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  1. Surprisingly, Skinner-Rask-Stempniak has been one of the better lines in the league, offensively. Have to think it has more to do with the other two guys (and Skinner's out), but still... Agree about Aho, though.
  2. Actually, he played roughly 70% of the game on a line with Nielsen and Larkin. You're right about him playing with Helm and Vanek for a small portion of the game, though. Not saying much about Abdelkader, other than it's a day-to-day thing. Most of what I've read states it's a lower-body injury, but I've seen a few claims that it's a "mid-body injury", so who knows? I'm sure he'll draw back into the lineup soon, though.
  3. Technically, Ericsson and Marchenko are the second pairing. He's fourth on the team in TOI/GP, and Marchenko's third. Either way, I agree with the idea that sheltering his minutes has worked out well. He's been pretty solid, IMO. Making the best out of a less-than-ideal situation. Obviously it was nice to see him notch two goals on that top line last game, but I think he's looked great all season. He's producing and stripping opponents of the puck in their offensive zone. Helm-Vanek might take a bit of a hit, but I thought AA looked good last game, too. I'm more concerned with getting that second line (and Larkin) going at this point. This one has me a bit nervous, especially looking ahead to the next three games on the schedule (STL, BOS & FLA). The Canes can't keep the puck out of their net, but they're also scoring goals.
  4. Honestly, I think this take on the situation is more realistic than cynical (outside the jab directed toward Holland, obviously). I don't think any GM out there is going to trade for a goaltender with a 5.3M cap hit to solve a temporary problem. It feels as if the Red Wings need to find one of two scenarios: 1. A team is looking for a starting goaltender, and Howard puts together a solid year (not just a couple of games). 2. A team has a young goaltender with upside, and want to insulate him (Something similar to Gibson in ANA. They'd have to figure out their cap issues, but if they sour on Bernier as a back-up goalie, who knows). Not to mention, Howard has a modified NTC, and gets to submit a list of ten teams. So sure, Holland might be able to find a taker, but he'll have to get Howard to sign-off on the trade, too. I'd like the cap relief as much as the next guy, but it's not exactly a simple situation.
  5. With his skill set, I don't see him doing well with only 10 minutes per night. More than that, I think they need to bring him up with a clear role in mind. If/when Blashill decides Sheahan isn't working out in his current role, I think that's the perfect opportunity for Mantha. Play the NFP role at even strength and get some minutes with the second power-play unit. I'm not saying it's a top-six spot or bust for Mantha, but we've already witnessed players with offensive skill-sets (Jurco, and to a lesser extent, Pulkkinen) fail on the fourth line.
  6. I recall trying it with Weiss, but I think it just depressed him.
  7. Man, what a bomb. Outside of the goal, AA's been very noticeable. Used his speed to rush the puck, beat out an icing call and strip the puck on the backcheck. Between Sproul and AA, it looks like Saturday night's my night to eat some crow.
  8. Full credit to Sproul for being so active on that play.
  9. Mixed feelings about the defense. I like having three right-hand shots back there, but Marchenko's struggled so far. Not sure Blash would swap him out for Ouellet, though. Would mean tinkering with the PK pairs (though, the PK hasn't exactly fared well, so...)
  10. I'm in the same boat. I want them to call him up, but only if the situation is right. Personally, I'd like to see how he would fare in Sheahan's current spot. I think he could work as a NFP on a line, but also has the ability to shoot the puck on the team's second PP unit. Just a matter of when/if Blash decides that Sheahan's not working out in his current top-six role.
  11. What a fun ride from start to finish. I'm pretending their 5-on-3 didn't happen, by the way.
  12. Assuming it's a bug or food poisoning. Missed time in the second period, too.
  13. I thought his issues had more to do with timing, pace and battling along the boards. Things that are within his control, regardless of which line he's skating on. And yes, he's a "skilled" player, but he needs to learn how to work with/read off his linemates better. It's something Mick mentioned during one of the last two games, and I'm inclined to agree with him.
  14. Not a fan of the move either, but it makes sense. Ouellet's got the lowest TOI/GP on the team, and Marchenko's on the top PK unit. Taking him out the lineup would likely mean DeKeyser-Ericsson, Smith-XO as the PK pairings. While I really like Ouellet, and Marchenko's had some ugly moments, those pairings scare me. I'd like to see this too, especially if the move to wing doesn't "get him going". I understand Blash's reasoning for putting him there for now, though. If it doesn't work, I think working as the 3C against lesser competition could do him some good. My only worry would be how they handle Helm if they decide to go that route. It's probably an unpopular opinion, but I agree that AA didn't look great.Not to say that he can't or won't, but that he didn't really stand out in a positive way, IMO. That said, I agree that Sheahan hasn't done much of anything in the top-six. I've said it elsewhere on the boards, but if he continues to struggle, that could be Mantha's ticket to the main roster. Seems like they essentially want someone (in addition to Abdelkader) who can take up space and wreak havoc in front of the net. Sheahan hasn't been all that effective in the role, IMO. Not to mention, the Wings' 2nd PP unit looks a little weird with two NFP guys on it. Mantha can play in front of the net, but he has more to offer than Sheahan does at the half-wall/around the slot. I'd rather see Nyquist-Larkin-Mantha, Abdelkader (NFP), Sproul/Smith.