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Schedule Spells Stress

The mid-January forecast in St. Louis? Bitterness with a touch of jealousy, sprinkled with torrential downpours of paranoia and insecurity, mixed.

The Detroit Red Wings are expected to open the season at St. Louis on Jan. 19 and then play at Columbus on Jan. 21.

That's Khan(!) and it's interesting.

Obviously with Gary's schedule calling for all Western Conference and mostly Central foes? Every game in the division is chock full o' drama.

In case you'd forgotten, we don't like the Bitter Bitch Blues and their simpering fan base...winners of nothing. Ever.  But we do respect the team and it's tub of a coach.  In fact, we respect the whole division except for the BJs, which makes no sense because how can you not...you'll catch on. Baby steps.

Nobody will have a tougher time making Gary's fake playoffs then every team in the Central.  Nobody.  Even when you consider only 18 games will be played against divisional opponents, I would bet nobody wins more than 28-30 games and that's going to spell big time trouble, sister. Big time.  Because the rest of the conference doesn't measure up, not even close.  It's going to be a blood bath every night in our division while LA coasts through the Pacific and Vancouver lays waste to the stupid Northwest.  Oh, I know...the Wild.  Right.   

No scoring, no character, but so happy at home. If Parise lets him Ryan Suter is prepared to consult with his (their) agent about whether it would be a good idea to imagine what Minnesota's schedule will be.  That decision is still pending, though, until Parise gives the final ok for Suter's foray into independent thought.

For all of us who wondered what it was like to be a Blues fan all those years and stress about just making the playoffs? Welcome to Gary's World. It's about to happen.  Not just for us, but for all Central fans.  The only way we see three teams from hockey's best division make the playoffs is if the Central completely lays waste to the other conferences while playing it out pretty close to evenly amongst themselves.

The competition between the four big kids will be so ferocious that the postseason will have the intensity of an all-star game compared to what they all went through for three months prior.  

Oh and when it comes to how opening night was scheduled, JJ called it a couple days ago.  Back to their old tricks, the assholeleaguerunbyfucktards had no problem going back to the red and white well.

...looking at scheduling in seasons past and how the Red Wings have been used as the league's biggest road draw, I would not be at all surprised to see the Wings heading to Nashville, St. Louis, or Columbus on the season's first Saturday night.

Nailed it.

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FranzensMouthguard's avatar

Someone hold me. VooX better get his bar car up and running, we’re all gonna be drinking like fish

Posted by FranzensMouthguard from Chicago, IL on 01/09/13 at 05:02 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

The pretty safe 100 point bar equates this year to 59 points, while the lowest playoff hurdle of 93 points equates to 54.  Over 48 games, there’s not much difference and could be turned around on one of the typical NHL tricks of schedulind Detroit on Friday night then sending Detroit into Nashville on a Saturday night, playing the second of a back to back against a rested Preds.  There is the potential for two, “four point” games within the division at the end of the season on the last two nights.

The comfort of a blow out, 110 point season will only be 64 points this year, only escaping the nipping of one’s heels by the Peleton of Suck in the last 8 or 10 days of the season.

There will not even be 5 complete, ten game segments to the season.  The Wings typically look to get at least an average of 1.2 ppg, or 12 points per 10 games.  Screw up in the first 20 games and you’ve got to play lights out in a short time to get back into the playoff group.

Welcome to the Hasek from Day 1, Bitches.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 01/09/13 at 05:04 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

there’s not much difference and could be turned around on one of the typical NHL tricks of schedulind Detroit on Friday night then sending Detroit into Nashville on a Saturday night, playing the second of a back to back against a rested Preds.

I’m glad that I’m not the only person who noticed that shit.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 01/09/13 at 05:24 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

The schedule will be brutal, and only made worse by the fact that the “D” corps is - - um - - a little thin?

294-114-60 (regular season) with TPH as Captain. 

Lizard King and Stu gone.

But no worries, we got Coca-Cola, right?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/09/13 at 05:37 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

its a crock indeed. But hey, when HAVEN’T they had an uphill battle with help from scheduling? They are used to it im sure, doesnt make it easier, but definitely they get it.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 01/09/13 at 05:39 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

VooX better get his bar car up and running, we’re all gonna be drinking like fish

What’s this going to be crap? I’ve been training this whole offseason and am in playoff form.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 01/09/13 at 05:41 PM ET

calquake's avatar

What’s this going to be crap? I’ve been training this whole offseason and am in playoff form.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 on 01/09/13 at 04:41 PM ET

From my liver to yours… cheers.

Posted by calquake on 01/09/13 at 05:45 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Welcome back to this!

Bacon-Bra


And this

Beer collection Fri 6 Mar

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 01/09/13 at 06:06 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

But with guys jumping on the ice after a weekend training camp, out of shape many of them, and the compressed schedule, there should be great potential for injury to scuttle the best made plans, too. Another potential wrench in the works for this season.

