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#1 Superman54

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:14 PM

I just wanted to know with the aqusition of Stuart, who do you think will be our 6th D-men and who gets THE CUT
or 7th D? Lilja or Lebda!!!

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:18 PM

i like Lebda cause he has speed a bit of a scoring touch.

i like Lilja because he does have a mean streak and led the team in hits and blocked shots last year.

if i had to make a split decision right now id go with the Pain Train, but wouldn't be happy about benching Lebda/cutting him.

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:19 PM

What a f***in' sad choice to have to make.
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Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:19 PM


I say we combine them into Lebdilja, a very large, fast skating D-man with offensive upside. With our luck though, we'd end up with Lilda, who would be smallish, slow, and make give-aways in the defensive zone. dry.gif
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Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:19 PM

Lebda sits in my opinion.



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Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:22 PM

I say Lilja plays. But he must play like he did last playoffs. (up to the giveaway)
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Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:28 PM

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:29 PM

Both sucks but Lebda sucks more...
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Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:29 PM

different player for diff teams

in the playoffs ill take lilja

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:30 PM

Wow. Anyone who says Lilja isn't a good defenseman is an idiot. He plays really solid, and his only weakness (don't get me wrong, it's a big one) is turnovers and mistakes he tends to make. But it's not like Lebda has never turned over a puck

Lilja over Lebda anyday.

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:32 PM

I say alternate, but if I have to choose... lilja sits. stuart will give us the grit he provides plus some.

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:35 PM

Im gonna say Lilja over Lebs
I have never really enjoyed him much, nor Lilja, but Lilja brings more to the table IMO

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:37 PM

I love Lebs, but I am going to have to pick Andreas. Lils has stepped it up since last season. He's great at killing penalties, he blocks shots, and has been physical as well. IMO he has more to offer for the Wings then Lebda.
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Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:43 PM

Since it's going to be a bit before we have to decide, I think they are both very well aware that they are under the microscope. Let's see who plays better in the days ahead.

The other side of this is that if Lebda/Lilja sits, do we have room to keep Meech (once our injured start coming back, of course) or do we have to send him back down?

Personally, I'm torn between Lebda and Lilja. Lil is good defensively (blocked shots) and Lebda has the speed. It's hard to choose between the different styles. Right now, with all the injuries, I think Lilja is more needed because of his defensive skills so that the forwards can concentrate on scoring, but that will change.

Wow, a post that basically says, "I don't know".

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:45 PM

Lilja against Anaheim or Calgary.

Lebda against Dallas or San Jose.

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:47 PM

I'm tilting a little bit because I'm still remembering all those awful giveaways in the Vancouver game. Lebda stunk the joint up something fierce. But I've always believed Lilja's a better 6th defenseman than almost any other 6th defenseman in the league. Sit Lebda, play Lilja. There're three perfectly good options for blueline offense in Lidstrom, Rafalski, and Kronwall, and when all else fails, you can't go wrong with size on the blueline.
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Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:51 PM

Per M-Live:

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Stuart could end playing with Niklas Kronwall on the second pairing, bumping down Andreas Lilja to the third pair with Chris Chelios, leaving Brett Lebda as the seventh defenseman and Derek Meech as No. 8.


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Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:53 PM

Definitely Lilja. We need his size and physicality. Here is some stats, nice adds from Stuart.

Shot blocking:

Andreas Lilja 91
Brad Stuart 88
Brian Rafalski 64
Nicklas Lidström 62
Niklas Kronwall 55
Chris Chelios 41
Brett Lebda 26
Derek Meech 14

Hits:

Andreas Lilja 109
Brad Stuart 82
Niklas Kronwall 67
Chris Chelios 45
Brett Lebda 38
Brian Rafalski 26
Nicklas Lidström 22
Derek Meech 14

Edited by Henkka, 26 February 2008 - 05:53 PM.

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 06:10 PM

I'd take Lilja over Lebda. They both turn over the puck but Lilja can block shots and be pretty physical.

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 06:11 PM

Lilja is a better all-around Dman and a solid shot blocker. He should absolutely play in front of Lebda.
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