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Chemistry

Here’s what I know about chemistry.  In tenth grade I failed it, and I mean miserably.  The innocent young maiden sitting next to me tried to help by drawing the entire periodic table on her thigh then letting me look at it during tests (and only during tests you sick bastards), but even that didn’t work.  I applaud her efforts though.  Sweet girl. Grew up on a farm, then moved to the big city to try to get into acting, only to find talent alone…nevermind.

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Train Delay

I didn’t see the hit on Kopecky, and I didn’t see Downey’s antics, and I didn’t see Rafalski’s body slam of a guy who outweighs him by thirty pounds.  No, I wasn’t passed out.  Damn you all for thinking that.

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“That Is One Crazy Motherf…”

Updated 1051 EST: Just for fun, read through the list of comments at Russo’s Rant’s blog from last night.  Amazing how the tone changed over the course of three hours.  Includes a good comment from Matt Saler from OtW.

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I put that in quotes because I guarantee those were the exact words shouted, whispered in awe or uttered from father to son accompanied by a hearty back slap last night at 2153 EST. 

And it’s true.  With a shutout just moments away and the memory of watching Chris Osgood start seven consecutive games still very fresh in his cluttered mind, our Czech Miracle of Insanity returned to his sociopathic self and gave us a wakeup call.  I’m almost shocked he didn’t point at the cameras after his takedown of Gaborik and say…

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Schedules and stuff

...we could always talk Army/Navy?  Nah.  First half’s almost done and this game’s over.  Scratch that idea.  We could talk Les Miles to Michigan, as Kirk Herbstreit reported on ESPN this morning?  Nope.  Miles has a presser at 1:45 to announce he’s staying at LSU.  One note on that: Michigan screwed themselves by opening their elitist idiot traps.  If they’d stayed quiet, Miles would be theirs…after today’s game.  Idiots.

Ok. The new schedule. The schedule we all wanted?  Yeah. Getting closer to it anyway. 

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Kevin Allen On The Wings

Don’t get all excited. It’s a day old.  But I just read again the transcript of the Allen interview with Stoney and Bandwagon Bob (Wojo) on WDFN and a few things jumped out at me that I think deserve my genius analysis.

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It’s Osgood…Again

Khan(!)‘s report from practice.

Chris Osgood will start for the sixth time in the last seven games Saturday against Phoenix, coach Mike Babcock said after practice Friday. Dominik Hasek will start the next game, Tuesday in Montreal.

“Ozzie’s playing good, but I need to get Dom back in there and get him rolling, too,’’ Babcock said. “It’ll be a good environment in Montreal, a tough test, a good opportunity.’‘

Also reports that Maltby’s out tomorrow, Ellis is in.

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Proof Positive

Stu Nahan, in the second round of the second Balboa/Creed fight, said, “...and I thought Balboa took a beating the first time these two fought but this is a butchering.  That’s what it is, plain old butchering.” Rocky, of course, eventually wore the Master of Disaster down, waited until the 13th to break a few more of his ribs, then miraculously rose to his feet as the Spectrum crowd sobbed in joy.  It was, as Rocky would tell you, the greatest moment of his life—with the exception of his kid being born.

Last night was, as Stu would tell you, a butchering from start to finish.  Every facet. Every shift. San Jose can go 65 and 5 the rest of the way, but they’re not beating Detroit in a playoff series.  Not after last May and not after last night.

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Saturday Issues

First a few congratulations are in order.  Gramps is back.  Grampa Pinhead, who has served as the A2Y logic czar since our inception a few years ago, has brought back his own blog: HockeytownTodd.  If you’re familiar with Gramps’ comments at our site, you know he’s traditional, cranky and caustic.  Great reading and always a source for stats you won’t find anywhere else.

Secondly, Behind The Jersey has been selected hockey’s tenth best blog by Sports Business Daily.  Visit BTJ to see which other hockey bloggers made the cut.  I’ll let you know when Cracked comes out with their rankings. I’m sure I’ll be in there somewhere.

Oh, and back to Gramps for a second…

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Game 1 Impressions

You can see the post below for the whining, now for the good stuff.

