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I NOW Consider Brian Lashoff An Elite Player Via Corsi and Pharmacy Statistics

Jared Comeau makes his NHL debut tonight. That's something I predicted earlier this year, but that it would come as a result of James Tiberius Howard's ascension to the number 1 spot and a Mrazek trade out of Detroit. 

Now Jimmy's dong is hurting and those plans will have to wait.

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I Take It All Back

Before the last game against Dallas, I went ahead and looked at the standings. The Wings were behind 7 teams for the final wild card.  That made me sad.

After the game I looked again, and man things are looking up.

Now we're behind only five. 

But wait, according to the interns from Wayne State...if we win tonite, and NJ loses (if they even play and you know I'm not gonna look), then we're in the second wild card spot and next thing you know we're all clamoring for Finals tickets and then the hookers are wheeling up from down river and the fire trucks are lining Woodward and we've got ourselves a damn June parade.

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Well, We’ll Always Have The Lions

And when your hopes are pinned on THAT team in November? Well, that's just not good.

If any of you thought I'd be in any condition to Live Blog on Saturday night, then you just don't know me at all.

Thanks to the Emperor for filling in, and I have no doubt he knew he'd have to the minute the first down that wasn't was called a first down in Columbus. 

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Les Canadiens de Montréal visitent les Red Wings de Detroit

Paul here for Bill who may still be smashing things.

Petr Mrazek looking for his first home win in over a month. Miller in for Ott and XO for Kronwall.

Detroit needs to keep the turnovers to a minimum and take advantage of their offensive opportunities.  Carey Price is the top goaltender in the world right now but can be beaten but the Wings need to make it tough on him.

Anyone else agree?  Anthony Mantha looks like he belongs in the NHL, no more Grand Rapids for him.

Enjoy the game, LGRW.

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Hail To The Live Blog

Let's get this out of the way right up front: LGRW.

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Fellas, It’s Too Rough To Feed Ya

We've reached the point where this question must be asked.  What is more depressing, this question from Bradley97 on TMR today...

Am I being too optimistic thinking Glendening is merely keeping Jurco’s spot warm?

...or this, also from Brendan Savage earlier?

The game is a matchup between the two worst teams in the Atlantic Division. Buffalo is in seventh place with 18 points, one more than the Red Wings. They also rank 14th and 15th in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders are in last place in the East.


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Hope: Lost. Blow It Up.

40 years ago today, the greatest heavyweight fighter in boxing history, Rocky Jebediah Balboa, was introduced to the greater American public via the magic of the big screen.  We witnessed his angry destruction of one Spider Rico then sat, transfixed, for 112 more minutes as he authored (with a very limited vocabulary) the greatest story of grit and toughness any of us had ever seen. Ever. 

40 years ago today, the Detroit Red Wings were in the midst of authoring (with a very limited amount of talent), one of the worst seasons in NHL history. Ever.

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Picking Up the Rice In The Church Where The Wedding Had Been

Naturally, you understand that's a line from the ultimate old person song, "Eleanor Rigby."

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Hockeytown Todd: Injuries And Officiating

Gramps was a staple here for a long time.  The voice of reason amidst 19 reactionaries.  The sage old man who'd seen it all.  Todd used to remind us when we got too excited that everything evens out in hockey.  One way or another, there will be a makeup call, karma, or just bad luck...the kind he'd seen for nearly four decades before baby Jesus and the Captain brought the Cup back home in 1997.

Of all the wisdom he forced on us, "injuries and officiating" was the common refrain. 

If something was going to fell the best team in hockey between '95 and '09 it would have been injuries and officiating. 

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Breaking: Wings Now Suck

Unconfirmed reports out of Detroit are disturbing at this hour.  Events are fluid and happening fast and could rapidly change even as we bring you this report.

Here's what we know so far:

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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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