Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 04/10/14 at 09:58 AM ET
Two games left: Carolina and the Bitter Bitch Battered Blues. We need three points, at least. We need them. And here's what else we need.
The state of Florida needs to come through. Steve Yzerman needs to come through. Jon Cooper and Stamkos and whatever slug they've got in goal down in Tampa (in place of Bishop) needs to come through.
Because Pittsburgh is ripe. They are ripe for a whipping and the Wings will do just that. Whip them. In 5 games.
The Pens are a soft team. The Wing forwards owned them last night, just as we mentioned they would. Their defense is too slow. Immobile. Tatar and Nyquist, Helm and Sheahan. Jurco and Datsyuk. All of them were moving at will. Everything looked crisp offensively last night. And that's not just because the Wings upped their tempo or their game. It's because Pittsburgh allowed it.
We want that team in the first round.
But the chances are not good. Tied at 90 with the tie breaker going to the BJs. And, that makes sense. BJ's are always the tie breaker in any situation.
They'll beat the Panthers and we'll beat Carolina. We need Tampa to beat Columbus or at least hold them to one point. The Wings need to go into St. Lose on Sunday with a chance at the 7 seed.
Jimmy Howard makes that save on the third goal last night. Jimmy Howard also makes the save on the lone shootout goal, a stupid comparison since that idiotic bullshit aspect of Gary's league won't exist after Sunday.
Rosby is not the same player against the Wings as he is against any other team, anywhere. Glendening had him sputtering and he was practically invisible for much of the game. Why? Because Detroit gives him no space. None. He hates it.
Gimmick win, or not, Pittsburgh does not want the Wings.
3 out of 4 against the Bruins, or not, Detroit does not want Boston. Could we give them a run? Yes. But Pittsburgh's the team we want. Slow, soft and stupid with a weak goalie. Yes, a weak goalie and I don't give a shit if he was carried to a Cup in '09. This is not '09 and The Flower scares nobody.
Carolina is a must-win. The Blues? I'd like to see us go in needing 1 point. And that means Tampa needs to do their damn job.
Because the Pens are who we want. Again. Give me Pittsburgh.
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