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#21 unsaddleddonald

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:06 PM

Don't know if it's been mentioned already, but this dawned on me last night:

 

Kronwall

Ericsson

Smith

Quincey

Kindl

Lashoff

 

All Red Wings draft picks except for Lashoff, who we signed as an 18 year old. An all home grown backend! 

I like the size and athleticism this group has.

 

Looking forward to what some of their offensive potential may be.



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Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:10 PM

Completely agree on Lashoff.

 

He seems to have really good instincts as well as an ability to effectively gain body position on the opposition. Against LA, there was a play where Kopitar was skating into the zone and Lashoff bodied him up and took the puck.

 

I've taken to forgetting that he isn't Stuart.



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Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:29 PM

Colo is an asset and imo showed off his abilities when healthy. if he can stay healthy and gets the chance he can defntly earn a spot on this team. Not sure in a shortened season he can pull it off though.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:31 PM

I am surprised by how much I like Kindl out there. He has a good shot and more times than not he will use it. It is nce to see a D-man shoot the puck when he gets it as his first option.


"I think a tough team, a team that sticks together, is a lot better than leaving the onus on one guy to take care of business." - Brendan Shanahan

 

It still would be nice to have that one guy.


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Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:45 PM

I am surprised by how much I like Kindl out there. He has a good shot and more times than not he will use it. It is nce to see a D-man shoot the puck when he gets it as his first option.

Agreed.  Kindl has been one of our best dmen the past few games.  I hope he keeps it up!



#26 The Axe

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:57 PM

Quincey +11, Kindl +9. The two best on the team. If these guys get bumped, then Babcock and/or Holland are stupid.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:24 PM

Quincey +11, Kindl +9. The two best on the team. If these guys get bumped, then Babcock and/or Holland are stupid.

 

+/- means nothing... 



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Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:31 PM

I think the most telling thing during Babcock's post-game interview was something along the lines of guys "bringing in energy, not sucking it out" and about a team sport "not being about you, but about the team". White really seems to be in the dog house.



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Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:32 PM

I think the most telling thing during Babcock's post-game interview was something along the lines of guys "bringing in energy, not sucking it out" and about a team sport "not being about you, but about the team". White really seems to be in the dog house.

 

it's always been all about White since he was in Toronto, he's an overgrown baby



#30 joesuffP

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:49 PM

I don't like having small d man... I wouldn't give two s***s if colo and white never play again... Haskins is a better guy to step in if there's an injury or Kindl is playing poorly

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:50 PM

it's always been all about White since he was in Toronto, he's an overgrown baby

I agree.  I took exception to Cleary's big mouth/comments during the lock-out, but White was yapping his mouth as well, which didn't sit well with me.

 

He would have lasted a week with Scotty Bowman.  I think White will get a few more chances with Babs and if Bab's doesn't see a change....he's gone.  And quickly.  White is a veteran with a fairly solid reputation.  I often hear other teams announcers and people involved in the league (Pierre McGuire referring to Wings veteran leadership, Esposito on Sirius, John Davidson interview on Columbus radio, to name a few) who speak very highly of White.  So I believe there is a market out there for him....warranted or not.  The way I see it is that he'll throw a fit and tank until he gets traded if Babs keeps him in the doghouse or even if Babs keeps benching him.  This could get FUGLY!


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#32 The Axe

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:52 PM

 
+/- means nothing... 


It only means nothing to the people who want to ignore simple FACTS.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:55 PM

I know his name's been mentioned in connection with Carolina, but I'm not sure where he'd fit on their blueline. I think the most management gets for him is a 2nd/3rd round pick, and that's being optimistic.

"It only means nothing to the people who want to ignore simple FACTS."

 

Ok, so 6 of the 10 top +/- players last year were Boston Bruins. I guess they were just individually awesome, and not part of a collective defensive juggernaut.


Edited by Jesusberg, 01 March 2013 - 03:58 PM.


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Posted 01 March 2013 - 05:06 PM

Quincey +11, Kindl +9. The two best on the team. If these guys get bumped, then Babcock and/or Holland are stupid.

 

 

+/- means nothing... 

 

 

It only means nothing to the people who want to ignore simple FACTS.

 

 

Ok, so 6 of the 10 top +/- players last year were Boston Bruins. I guess they were just individually awesome, and not part of a collective defensive juggernaut.

 

Somebody has to be on the ice when goals are scored, right?

