det (roughing), 18:22;
Vernon, Det (roughing, fighting major), 18:22; Mccarty, Det ( double
roughing minor), 18:22; Deadmarsh, Col (cross checking, fighting major),
18:37; Konstantinov, Det (fighting major), 18:37.
Yes, dammit. I know there should be one of those little French accents over the “e” in cliche. You got the point. And you know what it is already. Oh yes, it’s time to bring back the daily….“if the playoffs started today” update.
Greg Wyshynksi ranks the coaches today. Mike Babcock? A respectable 8th, with this caveat.
Even Dave Lewis never lost back-to-back one vs. eight conference quarterfinals; will Babcock?
Not very nice Greg. Not very nice at all. That made me sad. Who’s number 1? Well, I gave it away with the headline, but read on.
Our DD’s are all over the jock of one R. Luongo this morning.
There’s a different feel these days around Vancouver, and it’s easy to see why.
The acquisition of goaltender Roberto Luongo last summer has transformed the Canucks. Now, instead of trying to outscore opponents, the Canucks know they can win the close games with Luongo in net.
Thanks to the folks at WDFN, we bring you Chris Chelios’ regular Thursday interview in its entirety. Today, Cheli discusses Bubba, Hudler, Bertuzzi, Saskin, Chris Simon and more.
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