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2/23 GDT : Nashville Predators 0 at Red Wings 4

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If the best thing you can say about a player is that he's not doing awful things, it's not a good sign.

My main problem with Abdelkader and Cleary with Datsyuk is that it's so, so obvious neither of them understands how to play with him. They're never ready for the give-and-go passes, they're always a step behind from getting to the open areas, and obviously neither of them can score on the chances he gives them. Datsyuk is creating magic out there, but it's wasted on 2 guys who think hockey on a much lower level.

Tatar looks on fire, he's everwhere winning pucks and making good plays. He's got good hands around the net, as well as the vision to make good passes. Having him on the 3rd line does give us some more scoring depth, but the reasonable thing to do would be to switch him with either Cleary or Abby.

Frustrating...

And Zetterberg's line is looking weak. A lot of time spent defensively.

I'd go so far to say he's having a good game.

I can completely understand people being frustrated with line combos and even ice time. But it's snowballed to the point where people ***** about Cleary as if he can't even skate, when he's actually been good this game.

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It's nice to see the Wings with a 3 goal lead. They aren't outplaying the Preds by any stretch of the imagination. That Nashville team is very disciplined and has quite a few plays that lead to great scoring chances. I wonder if we could trade Babcock and his staff for Trotz's crew? Has anything like that ever been done? Of course, Barry wouldn't accept that deal. Interesting to speculate how Trotz would manage the Wings.

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Can Kronwall stop taking penalties? He and Cleary have taken way too many, 2 of the top 7 penalty leaders in the entire league playing a ton of minutes on the same team.

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If your watching on NHLN we can ***** about Don Cherry

I'm sure he means well, but damn, can anyone follow what he is talking about?

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I'm sure he means well, but damn, can anyone follow what he is talking about?

I don't envy Ron Maclean's job. Trying to make sense of his rambling and eventually get him to shut up so they can move on with the show or go to commercial.

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I hate been a fan of the Nashville Predators,They can't score,if their lives depend on it.

Watxhing the Preds tonight reminds me of every Wings game this year..... Great Chance after chance after chance and cant pot one !!

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I'm guessing Babs likes him because he's a utility guy.

Don't get me wrong Cleary sure hasn't been setting the world on fire this season, but he can play the PP, PK, and is defensively responsible. Even when he is playing well his game is ugly. And when he's not, it's even uglier.

But I think he's been fine this game. Had some good chances, taking abuse in front of the net screening Rinne. Was good on the PK.

That's why I don't want him out of the line-up, I'd just rather he play on the 4th line with Abdelkader and Tootoo (when everyone is healthy).

They would form a checking line that would be effective defensively, could forecheck the hell out of an oppositions top line or put up points against their bottom lines. He could still kill penalties and in the case of injuries fill in on the PP.

I don't think he's earned 20+ minutes a night though

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I'm sure he means well, but damn, can anyone follow what he is talking about?

To comment on what he said at the end with hockey players being the most polite/non criminal athletes, how much of that has to do with a lot of football and basketball players growing up in broken homes?

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To comment on what he said at the end with hockey players being the most polite/non criminal athletes, how much of that has to do with a lot of football and basketball players growing up in broken homes?

And then in turn when one makes it to the "top of the mountain" they have an entourage of "friends" and associates which I think increases those chances...that's just my opinion of course

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To comment on what he said at the end with hockey players being the most polite/non criminal athletes, how much of that has to do with a lot of football and basketball players growing up in broken homes?

It costs a lot more to play hockey as a kid than it does Basketball/Baseball/Football etc. Perhaps household income has something to do with it as well.

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come on jimmy,please let one in

Yep, then LGW can really get the GDT going.

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Anybody else annoyed by the Fat Head commercial?

I was.

Of course I'm a crabby old lady so most commercials annoy me.

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