Abel to Yzerman
Babcock thought his group was moving the puck and doing the things necessary for power-play success. Basically, he thought the unit, led by four-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom, would find its way. And, it seems, they have. In their first nine December games, the Wings have converted 13 of 53 power-play chances. In other words, they've scored one more power-play goal in their last nine games (entering Wednesday's tilt vs. Columbus) than they did in their first 23.More
Yes, the Wings won last night. Yes, Dan Cleary's a remarkable story. And, yes, Dominik Hasek was brilliant. But you knew he would be. You knew he'd get the start and you knew he'd be even more motivated than usual. Everyone knew that right? Ansar Khan(!)/MLive, 20 December
Chris Osgood, who stopped 14-of-15 shots over the final two periods in relief of Dominik Hasek Monday, is likely to make his first start in goal tonight since Nov. 2, when the Blue Jackets visit the Wings.
A few items we should probably address here, some outside the Wing lifelines....others, well within them. Art Regner's been fired. You're probably all aware of it, just like you're aware of my opinion of his work over the last few years. If you're not, let's suffice it to say that I was never his biggest fan. Having said that, firing someone....anyone...on December 19th is a filthy way to run a business
This edition of Wednesday with the Deep Diggers is brought to you by Goldmill's Gym in South Philly, home to the greatest heavyweight in history: Rocky Balboa. I spent 11 minutes of quality time on Monday defending our game to a co-worker. You've been there. You've used the standard lines, "you have to see it in person," "it was a lockout, not a strike," "the CBA doesn't guarantee defense attorneys for every player like the NBA's". I was winning. I pointed to Kulfan's article on blood and stitches and got the reaction I wanted. Awe. The discussion ended as I'd hoped, with a convincing victory for hockey and hockey fans. No one's tougher. No sport requires more character or fortitude. Real men playing a hard game
Yesterday afternoon I said "sanity prevailed" when Mike Babcock announced Dominik Hasek as his starter. "Osgood's not ready!", I bellowed here yesterday morning. "You must start Hasek in this pivotal Central Division matchup!" "For all that's holy in this magical holiday season...ensure Osgood's rash is healed before you throw him to the wolves of Nationwide." And sanity did prevail. Just before Hasek gave up 3 on nine shots.
Sanity prevails. Via MLive.
Dominik Hasek will start in goal tonight against Columbus, as coach Mike Babcock had a change of heart after saying two days ago that there's a good chance Chris Osgood will start. Osgood, who's ready to play, will dress as the backup for the first time since Nov. 10.More
According to the AP, Matt Ellis is on his way from Grand Rapids to Columbus. Word is he'll be in the lineup tonite. I'm going to point you to an email Joe Conklin wrote me last week, in response to some questions I had about the value of Ellis and Jiri Hudler. As you can see, the Griff organization is happy for Ellis today. December 15th, Joe Conklin/Grand Rapids Press
"Ellis is a power forward who gets most of his goals within 10 feet of the net. He's the hardest working player I've ever seen, both on and off the ice. He's a first-class guy who is a perfect fit to be the Griffins' captain. Every person in the Griffins' organization wants to see Ellis get a NHL chance."Ellis will take Tomas Kopecky's spot on the roster. Who will sit? You tell me. My guess is Hudler, but you knew I'd say that. I'll have more on Ellis prior to game time tonite.
I'm trying, Ansar. I'm trying hard not to listen to the catcalls, the nasty voices from the gallery. But they're persistent. There are some, Ansar, who want you ousted as Deep Digger Captain. Oh, I've held them off...but it's getting harder. I take you to Saturday afternoon, the Khan(!) weblog.
Interesting trade rumor (well, not that interesting) in the New York Post (actually, not really a rumor, it was just one guy's opinion of what he'd like to see). They want the Devils to deal Scott Gomez to the Wings for Pavel Datsyuk, in a swap of soon-to-be unrestricted free agents. So what he's saying is the Wings should unload a guy they're having a hard time signing for another guy they'll have just as hard a time signing -- a guy who makes more money and isn't as good as Datsyuk. Don't know why the Wings haven't jumped all over this one.
Stop the frigging presses. Ted Kulfan's broken a biggie. Kulfan/Detroit News
And many times, there's blood in hockey. Because there are a lot of cuts.If I was a sinister blogger, I'd leave it at that and say something marginally sarcastic like, "really?". But, I'm not that blogger. And, the story's pretty good.
If I knew how to spell "apocolypse" I'd say it had arrived. At no point did anyone tell me, when I migrated into the Kukla Empire of Blogs, that I'd be affiliated with the insanity that is the former Vancouver Canucks Op Ed. Yes...it's true. The rumors have come to fruition. AlanaH has unveiled her new home. Oh, I was happy. Happy for her. Happy for The Godfather. Happy for us all. Such unity at such a "special" time. But, then I read further. I try my best to remain even-keeled here at A2Y. Honest, forthright and devoid of sarcasm. You can imagine how shocked and, frankly, saddened I was to read this over the weekend.
I'm afraid I share these accommodations with a very troublesome next door neighbor. You know the type I mean-the kind who pulls his car into the driveway next door and you just KNOW, simply by the way he spins his tires and laughs at his own jokes, that he's gonna drive you freakin' insane. For me, that neighbor is Abel to Yzerman, also a resident writer here's at Kukla's.To that I say, why? Have I not conducted myself professionally, gentlemanly? On the rare occasions I've mentioned series-turning goals from center ice, Chelios victory laps, 5-hole goals on 6-million dollar goalies....well, I've done so in a compassionate manner. And now...this? This assault? This unprompted attack? Well, I guess...I guess that it's on. Beware bookstore owner.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org