Abel to Yzerman
from the Detroit Free Press,
The "Bloody Wednesday" game, as it has been called, was certainly the wildest game I was ever involved in. When the buzzer sounded to end that contest, the two teams had combined for 18 fighting majors.
My memorable first-period encounter with Lemieux almost didn't happen because Colorado defenseman Adam Foote grabbed me just as all hell was starting to break loose. He was strong as an old bear, and he had a tight grip on me. But Brendan Shanahan came over and gave Foote a double-arm chop.
That broke me free from Foote. It was like letting a dog off the leash.
I took a direct path toward Lemieux. It was written, and said, that Lemieux never saw me coming. But that's untrue. I can tell you that I looked him directly in the eyes before I hit him. I wanted him to know my anger. I didn't sucker punch him, as some have written. I cold-cocked him.
For those of you watching the game on NBCSN it will be Dave Strader and Brian Engblom calling the action.
With that out of the way, tonight's game is actually bigger for the Blue Jackets than it is for the Wings.
But, it is also a huge game for the Wings and hopefully they remember the last time they played Columbus.
The Wings will have to match the intensity of the Blue Jackets and be good on the power play and penalty kill.
Columbus has been awful on the pp lately so the Wings must frustrate them again tonight.
If we had to describe the Penguins twitter account in a phrase, it would be “out of touch with reality.”
To further that point, the account asked for questions for James Neal. Yikes.
Current Eastern Conference playoff chase before tonight's game against the Wild and Toronto playing in New Jersey.
Games to keep an eye on today- Columbus plays on Long Island at 1pm and Toronto in New Jersey at 7pm.
Here are the most recent stats from Sports Club Stats of the teams I consider to be 'bubble' teams in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
In case you are wondering, 'GD' in the heading line is season goal differential. The 'G' is probably something simple but my brain is dead right now.
Get the two points, nothing else matters.
Wild score 3, Wings need 4. No matter the final score, Detroit needs one more goal.
Another thing, winning this game sure makess the rest of the day go much easier.
Winning puts a smile on the faces of Detroit fans and allows us to watch the other games today in a different manner.
The New Yorik Rangers visit the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight.
Sports Club Stats chances of making the playoffs list Columbus at 80.7%, the Rangers at 78.1% and Detroit at 53%. The Leafs are at 60.2%.
added 10:04am, from Ronnie Shuker of The Hockey News,
Imagine Pittsburgh without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Chicago without Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, Anaheim without Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry or Vancouver without the Sedins.
That’s the type of hand Detroit has been dealt with its top two stars, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, both out at a critical point in the season.
Howard against Fleury.
Crosby and Malkin against ???
What should help is Babcock will have the last change but yet to be answered, who keeps an eye on those two guys?
Whatever, two points is all that matters tonight, get them any way possible.
One shift at a time, come out skating and Jimmy, continue to stop the puck.
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