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#2669552 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by GoWings1905 on 15 April 2016 - 08:53 PM

Why in the hell is Larkin on the ice down three in the last minute of the game? Really smart, Blashill.

#2669503 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by GoWings1905 on 15 April 2016 - 08:47 PM

I hate Boston so much for making us watching this s*** for another week. Thanks for extending this stupid streak that means nothing besides a crutch for Holland to be a bum for another year.

#2669221 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by GoWings1905 on 15 April 2016 - 07:50 PM

PP looks terrific. Mantha is a spare part, though.

#2669006 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by GoWings1905 on 15 April 2016 - 07:07 PM

Wonder what would happen if Tampa didn't have the Michelin Man in net. 

Doesn't help the Red Wings are firing wrist shots from 40 feet out making his job easy. They gotta get some traffic to the net.

#2668994 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by GoWings1905 on 15 April 2016 - 07:01 PM

Cough cough Lucic.. Abby is doing his job he isn't the problem with this team

There are plenty of problems. Abby is one of them. He takes dumb penalties and plays 20 minutes per game.

Also, Joakim "the PK expert" Andersson didn't kill a second of penalties in the first period where the Wings were short-handed three times.

Mantha and Jurco are definitely less valuable, though.

#2668791 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by GoWings1905 on 15 April 2016 - 05:26 PM

I think trying the same thing over and over will ultimately cost the Wings this series, but just have a feeling they win tonight. 


3-2 Wings in OT and Gus gets the winner. 

#2668345 ECQF Game 1 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 3, Red Wings 2

Posted by GoWings1905 on 13 April 2016 - 09:07 PM

Joakim Andersson played more than AA tonight. Luke Glendening played five more minutes than Dylan Larkin.

Winnable series being thrown away by this incredibly stubborn organization. Honestly, the decision making and usage is beyond inexcusable at this point. I have never been so frustrated by a team refusing to change their ways.

Play the freaking kids. At least if we are going to lose, do it with something to gain in the process. Losing is one thing, but to continue taking this stupid approach of veterans at all cost is ridiculous.

#2667364 Mantha

Posted by GoWings1905 on 12 April 2016 - 08:59 PM

Even if there is some argument for Mantha not playing (which I don't agree with), then why not Jurco over Andersson even? The PK/faceoff line is garbage. The Wings have more than enough guys to kill penalties and Andersson isn't even good at faceoffs. 


I love how when the Wings called him up it was for "injury insurance", but everyone knew damn well he was going to dress in the playoffs. This organization is a farce when it comes to saying one thing and doing another entirely.

#2667361 ECQF Game 1 GTD: Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 ET

Posted by GoWings1905 on 12 April 2016 - 08:52 PM

4-1 Lightning. The Red Wings limped to the finish line and are going into the playoffs trying the same exact strategy of running veterans into the ground and not icing the best possible lineup. 


Crazy thing is this series is there for the taking. I just don't trust Blashill's usage and insistence of playing not to lose. 

#2666939 Playoff Lines + Mantha Back to GR

Posted by GoWings1905 on 10 April 2016 - 07:11 PM

We lost to an AHL Rangers team. Stamkos being out injured isn't exactly giving me confidence. This team hasn't won 4 games in a 7 game stretch all season, I don't think. Not sure why they would now.


I agree, but losing to the Rangers once again comes back to poor usage and expecting the veterans to carry the load after an 82-game grind. Blashill was playing not to lose yesterday and they did. I'm not saying this is a cup contender with these hypothetical moves, but I do believe it gives them more of a chance to win than the losing formula they clung to down the stretch. 


Babcock could get away with that system because he was such a good coach. Blashill is not there, nor should he try to become something that he isn't. He got the job because he developed prospects well and seemed to embrace transitioning them to the next level here in Detroit. Why we got away from that in a perfect year (not a cup contender, declining veterans) to incorporate more youth is beyond me. 

