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Abel to Yzerman

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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shanetx's avatar

Damn that’s a hard hit. The slowmo is a “this is your brain on drugs” moment.

Not a hit to the head mind.

Anyone wanna make a bet as to Kronwall taking a make up call phantom penalty next time these teams play?

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 02/01/13 at 10:50 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Faceoffs… winning them is important.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/01/13 at 10:50 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

Stupid call. Good lord, NHL.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 02/01/13 at 10:50 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

My God the PP is embarrasing.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 02/01/13 at 10:51 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Anyone wanna make a bet as to Kronwall taking a make up call phantom penalty next time these teams play?

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 02/01/13 at 09:50 PM ET

They’ll call Holmstrom for goalie interference.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/01/13 at 10:51 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Happy Birthday (Tomorrow) Bert!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 02/01/13 at 10:51 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Hitchcock pointing…...must be a donut in the rafters

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 02/01/13 at 10:52 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

GOAL!

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/01/13 at 10:52 PM ET

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PP GOAL!!!!!!1

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/01/13 at 10:52 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

MAGICALLY DELICIOUS

lets get two!!!!

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 10:52 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

PAVELICIOUS!!

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/01/13 at 10:52 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Magically Delicious.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/01/13 at 10:52 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Magic!

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 02/01/13 at 10:52 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Bingo BANGO!!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 02/01/13 at 10:52 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Magically Pavelicious!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/01/13 at 10:52 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Beautiful Magic -  moves us forward! Woo Hoo!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 02/01/13 at 10:52 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

PASHA ...

Magic.

grin

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 02/01/13 at 10:52 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

WHAT A SHOT!!!!!!

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 02/01/13 at 10:53 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

attaboy Yak

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 10:53 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where free agents no longer want to go. on 02/01/13 at 09:52 PM ET

Laughin me arse off!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 02/01/13 at 10:53 PM ET

jimathor's avatar

Datz magic.

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 02/01/13 at 10:53 PM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

was going to say pavel looks off tonight and there he goes…

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 02/01/13 at 10:53 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

And the Mule does his job.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 02/01/13 at 10:53 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Wow Datsyuk threaded the needle.

We need another goal at least!

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 02/01/13 at 10:54 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

And the Mule does his job.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where free agents no longer want to go. on 02/01/13 at 09:53 PM ET

Stand around?  Worked that time.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/01/13 at 10:54 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

And the Mule does his job.

Me thinks this “job” ole Homer did for many years may have involved a little more skill than anyone gave him credit for.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 02/01/13 at 10:55 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Nice play Turnstile

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 10:55 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Alright guys there’s still five minutes left…

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/01/13 at 10:55 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Nice play Turnstile

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Looking for a “D” man on 02/01/13 at 09:55 PM ET

That’s gotta stick.

Jimathor +19

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/01/13 at 10:56 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Me thinks this “job” ole Homer did for many years may have involved a little more skill than anyone gave him credit for.

Best ever, at his job.  Night after night after night

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/01/13 at 10:56 PM ET

jimathor's avatar

Jimathor +19

WOOO!

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 02/01/13 at 10:57 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

11:55 Pavel Datsyuk 3 (power play) (Assists: Henrik Zetterberg 7, Johan Franzen 6)

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/01/13 at 10:58 PM ET

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Nice play Turnstile

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Looking for a “D” man on 02/01/13 at 09:55 PM ET

I thought Franzen’s unnecessary no look pass from 2 feet away handcuffed Q.  No one near Franzen and he just slammed it back behind the net.  Circle back and regroup next time.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/01/13 at 10:58 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Can we keep them out of the net for 4 minutes?  Tough.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 02/01/13 at 10:58 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 02/01/13 at 10:59 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Me thinks this “job” ole Homer did for many years may have involved a little more skill than anyone gave him credit for.

Posted by Rumbear from the Top O the Hasek, lookin for my Kindl fire…. on 02/01/13 at 09:55 PM ET

Homer defined the position. And yes, he was very skilled.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/01/13 at 10:59 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

I thought Franzen’s unnecessary no look pass from 2 feet away handcuffed Q.  No one near Franzen and he just slammed it back behind the net.  Circle back and regroup next time.

Posted by Valek on 02/01/13 at 09:58 PM ET

What you think someone who makes 4 million a year ought to know how to handle the puck without panicking?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/01/13 at 10:59 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Hudler LOLZ.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/01/13 at 11:00 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

A speedier Jiri Hudler?  Poor Brunner.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 02/01/13 at 11:00 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Homer defined the position. And yes, he was very skilled.

Not only that… he had a really big ass too.

Posted by calquake on 02/01/13 at 11:00 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