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  1. Pre-Season Games

    I was just providing the counterargument. "Vanek is better than Frk, and if the power play sucked with Vanek, expecting Frk to make a big difference is probably misplaced optimism. At the end of the day, the problem with the power play isn't the left half-wall. It's x, y, and z." I think there are lots of things wrong with our power play, but I don't think it's wrong to feel Frk could, in theory, provide a spark and help move the needle in the right direction.
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    Missed the game. Just watched the highlights. Power moves from Mantha and Rasmussen. I like. We had the better lineup, same as the previous game against Boston. Still, it's nice to see us doing good things and handily winning the games we should be handily winning. How did Cholowski and Hicketts look?
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    I want to see a 1-3-1 with Frk on the left half-wall. I think Frk can help our power play, in theory. "But Vanek and Pulkkinen didn't help our power play." OK. So we try Frk now. And hopefully we make some adjustments to certain aspects of the PP and hopefully those adjustments pay off, regardless of whether Frk's on the team or not. Take Kronwall off the power play entirely and replace him with Daley. Put Nyquist back in the slot and keep him there. Etc.
  4. Riley Sheahan ( aka Mr Teletubby)

    It's weird. He definitely looked half a step too slow last season, and it doesn't look like he got any quicker over the summer. I don't remember this being a thing with him before last season.
  5. Pre-Season Games

    Tonight's lineup: Tatar Rasmussen Nyquist Mantha Larkin Frk Street Glendening Witkowski Lorito Holmstrom Sadowy Ouellet Sproul Cholowski McIlrath Hicketts Russo Howard McCollum
  6. Wonder what the odds are for the 1st overall...

    Red Wings fans' 2017-18 theme song: Quit Playing Games with My Heart.
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    Historically, I'm not a Frk booster. I've said before that he's probably a career AHLer, and my opinion on that hasn't really changed. I do think he'd make the season more enjoyable for me as a fan, and at this point that's all I really care about. Entertainment, some youthful energy, some new looks. I'd like lots and lots of wins, but that's probably not happening, regardless of what happens with Frk. As for the power play and its struggles over the past couple of's a lot of things. It's struggling to consistently gain the zone with possession and set up. It's struggling to execute a clean, crisp, purposeful cycle. It's players with good shots being trigger-shy. It's the point men struggling to hold the blue line. It's being too predictable. It's not winning enough battles. It's taking Nyquist out of a role in which he scored 14 power play goals in 2014-15. It's leaning too much on Kronwall and, arguably, leaning too much on Zetterberg. I'm not saying Frk would hugely improve the power play. It's possible he wouldn't improve it in any significant way. And he'd probably be a liability at even strength. But a lack of right-shooting snipers has definitely been a thing in recent years and it continues to be a thing. Callahan was a grinder who never offered anything that we didn't already have in the lineup. Frk would, at least, fill Vanek's role (right-shooting specialist who needs to be sheltered at even strength).
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    That shot tho. The thing I like about having Frk on the power play is that he's a serious "shot threat." PKers would, in theory, have to respect that option, which would, in theory, allow us to more effectively push-and-pull the PK box and wrench it out of shape. It would give us a strategic anchoring point for our cycle. We've lacked an honest-to-goodness weapon on the half-wall who can blast the puck and can also really skate and is also more than willing to bump and grind and scratch and claw and battle it out along the wall and in the corners. If you put him and Nyquist on the same unit and have Nyquist play the high slot role, great things might happen.
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    I'm thinking the season's gonna be a win-win for me as a fan. I'll be happy when we win games and I'll be "happy" when we lose games. Just as long as we don't finish in No Man's Land. (We're gonna finish in No Man's Land. Book it.)
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    Final score is 5-1. Solid win. Encouraging.
  11. Pre-Season Games

    Frk! 5-on-3 PP goal. Says "the hell with this" and just rips it.
  12. Pre-Season Games

    Looks very poised, patient, confident. Seems he's found a way to "slow the game down," as they say. The whole Mantha-Larkin-Frk line has been great tonight. Reminds me a bit of the Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco line of a few years ago. I think Larkin has looked really good in the preseason thus far. It's only the preseason, but he does have the look of a legit 2C.
  13. Pre-Season Games

    Helm snipe. WHAT IS THIS SORCERY???
  14. Pre-Season Games

    Nielsen! Again! Frk was on the ice for the goal. #Frkwatch