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#2595587 Kings' Jarret Stoll arrested for cocaine possession

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 18 April 2015 - 12:16 PM


#2596811 Smith in. Marchenko out for Game 3

Posted by rick zombo on 20 April 2015 - 10:38 AM

Too many defensive mistakes in the neutral zone in game 2.


The solution? Brendan Smith. :eh:

#2594181 We NEED Bigger Ice!

Posted by F.Michael on 16 April 2015 - 07:02 PM

I thought this would've been a topic on mixed drinks, and what size ice (large cube, or fine chips) are best.


Stay thirsty my friends.

#2593242 No Scoring and No Fighting

Posted by amato on 14 April 2015 - 05:13 PM

Mcgrattan has a hot gf though

Mcgrattan beats Lesner everyday

But does mcgrattan have a s***ty dagger tattoo across his chest?! Point, lesnar.

#2593118 No Scoring and No Fighting

Posted by F.Michael on 14 April 2015 - 08:26 AM

"But the fans! The entertainment!"

GMs couldn't give less of a s***. It's all about winning.

I'd like to think it's both winning, and entertainment.


I'd say the vast majority of Detroit Red Wing fans (including  those who don't visit this site) would agree that the Cup winning teams from the 90's were much more entertaining than what we had in 2008.

#2592949 No Scoring and No Fighting

Posted by 8 Legged RedWing on 13 April 2015 - 01:31 PM

I can't even remember seeing many big hits this year. For or against the Wings. I can literally recall maybe only two or three for the Wings this whole season. Granted I know the Wings aren't the team to watch for hits but still.

#2592940 No Scoring and No Fighting

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 13 April 2015 - 01:18 PM

No this thread is not about the Wings.  


So the league leader in points this year was Jamie Benn, with a whopping 87 points. Ovechkin led the league in goals with 53.  Only two other players even hit 40 goals!  Only 15 players hit 30 goals.    


I know this is the era of butterfly, oversized pad goaltending, but this can't be what Bettman and company want to see.  You'd think all the top players in the league spent the season overseas when you look at these stats atop the leaderboards.  


Oh and only 16 players hit 100+ PIM, with only 4 of those players hitting 150+ PIM.  I can't imagine that happening any other time in a full season in the modern era.  


To sum up, this "new NHL" has no scoring and no fighting.  I guess if you're a fan of big goalies swallowing up pucks, you'll love today's game.   :sleepy:



Oh I almost forgot.  There's parity, so that makes everything more fun to watch, despite the fact that nobody scores, hits or fights.  Parity is what really counts here folks.  

#2593136 Brendan Smith

Posted by nawein on 14 April 2015 - 09:52 AM

Well said RedWingsReign. Finally someone with a level head on the Smith situation. I haven't wanted to comment in here because the hate the kid is getting is beyond ridiculous and everyone knows how I feel about Smith. But I will say one thing, Smith has had a decent season with quite a few miscues along the way. He is still learning to play solid defense at the NHL level and I'm sure it will come. He's made mistakes over the past few weeks (since the slide) but so have every other defenseman on the team. It's just that Smith's f*** ups get much more focus because, well he's the new LGW whipping boy... The play while he was sitting on the bench, sure it was stupid, but it was a split second decision (obviously the wrong one) that could have happened to anyone. But alas it didn't, it was our whipping boy, so let's make a thread about how stupid / brain dead he is... and how he will never amount to anything... and how we should trade him for anything to any team that is willing to take this sieve...  :rolleyes:


In saying all that, I don't hate the decision to scratch him last game, and I don't think it would be the worst decision to scratch him for game one against Tampa to get his head on straight. And although I don't think that is confirmed yet, I do think it's likely that he will be the odd man out next game. But make no mistake, we will see Smith in at some point this series, and he will be ready to go.


Here's the thing. For your first point, it couldn't have and hasn't happened to anyone. Zetterberg has never reached out into the play while on the bench to play the puck. Kronwall, DK, Cleary, Tatar, Andersson, or anyone else either for that matter. It wasn't a split second decision that could have happened to anyone because every other NHL player I've ever seen isn't stupid enough to think "Oh, I'm on the bench. Oh look a flying puck! I should try to grab it." It's a play a 6 year old makes. It's the equivalent of a defensive football player running off the sidelines midplay to make a tackle and thinking he'll get away with it. There's no words to describe it. It wouldn't happen to anyone else because other hockey players have the ability to think and follow the rules. And yes, the thread was made about Smith because it's not the first time he's done something utterly asinine. It's becoming a repetitive problem and it's no longer excusable.


