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Forget The Cruise Control, Uncle Mike Is Dropping The Hammer

The Wings are enjoying their greatest success during the Season of Jobu.  7 WINS in a row.  21 of 22 possible points in the last 11 games.  Sitting at 95 points, if the Wings reach 98 points they are guaranteed a playoff berth.  With 5 games remaining, it would take a nosedive of the kind Denver’s Dive is undergoing to miss consecutive playoff berth #19. 

In the Leastern Conference 91 points is enough to clinch a playoff berth.  While that is good for 5th in the (L)East, it would only be good enough for 8th in the middle of the Peloton of Suck in the West.  More in that in a bit.

While the Wings have taken no prisoners lately, it has not been pretty every game.

Brad Stuart via Khan(!):

“We can probably play better than we have the last couple of games,’’ defenseman Brad Stuart said. “We’ve gotten away with a few games that weren’t as good as the ones previously.’’

And Uncle Mike agrees:

“I think we’ve played pretty well defensively. The last two games haven’t been indicative of the whole run,’’ Babcock said. “The last two games, we’ve made more mistakes than we made the rest of the time totally. We got to sharpen up our game right now.’’

Babbles is not happy despite 7 WINS in a row.  While the teams in the NHL are fearing the Wings, the Wings are fearing Uncle Mike.

With good reason.

When Uncle Mike ran his first Team Canada practice in summer 2009, he stopped the very first drill to give the players shit for not doing it right and making it happy.  Rosby peed his pants and asked for his binky.  He was later found crying curled up in the corner of the dressing room, Iginla had to promise to take him for ice cream and soda before Rosby would stop sucking his thumb and leave the room.

Most players in the NHL never face a coach with the intensity of Babcock.  Some coaches try, and most fail and end up losing their team.  Earlier this season we were wondering if the players were tuning out Uncle MIke.  Not today.

It is amazing what a mostly healthy Red Wings roster can do.  When 10 of their key players are injured, the Wings barely kept it together.  Today, that seems like a distant memory, but the positive effects on our roster lingers.  Our young AHL players have tangible NHL experience which will help in the postseason if Jobu decides to fuch us again.  Jimmah Howard has created a cult following, and likely would not have had the chance if the Wings were not so awful defensively that we needed Elroy to be sharp.  He wasn’t but we found out Jimmah was.

Most critically, the Wings have learned to WIN in the most tenacious ways possible.  Fighting and clawing for victories in a way that I’ve never seen before, the pre-Bowman Wings included.  Today’s Wings are both awesome and dangerous.

The NHL and the MSM have noticed too.  Now Rosby pees his pants while hiding beneath his binky at the mere thought of facing the Wings, and especially Zetterberg, in the SCF again.

Rosby has never faced the demands of Uncle Mike for more than a couple of weeks.  His petulant bitch ass couldn’t handle hearing things like this during a 7 game winning streak:

“To win at playoff time, you got to be patient and you got to be relentless,’’ Babcock said. “You can’t turn over pucks and you got to be physical on the forecheck. We still at times are turning things over.’’

Imagine for a minute if the Wings and the Pens swapped divisions.  The Wings would have clinched a playoff berth


a week ago, and that is not even accounting for the diminished quality of competition in the East.  Factor that in, and we would be guaranteed a playoff spot a month ago, even with all of our injuries.  Meanwhile the Pens would be in 8th and fighting for their playoff lives today.  Factor in the tougher competition in the West and the Pens would be near mathematical elimination for a playoff berth.  Good thing for Rosby and Pens fans that is not the case.  They would have to tank for half a decade again to rebuild and they would never fill their new barn.

Thankfully the Wings do have Uncle Mike.  He doesn’t want the team to cruise into the postseason, he wants the Wings to drop the hammer and hit the postseason like a bat out of hell.  This attitude is being picked up by the players and taken seriously.

“We’ve been getting timely goals and timely saves,’’ Stuart said. “The key for us is to stay confident and not get overconfident and think that anything is going to come easy for us. Approach every game with the same determination.’’

This is the attitude of successful clubs.  There is no club more successful in the world today than the Red Wings.  With this attitude the Wings will correct their problems.  They will be tenacious and disciplined.  Playing for 60 minutes won’t be a cliche, it will be a mindset.

Tomorrow the Wings take their destiny in their hands against Bubba.  With a WIN, the Wings will jump into 5th place in the conference.  It will happen.  With Uncle Mike preaching to a receptive choir, there is no doubt in my mind that the word is WIN and that is a holy word indeed.

Let’s Go Red Wings!!!!!

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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