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Arrogant?  Hell Yes.  Still.  Always.

Just when you thought Pittsburgh fans and media had settled into comfortable acceptance that the Pens are actually Stanley Cup champs?  In rides another idiot to prove that this particular community of “fans” and media has no concept how to deal with success.


Nill added that “it goes on and on” with the Red Wings, but he’s wrong. History suggest it just ends one day for dynasties — often when they least expect it.

After all, it takes a lot of arrogance to believe that what goes up doesn’t eventually come down.

Paul posted a lot more at the main page, but it really boils down to that closing passage.

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The Feeling I Get When I Look To The West?  Nausea.  Let’s Wrap This MF’er Up With A Live Blog

We’re going early and I have my reasons.

With a win tonite, the Wings head home with 6/10.  Still…the most depressing, disgusting, hazardous-to-your-pets road trip any of us can remember. 


Nobody cares what the rival bloggers are saying, or the MSM.  Nothing would bring more joy to more people than a disastrous Detroit season.

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Leino To The Doghouse?  Shocking, I Know.

I’m too lazy to find it. But somewhere I predicted we’d see this.

Detroit News

Mike Babcock redrew the lines, starting by benching slumping Ville Leino for tonight’s game against the Flames.

“Ville’s having a day to watch,” Babcock said. “He’s not playing hard enough here, so he’s going to watch and the other guys are going to play.”

Leino has one point in his last seven games.

“He’s getting snuffed out, not involved,” Babcock said. “If you are a scorer and you are not going to the net, you’re going to be in for a long year.”

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Every One Of You Bitches Knew, And The Captain Did Too, That All We Needed Was Jobu

Proving once again that my role in this organization is administrative at best.

It’s a Live Blog.  Spearheaded by Lightfoot, again.

But with a whole new sponsor.

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Go Ahead…Start Sniffing Glue Again.  Datsyuk’s In.

Via Khan(!),

Pavel Datsyuk, as expected, will play tonight, after sitting out practice Wednesday due to a sore foot, the result of blocking a shot in Tuesday’s game.

And, no matter what I say to intro this or react to it, I’ll be the gamewrecker.  I take full responsibility.

For the Oilers, forward Mike Comrie and defenseman Lubomir Visnovky are out becuase of the flu. Defensemen Sheldon Souray and Steve Staois are out due to concussions. Defenseman Ladislav Smid, who had the H1N1 virus, will play, as will forwards Gilbert Brule and Alex Hemsky, who have been hampered by the flu.

The Oilers have been shut out in their last two games—3-0 vs. Colorado and 2-0 vs. Vancouver—and have lost three in a row.

No way we win this game tonite.  No frigging way.


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Heard This One Before?  Datsyuk’s Got A “Minor” Injury

And how, you’re wondering, did it occur?  Ready. Set. Vomit.

St. James

In addition to contributing two goals and one assist in Tuesday’s 5-4 victory at Vancouver, Datsyuk also prevented the Canucks from scoring.

“I have blocked shot,” he said today. “I’m surprised myself, too. Today, it’s hard to put on skates.”

According to people who lie professionally, AKA the Red Wing coaches and trainers, Datsyuk is, umm, good to go.  Kinda like last year’s Finals, I guess.

Oh, and Jimmah’s starting tomorrow.  Maltby and Home Keys will be healthy scratches.

And…speaking of the Finals? Uncle Mike’s got some humor for you.  Gather the kids because this is just plain funny.

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And Lightfoot Saved Us

Because that’s what Gordon does and then he asks for so precious little in return.  Just a thought now and again for the poor bastards who rode the E. Fitzgerald until her keel split in two like a frigging twig, and maybe a cheap beer if you see him at some non-descript UP watering hole.

And we owe him. Oh yes we frigging do.

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If We Could Only Make Whitefish Bay…It’s The Live Blog Nobody’s Looking Forward To

Filled with anticipation for this one, are ya?  Been looking forward to some late-night Wing brilliance to cap off a pleasant afternoon?


I didn’t think so.  How’s this for fun? Ready?

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How’s Your Uncle Mike Meter Today?

Mine’s pretty good, as usual.  As a matter of fact, I just did a quick count:  29 Tuesdays until the Cup comes home to Hockeytown. 

Oh, you misguided, myopic piece of trash.  Did you just think that to yourselves?  Noted. But I also considered this before admitting my optimism this morning.

Dan Cleary had this to say.

“He knows when to push and when not to push. I think he’s the best coach in the league. It’s his work ethic. His staff cares about the little things that go unnoticed and win games.”


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Big (Not So) Bad Bert

Sound familiar?
Vancouver Sun

Bertuzzi won’t let us know how - if at all - he has changed as a person. He continues to refuse to discuss Steve Moore or offer introspection. But he has changed as a player. And if he is capable of evolution on the ice, which seemed doubtful at the end of his eight years as a Canuck, it stands to reason he has evolved away from it, too.

Good story from Iain MacIntyre, one that should have been written by the Detroit Deep Diggers a long time ago.  Oh. Woops. I didn’t offend anybody there did I?  You may recall that we discussed this last weekThanks to Malik for the pointer.

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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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