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Get Over It

After a game like last night, there is not much to say. We all watched the Wings come out looking like they could win this one and instead it all fell apart. There is plenty of blame to go around, but, get over it. I'm sure the Wings have.

We have our starter, Mrazek, and, he is looking more and more like the #1 choice if Blashill is willing to go with the guy that gives the Wings the best chance to win every night.

Obviously we have to score more, but, with this Team, it seems that gaining confidence is somewhat dependent on who is in net, and, that in turn relates to better D, forwards that are willing to go for it, and so on. Mrazek is confident, capable of keeping us in any game,  and, he has plenty of swagger.(cocky at times but, so what)

Also, having Datsyuk back should/will help to make us a better Team. A more formidable opponent.

I like our chances.

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Magic Thirteen

I know it's only a three game measurement, but, the Wings seem to be playing better, getting better as a Team. The win the other night was solid enough, Mrazek was amazing, and, AA came on to the delight of the 19, and came up with his first NHL goal that turned out to be the game winner. All in all it felt like a pretty good win. Yes, there are lingering problems like too many shots against, and, of course, scoring. But, continue winning and that all changes.

The Wings are finding ways to win, and, that is a big confidence booster and should make for a better effort tonight.

As far as Friday the Thirteenth goes, many view it as lucky. Thirteen reasons to feel good? Number Thirteen is returning tonight, and, that is better than good luck. It's Magic.

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Video- He Returns Tonight

Yes it may take him a few games to get into game mode, but Pavel Datsyuk in the lineup should help the power play and stabilize the line combinations.


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Moving Forward

The past week has been filled with wonderful memories of Wings doing great things, and, it's been nice to reflect.

With that in mind, this is when you can take the lessons from the past, and, carry on into the future with whatever is at your disposal.

The parts are there, and,  Blashill and his staff are trying to assemble them into a cohesive working unit. To say that it has not been easy is an understatement. Some nights they have been so bad, yet, there are glimpses of brilliance that keep the 19 coming back for more.

The Wings are improving, moving forward as a Team, with new faces, a new system, and hopefully, finding their identity.

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Growing Pains

Watching the game Friday was a good reminder that the Wings will continue to have growing pains. Thankfully we got the all important two points and lets face it, we did not look like the better team.

Hopefully some lessons were learned, and, with some good coaching, maybe the Wings will play a good, solid game when we face off against Dallas today.

We all know it's going to take a lot more than just luck to grab two points today.

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Going For Three

Tonight's tilt is by no means going to be easy. Going into Toronto we face a desperate Team, and our former Coach. I suspect he knows tons aboot the Team he's is playing against.

Our ace in the hole is our rookie Coach, some new young blood, and, with any luck, the ability to forget the past.

The Wings are desperate too. Our less than stellar record speaks for itself, and, learning a new system that Blash is implementing makes the Wings a work in progress. They are coming off a confidence building two wins in a row.  Let's make it three wins in a row.

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It is obvious the Wings are in transition. They are in the process of changing from one way of doing things to another. It has not been the smoothest. Many fans thought it was going to be easy for the Team to adapt to Blash, but, while the basics of winning remain the same, how you achieve that is largely dependent on the ability to adapt to a new system. Blashill has his own way of doing things, and, the Wings are finding out how that works.

There are growing pains which have been extremely hard to watch as a Fan. That being said, there are the 19 that refuse to give up on this Team. Missing key players is a rough way to start out, but, it also gives opportunity to the guys that are playing. We have talented young players, and, a rookie Coach.

Thank goodness Zetterberg has been amazing during this rough patch, and, has provided the leadership needed to help turn this thing around. The win the other night was a good place to begin.

It's time for the Wings to transition to the Blashill way of doing things, and, get back to the business of winning.

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This May Help You Forget The Lions Loss Today

Here are the extended highlights from the Wings' win in Ottawa last night.


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A group of guys making millions of dollars wearing Red Wing costumes, masquerading as professional hockey players. Must be nice.

That's it. I got nothing.

It's a Live Blog. Bitches.

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Mischief Night

Tonight is a night which many of us remember as a night to go out and cause some harmless mischief or havoc. Ringing doorbells then running away as fast as you could, the old soaping of windows, or that bag full of something that was lit on fire and an unsuspecting neighbor would come out to stomp the flames, only to find out he had been fooled into stomping on something crappy.

The mood around here is that we are that neighbor, and, we have been tricked into stomping around some crappy hockey. No way to sugar coat it. Our record indicates that this start to the Season is that not much different than the last couple of Seasons point wise, but, it's the horrible play, lack of effort, and general unWing like confusion, that has the 19 in an earlier than usual panic.

Some have already call it a Coaching problem, and, are not happy with the new order, but, as much as I hate to make excuses, injuries have not made Blashill's job any easier. A turn around is going to happen, and, tonight would be as good a place as any to begin. The Wings have to make Mischief Night miserable for the Ottawa Senators, and, stomp the fire out of them, without stepping into anymore crap.

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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


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