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The Ultimate Springtime Cliche

Yes, dammit. I know there should be one of those little French accents over the “e” in cliche.  You got the point.  And you know what it is already.  Oh yes, it’s time to bring back the daily….“if the playoffs started today” update.

So, if the matchups hold true (which we know they most certainly will NOT), here’s how it would look, and how it looks is bad indeed.

(1) Bubba v. (8) Calgary
(2) Anaheim v. (7) Minnesota
(3) Vancouver v. (6) Dallas
(4) Detroit v. (5) San Jose

If that’s not enough to make you splatter your monitors with whatever is still in your bodies after a St. Patrick’s Day weekend, I don’t know what will.  I just can’t stress enough that a matchup with The Team We Don’t Speak of is not what we need in our lives. 

But then again, who the Hell DO we want? Despite the disaster that bodes with a San Jose series in the first round, what happens if the Wings actually win the West?  Calgary?  Oh, good.  Yes, let us have Kiprusoff.  Exactly the remedy for a team already fetal at the thought of a first-round series with anyone other than Midland High School.

But that’s no guarantee.  Nope, because the ‘Dique are moving.  Ted Kulfan told me so.

Don’t look now, but the Colorado Avalanche are gaining considerable ground on the Flames. That could be a very tight Calgary team the Wings play Tuesday evening. And, who would you rather play in the playoffs? A slumping Calgary team, or a red-hot Colorado team? My vote, and I’m a little surprised I’m saying this, is Calgary. The Avs never lose anymore.

Who would I rather play?  Do you even have to ask?  C’mon Ted.  Are you serious?  “The Avs never seem to lose anymore.”  Oooooh.  My god, if Bertuzzi’s healthy against Denver?  A series against the Dive is exactly what the Wings need in the first round to shake the trend. 

So there are now two things we need to hope for: (1) The Wings need to secure the 1.  (b) The Dive need to continue “never seeming to lose anymore.” 

Man, just the thought of an entire playoff series devoted to exposing Dive fans for all their flaws…it makes me so happy, so very happy.


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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