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  1. The Athanasiou goal really halted Carolina's momentum (obviously). I was worried when Stalberg hit Green and Ott took the offsetting penalty. Feels like the Wings tend to fall apart in situations like that, but they pushed through. Impressed with this team right now.
  2. He can spit it back out at a later date. There's no handbook on eating crow, AFAIK.
  3. That one was long overdue. Awesome.
  4. Looks like Vanek might survive without Nyqust, lol
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. I recall trying it with Weiss, but I think it just depressed him.
  11. 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.
  12. Full credit to Sproul for being so active on that play.
  13. 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...)
  14. 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.
  15. What a fun ride from start to finish. I'm pretending their 5-on-3 didn't happen, by the way.