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Mailing It In

Yes, the Wings won last night. Yes, Dan Cleary's a remarkable story. And, yes, Dominik Hasek was brilliant. But you knew he would be. You knew he'd get the start and you knew he'd be even more motivated than usual. Everyone knew that right? Ansar Khan(!)/MLive, 20 December
Chris Osgood, who stopped 14-of-15 shots over the final two periods in relief of Dominik Hasek Monday, is likely to make his first start in goal tonight since Nov. 2, when the Blue Jackets visit the Wings.

An elite goalie with an NBA-sized ego, pulled from his last game, the same opponent coming to town two days later?

I have no idea who Ansar’s sources are, but he sure went with ‘em.  It’s so bad in Detroit, the beat writers are so apathetic, that it seems as if they’re just filling space, staring at the ceiling and whistling as they randomly tap their fingers on their keyboards. 

Hasek practiced on the team’s off-day. He called in Matt Ellis, who gladly fired pucks at him Tuesday morning.  Public knowledge, Ansar…and a sign that Hasek was mightily pissed and pumped for Wednesday’s game. 

It’s almost offensive that a beat writer can be so out of touch.

Luckily, the Detroit News’ Ted Kulfan picks up the slack.  Now, Ted?  He’s on the ball.

Ted Kulfan/Detroit News

You want to know how bad things are for the Wings when it comes to the All-Star Game?

Nicklas Lidstrom , one of the greatest defensemen in history, is third. Not bad, right?

Well …

Lidstrom, with 427,364 votes, trails a write-in candidate—Canucks defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick (428,832).

Ted…it’s a gimmick.  Do a news search for “rory fitzpatrick”. Find the hundreds of articles pointing out exactly how and why this is happening.  All-star fan voting is a joke in any league.  Whether the voteforrory.com phenomena intended to or not, this thing has only confirmed that.  But, Kulfan sees it as a “lack of respect” for Lidstrom. 

These guys act as if they’re burned out.  They’re mailing it in.  We’ve seen it for years and it keeps getting worse.  Khan keeps getting rolled by Mike Babcock then whines about it in the weblog he usually forgets he has. Helene St. James shows flashes of quality stuff, but floats in and out of Wing coverage as she shares the job with George Sipple. 

The best damn writer following the Wings is Bruce MacLeod of the Macomb Daily Tribune, and I usually forget the guy’s even out there.

 

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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