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That Sweet Nectar Yuengling.  It Will Flow Like The River.

Good evening.  I guess by now you know that tonite is “one of those games.”  Obviously, like the Pittsburgh game, the San Jose games, the Boston game….this one is the biggest damn game of the year.

Until Thursday.

Because, really, we all know by now that the best team in the NHL resides in Chicago, eh?

Of course we know that to be true because there isn’t a sane MSM’er who hasn’t told us so.  The power rankings reflect it.  The cool kids are all saying it.  I’ll bet there’s even a few bloggers out there proclaiming this the year of the Hawk.

Don’t believe me?  You frigging doubt me?  Check it out.  Here’s a nifty little Google search I invented all by myself.  Popped in “Chicago+best+NHL”.  Ready?

BoomBoomBoom.  Oh, there’s plenty more.  Plenty.

It’s December 30th and ask around the league.  Chicago’s going to win tonite.  Thursday.  Probably never lose again.  Because Gary said so.  The resurgence of the Hawks is the “story of the year”.  The Central is theirs.  So’s the West.  And why not? With all the playoff experience, why the hell not?  The Hawks have paid their dues brother.  Johnny and Patrick have suffered the playoff grind, the misery of losing a tough six or seven gamer, the burning pit of a hell hole stomachache only a tough playoff loss can cause?  Yeah. They’ve got it.  It’s their time.

Obviously, that has to be the case.  It must be for all the attention this second place team is getting, right?

No?  Oh. Well, I guess we’ve got a late breaker then. I guess the newsflash is that nobody’s dethroned the Detroit Red Wings, as far as I can tell.  Oh, you can string a nine-gamer together.  You can convince the little troll of a commish to give you the outdoor game and probably the draft too.  You can host every hockey writer in North America in your town, wine ‘em, dine ‘em and slip them a tug and rub if it means a little extra oomph in the Hawk press clippings.  But the real deal? It kinda happens on the ice.

And, man, wouldn’t it suck if the bastard Wings, the bit players in this farce of an NHL carnival, kicked some Hawk ass tonite, then did it again on Thursday?  Whew.  All those wasted headlines.  So many plots down the drain if a four point lead turned into 8 and the “best team in the league” was suddenly put back where they belong.

You’re a Wing fan and you’re getting tired of the hype, the Hawk inflation.  The pedestal they’re suddenly on after a string of six straight playoff-less years.  Cute story?  You bet.  Nifty for all involved.  Hell, I can’t even hate ‘em…yet.

But here’s the thing.  Something tells me there’s a little bit of pride at stake. Tonite and Thursday. Oh, especially Thursday.  But it has to start tonite.

No Nick.  No alibis.  No Osgood.  No comment.  No Sammy?  Not sure. 

Tomorrow’s New Year’s eve and I recommend you avoid the roads.  Don the jerseys early tonite.  Crack ‘em.  Crack ‘em again.  Join us for the Live Blog and tune in.  Because I’ve got a hunch that somebody’s a little tired of all the talk and the Hawks in general.

It’s 1524. Game time in four hours.  What the hell.  Pass the Yuengling. 

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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