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January 25, 1997. Some of you were wee children, some of us were adults, some of you were 17. 17 years is exactly how long it has been since the Wings have won in Philly during the regular season. 17 years and counting. Since the last Century, we haven't been able to beat the Flyers on their Home ice. Yes, there was the glorious Stanley Cup on June 7, 1997, but that was the Playoffs. And still, 17 years ago.

 This is the regular season, and, although many will say it doesn't matter, I think it does.

We need to pile up some more points and show the Flyers that they can't win em' all at home against the Red Wings. Anymore.

 The Flyers are hungry, and are looking for their first win at Home so this is bound to be ugly.

  On a personal note, Philly is not the most friendly place for fans from opposing teams. Heck, they get stabby within their own ranks, even after a win.

 That is why I'll be watching from the safety and comfort of my living room tonight. So, bring it on! 

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Preview And Notes- Red Wings/Flyers

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock might have been exaggerating slightly when speaking about his team's record in Philadelphia.

"I don't think we've won in Philly since Christ was a kid," Babcock said.

It only seems like that. The Red Wings have lost eight consecutive games in Philadelphia, getting outscored 33-13, since winning there when it mattered the most - in Games 1 and 2 of the 1997 Stanley Cup finals en route to a sweep.

They'll have another chance Saturday at Wells Fargo Center (7 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit) and will turn to backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson in an effort to snap the streak.


Below, Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly on the Flyers plus game notes...

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After a disappointing loss in Montreal we absolutely have to bounce back with a bona fide 2 point win. The idea here is to take total advantage of playing against a team that played last night. That is something we haven't been able to do.

Tonight we face the Penguins. Malkin is back and the Pens are playing a back to back, after a loss to the Flyers at Home. They will be looking for 2 points just like we are.

We have to stifle them.

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Detroit/Pittsburgh Notes

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock saw one similarity in all the goals scored in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

"The goalies were bumped on all four," Babcock said. "One (by Pavel Datsyuk) was called back. Abby (Justin Abdelkader) drove on the first one and P.K. (Subban) bumped his goalie. (David) Desharnais went to the net and bumped Kronner (Niklas Kronwall) into our goalie. (Alex) Galchenyuk bumped (Kyle) Quincey into our goalie (on the tying goal).

"There might be something to it."

If you can get away with bumping a defenseman into his own goalie, great. But Babcock's message was that his team needs to be more physical at the net to score more, at even strength and on the power play.

The Red Wings (3-1-2), who host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday (7:30, Fox Sports Detroit), ranked 26th in the NHL in goals per game (2.00) heading into Wednesday's games (Penguins lost 5-3 at home to the Flyers). One big reason is a power play that's converted just 8.3 percent of its chances (2-for-24).


Tonight's game notes are below...

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 It seems appropriate since we are in Montreal tonight. Most consider the Habs to be the greatest of the "Original Six." 24 Stanley Cups. Rocket and Pocket Rocket, Beliveau, Boom Boom Geoffrion. Those are the old guard.

The Wings countered with Abel, Lindsay, Howe, Sawchuk. Our old guard. I realize some of you aren't too familiar with some of the old names. But, history is important.

Both teams have had the great Scotty Bowman behind our respective benches. That was then.

The future is now.  We are looking at two very talented clubs tonight. My two favorite actually. Of course, the Wings being my #1. Montreal is riding high right now with a 5-1-0 record second in the overall standings.

The Wings are riding high too. Just coming off a pretty good back to back series against Toronto. The Wings are currently sitting at 3-1-1. I'll take it.

Also, safe passage to our very own Chief.

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Game Notes- Detroit vs. Montreal

First a little old school talk with Ted Lindsay and Maurice Richard.

Below are the game notes...


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Stay Safe Command Master Chief

via the US Navy,

The guided missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) is scheduled to depart Oct. 20 on an independent deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans.


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Video- Highlights Of Wings/Leafs From Saturday Night

Missed the Wings 1-0 OT win over the Leafs last night?

Maybe you were unable to watch and forgot to set the DVR.

Well, how about 9 minutes of action from the game?

Watch below...

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I am still feeling good aboot last night but that euphoric feeling has to be filed as yesterday's news. Tonight is staring us in the eye and Randy Carlyle is going to send in the goons. We all know what to expect. Confidence is high, but Gus is the starter so that brings me down a few notches.

 I was pondering last night aboot our youth movement and how happy I was that we didn't make any bone headed moves to trade away prospects. Nyquist, Sheehan, Jurco, Tatar, and the list goes on and on. The D was there and the Mule has been a pleasant surprise.

 The future is now. The kids are alright, and I really like our team!

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No Game Day Post, Instead A Look At Zetterberg’s Night

Not much has changed since the last semi GDT so lets take a look at Friday's game against the Leafs.

Jonas Siegel of TSN has some facts and figures and a look at Henrik Zetterberg's game last night.

Henrik Zetterberg was everywhere on Friday night.

Detroit's captain was the driving force in erasing the Maple Leafs' mini two-game win streak, piling together four assists in an overwhelming performance at the ACC.

That performance was another indictment on Toronto's lacklustre defensive efforts....

Stuck in the Western Conference for the near-entirety of his quietly storied career, Zetterberg has played in just 10 games against Toronto, totaling six goals and 14 points.

He's just three points back of Ted Lindsay for eighth all-time in Red Wings scoring history.

"He's really smart, I know that," Gardiner observed of the 34-year-old. "You just see the little plays he makes with his stick. He sees the ice so well. He's a great player."


added 12:43pm, Jimmy has a groin issue, TMR with the information.  Mrazek recalled.

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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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