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Abel to Yzerman

As Big Freighters Go, Franzen’s Bigger Than Most. He Might Want To Consider Playing Like It.

Two things before we get started.  1. Donate.  This is the time of year to do it.  Paul is tireless and he does this for you guys. Donate.   2.  Carolina. If the Wings are done after two more games, you can look back to a Friday game against Carolina as the real culprit.

Rumor has it that Sergei Fedorov was on the training table in some dressing room, maybe St. Louis or even Denver, in '97. Steve Yzerman, a man some would consider the greatest Captain of any team in the history of organized sports, hobbled in and pretty much called him a name typically reserved for felines and 63 percent of all Denver males.

Yzerman, according to lore, informed Fedorov (the original Enigma) that pain is pain and men are men and that pain doesn't stop a man from doing the job other men need him to do.

I don't remember how Fedorov played the rest of that series but I distinctly recall thinking he should have won the Conn Smythe that year instead of Mike Vernon.

Henrik Zetterberg returns tonite. Reports conflict as to how much he'll play but the latest I saw was that we could expect "limited minutes."   Having observed Zetterberg for greater than a decade I'd guess "limited" will equal 18-20.

But what he does on the ice could be minor compared to what he should be doing this minute, and that is establishing residency inside Franzen's head and needling his strange brain with barbs. He should be reminding Franzen what he's capable of and what a shit show he's become. 

Zetterberg needs to pull an Yzerman to Franzen's Fedorov.  The challenge should not be as tall, considering they're most likely close friends. I do not sense Yzerman and Fedorov shared that type of relationship.

Franzen could very well be hurt, as Fedorov probably was in '97, and as Yzerman was in '02 and Shanahan was in '98, as Zetterberg undoubtedly was last year and in '08, as almost every hockey player is during the playoffs. Every single year.  No athletes play through the kind of pain hockey players do during the playoffs. Didn't a hero of Franzen's almost lose a testicle in '09? I don't remember. So, yeah, he's probably hurt. Got it.

So play through it. I know it's easy for me to say but guess what? I don't make the millions Franzen does to be a hockey player who lives up to his potential.

Tonight has got to be it.  And, I'm sorry George, but I'm not buying the glove theory. 

12 goals in '08.  13 in the '09 playoffs.  No more than six in any playoff since then.  Johan Franzen is living off the reputation he established for himself over two postseason years. 

Marian Fuching Hossa.  Jesus, Kenny.

So here we are. This is, indeed, the live blog, bitches.  If you look back about a week and consider who gave the Wings a shot to win, cut that number in half.  This morning on Sirius, Mick Kern and Mike Rossi asked Dennis Potvin if the Wings had even the slimmest chance of winning this series.  Potvin said absolutely not.  Even if Boston falters, the Wings can't compete in any area. None. They're done.

We'll see.  If the Wings lose, this series is indeed over.  But...if it gets all crazy and Detroit pulls this one out? 

We shall see. 

As stated, it's a Live Blog, bitches. Oh..and in the Zetterbergian fervor I almost forgot to mention...

...there will be a serial killer on the ice tonite, for what it's worth.

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Hootinani's avatar

Howard with the “flu”. Gus in tonight. Per TSN.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 04/24/14 at 08:03 PM ET

fixt

Posted by Hootinani on 04/24/14 at 07:05 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

And after the stern talking to that Z gives to Franzen, he should then proceed to kick him in the nuts.  I normally wouldn’t advocate a man kicking another in the nuts but Franzen usually responds well when he’s pissed off.  That is if he has an left.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 04/24/14 at 07:06 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

We always seem to play well in front of Gus.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/24/14 at 07:06 PM ET

Chet's avatar

monster?

wut?

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 04/24/14 at 07:07 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Prediction:

Zetterbeard 4, Massholes 2

make it happen gents

Posted by Hootinani on 04/24/14 at 07:07 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Whip out the Monster.  I like it.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 04/24/14 at 07:07 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Posted by Hootinani on 04/24/14 at 08:05 PM ET

That’s how I heard it, but am willing to take them at their word.

