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2013 Season in Review (46 Games in)


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#1 WingedWheel91

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:46 PM

Hi Guys - I just wanted to get everyone's opinion on how our season, albeit with 2 games left to play, can be evaluated from a fans perspective.  The 2012/2013 Wings have certainly seen a variety of ups and downs - I know there's going to be a lot of you who will look at fighting for 7th/8th seed nothing short of disappointing, but try to remember that in a compressed season the point totals are somewhat misleading. A quick example: If our 2-5 shootout record was anything close to our 9-3 record from last year, we would be fighting for home ice advantage right now - and I would certainly take 4th place in any transition year, let alone the year following Nick Lidstrom's retirement. 

 

I have certainly enjoyed the emergence of players like Howard, Abdelkader, Dekeyser (FA Addition), Nyquist, Andersson, Emmerton, and Brunner. It seems pretty surreal, but after watching our team play in Vancouver, against Phoenix and against LA this week, I certainly feel we can still compete against anyone in the NHL and honestly, would not be surprised if we got out of the first round as a 7th or 8th seed to make a run. I use the word surreal, because it seems like all season people have been talking about the 21 year streak coming to an end, and how Detroit is finally going to  face adversity as a team forced to rebuild. But after watching this team, this week, and thinking about what we have done without Darren Helm (who I believe is more valuable than anyone on this team not named Pavel or Jimmy) plus a very young group of Defenseman, and no true #1 (sorry guys, Kronwall is a good Defensemen, but not a #1) I have a renewed sense of excitement.

 

Datsyuk and Zetterberg still look great together, our second line is finally being anchored by the Mule -  our third line was the best line on the ice last night against LA, and how many chances did Eaves get playing on the 4th line - not to mention, TooToo's GWG. I understand this was one game, and LA played the night before... but what I look at is how we have played this week when it matters, which is all that really does. 

 

Going forward, after all the negative attention surrounding this team this year, I take comfort in the fact that we can still beat anyone (when we want too) and our farm system is the best its been in years. I truly hope that this thread can finally put an end to the Fire Kenny Holland notion, as he is still one of the best GM's in the NHL. The fact he has been to the playoffs 21 straight years is great, but like Suter said last night, the fact he has done it every year since the inception of the salary cap, is unbelievable. 

 

Next year with a real off-season, a real training camp, a real trade market for us (being a western conference team moving to the east...at some point... crippled our ability to make the big trade. ex. Rick Nash) and further development from a suddenly young core of players will allow us to once again be at the top of the NHL. 

 

Let me know what you guys think.



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:53 PM

I prefer to give my season REVIEW when the season is reviewable, call me crazy. 


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LGW after 1 loss is irrational, after a few in a row it becomes quite comical, 22 playoff appearances in a row and 4 cups in that time and still going strong. Relaxxxxx !!
 


#3 WingedWheel91

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 02:07 PM

I prefer to give my season REVIEW when the season is reviewable, call me crazy. 

 

Haha, I think 46/48 games of the season is a pretty good sample size. The real reason I asked now is because if we don't make the playoffs, you wont catch me on the site until early July - and no-one is going to have anything to positive to say about this now anyway. 



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 02:57 PM

If their shootout record was as successful as last year's, they'd be sitting in 7th place right now, not 8th.  It really isn't that signifcant.



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 03:07 PM

If their shootout record was as successful as last year's, they'd be sitting in 7th place right now, not 8th.  It really isn't that signifcant.

 

If you read carfeully it says "If our 2-5 shootout record was anything close to our 9-3 record from last year, we would be fighting for home ice advantage right now" - Because if we went (5-2) and had 5 points instead of 2 for instance, we would in fact be fighting for home ice advantage sitting at 55 points (2 points behind 4th place LA with a game in hand), which also confirms the sentence before it "..in a compressed season the point totals are somewhat misleading" 

 

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Edited by WingedWheel91, 25 April 2013 - 03:11 PM.


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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:17 PM

I am a bit more optimistic heading into next season with the players we have at this point. However there still needs to be changes. Fil, Cleary, Sammy,Colo, White need to go. I don't know why colo or White were not moved at the deadline for picks even high picks are better then nothing. A top six sniping Winger is needed. This team needs a lot more goals next year. Is it wrong that I trust DeKeyser on defense more then any of the other guys already? LOL wow this kid looks like the real deal!  I will reserve judgment of Holland until I see what he does this off season. If he gives Fil 5m and resigns Cleary then he should be fired.



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:23 PM

I think with a full season we wouldn't be worrying about playoffs. We sometimes dipbdown to the average range for a few weeks. With another 35 games or so the Wings could've climbed right back up to the top.

So my season review is: the lockout sucked.
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:38 PM

MVP: Howard 


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#9 ZforC

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 01:11 PM

MVP: Howard 

Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!! someone agrees with me







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