For your second two points that I bolded, I have actually been saying these things since I watched him play in GR several years ago. I gave him a small benefit of the doubt but he made 6 or 7 terrible reads and two of them ended up in the back of his net. I watched him a couple more times after that and that's been my position ever since. His play at the NHL level has only confirmed it.


Also I'll say this. The ability to think the game is the most important ability a prospect can have. It's not so much about physical ability or talent because those can be taught and developed. It's about ability to make the right read and react and have it be instinctive and fast. It's why Ericsson never developed into a top 2 dman despite his physical stature. It's why Ouellet will be better than Sproul. It's why DeKeyser is better than Smith. Given their physical attributes it's no doubt that Smith should be the stronger, faster, more athletic player than DeKeyser, Ouellet or Marchenko but Dekeyser and Ouellet and probably Marchenko will all be better because they have the mental side of the game that can't be taught. Smith doesn't have it. He never has and he probably never will. "A good player plays where the puck is, a great player plays where the puck is going to be." Smith usually plays where the puck was, because he probably just turned it over.

#2591913 Definition of a real fan

Posted by wings7 on 10 April 2015 - 01:37 AM

2.an implement of feathers, leaves, paper, cloth, etc., often in the shape of a long triangle or of a semicircle, for waving lightly in the hand to create a cooling current of air about a person:

"We sat on the veranda, cooling ourselves with palm fronds. You know, the real fans, not those fair-weather poser fans that have to be turned on and are only cool when they're near the ceiling."

I hate and love that you decided to respond like this hahaha

I have an authentic Larry Murphy jersey.


I'm in, right?

Only if you can get him back in the FSD booth....thoughts?

#2591814 % chance of making the playoffs

Posted by rick zombo on 09 April 2015 - 10:01 PM


100 %  110%



This is hockey, after all. 

#2590750 Erik Cole out for season, playoffs due to spinal cord contusion

Posted by Playmaker on 08 April 2015 - 04:41 PM

His speed was really a surprise to me.  As much as it sucks for the fans, can't imagine how he's feeling.



Interrupting this post for a brief grammar pet peeve...


Could HAVE, not could "of".


Now back to your previously scheduled programming.

#2590622 3 point advantage games need to be eliminated

Posted by TigerDan on 07 April 2015 - 11:33 PM

I've thought about this a lot and after tonight's games, I really need to get this off my chest: the three point disadvantage (or advantage) really needs to be addressed.
I've heard a lot about ways to reduce the number of shoot outs, but to me the biggest problem with the shoot out is that three points are awarded in the game. I understand that the NHL doesn't want to go back to the boring 5 minute, no shot OTs where both teams get one point with a tie. My question is this: why don't they make all games worth three points like they do in international hockey?
For anyone worried about historical point records, those were obsolete the minute they introduced the three point game. It used to take 80 to 84 points to make the playoffs and only 2-3 teams each year had 100+ points. Now, 98 points could miss the playoffs and 10-12 teams will finish with at least 100 points. Make every game worth 3 points and the anxiety over shootouts, ROWs, etc. will go away.

#2589924 Joe Louis Arena Game Entertainment

Posted by canadian wings fan on 06 April 2015 - 09:21 PM

Whoever complained about the goal horn hell no. Our goal horn gives me goosebumps everytime I hear it. It's fantastic

#2589710 Who do you hope the Wings play in the 1st Round?

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 05 April 2015 - 08:53 PM

We're playing against Pebble Beach Golf Course in the first round.  

#2582758 Statistical view of 3 on 3 OT

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 18 March 2015 - 02:57 PM

3 on 3 is just like a shootout.  You're creating a gimmick that we never see in a real game in order to manufacture a point for a team that doesn't deserve to win.


I'll make it simple.  If two teams play a game where neither team was good enough to win in "regular" play, plus OT, the game should end in a tie.  Neither team deserves the extra point.  Awarding an extra point just for the sake of it is stupid.  


If the casual American sports fan doesn't like that, they can go jump off in a cliff into a forest full of werewolves carrying STD's.  I'm tired of changing the game to appease imbeciles.