Posted by MoreShoot on 01/09/13 at 07:17 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

VooX better get his bar car up and running, we’re all gonna be drinking like fish

Horry crap…...had not even thought of that.  Where is the Hasek?  Did it get sent to Hardcore Pawn for back payments during the lock out?

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 01/09/13 at 07:23 PM ET

Colquhoun's avatar

But with guys jumping on the ice after a weekend training camp, out of shape many of them, and the compressed schedule, there should be great potential for injury to scuttle the best made plans, too. Another potential wrench in the works for this season.

Posted by MoreShoot on 01/09/13 at 06:17 PM ET

This is a great point, and has to be a concern of all clubs.  Fans of the pro team here in MN are all hoping their big acquisitions (along with Heatley) don’t suffer a season-ending hangnail.

At least we had our share of guys playing in GR and Europe.

Go, Wings.

 

Posted by Colquhoun on 01/09/13 at 07:37 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

Datsyuk given permission to play in the KHL All Star Game.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/09/13 at 07:38 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Datsyuk given permission to play in the KHL All Star Game.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/09/13 at 06:38 PM ET

wtf?  i’m too lazy to look up when that is.

Compressed schedule?  We don’t know that for sure.  48 games January 19 through May 15 would be the same rate as a normal regular season.  Injuries because of insufficient conditioning?  Now that’s definitely a possibility.  No matter how many trips to the gym or rink, it’s not the same as a traditional training camp.

FEAR THE GROIN!  Check out the deep tissue inside thigh massage.  Excuse me while I go into the bathroom for a few minutes.

Wait, is that a dude?  never mind.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBGnDVvoBYY

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 01/09/13 at 07:46 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

wtf?  i’m too lazy to look up when that is.

I think it is this Sunday

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/09/13 at 07:52 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Oh and when it comes to how opening night was scheduled, JJ called it a couple days ago.  Back to their old tricks, the assholeleaguerunbyfucktards had no problem going back to the red and white well.

You are quite the wordsmith, Master Chief. Same $hit. Different semi-season.

Thanks, Gary. A$$.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/09/13 at 07:53 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Bacon! Bitches.


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/09/13 at 07:55 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Welcome back to this!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rwbill/3498578592/

And this

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rwbill/3335517916/
Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 01/09/13 at 05:06 PM ET

And this!

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/09/13 at 08:03 PM ET

Zqto's avatar

I think I was gonna complain about something, but somehow I’ve lost my line of thought

Posted by Zqto on 01/09/13 at 08:38 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

there’s not much difference and could be turned around on one of the typical NHL tricks of schedulind Detroit on Friday night then sending Detroit into Nashville on a Saturday night, playing the second of a back to back against a rested Preds.

Had the numbers until March 10th, 2012.

Det-Nas had 80 reg season games.
21 of those on Saturdays.
16 of those in Nashville.
12 of those on Det’s back-to-backs.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 01/09/13 at 09:21 PM ET

monkey's avatar

And this

Beer collection Fri 6 Mar

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 01/09/13 at 05:06 PM ET

Where did the Febreze go?

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/09/13 at 09:32 PM ET

wedge56's avatar

Ahhhh, another year in the Western Conference.  Gary Bettman needs his own circle of hell all to himself.

Posted by wedge56 on 01/09/13 at 09:52 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Vancouver lays waste to the stupid Northwest. 

The Lames, the Oil-Tankers, the Sad-alanche, and the Mild.

It’s like T-ball, but it doesn’t build character.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 01/10/13 at 12:13 AM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Welcome back to this!

RWBill for the rest of the season I’m riding in your train car, buddy.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 01/10/13 at 04:22 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Same $hit. Different semi-season.

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/09/13 at 06:53 PM ET

You took the words right out of my… fingers, Kate.  Exactly what I was thinking!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 01/10/13 at 11:08 AM ET

harken23's avatar

TSN and The Hockey News both report the season starting on Tues, 15 Jan with 12 teams playing! No sched at all on NHL.com… Any confirmation on this?

Posted by harken23 on 01/10/13 at 05:41 PM ET

harken23's avatar

If it helps:

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/schedule/

and Wings’s complete season sched (ie, lots of cancelled games) from THN

http://forecaster.thehockeynews.com/hockeynews/hockey/schedule.cgi?det&x_seasonID=211&x_date=all

Posted by harken23 on 01/10/13 at 05:45 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

The Lames, the Oil-Tankers, the Sad-alanche, and the Mild.

It’s like T-ball, but it doesn’t build character.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 01/09/13 at 11:13 PM ET

When I was a kid I couldn’t wait for Christmas. Now that I’m all grown up, I can’t wait for A2Y threads.

Not sure if that is a sign of impressive intellectual and emotional growth, or one of the most shocking examples of de-evolution known to man.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 01/10/13 at 06:19 PM ET

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