 

More interesting would be how those +/- numbers translate into goals and assists.  Quincy: 1 point  Kindl: 5.

oh! right... intangibles.  :bye:


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Imma let you finish, and your cap numbers are all good and all that, but imma let Kenny figure it out. Kenny's cap numbers were the best cap numbers this year.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 05:57 PM

It only means nothing to the people who want to ignore simple FACTS.

What facts exactly? 

 

Plus-minus is a mostly useless statistic because there's too many random variables involved for it to demonstrated anything meaningful. 

 

In 2011 Nick Lidstrom finished the season as a -2.  Rafalski was the highest among D men with +11.  So what does that mean?  Rafi > Lidstrom? 

 

Oh, that's also the year Lids won the Norris. 

 

as a minus 2.



#36 rick zombo

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 06:50 PM

Dudes are making valid points about over-valuing +/-

No one should be saying that a high +/- should be an automatic ticket to Awesomeland.

BUT, if Quincey was - 11 and Kindl was - 9, this would be used as LGW ammo to have them banished to Suck Island.

I base my opinion on what I see on the ice, and both guys are playing alright.
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 06:54 PM

What facts exactly? 
 
Plus-minus is a mostly useless statistic because there's too many random variables involved for it to demonstrated anything meaningful. 
 
In 2011 Nick Lidstrom finished the season as a -2.  Rafalski was the highest among D men with +11.  So what does that mean?  Rafi > Lidstrom? 
 
Oh, that's also the year Lids won the Norris. 
 
as a minus 2.

 
It's not a damning statistic but the fact is if you're a defensemen and you get a minus, there's at least a good chance that it was due to your poor defensive play. You can come up with a laundry list of reasons why it might not be. But at what point does the disparity between Kronwall's -6, or whatever it is now, (moving up from a shocking -10 before last week) and Quincey's +11 indicate that maybe someone is doing a better job at keeping the puck out of their own net?
And it's not a mathematical identity. 11 > -6; therefore, Quincey > Kronwall. But you can come to some qualitative intuitions based off an imprecise quantitive metric.
 
On the bigger picture. I think it was a mistake for Babs to say earlier in the year that the defense was Kronwall and then a committee. Kronwall's play was poorer for it and the committee showed no initiative. I haven't once in the past week seen Kronwall gesticulating and directing traffic in his own zone only to find that his man is now open and receiving a pass on route to scoring a goal. 

Edited by Gusto, 01 March 2013 - 06:55 PM.


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Posted 01 March 2013 - 07:01 PM

I'll say it again:  Somebody has to be on the ice when a goal is scored!

 

Kronwall as our number one defenseman (LIke Lidstrom before him) is going to be playing more minutes against other teams top lines and therefore more goals are likely to be scored.  It's that simple.

 

I'm not trying to apologize for Kronwall's play by any stretch of the measure. Of recent, you must admit, it has been better, but +/- is such a fuzzy stat.


Edited by e_prime, 01 March 2013 - 07:03 PM.

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(AtomicPunk @ February 4, 2010 - 12:16AM)

Imma let you finish, and your cap numbers are all good and all that, but imma let Kenny figure it out. Kenny's cap numbers were the best cap numbers this year.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 07:12 PM

I'll say it again:  Somebody has to be on the ice when a goal is scored!

 

Kronwall as our number one defenseman (LIke Lidstrom before him) is going to be playing more minutes against other teams top lines and therefore more goals are likely to be scored.  It's that simple.

 

I'm not trying to apologize for Kronwall's play by any stretch of the measure. Of recent, you must admit, it has been better, but +/- is such a fuzzy stat.

 

But the opposition scoring a goal, and you being on the ice aren't independent events. Sometimes the former is going to be because of the latter. And like I said there are many reasons why the two events may be coincidental, but how big does a + need to get and how small does a - need to get before the coincidences get considerably overtaken by the quality of play.

 

Kronwall also plays a lot with our best players and so should be on the ice when we are scoring goals. The two might not cancel each other out, but the point is in large enough numbers +/- starts to mean something, and over ~20 games a difference of 17 is not insignificant.

 

+/- does piss me off a lot too. So often I catch myself thinking; "Pav is going to pick up a minus there for no reason and someone is going to use that to give a Selke to Kesler, Bergeron or Towes"


Edited by Gusto, 01 March 2013 - 07:13 PM.


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Posted 01 March 2013 - 08:18 PM

You know what doesn't matter? Arguing about +/-

 

You know the only thing that matters? :stanley:







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