It wasn’t NBC, so I felt it was a little more credible. raspberry

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 04/24/14 at 07:08 PM ET

dougie's avatar

Gus is in? Well, roll dem bones, lets see if it’s craps out, or if he keeps hold of the dice.

Posted by dougie on 04/24/14 at 07:08 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Monster!?!?  Holy sh!t!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/24/14 at 07:09 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Monster?

Whatever it takes…......Bitches.


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/24/14 at 07:09 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Ooh, Karen looking a little rough, like she just escaped from an 80s hair metal video

Posted by Hootinani on 04/24/14 at 07:09 PM ET

Chet's avatar

Ooh, Karen looking a little rough, like she just escaped from an 80s hair metal video

Posted by Hootinani on 04/24/14 at 08:09 PM ET

seems fitting.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 04/24/14 at 07:10 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

LET’S GO RED WINGS!!!!!

Just. Win.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/24/14 at 07:10 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/24/14 at 07:10 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 04/24/14 at 08:08 PM ET

Can a persons’ pride get the flu?

Posted by Hootinani on 04/24/14 at 07:10 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

At least monster didn’t have time to get nervous.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/24/14 at 07:11 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

Hejsan !!!! 
Lets Go Red Wings !!!

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 04/24/14 at 07:12 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Z’s hands are ready.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/24/14 at 07:13 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Why cant they hit the fuchin net?!?!?!?

Posted by Hootinani on 04/24/14 at 07:13 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

jeebus, and people thing Jimmy handling the puck is scary??

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/24/14 at 07:14 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Nothing got deflated. Monster just got confidence.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/24/14 at 07:15 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Keep at it boys.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 04/24/14 at 07:15 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

The speed we can generate is amazing when the defense has outlets and passes are connecting

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/24/14 at 07:16 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Can a persons’ pride get the flu?

Posted by Hootinani on 04/24/14 at 08:10 PM ET

I hope someone asks him during the first intermission.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 04/24/14 at 07:16 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Love that they are finally going to the middle of the ice, should pay off if they can hit the net.

Posted by Hootinani on 04/24/14 at 07:16 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Sorry, I’m late, 19.  I’m here with my usual Irish poisons.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 04/24/14 at 07:19 PM ET

Alan's avatar

We look pretty good right now. We’ll look even better after a goal or two.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 04/24/14 at 07:20 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

If only they had this “level of compete” the past two games.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 04/24/14 at 07:21 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

If only they had this “level of compete” the past two games.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 04/24/14 at 08:21 PM ET

ill just be happy if they can keep it up in this game

Posted by Hootinani on 04/24/14 at 07:22 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

my optimism increased 40 fold when I saw the early ‘stretch pass’

from-Abby-to-Z-to-Pasha at the blue line, down the middle.

nice.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/24/14 at 07:22 PM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

Starting on time, wow. I’m impressed.

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 04/24/14 at 07:23 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Hit the @:;&/‘x net Yule

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 04/24/14 at 07:23 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Datsyuk having to play defense cause Smith is in a daze

Posted by Hootinani on 04/24/14 at 07:24 PM ET

SYF's avatar

The Monster’s in net?

[reads LB]

Ohhhhhhhhh…

Go win it, Gus!

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 04/24/14 at 07:25 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Z is giving Grizzly Adams a run for his money with that epic beard.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 04/24/14 at 07:26 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

We don’t just need a kicking mule, we need a danger Helm

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/24/14 at 07:26 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Now that I’ve seen the magnificence of the Viking beard, it’s even more glorious.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 04/24/14 at 07:26 PM ET

SYF's avatar

MONSTER!!!!!!!

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 04/24/14 at 07:27 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Huge lucky break!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/24/14 at 07:27 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

The last thing we need is Magic throwing pucks away.  If he had hit the jets, he was going to be all alone by the time he got to the ozone.

Posted by Hootinani on 04/24/14 at 07:29 PM ET

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