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Countdown To 11

3.5 hours.

6.5 hours.

Six years.

11 Cups. 

3.5 hours?  That’s how long we have to wait for this thing to start. 

6.5 hours? That’s how long we have to wait for it to end. 

Six years. It’s how long we’ve waited since the last one.  A lifetime for my youngest daughter, one third of my career, the average amount of time a Predator fan spent in high school.

Are we allowed to talk about what we hope to see tonite?  Do you feel comfortable saying it out loud, typing it, even thinking it?  Nick Lidstrom skating a slow lap, shots of Ken Holland in his box—the proud architect of this frigging machine.  Dallas Drake, the guy we hated for so long…now a hometown hero, lifting the Cup and giving it a shake. 

Dan Cleary taking it from Drake, the reflection of that Newfie beard, a Wing for the ages.  Cleary to Rafalski to Maltby to Draper to McCarty, because that’s how it should be.

From McCarty to Datsyuk, who should skate it over to Don Cherry and give him a little grin.  Datsyuk to Hank to Homer, who’s body just might let him handle a few more strides after the punishment he’ll undoubtedly take.  On to Kronwall, the future Norris winner.  Over to Samuelsson, on to Lilja.  How fitting, and only a Wing fan knows why.  Over to Osgood and don’t think there won’t be a few tears shed when he lifts it again.  Screw the doubters Ozzie.  And that includes me.  “Worst goalie to win a Cup?”  Wrong bitches.  Worst goalie to win two.  Over to Hasek, a final skate, one more Cup before retirement.  On to Chelios and an uncertain future.

Wing to Wing, lap after lap in front of a packed Joe.  Legitimately packed and roaring. 

Uncle Mike goes last because that’s how he’s wanted it all year.  He’s defelected all the credit, all the praise, because to him it’s all about the players.  On the players faces we see unbridled joy.  Babcock? Relief.  That’s not how it should be but it comes with the job, the expectations as Head Coach of the Detroit Red Wings.  Tomorrow more relief in the form of a five year deal.

Just a few of the things you could see tonite.  Things you expect to see but just don’t feel comfortable writing it down.

I’ll do it for you.  Because that, motherfu**ers, is how I roll.

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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