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You Want A Rivalry? You Got One Now, Sister

It's been a long time since I've seen the Wings dominated like they were opening night.  At one point the shot totals were just obscene...like 24 to 4.  The Wings special teams were so bad that we'd forgotten about our complaints from years past about Whiskey or William Tell on the point.  Those memories were glorious compared to what the Blues wrought two Saturdays ago.

This is a rivalry.  It has all the ingredients.  A hungry young upstart team, built through the draft as a result of consistent shit play over a number of years.  A veteran dynasty man feel are on the downslope. The coaches are friends but highly competitive.  Mike Babcock would probably shoot Ken Hitchcock and claim a hunting mis-identification.  Hitchcock would definitely and literally eat Mike Babcock and make no excuses other than simple hunger.

There is animosity between the fan bases.  St. Louis fans, the bitter little bitches, despise us.  They honestly and genuinely hate every one of us.  That's understandable because their team hasn't beaten ours in anything meaningful since 1991. That bothers them.  They've never had our respect, as a franchise.  We admire their team now, but never the fans themselves.  Konstantinov jokes just don't endear us to their kind of people.

By and large, the Blues fans we've seen are scum.  I'm not judging. I'm just dealing in truth.  I'm sorry.  And because they're scum, we enjoy their pain here at A2Y. 

Unfortunately, though, the odds of dealing that kind of pain over the next two weeks are not good.  Unfortunately, based on last year's records, comparative playoff success, the opening night fiasco...the Blues are just better right now.  And that's ok.  But the dynamic must change. With each game, it must.

And because we're talking about the Wings and the Blues, it will.  Baby Jesus says so.  The gap that was so obvious on opening night must close, and so it shall.

The Wings are playing better. The Blues are very good.  The Wing defense is not as bad as we thought.  The Blues are still very good.  Jimmy Howard is playing as well as any goalie in hockey.  The Blues goaltenders are good, but not better.  They're young and hungry.  The Wings are getting younger and remain savvy.

And they dislike each other.  Which is nice and will get nicer because it's gonna happen three more times in like the next three weeks.

It's a Live Blog, bitches.  It's time to see if these guys really hate losing like we hope they do.

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TheRealYooper's avatar

8:07 Henrik Zetterberg 4 (Assists: Jonathan Ericsson 1, Johan Franzen 4)

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/01/13 at 08:58 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

they should call both trips!

it’s amazing the difference that extra 10% of effort makes. the Wings are getting to pucks first all over the place!

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/01/13 at 08:59 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

well *#$%@&

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/01/13 at 08:59 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

What the F is happening right now.

Don’t know, same uniforms - - different teams, for sure.

STL PP is lethal

 

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 08:59 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

PK already, I’m switching from IPA to Makers Mark.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 02/01/13 at 08:59 PM ET

monkey's avatar

*#$%@& you refs

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/01/13 at 08:59 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

A different start to this game, for sure.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 09:01 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Good call refs

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/01/13 at 09:01 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

I say.. we should get it back. Now.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/01/13 at 09:01 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

A different start to this game, for sure

I Like It!

Go WINGS!!!!  Keep it Up!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 02/01/13 at 09:02 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Are there enough special teams play for everybody, this is like, what, the 5th penalty already?

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 02/01/13 at 09:02 PM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

curious how many minutes of this game will be pp for either side. looks like there won’t be much 5vs5 at all…

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 02/01/13 at 09:02 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Good call refs

Oxymoron

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 09:02 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Urgent issue. No more Jameson in minibar.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 02/01/13 at 09:02 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Nice play Brunner

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 09:03 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Red Wings PP.  I miss Brendan Shanahan, the player.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 02/01/13 at 09:03 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Wait, found vodka. Problem averted. Let’s go PP!

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 02/01/13 at 09:03 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Urgent issue. No more Jameson in minibar.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 02/01/13 at 08:02 PM ET

I’ll bring some Maker’s Mark.  Be there in 18 hours.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 02/01/13 at 09:04 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Family Pack needs to include a pair of Murf spectacles.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 02/01/13 at 09:05 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Urgent issue. No more Jameson in minibar.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 02/01/13 at 08:02 PM ET

Break into the room next door.  You could always tell them the band did it… oh wait.

Posted by calquake on 02/01/13 at 09:05 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Shanny or Hullys boomer from slot or circle would be *$@&n awesome.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 02/01/13 at 09:05 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Good grief

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 09:05 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

found vodka.

I would hope so in Russia.  Enjoy!

 

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 02/01/13 at 09:05 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Because Kindl looks so good on the second unit.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/01/13 at 09:05 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

This PP try - - ugly

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 09:05 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

I’m glad they got Kindl in for his PP puck handling skills.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 02/01/13 at 09:06 PM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

kindl and smith look out of place on the pp

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 02/01/13 at 09:06 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Ahh…your 2013 Red Wings

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/01/13 at 09:07 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Jeebsus.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 02/01/13 at 09:07 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

R U Kidding

That looks like the opener - - damn ugly

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 09:07 PM ET

monkey's avatar

A breakaway. Stunning.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/01/13 at 09:07 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

that…is getting olde.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 02/01/13 at 09:07 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Smooth. Ass.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/01/13 at 09:07 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

we’re watching a Hitchcock coached team, 19.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 02/01/13 at 09:07 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Jimmah. shut eye

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/01/13 at 09:08 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Cool.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 02/01/13 at 09:08 PM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

well f…. back to start

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 02/01/13 at 09:08 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

omg what a shot.  hard place to block.

nice line change, again.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 02/01/13 at 09:08 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

...everybody take a shot (of Vodka or whatever you got that eases the pain)

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 02/01/13 at 09:08 PM ET

calquake's avatar

we’re watching a Hitchcock coached team, 19.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 02/01/13 at 08:07 PM ET

Does that mean someone’s going to get stabbed in the shower?

Posted by calquake on 02/01/13 at 09:08 PM ET

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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