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Updated at 0650 EST with a bevy of wit below.

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”  Winston Churchill said that.  If I was an elitist quote dropper sitting in a Denver cafe’ at 0945 on a Tuesday, I’d probably say that another way. I’d go, “....was so much owed by so many to so few.”  I’d pause a minute, thip my latte, and then finish with, “Churchill”.

But, I don’t like latte, Denver or cafes.  I do like that quote, but I bring it up only because I’ve finally found one that rivals it in terms of long-lasting impact and eloquence.  And it’s courtesy of Mike Babcock, as seen in today’s Detroit Free Press.

“It looks like Khabibulin, who’s their best player, is playing well,” Babcock said. “You know, sometimes they call it hockey. Sometimes they call it goaltending.”

There’s nothing I can add to that. 


Hey, in case you’re wondering. Igor Grigorenko now has two shots, zero points in two games.  Care to guess what number he’s wearing in Grand Rapids?


Congratulations to Dive fans everywhere. If the playoffs started today, you’d be in.  An amazing recovery.

I said yesterday, in a stress-induced rant (on the money again Hoser), that I wouldn’t be discussing attendance anymore.  I’m a lying liar, as you’re well aware.

Vartan Kupelian and Mike O’Hara

Attendance is one of the NHL’s biggest stories. ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” devoted almost two minutes to an analysis of the Red Wings when they didn’t sell out their home opener. Sadly for the Wings, the next big story will be their first sellout—if they have one.

Tony Kornheiser is a tool.  He’s been a tool since I first listened to him on DC sports radio back in ‘97.  He didn’t understand, and therefore despised, hockey then and obviously hasn’t changed.  But, empty seats at JLA are a story, no matter how regularly your network has ignored the sport. 

Hey, nice column here on Nick Lidstrom and his status as rightful keeper of the Norris for the remainder of his career.  Here’s a quote from Ken Holland I found interesting.

“I hope he goes another 10 years,” said Ken Holland. “I think superstars can play into their early 40s. Obviously, we had Steve Yzerman here, a really good player in his late 30s until the injury bug caught up to him.

Interesting, and most likely innocent, choice of words.  “..a reallly good player…until the injury bug caught up with him.”

Hmm. I kinda thought that, you know, he was pretty decent even after the injury bug “caught up with him.”

We’ll give Uncle Kenny the benefit of the doubt on that one. While we’re at it, we’ll give The Captain the same leeway with this.  Talking to the Notre Dame hockey team yesterday…

“Not to put any pressure on you, Coach, but it’s true,” Yzerman chuckled. “It’s up to you to save hockey in the United States.”

All this drew cheers from the crowd. “I think we found a new Hockeytown here,” Yzerman said.

Yeah.  Ouch.



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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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