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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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42jeff's avatar

I can’t help but think if a couple Kronwallings might slow down those long breaks

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/01/13 at 08:09 PM ET

monkey's avatar

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

He’s like a wizard with the puck.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 02/01/13 at 08:09 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Okay Tootoo. Drop that clown.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/01/13 at 08:09 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

if the Wings can keep their game up, and play St Louis in the playoffs…look out, people, that’s how REAL rivalries are made!

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/01/13 at 08:10 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

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

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

I pick Backes.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/01/13 at 08:10 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

This breakaway shit is just *#$%@& ridiculous - - obscene.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 08:10 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Real talk, I can’t believe the vodka in this part of the world. Sounds cliche but holy shit.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 02/01/13 at 08:10 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Real talk, I can’t believe the vodka in this part of the world. Sounds cliche but holy shit.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 02/01/13 at 08:10 PM ET

My experience with vodka is that it tastes like rubbing alcohol.  Is that better?  Polish potato vodka?

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/01/13 at 08:12 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

Real talk, I can’t believe the vodka in this part of the world. Sounds cliche but holy shit.

sounds like the rum in the Caribbean

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/01/13 at 08:12 PM ET

monkey's avatar

When did Tootoo pick up a clown?

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 02/01/13 at 08:12 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

My experience with vodka is that it tastes like rubbing alcohol

then you drink shit vodka.  vodka is supposed to be tasteless.  get yourself a bottle of Tito’s Handmade grin

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/01/13 at 08:12 PM ET

Mandingo's avatar

Yeah breakaway and yeah sh*tty change, but Howard has to be the kind of goalie who can make that save for this team this year. He HAS TO be.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 02/01/13 at 08:12 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

I don’t. Miss. The Happy Pony commercial. With this Belle Tire lady out there.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 02/01/13 at 08:13 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

We’ve got them where we want them,  on the second night of back to back we are wearing them out early by giving them those break aways.  They’ll soon get tired.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/01/13 at 08:13 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

My experience with vodka is that it tastes like rubbing alcohol.  Is that better?  Polish potato vodka?

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 02/01/13 at 08:12 PM ET

I’ve always been neutral on it, but the vodka here is just so absurdly smooth, you don’t need to mix it or chase it with anything.

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

Rumbear's avatar

wow….

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 02/01/13 at 08:14 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Yeah breakaway and yeah sh*tty change, but Howard has to be the kind of goalie who can make that save for this team this year. He HAS TO be.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 02/01/13 at 08:12 PM ET

If they’re going to do any damage in the playoffs he better be.

Posted by calquake on 02/01/13 at 08:14 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Ummm, that call? Are you fuching kidding me?

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 02/01/13 at 08:15 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Least we caused them to pull the goalie.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/01/13 at 08:15 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

calls have almost gone “Plitically Correct” - ugh

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 02/01/13 at 08:16 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

then you drink shit vodka. 

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/01/13 at 08:12 PM ET

I am sure of that.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/01/13 at 08:16 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Time to refill the bourbon already.  jeebus still first period.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/01/13 at 08:18 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Remember when a Wings power play meant they may hold on to the puck for more than half of it?


good times…good times….

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/01/13 at 08:18 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Red Wings back on the PP, can they keep STL off the board?

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/01/13 at 08:19 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

No words can describe this ‘power play’.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 02/01/13 at 08:19 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Is it me or is Mule fuching lazy?

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 02/01/13 at 08:20 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

No words can describe this ‘power play’.

I can think of one = inept

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 08:20 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

STOP BEING SO PREDICTABLE!

everyone knows they’re going to the half boards on the PP…why do they KEEP DOING IT?!

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/01/13 at 08:20 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Take the *#$%@& puck to the *#$%@& net Franzen. You god damned lazy *#$%@&.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 02/01/13 at 08:20 PM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

ice looks really bad…

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 02/01/13 at 08:20 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

what a bunch of bullshit.  they let the Blues waste the last 10 seconds holding the puck on the boards, just because there wasn’t a lot of time left.  great job, refs.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/01/13 at 08:21 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Zebra SUCKAGE!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/01/13 at 08:21 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Is it me or is Mule fuching lazy?

Take the *#$%@& puck to the *#$%@& net Franzen. You god damned lazy *#$%@&.


I think that should answer your question.

Posted by calquake on 02/01/13 at 08:22 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

Is it me or is Mule fuching lazy?

it’s not just you.  but hey, it’s the regular season.  I read recently that he’s like .5 points per game regular season and somewhere around .8 in the playoffs.  so there you go.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/01/13 at 08:22 PM ET

Mandingo's avatar

Better effort than the last time for sure, which is great to see, but the Wings are still getting outplayed. Badly. They’re getting walked around and out-muscled.

The Blues are a much better team than the Wings right now. It’s not even close.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 02/01/13 at 08:22 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

ice looks really bad…

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 02/01/13 at 08:20 PM ET

I was gonna say I have never seen so many Wings passes behind players or at their feet, not out away where they can handle it with the stick.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/01/13 at 08:22 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Howard has to be the kind of goalie who can make that save for this team this year. He HAS TO be.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 02/01/13 at 08:12 PM ET

Fuchin’-A.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/01/13 at 08:23 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

it’s not just you.  but hey, it’s the regular season.  I read recently that he’s like .5 points per game regular season and somewhere around .8 in the playoffs.  so there you go.

Have to get to the playoffs to perform in the playoffs.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 02/01/13 at 08:24 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

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. 

This is why I love this place.

Whats up bitches?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/01/13 at 08:25 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Rum….I needs.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 02/01/13 at 08:25 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