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Back To Back Headache

Updated: Ottawa and Pittsburgh play back to back in Games 2 and 3.  Thanks, Johne.

If the Thrashers and Rangers go seven games, they’ll play on consecutive nights the final two.  Other than that series, no other matchup will feature back-to-back games.

Except, of course, for Detroit and Calgary…games five and six.  And does anyone doubt this series will go at least six games?

And again, the Wings are shafted by Little Gary.  Shafted by their popularity, I suppose.  Shafted by the league’s identity crisis that forces Game 2 to Sunday so that we can see (and hear) Brett Hull three times at “30 Rock”. 

Naturally, this gives us something to stress about.  We have to assume Mike Babcock has every intention of playing Hasek in both games, should the need arise.  But Hasek may not be the prime concern here. 

In a series that promises to feature as much violence as any of the other seven, due to Calgary’s inevitable strategy to inflict as much pain as often as possible, Hank Zetterberg’s back will get zero recovery time.  Neither will Todd Bertuzzi’s, or Nick Lidstrom’s.  Chris Chelios, despite the impression that he’s immortal, is still ancient.

If the Wings end up facing a must-win Game 6, as the masses are predicting, they’ll be facing some adversity like they haven’t seen yet this year.

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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