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Abel to Yzerman

Bye OLN, Hello NBC and Don’t Try To Pretend It Shouldn’t Be ESPN Because You Know It Should Be

A new year. A new network. The same commissioner which means the same pathetic, tired excuses for not having the world’s only sports network as the true and just host for hockey.

But hey, the house that Costas built can pretend they’re a hockey haven, eh?  Hey, Gary? Did Lorne Michaels tell you we need a shootout in tonite’s game too? Just wondering.

Whatever.  I started writing this Live Blog at 2300, something like 12 hours before the game actually starts because I literally overslept the last one. I picked it up again this morning at 0600, two hours before it starts at 8pm.  I don’t understand it and I don’t expect you to either.  But here’s something to chew on: we used to hate Dallas when they were in our division. That was a nifty little venom-fest for a few years with crazy Eddie and fat Hitch and Choppers and the gang.  Then they went away.  Some of the bile remained and now everybody hates Steve Ott.  But that’s league-wide and I try to avoid lumping us in with fans of other teams because I’m pretty sure we don’t share their…sophistication.

And we’ll hate them again soon, Dallas that is.  Because Gary’s bringing them back to us, placing them in the Konstantinov division with us and Baby Brother and Bubba and the Hummers and the Brittle Bitches and the token Candian(en)s plus Pinky.  So we can be all apathetic and shit when it comes to hating the Stars tonite, but that’s gotta change and we’ll make that transition over the summer.

Meanwhile?

It’s a Live Blog, bitches.

12 in ‘12.

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SYF's avatar

Happy has some boots on.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/03/12 at 11:29 PM ET

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3 guys back and they let Ott get that deep for a shot….not good.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 01/03/12 at 11:30 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Happy Everything, and, Thanks Captain.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/03/12 at 11:30 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Happy has some boots on.

Acme rocket skates methinks.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/03/12 at 11:30 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Holy hell, the Kid Line is faaaaaaaaaaaaaassst.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/03/12 at 11:30 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Acme rocket skates methinks.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/03/12 at 08:30 PM ET

beep beep.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/03/12 at 11:31 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

All is well here Work and new/old cycling addiction takes its toll on the free time. How’s life in Portland?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 01/03/12 at 08:22 PM ET


Things are good here.  The big difference between life in the NW as opposed to socal—I do all my cycling in the spring and summer, but can totally relate to the “addictive” aspect.  Once fall gets here, thing are pretty much grey and wet though.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/03/12 at 11:32 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Dude even sounds like Opie

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/03/12 at 11:32 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

What do you guys think about the 3 game suspension to Cole? Seems a little light to me.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 01/03/12 at 11:33 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Did Moose just knock Pavel down in front of the benches?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/03/12 at 11:33 PM ET

calquake's avatar

What do you guys think about the 3 game suspension to Cole? Seems a little light to me.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 01/03/12 at 08:33 PM ET

Considering Smith got 5 for a very similar hit, I felt 3 was a little light.

Posted by calquake on 01/03/12 at 11:34 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

What do you guys think about the 3 game suspension to Cole? Seems a little light to me.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 01/03/12 at 08:33 PM ET

I think the punishment fits the crime in this case.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/03/12 at 11:35 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Third line continues to generate good scoring chances.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/03/12 at 11:35 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

think about the 3 game suspension to Cole

was expecting 5 because of his past.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/03/12 at 11:35 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

The big difference between life in the NW as opposed to socal—I do all my cycling in the spring and summer, but can totally relate to the “addictive” aspect.  Once fall gets here, thing are pretty much grey and wet though.
Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/03/12 at 08:32 PM ET

Cyclocross around here is more dust than mud.

Lehtinen is standing on his head. that was a great chance by Z

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/03/12 at 11:35 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

What do you guys think about the 3 game suspension to Cole? Seems a little light to me.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 01/03/12 at 08:33 PM ET

I’ll take any retribution.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/03/12 at 11:37 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Mule is shootin tonite.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/03/12 at 11:37 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Gotta bury those chances Moose.

Posted by calquake on 01/03/12 at 11:38 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Good play by Lettin’in. but Moose really needs to bury those up into the twine like a goal-scorer.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/03/12 at 11:38 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

shots are 9-8 stars

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/03/12 at 11:39 PM ET

jimathor's avatar

Good evening, good evening, good evening, How are we all?

After an unenforced absence due to the in-laws lack of internets, I’m back to watching down the pipes in beloved hd.

Meanwhile, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Flip has been our stand-out non-goaltending hero so far this season, am I wrong?

Also, I’ve not seen this “kid line” out there, but i’m hearing rather good things about Nyquist, how do we feel about them/him/it?

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 01/03/12 at 11:40 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

See if he had buried that goal I might not be using Moose in this post.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 01/03/12 at 11:40 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

What do you guys think about the 3 game suspension to Cole? Seems a little light to me.
Posted by Yzersyuk on 01/03/12 at 08:33 PM ET

(/tinfoilhat) Considering that is was a Wing that was it, I’m pleasantly surprised there was any suspension at all

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/03/12 at 11:41 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Gotta love the Wings jerseys behind the Dallas bench. Just like every arena in Gary Asses Empire.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/03/12 at 11:42 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

it=hit

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/03/12 at 11:42 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Hudler…. fuching shoot.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/03/12 at 11:43 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Nyquist, how do we feel about them/him/it?

Fearless on the attack. Drives the net always. Still adjusting to NHL speed in terms of when to make moves, but his vision is good enough that he’s not out of place at all.

Flip and Huds are crazy tonite.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/03/12 at 11:43 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Carrie is playing scary tonight

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/03/12 at 11:43 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Hookes for everyone

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/03/12 at 11:44 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

what a shot

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/03/12 at 11:44 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/03/12 at 11:44 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

ZATA + PIMP ?

Posted by Yzersyuk on 01/03/12 at 11:44 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Count it. Huds is a biter, not a kicker.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/03/12 at 11:44 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

YES.  Nice ahem, deflection by Hudler.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/03/12 at 11:44 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

HAPPY - WOo HOo Wings 2-0

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 01/03/12 at 11:44 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Nyquist, how do we feel about them/him/it?

Me likey.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/03/12 at 11:45 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Count it. Huds is a biter, not a kicker.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/03/12 at 08:44 PM ET

Unless you pay more.

Posted by calquake on 01/03/12 at 11:45 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

I love our announcers.  Ken: “We’ve been wrong before.” Mick: “Let me correct you. They’ve been wrong before.”

Posted by Yzersyuk on 01/03/12 at 11:46 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Evening all…checking in from the work station.  Nothing like the smell of freshly filed lawsuits to start the New Year!

Capn P good to see you lurking aboot!

Kate…what can I say?  39 years ..... Congratulations!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 01/03/12 at 11:46 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Damnable.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 01/03/12 at 11:46 PM ET

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