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Turning Tides, Shifting Winds, And Our Uncle Mike

I have my NFL Sunday Ticket on auto-renew. Every year it magically re-appears and I watch the Lions and whatever other games are on to my heart's content.  I rationalize that through the huge amounts of money I make every Sunday via Draft Kings (not a plug, just a fact) to support my family. Naturally, I can't confirm any profit and my wife would gently quibble with that statement.

Center Ice? Not so much. It's year to year, kinda like the deals our beloved GM plans to offer anyone under the age of 30.

Last year at this time the Wings were 6-2. I was tempted. Sooooo tempted. But I held off on ordering.  Thankfully I was right because the team that Tick Tock built us was not worthy of my money.

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Live Blog Away

Paul here after receiving a text from The Chief stating his ship has yet to dock.

So, here I am, head spinning and wondering what the Wings will bring tonight?

They haven't beat the Bolts in regular season since 2015.

With that, it is your live blog, have at it.

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Diva In Net: Sounds Like A Reason To Drink

I'm going to the Lions game in New Orleans on Sunday, and I'm worried.  I'm worried that I'm wasting money on a loss and I'm worried that I've never been to a Lions game that they won. I feel superstitious and sickly. I'm gonna go but I wanted you all to know that I may be the game killer. 

Or maybe I feel like throwing up in my very mouth because Petr Mrazek is in goal tonight.

Maybe I predicted last October that Jimmah Tiberius of the Dong Tribe Howard was our best goalie and eventual starter. And maybe, maybe, some of you poked fun at me for that. 

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Blashill Logic Rules The Day

If you're wondering why our most electric offensive player is sampling the Swedish wares instead of warming up in Gary's Glendale tonight? Look no further. 

lines:
Tatar-Zetterberg-Nyquist
Mantha-Larkin-Abdelkader
Frk-Nielsen-Helm
Glendening-Sheahan-Booth

The emperor brought us that this afternoon, courtesy of Dana Wakiji.

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54 to 12. Oh yes. I’m Going There.

My friends, let me remind you that this is not coincidence.  This is not happenstance or silliness.

Your Detroit Red Wings are undefeated and in first place because Baby Jesus wants them there. He wants US there. 

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Monday Morning Wings

Kenny Holland's always said, "sixteen teams are trying to make the playoffs in this man's league and trades are much, much harder in early October than, say, mid-to-late October, so we'll kick tires then, but if you're one of those sixteen teams around the American Columbus Day, I think you've got a real good shot, a real good shot, of being there come April."

I think George is under the weather and I have time, while I observe this Columbus Day, to provide you some even-handed reaction to the Deep Diggers' overnight dispatches.

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One Down, 39 To Go

40 wins gets us in, and getting in is what Kenny Holland's allllll about.  Just the tip, though. Just the first round.  Start a new streak. A new legacy for Tick Tock after a one-year hiatus from his pleasure dome of playoff consistency. 

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Here We Go, Kenny

I fully anticipate a Red Wing victory tonight to "open" Little Caesars Arena.  Why? Because they're good?

No. Oh no, Kenny. This team that you (de) constructed is not good. You've made sure of that.

But, the adrenaline and the novelty and the crowd and the fact that the Wings are playing Ingalls sisters, minus Laura, and everyone's healthy (minus Kronwall, of course and Glendening, I think)...yeah, I think you can count on a win tonight.

And then? Just 39 more and you get your streak back, Kenny.  Because, we all know that since around 2010? That's all you've really cared about...hence our position as the *#$%@& team in hockey.

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It’s Monday and Ken Holland Still Has a Job

It doesn't appear that George pointed you to this over the weekend, so I will (sorry, George, if you posted and I missed it).

Wojo wrote a column Friday that points out the various reasons (Ken Holland) that the Red Wings seem to be stuck between gears.  The article discusses the Wings and Pistons and shows the disgusting similarity between the two poorly-managed franchises.

How's it feel missing the playoffs?

It’s an empty feeling, a strange feeling, and you never want to experience it again.

Piston fans will definitely experience it again. 

Unfortunately, we probably will too. Why?

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Strange Days

Back when the world was normal and the Red Wings were in the playoffs, you know, for like 25 straight years? Back then the most honest thing I'd say in the months of April (the last four years), May (most years before Ken Holland destroyed this team) and June (those years when baby Jesus made sound decisions about hockey), was, "I hate the gosh darn playoffs (edited)."

I did. There was no stress like playoff stress.  Nothing hurt more than a playoff loss, especially an OT loss.

Rocking. Thumb sucking. Muttering. Avoidance. Anticipation. Hope. Pessimism. Despair. Joy followed by blackness. All in one playoff shift, it seemed.

Now, though? Now, as the Team That Holland Built golfs?

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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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