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Saturday Deep Digging

Oh, we’re gonna get nuts this morning.  There’s so much, so very much.  And it’s all fresh, new and exciting…like a puppy, a little puppy frolicking in the summer sunshine.  That’s what I have for you this morning: links and links and more links to happy Detroit Diggers and sad, befuddled, downright angry scribes in Calgary.

Just when you thought the train of joy couldn’t move any faster, couldn’t gather any more steam…along came news yesterday that The Unforgiven would most likely join a Wing lineup that is now considered downright badass.


But, you can never have too much size, strength and grit in the playoffs, and the Wings are about to become even bigger and stronger.

Todd Bertuzzi passed his neurological tests Friday morning and received medical clearance to play.

Oh, but we know it’s not that simple. It’s not just about clearance, it’s more about comfort.  Bertuzzi said he’s not suffering through headaches, back pain, neck pain, any pain.  So, you know, he’d kinda like to play.  But, it’s hockey, so it’s cliche’ time.

“I’d love to be in there, but the team comes first so we’ll play it by ear and see what happens.”

Yep, we’ll go ahead and play that one by ear.  Here’s how Uncle Mike sees it:  cleared? He’s in.  Questions?  No? Great.

Ahhh, but the Flames believe they can counter.  Wing fan favorite Robin Regehr appears ready to play tomorrow too, at least in the mind of Flame coach Jim Playfair.

St. James/Freep

“We’re hoping to bring a big player back in our lineup as well on Sunday and hope that will compensate for Todd.”

Not a bad idea Jim boy.  But, see, that “big player” doesn’t sound quite as encouraged.

George Johnson/Calgary Herald

A prickly Robyn Regehr, his ailing knee now more than ever the subject of scrutiny, surveyed the media mob descending on his dressing stall with a sort of disdainful resignation.

“Let’s get this over with,” he murmured.

“Nothing’s changed.”

Not so fast, Robbie.  Lots has changed.  Don’t believe me?  I offer a few examples from the Calgary papers who are seemingly more suited to a Legace suicide watch than covering a team down 0-1 in a playoff series.

Randy Sportak/Calgary Sun

The Detroit Red Wings closed the coffin Thursday night.

Not on the Calgary Flames post-season hopes. It’ll take three more wins for that to happen.

We’re talking about the fond memories the Flames and their fans have of the team’s improbable 2004 post-season series victory over the Wings and any similarities to this year’s series.

I knew it was over.  I told you it would be over in 1.  Wait…there’s more.

They’re a maddening lot, these Red Wings.

They force opponents to tightrope a fine, fine wire, without the aid of a parasol for balance.

If you don’t flex the pecs and at least attempt to mulch them into Hamburger Helper, it’s nothing less than licence for them to free-wheel in that inimitable way of theirs.

If you do try to tenderize them, but get it the slightest bit wrong, they can toss out a bewitching power play capable of turning heads 360, like Linda Blair in the Exorcist.

Bewitching power play? The same one that looked anemic during a prolonged 5-3 on Thursday? The same power play that nestled comfortably around 20th in the league most of the season? 

Flex the pecs? Hamburger Helper? Linda Blair?  Man.  One loss and these guys turn into a 9th grade creative writing class.

Wait…there’s more.  Want to motivate your boys? Question their…boys.  How about this?

Bruce Dowbiggin/Calgary Herald

After months of wondering whether the Flames had a killer wardrobe for the playoffs, we now know. They don’t. Talk about shrinkage.

Shrinkage?  Ouch.

Well, if you suffer from shrinkage there’s only one real solution, or so I’m told.

The onus is clearly on the Flames to nut up and provide Miikka Kiprusoff with a lot more help. It’s difficult to imagine their season not hanging precariously in the balance.

Shrinkage? Nut up?  Lose Game 2 and we’re talking serious surgical recommendations in the Province.




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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