Abel to Yzerman
With the Philadelphia Flyers win in OT today over Pittsburgh, the Columbus Blue Jackets cannot catch them for 3rd in the Metropolitan Division.
So it comes down to this...
If Columbus happens to get just one point tonight, the Wings will need to get two tomorrow afternoon in St. Louis to finish in the first wild card spot.
If Columbus losses in regulation to Florida, the Wings will need at least one point tomorrow.
Columbus holds the ROW tie-breaker so Detroit needs to finish at least a point ahead of them in order to hold the first wild card spot.
If the Wings do finish in the first wild card spot, it will be Detroit playing Pittsburgh in the opening round.
Short, short, short on time. On my way to PETCO soon to see Joe Nathan blow a 9-run lead.
You know my feelings on this subject: tonite is a must-win, because baby Jesus promised me the Pens.
Two games left: Carolina and the Bitter Bitch Battered Blues. We need three points, at least. We need them. And here's what else we need.
The state of Florida needs to come through. Steve Yzerman needs to come through. Jon Cooper and Stamkos and whatever slug they've got in goal down in Tampa (in place of Bishop) needs to come through.
Because Pittsburgh is ripe. They are ripe for a whipping and the Wings will do just that. Whip them. In 5 games.
from the CP at TSN,
If the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins meet in the first round of the NHL playoffs, things will be different than they were Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center.
The Red Wings will likely have Jimmy Howard in goal and are hopeful captain Henrik Zetterberg will return from an extended injury absence. The Penguins should get Evgeni Malkin back from a foot injury, too.
But in outplaying Pittsburgh and tying the score late in the third period before losing 4-3 in a shootout, Detroit showed that it could present serious matchup problems for the Metropolitan Division champions.
"I thought our team played real well tonight. I thought we were better than them," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said after the shootout loss clinched a playoff spot. "We carried play, in my opinion, tonight, for sure. I thought we played well."
There will be exceptions. When situations appear dire, Lightfoot will show up as if out of nowhere. Gordo will be our savior and our most reliable of drinking partners.
But, starting tonite and continuing through our 23rd consecutive Stress Train driven playoff run?
If you think tonite isn't big, you're an idiot. It is. For three reasons.
1. We need the points, because we want to finish ahead of Columbus, because if we do...
2. ...we get the team we want to play and that team is the team we're playing tonite. We want Pittsburgh. Badly.
3. I still hate the Pens
Why, you ask, why is number 2 beyond debate?
Bullet Bob Seger will tell you the Buffalo Sabres are long, lovely dancers. Classy lasses from good families. Debutantes if they'd decided to take Daddy's money, marry young and hit the country club circuits. Cottages in Charlevoix, Tawas, TC. Fire Lake, even.
But no. They decided to opt for the initiative. College, post grad, medical or law school. So, Daddy's money ran low and they found themselves fending for cash.
And that's when the "long, lovely dancers" revealed who they really were, and what they were really doing.
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