Jiri Hudler needed that.  He needed to start with a jolt of confidence and it would appear that Uncle Mike has proven his genius once again by putting the kid in a prime spot to win the game. He set him up for success and that’s good to see.

Does the home team have a choice of shooting first or last during the shootout?  Because I’d,  you know, kinda rather shoot last. 

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And We All Stayed Home

It won’t be just a local story this time.  Nope.  The Wing win last night, as fun as it was to see, will be secondary to the echo chamber they played in.  As Mike Emrich and Ed Olczyk did their pre-game deal on camera, the results of Red Wing apathy jumped out at us on Versus.  A thousand empty seats just minutes before faceoff.

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So prepare yourselves because that’s going to be the story today.  When Detroit can’t fill the Joe on opening night against a team that barely beat us in the conference final…well, just stand by.

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Deep Diggers Unite In Attempt To Actually Lower Standards

Exhibition season opens tonite in The State of Hockey and with it Mike Babcock heads into his third year of playing “Mess with the Diggers’ Heads.”  If there’s a bigger lying liar than Babcock, prove it.  He’s spent his first two years shaking his head in amazement as the Wing beat writers take everything he says as actual fact. 

April 2006, according to my notes.
Babcock: “It may look like Hank’s back is hurting but it’s really a migraine thing that makes him walk funny, which isn’t funny, but it still isn’t a back, which would be bad because backs are a bitch.” 
Khan(!): “Word for word Mike?”
Babcock: “Word for word. Every last b-word Ansar. Every one of them, all in a row just like the pretty maids on Hotel California.”
Khan(!): “Done.”

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“Datsyuk Looked Brilliant”

Those are the words of anti-Digger Bruce MacLeod in his blogged recap of the second scrimmage from TC.  He also notes that Hasek and Sopel looked very good.

Grigorenko? Invisible.

It was hard to notice Igor Grigorenko, who skated with Mark Hartigan and Aaron Downey. Grigorenko even missed the net on his shootout, going with a deke, but tapping the puck wide.

Scrimmage recap from MacLeod is here.  Another very good piece on why Aaron Downey may make the team here.

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Stealing From My Friends

I’ve decided I don’t like the term “blogosphere” anymore.  Kind of like “Michigander” or “diet”.  Not real fond of those two either.  So, this will be the last time you see it at A2Y.  Henceforth and thusly, any time I present to you a conglomeration of views in one sloppy post I will title it “Stealing From My Friends”. 

I sense that you are apprehensive.  Apprehensive like a transvestite Dive fan caught in Raleigh at 0130 on a Tuesday?  No, but understandably wary.  Me too.  Here we go.

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Game 1 To Wings

I know. This is Bubba's year. It's his division. This is finally the season he waddles to the top of it and stays there for decades, establishing the dynasty in America's Mid South that we knew was coming down the pike. It's got to be frustrating for Barry Trotz, the Nashville faithful and the 6 Pred fans outside the Nashville area. Just when the geniuses were certain the Wings were ready to fade into mediocrity, they do the unlikely. I'm not talking about winning one game, or even 8. What we may be seeing is a philosophical transformation. First, the game...more deep ruminations (sorry Bubba..."thoughts") later. Andres Lilja and Brad Norton scratched. Lilja may never see the ice again in Detroit. I'm serious. Well, not completely serious. But considering the type of defense the Wings are playing, I can't imagine Mike Babcock is too willing to make even the slightest blue line change unless he has to (which he might...see below).

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And In Rode Bubba

What a coincidence. The first full day A2Y is back in operation and who should come a callin? Ahhh, yes. Little Brother Bubba. The headline in the Daily Tennessean this morning? "Predators Have Strong Disdain For Detroit." Nice alliteration, Arlo. But, see, 90 percent of your audience has no idea what it means. It's ok. It's going to be ok. I'm sorry for teasing. As strongly worded as that headline may be, the story does nothing to back it up. I expected to read a quote from Steve Sullivan, mush-mouthedly making grand claims that the Central belonged to Bubba. Nah, this is as strong as it gets. Daily Tennessean/Jessica Hopp

"They are a good team, and no matter what they do in the offseason they are good," Vasicek said. "They have showed that in the last 10 years."

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