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#1 Richdg

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:39 PM

We are about 1/3 through the season, and on a 4 game losing streak. as short as this season is, we can't afford to get into a 6 or 7 game losing streak. Already down to tied for 8th place in the west, and the second half of the season is a b!tch. So yes, the enxt 2 games vs the blue jackets and the preds are already must wins. Ok, let me rephrase that. We have to get no fewer than 3 points in the next 2 games, but 4 would be a lot better. may not be enough to save the season, but getting 0 points may put us into a place we can't recover from.



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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:41 PM

Actually every game is pretty important.


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:48 PM

I agree. Babcock needs to take advantage of the fact that we have home ice and are facing a weaker Columubus team on Thursday. I want to see Datsyuk and Hank together on the top line with Brunner to work their magic because I think they can win the game for us alone against Columbus. Fil and Sammy can man the 2nd line and get it going. Hopefully we start to get some bodies back and get on a positive streak before we head out west. Message for the boys... Follow the lead of #13!



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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:53 PM

I agree. Babcock needs to take advantage of the fact that we have home ice and are facing a weaker Columubus team on Thursday. I want to see Datsyuk and Hank together on the top line with Brunner to work their magic because I think they can win the game for us alone against Columbus. Fil and Sammy can man the 2nd line and get it going. Hopefully we start to get some bodies back and get on a positive streak before we head out west. Message for the boys... Follow the lead of #13!

 

Assuming Sammy's hand isn't actually broken.


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:54 PM

I agree. Babcock needs to take advantage of the fact that we have home ice and are facing a weaker Columubus team on Thursday. I want to see Datsyuk and Hank together on the top line with Brunner to work their magic because I think they can win the game for us alone against Columbus. Fil and Sammy can man the 2nd line and get it going. Hopefully we start to get some bodies back and get on a positive streak before we head out west. Message for the boys... Follow the lead of #13!

Sammy's probably going to be out. Sounds like a broken hand.



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 12:03 AM

Sammy has been a good pick up for us.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 12:04 AM

True that, forgot about him. These injuries are nuts. If the Wings get into the playoffs Babs should defs be nominated for coach of the year given all these injuries. Every single game someone new is getting hurt. Instead of practice tomorrow, I think Babs needs to bring them somewhere to get some good luck back for the team! I guess I would like to see :

 

Brunner- Datsyuk- Zetty (Brunner and Hank have not been as dominant lately and Pavel has been, well, Pavel) This line will be very strong against the Jackets.

 

Tatar- Filpulla- Nyquist

 

OR if you wanted to get Fil going maybe put him back with Hank since he had so much success last year with him:

 

Brunner- Datsyuk- Nyquist (I think Brunner needs to be put with Pavel because Pavel will feed him the puck... and this line would have awesome speed).

 

Fil- Hank- Tatar/ Franzen (if he plays)



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 12:49 AM

In a shortened season with such a close schedule and so many division games every game is important.

Sure this team is injury prone right now but a win against the Jackets needs to happen, boys could need a boost in thei confidence, I am sure of that.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 12:53 AM

I honestly would like to see:

Zetterberg- Datsyuk- Filppula
Tatar- Andersson - Brunner
Zetterberg- Emmerton- Miller
Filppula-Datsyuk-Eaves
Tartar-Andersson-Brunner

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:39 AM

How do you even run a real practice with these injuries. Man. But we have to win these 2 games. Just to keep pace.



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:42 AM

If the Wings drop another game to the Jackets and extend the losing streak to 5, it's officially time to implement plan "no winnin' for McKinnon". Cause after CBJ the boys have 2 back to back sets of Preds/Cansucks then Kings/Sharts. Not exactly a walk in the park...

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 02:25 PM

Sammy has been a good pick up for us.

 

how? I like the way he played, but he has been injured since after game 2 of the season, then came back played one game and is injured again. If anything I would say he's getting easy paychecks


Edited by Euro_Twins, 20 February 2013 - 02:26 PM.


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Posted 20 February 2013 - 02:44 PM

In the past, the wings have a tedancy to look past "weaker" teams but I dont think they will do that tomorrow night. We are a desprate team who needs to stay in the Top 8 as we try and get our ACTAUL roster healthy


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Posted 20 February 2013 - 02:46 PM

 
how? I like the way he played, but he has been injured since after game 2 of the season, then came back played one game and is injured again. If anything I would say he's getting easy paychecks


I was being facetious.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 02:47 PM

In the past, the wings have a tedancy to look past "weaker" teams but I dont think they will do that tomorrow night. We are a desprate team who needs to stay in the Top 8 as we try and get our ACTAUL roster healthy

 

Wait... What are you trying to say here? Our actual lineup isn't the Grand Rapids Red Wings?



I was being facetious.

ok then lol



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 03:02 PM

Im just going to say it...I would be very surprised if we made the playoffs this year. I think Holland knew what was up, before the injuries, when he said we might not make the playoffs.

The breakdown:

Our defense is terrible. Quincey is useless and was officially a waste of that pick. We are arguably better off with Lashoff full time over Quincey. Kronwall is a #2 guy and has too much pressure on him. Ericsson, while not his classically terrible self, instills next to no confidance in me for any kind of playoff type worth. White, Kindl, Huskins, Carlo are all generic filler, depth defenseman. Kronwall and Smith are the only two defenseman we have that I have any confidance in.

Howard is overworked, and while he is underrated, I think he's going to get shelled this year. He has to be yelling "Nick! Where are you?!"...Like a toddler cries for his Mom.

Injuries, while seemingly never good, might actually give Holland some perspective. I personally think, maybe somewhat in hindsight, that it may have been better to not have signed Samuelsson anyway. Some of Bertuzzi, Eaves, Miller, and Emmerton could and should have been sent packing as Nyquist, Tatar, and probably even Andersson are ready for full time duties. So with the injuries, Holland gets to see that those guys bring more than thier older, less skilled counterparts.

Other rantings: Franzen might frustrate more than he's worth...to bad we have him locked up for life. Filppula probably needs to be traded while other teams still think he's going to be awesome one day. I can't see how replacing him with Nyquist in a near throwaway season would hurt too many feelings. Filpulla should bring a pretty nice return from a playoff team.

Highlights: Brunner is way better than I expected and is a legitimate asset to the future of this team. Mrazek keeps on surprising. Zetterberg is on fire and Datsyuk seems to get better with age.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 12:30 AM

how? I like the way he played, but he has been injured since after game 2 of the season, then came back played one game and is injured again. If anything I would say he's getting easy paychecks

And his conditioning is terrible.  He skated slower than molasses moving up a slide in the dead of winter.


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:34 AM

how? I like the way he played, but he has been injured since after game 2 of the season, then came back played one game and is injured again. If anything I would say he's getting easy paychecks

I might be wrong here, but I think he was be sarcastic...

 

 

 

 

 

(I am being sarcastic) lol

 

ON topic though, if the Wings are going to win these next two we cannot roll with Cleary on the top line.  Tatar deserves that spot with all of these injuries.  I'm assuming Nyquist is going to be in the lineup due to Sammy's injury?  It would be awesome to see him on a line with Pav again,  Maybe the top six can look something like:

Tatar-Z-Brunner

Flip-D-Nyquist

 

Not bad?


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:49 AM

We need to grind out victories in the next 2 games, I agree.

 

As long as we can make the Playoffs and end up there with a healthy roster I will be happy. I feel confident our full healthy team could make waves. ;)


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:14 AM

We need to grind out victories in the next 2 games, I agree.

 

As long as we can make the Playoffs and end up there with a healthy roster I will be happy. I feel confident our full healthy team could make waves. ;)

 

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