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#1 HockeytownRules19

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 10:45 PM

Wojtek Wolski – Matthew Lombardi – Shane Doan
Taylor Pyatt – Vernon Fiddler – Lee Stempniak
Lauri Korpikoski – Martin Hanzal – Radim Vrbata
Petr Prucha – Petteri Nokelianen – Daniel Winnik

Adrian Aucoin – Sami Lepisto
Keith Yandle – Derek Morris
Ed Jovanovski – Zybnek Michalek

Ilya Bryzgalov

Updated (thanks Hockey23): Robert Lang has missed than past 17 games (but has been skating with the team so we'll see) and Mathieu Schneider didn't play their last game (possible injury) so we'll see


Their defense isn't half bad, but man talk about playoff experience as a whole, well lack there of. If Bryzgalov doesn't stand on his head, they have 0 chance.

Edited by HockeytownRules19, 11 April 2010 - 11:02 PM.


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Posted 11 April 2010 - 10:53 PM

They're a pretty clutch team this year and they seem to find that clutch goal at the last minute. That makes me worry. I've watched a few of their games and they never seem to actually be out of it. Somehow they can find a goal with a minute left. It's kind of how the Wings have been lately... remember that string of games when the Wings had multiple last second winners? The 'yotes have been that way for half the year.

I'm not terrified of them but I definitely think they deserve respect.
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Posted 11 April 2010 - 10:54 PM

lol I went too far on that zero chance thing... but I do believe if Bryzgalov doesn't play well this could be an extremely short series.

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 10:55 PM

What about Lang and Schneider? Are they injured or just being benched?

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 10:57 PM

Don't forget Phoenix had a ridiculous amount of shootout wings this year (19?) which inflates the point total somewhat.

As someone already said, Bryz needs to be their best player. I just hope the wings don't underestimate the team though as they obviously have something going for them.

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 11:02 PM

lol I went too far on that zero chance thing... but I do believe if Bryzgalov doesn't play well this could be an extremely short series.


Definitely-- Brygalov has been their MVP by far. If Holmstrom can get into his head early we're golden. We really need Holmer to have his mojo going because he's the guy who can completely get a goalie of their game.
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Posted 11 April 2010 - 11:04 PM

Don't forget Phoenix had a ridiculous amount of shootout wings this year (19?) which inflates the point total somewhat.

As someone already said, Bryz needs to be their best player. I just hope the wings don't underestimate the team though as they obviously have something going for them.


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The Yotes won so many games in the shoot outs. However, the Wings must not underestimate the Yotes because they really deserved to be 4th this season; for me, the Yotes are more dangerous than the Sharks to the Wings. Be honest, I never watched the Yotes' game this season but after I looked at the stats, I think it is safe to say the Wings' offenses are better than the Yotes. Since I never watched their games, I will leave D.

The last thing comes to goaltending. Howard has been great for us during the whole season but his playoff performance is questionable as this season is his first full NHL season in his career.

I am not terrifed by the Yotes but the key for the Wings in this series is how they can beat Bryz early. I hope the Wings take at least one game in Pheonix this week.
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Posted 11 April 2010 - 11:20 PM

The Yotes know that they can win simply by working harder than the Wings. They will certainly bring their A game. My hope is that the Wings take on the challenge and exceed their hustle and work ethic. If they do that then they should win.

I hope so for LGWs sake. I'd rather not see a lot of angry 35 page GDTs and a bunch of "lazy and sucks threads". (Unless they're the good kind of lazy and sucks threads).

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 11:38 PM

Wow, what a bunch of soft Europussies!

We've got this thing in the bag. :cool:
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Posted 11 April 2010 - 11:42 PM

The lack of game breaking talent is going to hurt Phoenix IMO. The Wings have guys that are just money in the playoffs, Phoenix dont have those guys. If Bryzgalov falters at all, we got this.

My biggest fear, honestly, is if Schnieder and Lang do play in the playoffs. Former Wings always kill us, and those guys would be no exception.

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 11:45 PM

I wish Wolski would play for the Wings. Is he Polish does anyone know? I thought I heard somewhere he was, and his name is obviously from that part of the world.

