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#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."

#2647250 1/10 GDT : Red Wings at Anaheim Ducks, 8:00 EST

Posted by GoWings1905 on 10 January 2016 - 10:29 PM

That is an absolutely horrendous icing call. Typical "you are losing" so here's an edge garbage. 

#2647248 1/10 GDT : Red Wings at Anaheim Ducks, 8:00 EST

Posted by GoWings1905 on 10 January 2016 - 10:27 PM

Sheahan! He has been great lately.


Larkin making the team has saved this season. 

#2647004 Goalie Battle

Posted by GoWings1905 on 09 January 2016 - 07:14 PM

I fully support Mrazek as the starter being best for the team going forward, but a part of me really feels for Jimmy. I hope he does get an opportunity elsewhere because he is a good goalie that just fell victim to the circumstance of Mrazek blossoming into something special now. 


Jimmy has always represented the Red Wings well and seems like a class act. Whatever happens, I'll always be a fan. 

#2645674 1/2 GDT : Red Wings at Buffalo Sabres, 1:00 EST

Posted by GoWings1905 on 02 January 2016 - 03:17 PM

I'm sure the NHL would rather have the Sabres win. You people are ridiculous

I don't think they care who wins in this scenario. I do believe they officiate based on the score and that happened again.

#2645623 1/2 GDT : Red Wings at Buffalo Sabres, 1:00 EST

Posted by GoWings1905 on 02 January 2016 - 03:01 PM

Nyquist looks much better today away from Tatar. Not a knock on Tatar -- they just don't mesh.

#2645579 1/2 GDT : Red Wings at Buffalo Sabres, 1:00 EST

Posted by GoWings1905 on 02 January 2016 - 02:41 PM

Meltdown in the third now? This team doesn't have any idea how to play with a lead.

#2645430 12/31 NYE GDT : Pittsburgh Penguins at Red Wings, 6:00 EST

Posted by GoWings1905 on 01 January 2016 - 12:51 PM

It doesn't even faze me anymore when they blow games like that. I know going in it's either a squeaker win, or a loss. They could be more competitive if Holland would make some gutsy trades for once and try to fill the obvious holes, but he won't. it's been embarrassing yes, but the Wings have been elite or at the least competitive for a quarter century. Right now the veterans are showing age badly, team is soft, goalies flip flopped so much neither can establish a rhythem, defense needs serious help, forwards can't seem to do much. I think it's time Kenny commits to a rebuild if they miss or get smashed in the first round of the playoffs. Can't keep going like this. I can think of 10-12 guys on this current team i'd keep and ditch the rest. It's been a good run, but with this current team, nothing will get accomplished that actually matters.


Agreed. I was thinking about this last night too. At best this season, what are the Red Wings? Maybe third in the division, wild card spot -- basically a borderline playoff team again. They are stuck in the same place and the biggest problem is, you aren't going forward soon if Holland doesn't change because your two best players are slowing down considerably. 


Which brought me to my thought: it will NEVER happen with Holland, but shouldn't the Red Wings consider trading Pavel Datsyuk? If you really want to turn this around quicker, you almost have to take some risks in trades, which Holland has been extremely reluctant to do. Teams just don't let quality free agents get away much anymore, or if they do, you have to throw money around to compete with all other interested parties in that player. Howard is the most obvious trade piece, but you aren't getting anything significant back for him. 


I'm not bringing this up, just based on the past three games either. This is looking big picture and the fact this Red Wings team looks exactly like the ones of the past five or six years. Talented enough to get into the playoffs, but nothing more. Mediocrity is the worst place to be in the NHL and Holland is so stuck on embracing this stupid playoff streak that it overshadows the organization from getting out of that complacency rut. Something has to be done differently. I'm sick of hearing about "24 consecutive playoff appearances." Call me spoiled, but that isn't a good enough reason to celebrate a season.

#2645052 12/29 GDT : Detroit Red Wings at Winnipeg Jets, 8:00 EST

Posted by GoWings1905 on 29 December 2015 - 10:16 PM

Funny how Jurco looks much better on a line with other actual NHL players. Helm's continuous placement in the top-six is nuts, though. If we want someone to skate around real fast, call up Athanasiou since he might actually finish some chances.