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#41 Wing Across The Pond

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 07:59 AM

Z doesn't get to play with the best players like Datsyuk does...Homer is better than Cleary and Franzen is way better than Williams... Hank doesn't have a lot to work with... Hopefully, moving Flip there will help him out.

Cleary happens to be my favourite Wing so there will be some bias, but he's just stinking this season (as most other players are). I think he has the skill, step and obviously age to be better than Homer on his day. Not in front of the net though. But I don't think Z does well with those plays. He needs the skill players like when he and Dats used to take tape to tape passes without even looking. I like him with Flip and if Cleary gets going then I'd say throw him in as he can provide some second line grit whilst still having the skill (my biased opinion though!).

That being said from the highlights that I saw he did well last night. Good overtime winner taking the middle of the ice.

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 11:56 AM

If Hank always played with the intensity he showed last night, he'd be unstoppable...

That's sort of a back-handed compliment but I don't buy the "he's just worn out" crap it seems to be due to a lack of desire.

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 12:14 PM

If Hank always played with the intensity he showed last night, he'd be unstoppable...

That's sort of a back-handed compliment but I don't buy the "he's just worn out" crap it seems to be due to a lack of desire.


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Posted 21 March 2010 - 12:24 PM

Pierre McGuire just called Z a rock star, on NBC. lol i couldnt believe it.

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 12:31 PM

Pierre McGuire just called Z a rock star, on NBC. lol i couldnt believe it.


How did the subject of Z come up? Why were they talking about him?

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 12:46 PM

How did the subject of Z come up? Why were they talking about him?


they were talking about who will make the playoffs. so the subject of the wings win last night came up. Pierre and Milbury said the wings will be making the playoffs, and that Kipper is the only reason why Calgary is even in contention

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 12:57 PM

anyone notice z and dats reversed roles? dats seems to be the snipe this year and z seems to be the setup man

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 01:02 PM

anyone notice z and dats reversed roles? dats seems to be the snipe this year and z seems to be the setup man


General question for everybody: How good has Z been as a setup man?

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 05:56 PM

General question for everybody: How good has Z been as a setup man?



Zetterberg isn't on pace for anymore assists than he has been getting the past few years. He just isn't on pace for 35-40 goals. Tough year with injuries, not only his own, but those of his linemates. Datsyuk always gets to play with the other top forwards, Z gets the leftovers.

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 10:19 PM

ask and you shall recieve

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 01:00 AM

Zetterberg isn't on pace for anymore assists than he has been getting the past few years. He just isn't on pace for 35-40 goals. Tough year with injuries, not only his own, but those of his linemates. Datsyuk always gets to play with the other top forwards, Z gets the leftovers.


As far as 'Z playign with leftovers' is concerned:
I'd say Z is more suited to playing with more, how should we say 'average' linemates as he is the type of guy who despite scoring less than he shoud is the more consistent of the Euro Twins. Z might be hurt and tired but it does still look like a concerted effort is given when humanly possible. Case in point is his great PK numbers and better PPG vs. Datsyuk this season.

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 01:07 AM

Another guy with skill would probably help him though. And right now Fil is that guy. I'm never exactly sure what kind of skill guy would be best with Z because as good as he is at making plays he also has a taste for scoring goals. I think both of his linemates should be capable of setting him up for shots so that he's not the only one sharing the puck.

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 08:40 PM

Against PIT
2 goals
1 assist
+2
2PIM
5 Shots
23:32 TOI

That's the Zetterberg everybody knows and loves.

#54 Z and D for the C

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 08:42 PM

Conn Smythe like out there.

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 09:11 PM

Like what Babcock said, I'm not sure what it is exactly that's making Z play better. I wish I knew.

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 09:26 PM

Hank is listening

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 09:29 PM

Hank is listening


Also, Hank is healthy and confident.

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 10:42 PM

Interesting that his interviews after the game on the Red Wings website Z said he "might've been doing the same thing if it went the other way" as in if the Wings were losing he would have been the one doing the slashing.

I don't know about that. Z is pretty sneaky sometimes with a slash here or there but I don't think he would be instigating to the magnitude of last night's.

Z also said the whole scrum happened because the puck was there. Hmm... Maybe he's better at being political and talking to the press than I thought. He was pretty nice about his descriptions.

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 10:53 PM

Now this guy I recognize! Keep er going Z!

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 11:09 PM

Watching Fil and Z tonight was a thing of magic at the game. They were on fire the whole game and it was great to watch. Definitely the best game I've been to all year.

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