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Update 2012:  I’m watching the game on Versus!!!!!!!!!!!! tonite. If Pittsburgh and Ottawa go to OT and I miss a frigging second of the Wing game I’m throwing tantrums from stem to stern.

Haven’t seen much on our topic of choice today.  Gametime decision.  Samuelsson?  Hudler?  I think the only redeeming factor to keep Samuelsson in there is if Babcock actually thinks he can contribute physically where Hudler can’t.  I agree with Gramps below that keeping him in the lineup to man the point on the powerplay is foolhardy at best…when you’ve got Lidstrom, Schneider and Lebda who can all handle it better than Samuelsson.

I disagree, as he knows, with Gramps that we Wing fans look at Manny Legace as an illegitimate scapegoat for The Punch In The Face.  If we do, the Wing organ-I-zation, including the players, obviously share that sentiment.  To get you ready for Game 3, let’s take a spin around the land of Happiness…Wing bloggers with a 2-0 lead.

We’ll get to the blogs in a second….First, I’m starting to come around to your boy John Niyo’s way of thinking. I like this kid for the News.  After years of Kulfan phoning in his questions to Uncle Mike, Brother Dave or Scotty from his couch while he watches old tapes of Donahue re-runs, it’s pretty refreshing to see a kid who appears to be hungry covering the Wings.  Looks like he’s been given the secondary assignment of looking behind the stats, a little interpretation and giving us aggregate quotes (kinda like a certain blogger when he’s too lazy to express an opinion?)...only he does it with some thought.

Want to see a difference between a Wing writer who’s mailed it in and another who’s ready to make a name for himself?  Check out today’s blog entries from Kulfan and Niyo.

Kulfan at 1501 today

Still a game-time decision on Bertuzzi, according to Babcock after Tuesday’s morning skate….

Thanks Ted. Thanks for the thoughtful analysis, and for being the last beat writer in North America to break that one. 

Niyo at 0033 last night

By the way, Game 4 is scheduled for a 9:30 ET start Thursday night.
And if you’re confused by this will-he-or-won’t-he Bertuzzi question, might I remind you it’s the playoffs? With that in mind, ask yourself this question: Is there any reason whatsoever that Mike Babcock should tell the media—or the Flames—what his lineup’s going to look like before its absolutely necessary/obvious? Of course not. But don’t think for a second that anyone in the Calgary dressing room actually believes Bertuzzi won’t be in the lineup for Game 3.

I’m liking Niyo.  I’m not going to lop him in with the diggers….yet.

On to the blogs.  Matt Saler’s got a genius idea and I should have stolen it long ago. He starts with one post, and updates it throughout the day when he has time. Rather than flood you guys with short posts (usually of no consequence) like I do, he just updates.  I’m not sure how that works with his RSS feed (Matt?), but I like the style of it.  Some of his points today:

On The Wings

*Then there’s the rest of that quote: “Obviously I’m not going to be 100% at all for the rest of the year so it’s just a matter of working as hard as I can.”
Excuse me. What? “Not going to be at 100% at all“? Was the concussion that bad or is his back still an issue? Will we ever know? It must be the back and maybe it’s not surprising, but he’s not supposed to talk like that. You’ve got fans’ sensibilities to consider now, Todd.

*The Flames are promising that they’ll be a different team tonight. They also promised that for Game 2 and it got them about a period of B-grade hockey. For now, I’ll assume they’ll be better, but in the back of my mind, I’m thinking, “Show me the money.” While the Wings have been showing all along that they’re capable of winning this series, the Flames have shown little or nothing.

They’re gonna flash you the cash tonite Matt, or as much as they have stashed away.  And we all know it’s going to happen in the first period.  Wings jump out to a lead and we should be ok. 

George Maki is the link receptacle. I don’t link too much here anymore because I know George has either already pointed you, or he will within minutes of me…so let’s give you a little variety, eh? George has a fresh new look at Snapshots and has started a pretty cool regular feature where he brings you the day’s multi-media Wing coverage.  This afternoon he features Ken Kal on WXYT, Hockeycentral discussing the Flames and a Maltby interview on TSN. 

I told you frigging Flame fans that if you’re going to visit Gloveside you’d better do so with some thick skin.  Today’s victim in the Dunk Tank? Jarmoe (not a misspelling…ask the Oil bloggers).

What a name, huh? Why go with Jarome? In the Gloveside spirit of bucking tradition, From here on out, he shall be known as Little Elvis. Maybe I’d love him if he was a Wing, but I like to think this little metrosexual would get on my nerves regardless of the sweater on his back. Iginla is arguably the heart and soul of the Calgary franchise. He scores (sometimes), he fights, he has the steely stare of a leader—he also seems to have a thing for soft sweaters, just like Ed Wood. I’m looking for Markov or Lilja to step up big, and give Little Elvis his just desserts.

It was three hours, a little less, when I started writing this. We’re down to two.  Warm beer is going down nicely.  I may check in from time to time tonite. We’ll see.




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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