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Most Important Game 1…ever?

Probably because we’ve walked the same Olongapo back alleys, O-Joe and I agree completely on just how critical a Game 1 win is to the Wings. He made some great points in the comment section of a post below and I wanted to give them a bit more prominence.

I feel a bit silly saying this, because it’s only Game One, but I don’t think there’s ever been a more important series opener in Red Wings playoff history.

If they lose, it paves the way for a possible “here we go again” meme (Joe, what the HELL Is a ‘meme’?), which could cause them to start squeezing their sticks early and dropping Game Two as a result. (Then there’s that rather lackluster record when playing in early afternoon games this year).

And the Flames don’t lose at home.

No. I’m not predicting a Flames sweep, but with the gag-factor, the travel and the Wings history of playing poorly out west, combined with the questionable health of Zetterberg, Bertuzzi and Lidstrom, I can’t see Detroit taking four of six from the Flames should they drop Game One.

I tried to discuss that very point the other day, but it could easily have been lost in my admitted tendencies to lose focus and babble. 

Calgary wins that one and the emotional pendulum tilts west.  Bad, sad feelings take over the Wing room.  Amazing confidence boost to Calgary.  I’d even go so far as to say this series hinges on the Wings taking BOTH of the first two.

I’m standing by that.  Games 1 and 2 aren’t “nice to have” for the Wings.  I believe both, not just either, are must wins.  Granted, a split isn’t a killer, but it would open the door to discomfort, and I hate playoff discomfort.  Throw in the back-to-back in 5 and 6.  Joe’s right.  This series could easily be decided, either way, by Sunday night.

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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