And man...they have a few players that just dropped off considerably. Lang, Schneider, Jovo, what happened, guys?
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Posted 12 April 2010 - 03:29 AM

The lack of game breaking talent is going to hurt Phoenix IMO. The Wings have guys that are just money in the playoffs, Phoenix dont have those guys. If Bryzgalov falters at all, we got this.

My biggest fear, honestly, is if Schnieder and Lang do play in the playoffs. Former Wings always kill us, and those guys would be no exception.


i agree with this -- with the exception that bryz IS a major gamebreaking talent. i think you were getting at offensive production, though, and there i agree.

obviously, a lot of our guys have not had their best offensive year and wolski will obviously be a big factor, as he earned a point-per-game with phoenix and has the most points out of any one on the team. but other than him, their best total point-getter is shane doan with 55 points in 82 games (.67 PPG). lombardi isn't bad, either, but to me, wolski-lombardi-doan does not match up with franzen-datsyuk-homer. and when guys like datsyuk and zetterberg can shut down crosby and malkin, i don't think they should have too much trouble containing phoenix's top guys.

it seems like they have a fair number of guys that *can* hurt you, but most of them have not had huge seasons this year. our defense will have to be tight, but i just see our potential offensive output as being much greater than theirs. we outscored them by a few total goals in the regular season, but considering how bad we were playing at times and how many man games we missed, you have to imagine that the detroit offense outpaces phoenix's greatly.
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Posted 12 April 2010 - 03:34 AM

Bryz is the only person on that team I am worried about. If he doesn't stand on his head, Wings are gonna take it, easy. (however, howard may need to do the same....)
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Posted 12 April 2010 - 03:39 AM

I do have faith that Babs and Co. will study endless hours of video and come up with a good game plan.

I do worry a little about Jimmy though. He needed some losses to get used to playing in the NHL this year. Hopefully he'll do whatever he has to do in order to play well.

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 03:41 AM

Bryz is the only person on that team I am worried about. If he doesn't stand on his head, Wings are gonna take it, easy. (however, howard may need to do the same....)


i agree, but the odds that bryz DOES stand on his head are regrettably high.
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Posted 12 April 2010 - 03:42 AM

I do have faith that Babs and Co. will study endless hours of video and come up with a good game plan.

I do worry a little about Jimmy though. He needed some losses to get used to playing in the NHL this year. Hopefully he'll do whatever he has to do in order to play well.


We need our D on their game the whole entire playoffs. I have confidence in Howie if the D plays well in front of him. Its when we have defensive lapses and he gets hung out to dry that Wings find themselves in trouble.
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Posted 12 April 2010 - 03:46 AM

At least J-Ho will be getting his first playoff appearance against a team similarly lacking playoff experience. That way our boys can set the pace while he gets comfortable.

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 04:53 AM

That "full 60 minutes" applies now more than ever. This is not a team where you can sit on a lead and pull back.

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 05:47 AM

The only name there I really worry about is Bryz. Doan seems to play well against the Wings, as does Jovo. The first line is easily matched up against one of our 2 top lines, most likely Homer-Dats-Franz. I think Babs will keep Dats and Z separate until they come up against a really dangerous 1st line, or if the Yotes somehow win a couple games. But the Yotes are a balanced team (low scoring and dependent on the top 2 lines for almost all of the offense while the 3 and 4 lines play defense.)

The worry is that Bryz keeps the Wings in check and the Yotes score 2 or 3 goals a game and end up winning a few. This will be a low scoring series.

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 06:09 AM

They're a cinderella team. Those are always dangerous. They want to prove all the doubters wrong. They'll be very motivated and work their butts off.

Their roster doesn't look terribly impressive aside from Bryzgalov, but they've got some talented d-men, a good leader in Doan, dangerous scorers in Wolski and the red-hot Stempniak.. and overall just a hard-working, tough team to play against.

I expect every game to be close.. in the end the Wings should be stronger because of experience and hopefully killing them with puck-possession, but if they can't score on Bryz early it could turn ugly.





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