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Friday Odds and Ends

Back in Tennessee for the weekend.  Pleasant to be reminded that teeth, nouns AND verbs, and the merits of relationships outside the traditional family tree are all still considered overrated here.  Oh, c’mon Bubba.  You know I’m just teasin’.  Speaking of Bubba…

18 games left for Detroit, 17 for Bubba.  Of those 18, the Wings will face Chicago, Columbus and St. Louis a combined 7 times.  Bubba’s got them 3 times.  But all of a sudden I’m looking at the standings, and that one seed doesn’t seem as appealing as it did just a few weeks ago?


(Notice the influx of hard returns…my testament to the Delicate Genius)  Because, as I think you’ve noticed, “if the playoffs started today” you know who we’d face don’t you?  Yep.  Our boy Marty.  That’s right.  The Team We Don’t Speak Of sits 2 points behind Dallas and that makes me feel warm and secure.  Nashville walks away with the division and the 1 seed and they get Calgary.  Do the Flames scare me the way they would have in recent years?  Not really. But I’d still take Dallas because of our ownership of Turco.

Double Disc Trouble.

So Bertuzzi’s out two to three more weeks as he recovers from surgery to repair a herniated disc, or something similar. 


Bertuzzi, who will wear No. 44, practiced for the first time Thursday as a Red Wing and stayed out for the entire time, which surprised the coaches. Bertuzzi, who has played in only seven games this season because of a back injury, is probably two or three weeks away from his debut with the Wings.

Zetterberg’s out “two to three weeks” because of a herniated disc.

Detroit News/Kulfan

“You get closer to the playoffs, you just want to be going and get ready for the playoffs,” Zetterberg said. “But I’m not going to be able to do that, just rest and rehab and slowly get back.”

On Bertuzzi…anyone been discussing whether this is truly the “rental” some seem convinced it is?  Me? I’m not convinced of that at all.  I think he comes back 17 March in Vancouver, plays well the rest of the regular season, makes an impact in the playoffs and signs for 3 years over the summer.  I’ll go ahead and give that an (e4).  I’ll be waiting on that phone call today, Sportsnet.

Finally, if some of you haven’t notice there is quite the interesting discussion going on in the comment section of this post.  Thomas, a ‘Dique (pronounced “deek”) fan is going one on five with several A2Y regulars and it’s been entertaining to follow.  Keep in mind, Thomas is a typical Dive fan in that he’s delusional enough to really believe there is a future for his little team.  He’s atypical, though, because he can actually hold a conversation and defend himself where necessary with something other than “wing fans and bloggers are mean.” 

You lack the understanding of the game to go toe-to-toe with me, so you just call me “deluded” and act as if *I* am the one who doesn’t know what he’s talking about. You bury your head in the sand and pretend I didn’t just rip you a new one, because that would force you to admit that there’s an Avalanche fan who knows the game a hundred times better than you do.

Not bad.  Admirable, in fact.  Thomas acquits himself well and his stuff is fun to read.  But the fact still remains that no matter the arguments he presents, he’s still the worst kind of Dique fan…one who has Michigan ties. That, my friends, is downright criminal. 


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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