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3/15 GDT: at Colorado Avalanche 3, Red Wings 1

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2 hours ago, GMRwings1983 said:

... And forget Mrazek. That guy needs to have an exorcism in the offseason to ever be the same. 

I think Mrazek is capable to catching up with Hasek, though I think he'll skip Vezina and Stanley part of it, and end up playing some shadow corner beer league in Czech. They've got real good beer there!

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We were at this one, which makes for a different view than on screen...  It has been a couple years since the last time I caught a live game (also Denver, DeKeyser's debut)... it definitely convinced me that coaching is the issue here.

Couple things I noticed:

Zone entry on the powerplay is godawful.

Own zone entry on the PK is even worse... 

There seem to be two complimentary issues there - on the PP they are getting stood up at the blue line as the opposing team closed with them and shut them off in the neutral zone.  Conversely, on the PK, they are very quickly collapsing into their own zone, letting the other team walk in and work the puck around the outside and set up good shots.

Nielsen looks a lot better in person as a player.

Athanasiou and Larkin are fast as hell.

Mantha is a giant.

Z is carrying so much of this team right now.

That Mike Green one timer from the point needs to get set up 10 more times a game.

Oullet looks good.

There are good players out there, especially forwards, but they seem to be holding back and second guessing their positioning because they are being told to do things that might not be the right things to do - the passing ends up being hesitant and they are rarely moving the puck effectively laterally - with all the high skill players they have, they should be able to move the puck so much better than they do.

They came back hard after each Colorado goal, only to get sucked back into the above after a shift or two.

Glendening and Miller looked awful.

Anyway... just a few thoughts I had.

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4 hours ago, brett said:

How blashill still has a job after losing to the worst team in the league is beyond me. Organization is f***ed

This was discussed on the previous page. Firing Blashill right now would be an incredibly stupid move if he is as bad of a coach as so many around here think. You bring in a better coach, and what happens is they improve the team immediately when it means nothing, then we shoot up the standings not in the playoffs, but away from a top pick.

Organization is not f***ed up for not firing Blashill now. Come end of the season and he's still here, then your issue with not firing him would hold merit.

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21 hours ago, LeftWinger said:

Blashill will still be the coach next season and Liljegren will be your #1 pick by Holland. That's truth, get ready, because, well, Ken Holland. 

 

What's wrong with Liljegren?  We need to improve the defense, and he seems to be the best defensive prospect available in a draft that we should hopefully have a top 5 pick in.  I mean, I'm cool with we get one of the better forwards, too, but Liljegren seems to have a strong game.

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6 hours ago, SwedeLundin77 said:

What's wrong with Liljegren?  We need to improve the defense, and he seems to be the best defensive prospect available in a draft that we should hopefully have a top 5 pick in.  I mean, I'm cool with we get one of the better forwards, too, but Liljegren seems to have a strong game.

He has been demoted this year and has gone up and down the draft board all season long. He seems to be overrated by some, which means he is also could be underrated by others. With having our highest pick in ages, I'd rather use it on a consistently ranked player. 

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