Zetterberg: + Owns Crosby; - Can grow a much sweeter beard than me
Datsyuk: + James Brown ringtone; - No dangle dangle for another month
Lidstrom: + He has four sons; - Does perfection have a flaw?
Cleary: + Relentless worker; - Bad at avoiding teammates' slapshots
Franzen: + April through June; - Game 5 giveaway in the 2008 Final
Bertuzzi: + Doesn't need to floss; - Blind passes in the neutral zone
Rafalski: + Team USA; - His turnovers wake my neighbors
Filppula: + He has potential; - We've heard that for three years
Kronwall: + Marty Havlat; - Apparently Teemu Selanne
Holmstrom: + Unreal hand-eye coordination; - The English language
Eaves: + The goal smile; - I'm not raining on his parade
Stuart: + So incredibly reliable; - Not so good Game 7 in the 2009 Final
Hudler: + The past two games; - The season started in October
Helm: + Speed; - Cement hands
Ericsson: + 2009 playoffs; - Everything since
Abdelkader: + Willing to fight; - Probably shouldn't be
Modano: + Willa Ford; - March is a long way off
Salei: + Not a whole lot; - Not a whole lot
Miller: + Great on the PK; - He's not Ryan
Draper: + The Grind Line; - That was a decade ago
I mentioned Lidstrom only because a large number of osgood fans like to blame the defense for everything.
Seriously, have you watched Jimmy Howard lately? Ozzie has been just as good, if not better. Maybe that's not saying much with the way the defense has been playing, but stopping 46 shots is incredibly impressive. The only weak goal was the second one.
I now completely believe there are people that will never give Chris Osgood an ounce of credit no matter what. He makes 46 frickin saves and people are still bitching that he let in three goals.
Thanks Samuelsson. Surprised he didn't wire a slapshot and knock Lidstrom out last night too.
This really sucks. I think the Red Wings will be OK without Datsyuk, but there's no room for any drop-off in the Western Conference right now. Filppula better prove he's got some consistent offensive upside very quickly.
Last I checked, human beings make mistakes. Look at all the mistakes that the Wings have taken advantage of. Some of these mistakes have made coaches and players on other teams look foolish. Yet, they don't wallow in self pity or penalize themselves. They get back on the horse and keep going. In the course of a season, even the best players are going to turn the puck over and/or make key mistakes in a game. Even Lidstrom has done this, even in his Norris trophy winning days.
True fans of the team will stand behind their team and players to the end. Not push them under the bus when they make a mistake.
I dislike when people try to define what a true fan is. Should we all hold hands at the Joe and be proud of lackluster efforts just because we are all Red Wings fans? Everyone makes mistakes, I fully understand that. However, it's a discussion board and there are instances where it's perfectly fine to be upset especially when those mistakes cost the Red Wings a game and one of their teammates a milestone victory he deserved yesterday. It's not like this is the first time Rafalski has turned the puck over or been poor defensively. He's getting paid as a first pairing d-man and I expect a better effort than what Rafalski has shown for that price tag.
If true fans can't voice their displeasure with their team's or a player's performance, then there doesn't seem like much of a reason to ever watch sports.
You can say Rafa is overpaid but to say he flat out sucks is completely ignorant and has no basis in reality. Make no mistake about it, Rafa is still a top notch defender that any number of teams would die to have. There was a reason why the Wings suffered without Rafa on the point when he was out with injury and it wasn't because he sucks. The Wings were worse without him and that is an undebatable fact.
It's one loss. The sky is still blue and the grass is still green. Don't act otherwise.
Rafalski doesn't "suck", but I'm sticking by my claim that he's overpaid and the worst defensive d-man on the team. Sure, he's terrific on the point and he usually makes a great first pass out of the zone, but he's very weak defensively. Lidstrom, Stuart, Kronwall and even Salei are consistently more reliable in their own zone and it's really kind of inexcuseable that Babcock would keep going back to the Rafalski/Ericsson pairing so late in a close game. That defense pairing needs to end because both are turnover prone and neither can position themselves well enough defensively to avoid getting pinned in their own zone.
The most frustrating part to me about Rafalski is the fact he was unbelievable defensively at the Olympics with Suter against the best talent in the world. However, he has never consistently shown that with the Red Wings to justify six million dollars for some nice breakout passes and assists on the powerplay. I think it's fair to blame the loss yesterday on Rafalski -- his gaffes led directly to the tying and winning goal. Ozzie deserved way better than that effort.
I feel so bad for Ozzie. He had some huge saves and deserved to win.
Brian Rafalski is very overrated and overpaid. Six million dollars for garbage defense and turnovers. The only time he looked remotely respectable on defense was with a team USA uniform on. Other than that, he's the least reliable d-man the Red Wings have in their own zone. Why Babcock kept going back to him so late in this game just blew my mind. He is the reason Chris Osgood doesn't have 400 wins right now.
Go back to New Jersey Rafalski. No one would notice your s***ty defense and turnovers there.