Abel to Yzerman
Sobbing Dique apologist Terri Frei writes this morning that only a handful of players remain from The Rivalry, and just one from the Dive.
Yzerman's retirement also means the Red Wings have only four players - Tomas Holmstrom, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby and Nick Lidstrom - remaining from the most heated period of the rivalry, 1995-98. That's three more than the Avalanche has. "I'm the only guy left from those years," Sakic said. "I will tell you it's fun playing Detroit. They have a great hockey team and we're always going to have some pretty good hockey games."More from Terri....also check out the latest offer from the Kukla Empire of Blogs.
It's a rare day that you can say the organ-I-zation has embarrassed itself and, by extension, you. Head to KK Hockey and read this.
On Tuesday, Jan. 2, Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch celebrated the storied, magnificent career of his long-time All-Star captain and center Steve Yzerman by retiring his jersey number 19, hanging it high into the rafters of Joe Louis Arena. But as Ilitch celebrated the career of Yzerman with a spectacular ceremony, he simultaneously and purposefully desecrated the career of one of the Detroit’s earliest and true hockey heroes – right wing Larry Aurie.Mike Ilitch has done a lot of good for the city, the team and the fan base. But it's time to swallow some pride and correct this issue.
First of all, my condolences to the fans of Buckeye nation. Watching your team get pasted last night after enduring 51 days of endless fawning must have been difficult. I ached for you last night Buckeye fans. Truly.
For about 20 seconds. The rest of the time I pointed and laughed.
On to hockey. And I’m a hypocrite, as if you didn’t know that already.
The west coast trifecta is complete, thankfully. The Wings have now lost three in a row, and covered all the bases. A butt-kicking, an embarrassing loss to a hugely inferior team and, finally, outplaying a better team only to fall just short. Now that we have those out of the way, Wing fans can concentrate on looking forward to Tuesday...which we'll get to in a moment. Deep Digger captain Ansar Khan(!) guaranteed us Pavel Datsyuk would sit this one out, obviously a result of his nasty habit of taking Mike Babcock at his word. Nope. Datsyuk was in there and looking as good as I've seen him all year. Press box bound? Now here's where it gets interesting. Jason Williams. If there's anyone identified on this team as a project of Babcock's, it's Williams. Yet, upon the return of Delma Huddle--rather than scratch Hudler or Langfeld--Babcock decided it was statement time.
Mathieu Schneider will miss the rest of tonite's game in Anaheim with a "lower body injury." The injury must have happened early as he played only 3:07 of the first.
A reminder for those of you displaced Wing fans without Center Ice: the game is on Yahoo Streaming tonite.
AlanaH, my co-habitant in the Kukla Empire of Blogs, has "tagged" me with one of those chicky little deals where you point out five nifty things about yourself no one has EVER known before. To give you an idea, here's how she began her own.
1. I used to live in Georgia and have retained an illogical affection for things like grits and boiled peanuts.See...I wouldn't admit my redneck roots to anyone, least of all you guys who would pick on me and make me feel sad. Plus, it's always been obvious to us that she had some country in her. So, I've decided to go in a different direction: 5 things I'll never tell you about me.
Your boy Ansar has high marks for most of the Wings this morning in his mid-season report card (space filler).
Dominik Hasek -- Even after allowing eight goals in his last game he leads the league in goals-against average, benefiting from a strong team defense. Obviously, the Wings made the right call choosing to sign him in the off-season over Ed Belfour. His health is the key to a successful playoff run. Grade: A Coach Mike Babcock -- He has the team that was written off by many competing for the top spot in the Western Conference. About the only negative has been his inability to correct the poor power play and penalty-killing. Grade: A- Jiri Hudler -- He doesn't skate well, he has defensive deficiencies and he's chained to the fourth line by a coach who's not particularly high on him. Sounds like a trade candidate. Grade: CMore
You really can't beat that for wholesome family fun. I mean, giving up 9 straight to San Jose was neat, don't get me wrong. But, allowing arguably the league's worst team to storm back and kick your tail in front of hockey expert and King "fan" Sandra Bullock? That's fuzzy and it's warm and it may even purr, so go ahead and pet it because it's domesticated and expects you to. The staunch defense that was allowing 22 shots/game? 33 from the Kings last night, and that average is up to 24.5. A two-goal lead that would appear insurmountable? If teams ever felt intimidated when down to the Wings (and I don't believe that's been the case for a few years now), that's certainly a non-factor after the last two.
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