Abel to Yzerman
The year is 1975. Saginaw, Michigan. Coolidge Boulevard. I'm pretty sure it was February.
Today we watch, tomorrow we worry.
Jimmy Howard has no business playing this game. Mrazek stole that job from him last year.
Dylan Larkin belongs in Grand Rapids, because he's 19 and, like most adults, doesn't know or care what the hell a "PDO" is.
Brad Richards is too old. Mike Green is a liability.
Darren Helm has no hands.
Jeff Blashill is not Mike Babcock and we all know Mike Babcock never misses the playoffs.
That was big, but tonight's will be tougher. In Boston. Back end of a back-to-back. Angry, emotionally brittle B's, itching and sputtering. Tough.
Sven22 posted his pharmacist's science in a comment this morning. It's important to you and your family:
- 2 points against Bruins, any fashion = Red Wings are in.
- SO loss to Bruins = Red Wings need 1 point against NYR
- OT loss to Bruins = Red Wings need 2 points against NYR (any fashion)
- Regulation loss to Bruins = Red Wings need an ROW against NYR
I believe that refers to scenarios that would result in the Wings earning the 3 spot in the Atlantic. I am not sure how the Wild Card plays out.
Waves of stress have turned the last minutes of our sanity into hours.
The Coast Guard, a fine service with brave men and women, has no wish to assist. We're foundering but not sunk. That fatass cook is nervous but he's not cooking the last supper.
That musty old hall in Detroy-et is filled but not silent.
**Updated with a kick-ass, stress-laden, hazardous-to-pets breakdown of "what ifs" below**
No matter what happens tonite in Hockeytown, if the Wings win tomorrow in Beantown, Rocky's hometown goes sad clown.
It's truly pathetic how foggy my noggin gets with even most basic of playoff-scenario driven math.
The Carolina Hurricanes are in Boston to face the Bruins tonight, puck drops just after 7:00pm ET.
Atlantic Division and wild card race information is below.
Pierre McGuire was on NHL radio yesterday, around mid-morning. I don't know the specific show because they all sound the same to me. But I listen and I appreciate having the access via Sirius (send the check to Paul for his birthday).
Anyway, when asked about the Datsyuk situation, Pierre said he'd heard the rumblings all year and he was surprised it had taken so long to come to light.
1. I don't know what kind of sick put-the-lotion-in-the-basket kind of bastard stuck us with this three-day layoff before the Train runs us over and leaves us for rotting, fetid, fecal dead, but whoever they are needs to be wrapped up in some sort of plastic material and shrunk down to the size of a small Honduran boy who would still be 3 inches taller than Gary Bettman.
b. Pavel Datsyuk is not going to leave this organ-I-zation hanging to the tune of 7.5 American dollars.
The Boston Bruins are in Chicago to play the Blackhawks at 12:30pm ET today (NBC, Sportsnet 1 and TVA).
Also, the Phiadelphia Flyers are on the road against the Pittsburgh Penguins at 5:00pm (CSNPhilly and Root).
Feel free to comment on the games and the Eastern Conference playoff picture is below.
About Abel to Yzerman
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: firstname.lastname@example.org