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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.


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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Taking The 19 To Staples

Ticketmaster just informed me I have seats in the lower section at Staples Center for Monday’s game against the Kings.  I’ll do my best to represent you all in the most mature, non-juvenilistic way possible.

My track record in opposing arenas betrays that noble goal.

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Leino’s Coming Up…Nevermind

Interesting day in Hockeytown as we waited for the word on the severity of Johan Franzen’s knee injury.  Bob McKenzie first reported around 1300 EST that the Mule’s dealing with a Grade 2 MCL and that he’d be out three to four weeks.

From then?  The Diggers went all crazy.

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Catch as catch, catch as catch can…It’s an LA-Driven Live Blog

Updated 1733 Pacific:  McCarty in tonite.  Maltby is press-box bound.  Meech out.  The swedish appendectimonious warrior Lilja is in.

Best band to ever come out of Los Angeles?

Van Halen.  The original.

Best tune in my opinion?  Well, you tell me.  The post title includes the chorus.  I’ve loved the song for more than twenty years and always thought it was “etcha-sketch”. But I was wrong.

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Palin’s A Pal, And A Few Other Ramblings

Once again, I’d like to remind you that A2Y formally endorses no one.  We’re not a political device, just a sarcastic hockey blog.  Just a simple hockey blog with no political agenda and very little concern who will lead this nation through some of the most challenging times in American history. 

No opinion on that whatsoever. 


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Direct From Caesar’s Palace…It’s a Frigging Live Blog

It’s 90 in Vegas.  But it’s a dry heat.

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She’ll Bruise Some, She’ll Hurt Some Too…It’s a BBB Live Blog

I’m not in St. Louis, so I can’t verify this.  But A2Y intern sources from Saginaw Valley are reporting in that Blues fans are (a) predicting a divisional title and (2) lifting weights in preparation for tonite’s tilt

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Khan(!): Hank’s Back

Two things:

(1) The first Zetterberg injury scare of the season has apparently come to an end.

Henrik Zetterberg will return to the lineup for tonight’s game against Blues, after missing two games with a sore groin. He will center a line with Johan Franzen and Mikael Samuelsson. Darren McCarty was activated from injured reserve but will not play tonight.

(2)  I’ll be landing in Vegas at 2200 EST.

I’m pre-staging the live blog to kick off at game time.  I’ll try and make it for the third period.


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Watchin’ Clocks Spin The Hours Away…It’s A Thursday Night Live Blog

Joel Quenneville just can’t get enough can he?  After years perfectly playing a specific role with two teams we’ve consistently and enjoyably destroyed…he’s been selected to lead “the next rival.”

Selected by who(m)?

We can assume can’t we?  Sure we can.  You know who it was.  Scotty.  And for that?  You are still our hero.

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Two Big Live Blogs

Updated 1349: Fun with Phonics, courtesy of Uncle Mike.  Check out this frigging prose.

“We always say with groins, it’s day-to-day, but what I find with groins is it’s 10 days in the day-to-day process,” coach Mike Babcock said.


Updated 1336: Helm called up. Zetterberg out.  And so begins our third straight season of worrying about the health of the NHL’s best player.

A few weeks ago, immediately following my horrific attack on Helene St. James; a distinguished commenter mentioned the idea that when I pick on our Diggers I’m doing so out of some hidden jealousy that I can’t be the one saying, “I just received a telegraph from Andres Lilja…”. 

Well, I have proof to the contrary.  What digger would be able to leave their job for 8 days and then bounce back in and declare themselves ready to start the day?


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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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