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Where’d That Big Lead Go?

Before your eyes glaze over and you stop reading halfway through this post, get to the bottom for details on an epic A2Y Event.

Wasn’t it just yesterday that the Wings were cruising along with a sizable lead in the Division That Gary Built?  Those were the days, eh?  Well, after Thursday’s loss to the martyr and the little Blues, the Central lead has dwindled to a worrisome 17 points.

Yes, that’s sarcasm.  Revel in it.  Here’s something.  Worried about the Blues?  I’d guess that answer is no. But if you are, take note of this number:  42.  It’s an amazing number and I’ll tell you why.

St. Louis and Detroit are tied for second in the league with 81 goals allowed (San Jose: 78). That’s nice.  Nifty defensive scheme Andy Murray’s employed and it’s working well for them. 

But 42? That’s the gap between the Blues and Detroit in goals scored.  124-82.  That’s practically obscene.  Almost as dirty as a 13 point divisional lead on Christmas—and that’s if the Wings lose tonite and St. Louis wins twice before Tuesday.  It’s got my head all foggy. I started the year out saying the Wings would, once again, own this division. Then, because it’s how I roll, I revised that statement to say the Central is much more competitive, which it is…kinda.  Now?  Now I’m saying it’s a cakewalk, despite the fact that we can’t beat the teams we lead by several kilometers. 

And here’s what I mean by kinda.  A month ago, the Central featured no less than four teams in the top 8.  Now? The world has returned to normal. Calgary’s on fire.  Anaheim has its franchise killer back. Minnesota and Dallas are both 7-3 over their last ten.  Even the Dive sit 4th in the conference right now.  It might as well be 2003.  Not a single Central team other than the Wings would join the party if said party started today.

But it doesn’t.  The only party on tap for this evening, as far as we’re concerned, is the one in Minnesota—the self proclaimed New Hockeytown.  Gaborik’s coming off a five-goal monstrosity of a game, but that’s not what will be on his mind tonite.  Oh no.  Tonite? With our Czech Miracle of Insanity back in net?  This will be the topic of discussion.

As you’re all aware, our boy Homer will sit this one out.  And the reports on this are all over the frigging place. I defer to Matt Saler.

According to Ansar Khan, it’s not the same knee that Holmstrom injured in the Carolina game, which means last week’s mystery is solved: it was his left knee that kept him out of two games. The Wings’ press release gets more specific.  Khan also has the name of the Blue whose knee did the damage: Jay McClement.

An inconsistency between MacLeod and Khan’s reports: Bruce says Holmstrom flew back to Detroit instead of making the trip to Minnesota.  Ansar says he flew back after making the trip. Not that it matters, but which story is right? Looks like it’s Khan, as Sipple says the same thing in his post.

Khan has one more note that is unrelated to the Holmstrom story: evidently there is another Red Wing that may be unable to play against the Wild. The team wouldn’t say who it is, but it’s probably a forward, because Holland said he’d recall someone from Grand Rapids if this player can’t suit up.

No word, that I know of, on how the MRI turned out.  I guess that’s because it hasn’t actually, you know, happened yet.  I’m sure the Diggers will be all over it when the results are released.  Wondering who the injured forward is? Of course you are.  My bet? Samuelsson.

We’ve got ourselves an event Monday night.  Getting plastered and waiting for Santa Claus?  No, but not unlikely.  What we’re talking about is A2Y heavy hitter TeamDub popping the question.  Because we find that to be serious business, the following is in the works. 

We’re going to live blog that frigging thing.  One way or another you need to know the answer to that question, and you need to know it the minute it happens.  It’s important.  Also, we’re going to find an official sponsor for event we will now refer to as “Dub’s Christmas Miracle.”  If you have an idea for sponsorship, forward it.  The winner will receive a free case of PBR courtesy of the (hopefully) happy couple.  The sponsor should be (a) fictional or at least very funny, (b) be accompanied by a Photoshop’d image we can plaster on the blog and (3) Wing related, or not, as long as it’s juvenile and funny.

Send your sponsorship suggestions .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  We’ll let Dub make the final call.




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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