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Before we get into the game day stories, I need to tell you all something.  And this is it:  I’ve never had a problem calling a Ho a Ho.  This may get me fired from the Empire, but I’m going to say it even stronger.  Some Ho’s are, and have been, proud to be Ho’s.  And I think it’s time we all reflect on the contributions of Ho’s, and what they’ve meant to our society.  If you find that offensive, you need to take a long look in the mirror and asked yourself why you don’t place that kind of value on a Ho, especially one in particular.

That’s right, Don Ho died Saturday.  No Ho ever sang tiny bubbles like that Ho did.  America lost a Ho yesterday, a big-time Ho.

On to the subject at hand.

Good article in the Royal Oak Daily Tribune today that hits on Zetterberg’s recovery, Stillwuzzi’s condition and the value of being up 1-0 (especially when the Wings have proven they kinda don’t like the early Sunday afternoon games).

Two days after the Wings’ 4-1 win over the Flames and two days after he dished out a team-high five hits in the game, Zetterberg returned to the Joe Louis Arena ice Saturday in preparation for Game 2 today.

“I really wanted to test myself (Thursday),” said Zetterberg, who last played Feb. 24 against Nashville. “I think it’s better to make some hits rather than take some hits. That was my plan and I’m glad it worked.

“I think my timing was a little bit off,” Zetterberg continued. “Otherwise, I felt good. I felt real good condition wise and my back was no problem at all. That was all real positive.”

The AP has a story on Jarome Iginla’s inability to shake loose of Nick Lidstrom Thursday.

“He’s truly one of the best,” Iginla said. “But I wasn’t very good in Game 1, and I didn’t make it hard enough on him.”.

Lidstrom makes plays that are subtly fabulous, not flashy.

“We call them `Nickisms,’ because there are things he can do that no one else can,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. “How you can be in the middle of the ice, then suddenly you’re knocking a pass down on the far wall?

“He can slide on the blue-line better than anyone in the game and he knock pucks down as well as anyone.”

Pat Caputo at the Journal Register News Service makes a case for Lidstrom as the NHL’s best defenseman, best overall, best Wing dman ever and, perhaps, as the world’s top rodeo clown, harbor master, 8th grade geometry teacher and tax assessor.

You can debate who the best hockey player in the world is all you want. There can be a discussion about defensemen, too. Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer are very good. Still, it’s difficult to argue against Lidstrom—especially when you see him as much as we do. With all due respect to Red Kelly, Lidstrom is the best defenseman the Red Wings have ever had.

Much more later in the AM. 


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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