Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 11/29/07 at 11:46 AM ET
Yes. The Wing/Lightning (tilt, matchup) game (scrum, bonanza, faceoff, match, tete a tete) tonite is on HDNet. Damn, now that’s some good news. I can’t imagine being able to watch Derek Meetch on a wing in anything other than high definition. And of course you know why Uncle Mike’s considering putting Meech on the wing, because Kris Draper’s out with a knee. And Kirk Maltby’ s most likely out with a shoulder. And Matt Ellis is out with, yeah, a head.
Here’s my stance on Wing injuries: anyone but Zetterberg and Lidstrom. I, like you, lull myself into some idiotic rationalization regarding ailments. “As long as it’s not…”, or an even better one, “good thing he got hurt in November and not March.” I want to punch myself in the temple every time I catch myself thinking that, as if an injury in the first quarter of the season fulfills a quota that would prevent bad things in April. Godddd…idiot.
Oh…you’re above that? Okaayyyy. Lying liar.
Draper’s diagnosis is a sprained knee. Estimated time of inactivity? Two weeks. Draper’s prediction? Slightly less.
Bruce MacLeod/Macomb Daily Tribune
Draper was limited to ice treatments and sauna time Wednesday.
“They said a two-week injury,” said Draper. “I already told them I’m going to knock it down to 10 days.”
“I’m just going to rest for a couple of days, 24-48 hours, see how swollen it gets; right now it’s not too bad,’’ Draper said. “From there, hopefully, we can start working out, rehabbing it and making sure it’s nice and strong.’‘
Had the opportunity to sit next to the Florida beat writers last night. Good guys, but I couldn’t help but laugh at the idea of how different it would have been had the Wings been playing in DC and I had the same seating assignment.
Next to Khan(!), or—even better—Kulfan. I imagine our conversation might go something like this…
Iwo: Good evening Ted. I enjoy your work. You’re very ambitious.
Kulfan: Thank you. Digging deep, peeling away the layers of this glorious team, is my life’s work.
Iwo: I can tell. You’re an impressive man.
Kulfan: Yes. Yes I am. What do you do?
Iwo: I blog. I’m a blogger. A hockey blogger.
Kulfan: I have a blog, not sure where it is. Is yours with you? Do you carry it in a satchel? Do you ever use the word “satchel”? I like it. I use it sometimes when referring to different things just to gauge reactions. “Did you put butter on your satchel this morning?” What’s the name of your blog?
Iwo: Abel to Yzerman.
Kulfan: Abel to who?
* I guess you realize by now that, should you attend, tonite you’ll be seeing a matchup of the two early Hart favorites. Our boy Hank and their boy Vinnie. It’s must-see hockey, especially if you choose the HDNet option. Thankfully it’s butted right up against the NFL’s “biggest game of the year”, so no one will watch. Oh, that’s right. No one’s watching the football game either. The Cowboys and Pack are on the NFL network, proving that Gary Bettman has something to do with that league also.
* Hungry? Good. The Wings will be offering $1 hotdogs at the Joe very soon. What? I’m not kidding. It’s coming down the pike. So. $9 for a ticket. $3 for a meal. $7 for a beer. $20 for parking.
And Derek Meech on the wing….priceless.
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