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Courtesy of Grampa Pinhead, here's a look at how the Wings measure up with our Provincial rivals tonite and tomorrow, plus a glance at the league standings. +/- #1 DET - +25, +9 on the road and +17 home #3 CGY - +20, +7 at home and +8 on the road #19 EDM - -3, +9 at home and (-12) on the road PP% #17 EDM - 15.6%, 18/115 #27 CGY - 11.8%, 11/93 #30 DET - 9.8%, 9/82 PK% #3 EDM 89.9% #21 DET 81.2% #25 CGY 80.4% Short handed goals DET 4, CGY 4, EDM 1 Short handed goals AGAINST CGY 2, EDM 1, DET 1 AVG. GOALS FOR/GAME #15 EDM 2.90 #18 DET 2.76 #20 CGY 2.71 Standings 31 pts, BUF 18 Games 30 pts, ANA 19 Games 28 pts, SJS 20 Games 27 pts, ATL 20 Games 26 pts, TOR 20 Games 25 pts, DET 18 Games Also, check out Five Hole Fanatics for more analysis of tonite's game in Calgary.
Updated 1138 CST: Bo Schembechler, on the eve of the biggest game in the storied UM/OSU rivalry, passes at age 77. Bo collapsed at the taping of his weekly television show this morning. Paul was one of the first outlets anywhere to break the story, and has been updating here. -------- A long time ago, before darkness descended upon A2Y 1.0, we had established a nifty little feature called the Michigan Blog Of The Week (MBOW). I liked it because it prompted me to read sites about something other than hockey, and actually acknowledge the fact that Michigan is home to other pro and college sports teams. Well, today we bring it back and do so with style and definite relevance.
Wasn't it around this time last year that the "McCabe For Norris" campaign started? This year's McCabe? Tomas Kaberle. The Hockey News is leading the charge. Thankfully, we have the Battle of Ontario (at least one side of it) to inject some sanity.
Right. And Peca for the Selke, Raycroft for the Vezina, and Maurice the Adams. The Muppet was correct - not enough for the Toronto media to write about.I'm sorry. I thought I made it clear last season that the Norris resides in Detroit. Our campaign here at A2Y will officially begin 1 January. Lidstrom should be +178 by then.
I guess the "Chris Chelios is really frigging old, but still playing and playing well" stories are going to pop up most game days, in most opposing papers. Today's? The Calgary Herald.
Still the ultimate anarchist/rebel/villain. The Jack Nicholson of hockey. And like bad Jack, he's taken the metamorphosis from leading man to character actor in stride. Even if some critics might argue he'd best be displayed in a Drumheller exhibit than on the Red Wings' blueline, he doesn't feel like a fossil. "My age,'' Chelios sighs. "That's all anybody seems to want to talk about these days. Thank gawd Dom (Hasek) is around. With all that grey hair, he makes me look good.More
Barry Melrose, interviewed on ESPN News last night, was asked by whoever the heck the anchor stuck on ESPN News was, about the "hottest team in the league". Melrose said, "Calgary is playing..." The anchor, clearly shaken, said, "No Barry..I mean Detroit." Melrose stammered out a few sentences about defense, Hasek and Luc Robitaille all playing well for the Wings, then said they're not going anywhere unless Datsyuk and Zetterberg perform well in the playoffs. Then he started giggling and moved on to the Flames. Well, in three weeks when ESPN discusses hockey again perhaps they'll look back to tonite to settle the "who's the hottest team debate." Because both are on fire, so to speak. Calgary is riding Mikka Kiprusoff, while the Wings have decided not to let anyone bother Hasek.
All the Deep Diggers have been heard from in the Province, and all three are focusing on the Wing injury situation; where we have one worse (Holmstrom), one better (Kronwall), another status quo (Osgood) and one biding his time (Williams). As befitting his glorious title as Deep Digger Captain, we start with Khan(!), who writes that despite recent reports that Tomas Holmstrom could play as early as tonite in Calgary, that won't be the case. Khan(!)/MLive
Tomas Holmstrom left practice early Thursday and will sit out both games because of his groin injury, which happened before practice last Sunday. "There was a warm-up drill at the start and he was holding (his groin area) like he was shot,'' Babcock said. "They thought it was going to be nothing, but obviously, it's more than that.''
According to Deep Digger Captain Ansar Khan(!), the Wing injury situation doesn't look to improve dramatically this weekend. Khan(!)/MLive Wing Weblog
Tomas Holmstrom (groin) left practice early and won't play the next two games. Niklas Konwall (groin) said he felt good and hopes to play Friday. Chris Osgood (hand) has not practiced since Sunday and won't dress this weekend. Dominik Hasek, who starts Friday as the Wings try for a team-record 10th straight win, might also play Saturday in Edmonton. Coach Mike Babcock said there's also a chance that Joey MacDonald could make his first NHL start against the Oilers.
Anyone else get their catalog from the NHL today? I did. And I almost threw up in my mouth when I turned it over and saw this. My god...my name on the back of a Hurricane jersey? Is this some sort of sick joke the Acid Queen is pulling on me? Speaking of the Canes, an A2Y reader from the Triangle wrote me today with this little tidbit of goodness.
Funny story. when Eric Cole scored a hat trick againts the Caps last week, John Forslund (the Canes excellent play-by-play guy) exclaimed on air, and I quote...."Hat trick for Eric Cole, and we FINALLY get to give away a TRACTOR!!" He was referencing the John Deere lawn tractor giveaway, given to a fan when any Cane scores a hat trick. Maybe ya had to be there, but it seemed the essence of "Southern Hockey".You know, for some reason, I find that to be pretty cool. Like the reader said, that's "Southern Hockey."
Nice feature on Draper and Maltby via NHL.com,
"I've played with 'Malts' forever," Draper says. "It's scary, but we've played almost 800 games together with him being my left wing." The number of games might have been slightly exaggerated by Draper for emphasis’ sake, but the point was duly made. These guys have become extensions of each other on the ice, feeding off each other's strengths to form one of the best shut-down forward tandems in the game.More
Oh, here we go. It was bound to happen and it naturally has. The complaints are filtering in from the early-to-close precincts. And what are those complaints? That the Wings are winning, but winning ugly. I'm going to revise the lead. The "complaint" I'm referring to is not really a gripe, but a statement that the Wings are playing a slowed-down, tight checking game in a new NHL that was supposed to be rid of such tactics. I'm toning it down because I think I'm still a little irritated with Jamie Fitzpatrick of Pro Ice Hockey for his "it's just a game" statements regarding Oiler fans and the McGeough incident. In this case, Fitzpatrick is probably voicing a view we're bound to hear more and more. The Ghost of NHL Past
They aren't the second coming of the old New Jersey Devils. But many Detroit games are methodical, low-scoring affairs lacking in end-to-end action. The Wings allow fewer than two goals per game, and most of those come on the power play. When it’s five-on-five, the opponents are lucky to get a sniff of the net. Edmonton came to town last week and didn’t manage a shot on goal for the entire first period.
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