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  2. Why are we better than last season?

    As far as we know his back is no different then last year, but the fact that we are winning despite him not carrying us is very good news.
  3. 11/19 GDT - Avalanche at Red Wings - 6:00 PM EST

    PK. Mantha, holding. Avs outshooting us 2:1. You've gotta be kidding me. PK. Nielsen, tripping. 5-on-3. Daley has to get that puck out.
  4. 11/19 GDT - Avalanche at Red Wings - 6:00 PM EST

    The good luck charm
  5. 11/19 GDT - Avalanche at Red Wings - 6:00 PM EST

    Shoot the damn puck.
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  7. You're just trying to spin it to still blame the franchise when in reality they just sucked. Smith got to play with Lidstrom so can't really complain about development there. Neither AA nor Mantha's development is being questioned even though last year we all bitched about their ice time (especially AA). You know why it's not really an issue anymore? Because they're actually good and EARNED it. Jurco and Smith didn't because they just aren't good. Cherry pick all you want but it's just excuses to justify that you're right. It's just hard for you to admit that those 2 simply weren't good NHL calibre players.
  8. 11/19 GDT - Avalanche at Red Wings - 6:00 PM EST

    As Mickey said at the beginning of last season, "If he could learn how to finish, he could score 25 goals." Simple, really.
  9. Why are we better than last season?

    and a bad back. But we are winning without him being a major producer.
  10. The MANtha watch.....

    Let me finish the thought. Lets free up the cap space. Then resign Green and sign Carlson. Now we can have the following BL corp: Daley-Carlson Dekeyser-Green Oullett-Jensen 2 really good pairs. All 3 are balanced LH and RH. Not to mention we kept all of our good young F's. To do that we need to free up 14+ million. Which is what happens if we LTIR Kronwall, buyout Ericsson, trade Helm, Nyquist, and maybe Tatar. Is it a SC winning team? Not yet. But its a team that makes the playoffs and is on the upward swing.
  11. Why are we better than last season?

    That's fair. My point is Z started slow last year, and I dont think its unrealistic to think the same thing is happening this year. Players have a tendency to regress or rise to the mean, and I think in the case of Z, he will rise just like he did last year. Though with an older player you never know when the major drop off is coming.
  12. Why are we better than last season?

    yes but that is only a 48 point pace vs his totals for the year. Same with Tatar. He got hot the last 30 games last year.
  13. Why are we better than last season?

    The team hasn't given much reason to be optimistic the last few years. Maybe I'm just turning into a crusty old man, but I'll believe they're better when they can prove it over at least half a season.
  14. 11/19 GDT - Avalanche at Red Wings - 6:00 PM EST

    Not sure what happened there. Looks like it should've been an easy save for Jimmy. End of 1st. 1-1. Not a great period, giving the Avs too much time and space in the neutral zone and o-zone. Avs are shooting every chance they get and we're not. Our goal happened because Larkin chose to shoot.
  15. 11/19 GDT - Avalanche at Red Wings - 6:00 PM EST

    Nothing quite like giving up a goal with 15 seconds left in the period. Tied 1-1
  16. 11/19 GDT - Avalanche at Red Wings - 6:00 PM EST

    Avs score with 15 seconds left in the period. 1-1.
  17. Ya guys lets just move on from Jurco and Smith. I think its fair to say that both came into the organization with potential, and both never lived up to it. You can argue that some of that is on the coaching/management, you can argue that some of that is on the player. Neither would be incorrect. IMO, I would say Jurco was really not given the opportunity, while Smith just never took his game to the next level.
  18. 11/19 GDT - Avalanche at Red Wings - 6:00 PM EST

    Hands of Helm. So close to having a shorty.
  19. 11/19 GDT - Avalanche at Red Wings - 6:00 PM EST

    PK. DeKeyser, hooking.
  20. 11/19 GDT - Avalanche at Red Wings - 6:00 PM EST

    Abby's goal. Great deflection. Larkin and Ouellet with the assists.
  21. 11/19 GDT - Avalanche at Red Wings - 6:00 PM EST

    Larkin! Sweet! Edit, looks like it's Abby's. HEY HEY HOCKEYTOWN!
  22. 11/19 GDT - Avalanche at Red Wings - 6:00 PM EST

    Wings looking a little sluggish, sloppy. LARKIN/ABBY!
  23. Why are we better than last season?

    I agree with the majority of your points, but i feel like this is an attempt to be pessimistic. You can say this about almost any team in the NHL, and if you expect anything but a tight race come the end of the season, your expectations are unrealistic. This is parity in 2017, all teams with the exception of a couple on top and a couple on the bottom are all going to be within 2-4 points. Personally I think its a little bit of everything, with the main reason being the kids, and the secondary reason being Howard staying healthy. Mrazek really hurt us last year. Z has 12 points in 20 games.....last year after 20 games, he had 12 points. Agree with most of what you said though.
  24. 11/19 GDT - Avalanche at Red Wings - 6:00 PM EST

    Comeau will take your head off if you give him the chance. Wings should know this by now.
  25. 11/19 GDT - Avalanche at Red Wings - 6:00 PM EST

    Best guess at line combinations: Red Wings Left Wing Center Right Wing GUSTAV NYQUIST HENRIK ZETTERBERG ANTHONY MANTHA TOMAS TATAR DYLAN LARKIN JUSTIN ABDELKADER DARREN HELM FRANS NIELSEN LUKE GLENDENING XAVIER OUELLET ANDREAS ATHANASIOU SCOTT WILSON Left Defenseman Right Defenseman DANNY DEKEYSER MIKE GREEN JONATHAN ERICSSON TREVOR DALEY NIKLAS KRONWALL NICK JENSEN Goaltender: Jimmy Howard Avalanche Left Wing Center Right Wing GABRIEL LANDESKOG NATHAN MACKINNON MIKKO RANTANEN COLIN WILSON ALEXANDER KERFOOT JT COMPHER MATT NIETO CARL SODERBERG BLAKE COMEAU SVEN ANDRIGHETTO DOMINIC TONINATO NAIL YAKUPOV Left Defenseman Right Defenseman SAMUEL GIRARD ERIK JOHNSON CHRIS BIGRAS TYSON BARRIE NIKITA ZADOROV MARK BARBERIO Golatender: Jonathan Bernier
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