#2666920 Playoff Lines + Mantha Back to GR

Posted by GoWings1905 on 10 April 2016 - 05:52 PM

Jeez, they really hate Mantha, don't they? Holland can be so damn condescending sometimes. 


I just looked at Jurco's NHL career stats.  He's basically declined each year.  He's the definition of a plug out there.  Serviceable as a warm body but not doing anything to help.  Andersson is the same.  He can PK because he can't skate the whole ice.  Blashill is obsessively defensive. His only tweaks are to bring a player on to help us play PK, not a player to help our PP score.


I've never been so frustrated with this franchise.  I really hope we're not about to go down in humiliation.


The crazy thing is they could go on a run in the playoffs if they put the right pieces in play. The Lightning are very vulnerable right now with injuries and is anyone that scared of the Panthers or Rangers/Islanders? I'm not saying the Wings would come close to beating the Capitals or Penguins, but the first round especially is winnable and then go from there. 


I thought Blashill would bring a  new identity and finally push the young guys into larger roles. Instead he has been Babcock without the coaching acumen. I don't know if Holland has him by the balls or what, but I honestly feel this is a pretty dangerous team with better personnel decisions and usage. Right now though, they won't beat the Lightning if they are going down the same path as the one they used to limp into the playoffs. 

#2666885 Playoff Lines + Mantha Back to GR

Posted by GoWings1905 on 10 April 2016 - 04:29 PM

This organization is so stupid sometimes. 29 other teams wanted no part of Joakim Andersson two months ago and the Red Wings are going to dress him in the playoffs. How many PK bodies does a team need? You already have Glendening, Helm, Sheahan, Abby. Plus AA and Larkin or hell, even Pav and Z if Blash didn't run them into the ground already. 


You aren't winning the Stanley Cup and your future looks even bleaker with Datsyuk gone. What better time than now to give your young guys valuable playoff experience? What's the worse thing that could happen -- the Wings lose in the first round like every other year anyways?


25 years, though! Holland will cling to that pointless streak until someone finally steps in and holds him accountable for seven years and counting of mediocrity. 

#2666632 Post Epic Meltdown - er, Post Game Discussion

Posted by GoWings1905 on 09 April 2016 - 07:07 PM

I think with better personnel decisions and proper usage, the Wings can can win this series against the Lightning. If Blashill coaches like he did down the stretch, they are going to lose. I know he probably felt pressure to preserve the streak and all, but the over-reliance on declining veterans at the end of a six-month regular season was not the answer. I would have preferred the Wings use most of this year to transition younger players into larger roles, but the playoffs provide a new stage to give them an opportunity.


Z - Pav - Larkin

Nyquist - Sheahan - Mantha

Tatar - AA - Richards

Helm - Glendening - Abby


DeKeyser - Smith

Kronwall - Green

Quincey - Marchenko 


None of this will ever happen, but I am going to believe at some point the real Jeff Blashill appears and not the Mike Babcock clone we have seen emerge lately. Maybe Blash's hands are tied by Holland. I just know the Wings are missing the boat entirely in player development and maximizing their ability to win games right now. 

#2658702 3/10 GDT : Winnipeg Jets at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by GoWings1905 on 10 March 2016 - 10:10 PM

Not pretty in any sense, but they battled back from down 2-0 and hopefully this is the start of their game going in the right direction. Should help if nothing else from a confidence standpoint because they seemed pretty fragile lately.

#2658222 3/8 GDT : Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7:00 EST

Posted by GoWings1905 on 08 March 2016 - 09:22 PM

I wanted him gone because I thought the Wings were getting stale, but it is so obvious now Babs made this team look better than they were for years.

Which brings us to the most maddening thing: how awful of a job has Ken Holland done the past seven years? And when does someone finally hold him accountable?

Seriously, either tear it down and rebuild entirely or have some guts to make moves and contend again. This middling in mediocrity garbage is the worst place to be. Hopefully the playoff streak does end, so he can stop clinging to that pointless "achievement."