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Late Bloomers

Coming together as a Team, and, with a bit of luck no matter who is sitting or playing on any given night will garner the two points.  Now it looks like Jimmah is our starter for the time being and as as Wing's Fans there are 19 of us that will cheer him on.

We all know getting to the playoffs is something he knows how to do. We also know more scoring has got to happen no matter who is in the net. It helps everyone to gain confidence, and lets face it, the Wings haven't been tallying up the goals this year.

Here's hoping they're late bloomers.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

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Video- Andreas Athanasiou’s Two Goal Night

Andreas Athanasiou had his first two goal night against the Dallas Stars last night.



Below, Dave Strader and Daryl Reaugh on the Dallas broadcast calling AA's second goal.

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Being Good Enough

Rebuilding on the fly and remaining competitive is a daunting task and it puzzles me that anyone can complain about making the playoffs. It is beyond my comprehension. No. Really.

Isn't that the goal or rather the first step? I'm have no delusions about a deep run, but getting in after playing 82 games is an accomplishment. And it sure is better than the alternative. At the very least it's four more games. Playoff games. The most intense, gratifying Hockey there is to watch.

I have to wonder how fans would react if the Wings missed the mark. Maybe we should poll fans of the Oilers, Buffalo, Jets............ You know, just to get a feel for what it's like to miss the post season.

I already know how awful that feels and I want no part of that feeling ever again. I know there are at least 19 other Wing's Fans that feel the same.

It's never has never been aboot the " streak". It's aboot being good enough to get there, and that is no easy task.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

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Video- Wings Score Five In Victory Over The Avs

Highlights like you want them-  All the Detroit goals last night.


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Just Get In

Every game matters. Not just from here on in, but the entire season. The Wings are now in that dangerous position again. They have to put up enough wins to make the post season. I'm on the side that believes that getting in, even if we don't go all the way, makes a difference.

I think Hunter S. Thompson said it best, "One of the most basic factors in sports is that winning becomes a habit, and losing is the same way. When failure starts to feel normal in your life or your work or even your darkest vices you won't have to go looking for trouble, because trouble will find you.

Count on it.

I don't care if it's the Wild Card or higher. Just. Get. In.

Making it to the playoffs is all that matters.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

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A True Rivalry

After Scotty Bowman took over as Coach in 1993/1994, he became the guiding force that developed the Detroit Red Wings into the big "Red Machine" in the second half of the 90's and beyond.

The Red Wings had finally become the Team that the 19, and all Red Wing's Fans everywhere had waited for, all of our Hockey lives. A juggernaut. In the beginning it was Yzerman, Fedorov,  the Russian Five, the Grind Line, Shanny, Martin LaPointe, Joey Kocur, Dougie Brown, Murph, Lidstrom. With later additions like Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille. Just to name a few.

But, so many of the very best games the Wings played were against the Avalanche. A Team as fate would have it, that had Patrick Roy as their goaltender. A player that always had the fire in his gut to beat Detroit.

The Wings vs the Avalanche became a true rivalry, and, one of the best in all of sports history. It was a battle every single game.

All the elements came together in the best and worst way possible. Both Teams were elite, talented, and tough.

Watching this Alumni Game is a reminder of the rich history of the Team we cheer for, and why we are Wing's Fans. Of why we are Hockey Fans.

Here's to Us vs Them.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

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Duke, Denver and Discontent

Duke died today, or maybe last night. Either way. Duke's dead. Duke trained Creed, advised him that Rocky Balboa was not a man Creed needed in his life, not after he just "kept coming" on that fateful Philly night in '76.

There is no relevance to that, really. Not here. But I dug Duke. I liked what he stood for, the stoic, quiet demeanor, the quiet badass behind Appollo's bluster.

Duke's death leads us to Denver.

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Video- Let’s Reminisce

via the YouTube channel of awood40...

Detroit Red Wings @ Colorado Avalanche. Game 2 1997 Western Conference Finals. 5/17/97.

Also, tomorrow night Kate will have a live blog post up for the Wings/Avs Alumni game.

Puck drops just after 7:00pm ET on FSD and the NHL Network.


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Will The Wings Make A Move?

Doug MacLean on Sportsnet's Hockey Cetral a few minutes ago..

"Is Kenny Holland going to do anything (trade deadline), I hear the Erik Cole experiment bothers him, still bothers him."

So does that mean he won't do anything by Monday?

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Nice To See Andreas Athanasiou Get Some Additional Ice Time

Stats from last night.




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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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