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Eat It Strickland: Lidstrom May Play Sunday

Well, so much for that Strickland prediction of a “two month” injury to Nick Lidstrom.  Whew.  Deep breath, since we all believed that garbage. 

WDFN, Khan(!) and the Anti-Digger are all hinting at a Sunday return for the captain.


Mike Babcock said he could return to the lineup Sunday at home against Nashville.

“It’s a possibility,’’ Lidstrom said. “I felt a little sluggish out there, haven’t skated in two weeks, skated (Monday) and felt OK, so I’m hoping it’s going to improve the next few days so I can play hopefully this weekend.’‘

Thanks to Okie, Czar of the KK Forum, for the pointers.


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Bitter, Bitter In Saint Loo

You know, I bring up from time to time the fact that the Blues fans have a Wing hatred that runs deeper than most of us even imagine.  It’s tough for us to fathom; probably because we haven’t lost to any team as consistently, and as painfully, as the Blues have to Detroit over the years.  I’ve always just assumed it was genetic, inbred, inherited, whatever. 

But I’m finally realizing where it stems from…the media in St. Louis.  For whatever reason, they are infatuated with the prospect of Wing failure.  Yes, you know of Andy Strickland’s fictional follies over at Klessel’s pay-for-swill site.

Now another SL media member is chiming in.

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Digging Deeper: Dater Dumber By The Day

Updated at 1124 ESTI’ve pasted below the response Matt Saler provided to Dater’s blog entry. 

Been a few days since you’ve stuck your head in an oven?  Scars healing from the last self-induced fork to the temple?  Good. So you’re feeling healthy, spry even.

The only redeeming quality of sobbing Dive apologist Adrienne Dater?  He actually makes the Detroit sports columnists look smart.

I honestly think the Avs would beat Detroit in the first round of a playoff series right now, too. BUT, only if they get Smyth back. They really need that presence in front of the net to do it. Otherwise, Detroit still has the edge with their puck control. But the skill disparity up front has been largely wiped out with the returns of Sakic, Stastny and, now, Foppa.

Oh…it gets better.

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Tuesday Digging

I put the pegs in the holes, then I put more pegs in different holes.  I look at the drawings and I see the arrows but I don’t trust the arrows.  I drink a little, then remove the pegs and examine them.  I throw one to watch it bounce then I draw pictures of airplanes and goblins on the third page of the directions.  I then skip to the sixth page and it all makes sense…until I get to the ninth page when I realize the peg I threw at the beer bottle is missing and the four poster bed will surely fall apart with a child sleeping in it if I don’t find that peg.

And that’s my life according to Ikea.

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Max Capacity

Ahh, March.  Good old March.  Largely ignored by calendar experts such as Simon and Garfunkel, who begin their ode to Spring with April.  Glorified by Shakespeare but with a stern warning that won’t come for two more weeks.  And, of course, the weather adage that it arrives….oh god no.

Like a Lion?  Please…no.

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Chelios: “I’m Not Even Close”

Don’t get your hopes up for a quick return.  Chris Chelios told Khan(!) today that, despite his practice session yesterday, he won’t be coming back any time soon.

“The first three days there was improvement and now it’s just kind of hit a lull where it hasn’t changed, so I tried skating, see if that’ll help get the swelling and some movement,’’ Chelios said. “I’m not even close, to be honest with you.’‘


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Well, Just Look At John Niyo

One of my new favorite morning reads is Big Al at the Wayne Fontes Experience, mainly because we agree on a whole lot of things.  How you doin’ Rob Parker? Idiot.  Today, Al brings to light something we’ve known for years:

The Detroit sports columnists compare less than favorably to their counterparts around the country.

Except for John Niyo, who we’ve adopted here as The A2Y Exception.

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Your Friday Wing Blog Roundup

Don’t let the title fool you.  I have no intention of making this an every Friday thing.  It just happened to be Friday, and I felt like doing a roundup and, yes, you can consider it yours if you’d like.

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Farewell February

Don’t come back.  You’ve, well, pretty much sucked.  January 30th?  The Wings held a 17 point lead over Dallas.  The entire roster was healthy. They were in the middle of an 8 game winning streak.  The MSM didn’t even mention Detroit anymore because it was so clearly the Wings and everyone else.  Oh, well, there was the occasional, “they need some adversity.” 

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Khan(!): Cleary’s On Track

Deep Digger Captain Ansar Khan(!) let loose a torrent of literary brilliance following today’s practice.  He’s all over it: Cleary (recovering), Chelios (skating), Quincey (departing) and Redmond (returning).

Cleary said he’s still hoping to play in the last three or four games of the regular season to get ready for the playoffs.

He’s lost a lot of weight being on a liquid diet after undergoing surgery on Feb. 9, having three plates and numerous screws inserted into the jaw.

“I didn’t even want to get on the scale. I usually like to play at 210, 215, so I got a ways to go,’’ Cleary said. “I got 4-5 weeks to get it back and I feel I’ll come back stronger and better than I was before I was hurt. I lost 15 pounds, but I expect it to gradually come back once my diet gets better.’‘

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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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