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#2274744 Wings or Blues

Posted by F.Michael on 28 March 2012 - 07:57 AM

Wings should be the clear favorite; they have more skilled forwards; more trophys, more experience and skill on the blueline; probably a wash with goaltending and coaching and finally the "Lidstrom" factor.

Hmm - dunno about that.

Personally I get the feeling it'll be another early exit for the Red Wings (unless of course we get favorable calls, and both the pp/pk get red hot).

I'm of the opinion the Blues will be the Western Conference "dark horse"; a team that not many talk about, but has the potential to win the Cup...If it's not the Red Wings representing the Western Conference - then I honestly hope it's the Blues...A Blues/Bruins, or a Blues/Rangers Cup Finals is certainly possible, and would be a good series.

#2274003 Happy Turtle Day

Posted by F.Michael on 26 March 2012 - 01:19 AM

Great story :thumbup:

Unfortunately, I was in 2nd grade at the time and this was before I was a full-time Wings fan, so I never got to experience watching this live.

What made it more "special" was the simple fact that I'd be able to watch the game...Living in Wisconsin meant I needed cable tv (I don't recall DireTV nor DISH being around in the 90's, and there certainly wasn't NHL Center Ice back then), and lucky for us ESPN 2 carried the game that night (in those days only a handful of Red Wing games were aired each month); I'll never forget Gary Thorne, and Bill Clement getting all "geeked up" as the game progressed - they too were waiting for something to happen :lol:

When the game ended with a Red Wing victory in OT - I truly felt our chances of seeing them hoist the Cup later that summer multiplied considerably...That was a massive bonding moment, and as a fan of the Detroit Red Wings I was so proud of them.

#2273999 Happy Turtle Day

Posted by F.Michael on 26 March 2012 - 12:54 AM


I'll never forget that nice unseasonably warm sunny day (kinda like what we're experiencing now)...Went to the gym; had a great work out (mind you I had the game on my mind, and thinking how much I detested evrything about the Avs only intensified my time at the gym)...Went to my parents (was dog sitting) to walk the pooch for a good hour (wanted him tuckered out so I could watch the game without any interruptions)...My buddy (die-hard Flyers fan) came over as well as my lil'sister (because of my influence she became a Wings fan); ordered some take out pizza, and picked up a case of beer for the game.

What a night that was :thumbup:

#2272932 Are Chicago fans not as bad as we thought?

Posted by F.Michael on 22 March 2012 - 11:18 AM

when did this hit take place?

During a hockey game silly :ph34r:

#2272928 3/21 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Rangers 2 (OT)

Posted by F.Michael on 22 March 2012 - 11:13 AM

Nyquist? Mursak?

Though I do believe that the "over-ripening" aspect might have been legitimate when we didn't have much room (2008) to fit those younger guys into the system. Now, if they have legitimate NHL talent they should be up on the 3rd or 4th line.

I'm of the opinion that both Nyquist, and Mursak have the ability to stick with the big club - just at what line (top 6 or bottom 6) remains to be seen...I honestly believe either one, or both should stay in the line up for the remainder of the reg season, and possibly into the playoffs as well.

So far I like Smith - he seems to really be the only one capable of meeting the expectations of the scouting staff (as in a top 4 Dman)...Hopefully he'll continue to improve, and as some others have said - there's a good chance he'll supplant both Ericsson, and Kindl on the depth charts sooner than later.

#2268265 Kronwall Destroys Voracek

Posted by F.Michael on 08 March 2012 - 01:08 PM

As much as I loathed Scott Stevens - he was an animal on the blue line...They don't make'em like that anymore.

#2266086 Brendan Smith watch thread

Posted by F.Michael on 03 March 2012 - 04:51 AM

I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do with the gloves off, but I'd rather see him focusing on other aspects of his game. Dropping the gloves a few times a year will be great though. :thumbup:

Anyone else think Smith could knock Kindl out of the rotation on the defense? And if he does, is Kindl getting wheeled out of town over the summer?

Smith looked very much at ease last night, and yes I do think both Kindl, and Ericsson should be concerned.

#2265360 Nystrom hit on Letang

Posted by F.Michael on 01 March 2012 - 10:39 AM

It's theese sorts of plays/hits that are becomming more common due to the speed/size of the players in the game today.

Doesn't look dirty to me - however I haven't a clue as to what Nystrom was thinking, or what his intent was...As cnot19 mentioned - it's Nystrom's role as an aggressive forechecker to keep the puck in the oppositions end of the ice via physical play.

Another hard decision needs to be made by Shanny; I'm thinking no suspension.

EDIT - just wanted to add some additional thoughts...I don't recall seeing this many Dmen getting targeted years ago...The idea of opening up the game, and not allowing any form of obstruction only gives the green light for opposing forwards to nail unsuspected Dmen at high rates of speed...Years ago (take a look at games from the 80's, and early 90's) we'd see the forwards hook/tug on the jersey of an opposing forward to give their Dmen ample time to gather the puck, and make a play thus reducing the chance of getting run hard.

Another thought is getting rid of the trapezoid, and allowing the goalies to play the puck...I'm certain this too will reduce the number of Dmen getting injured as they retrieve the puck.

#2265333 Justin Abdelkader: A fighter's courage, but no fighter's skill

Posted by F.Michael on 01 March 2012 - 09:41 AM

Dallas Drake was a straight up head hunter. :D

Yup - anyone else remember this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f7C8BsYb7U

#2265226 Justin Abdelkader: A fighter's courage, but no fighter's skill

Posted by F.Michael on 29 February 2012 - 09:18 PM

thats what playing college hockey has a great potential to do to you. If he wanted to be a fighter or had any inkling in his mind that he might have to do it in the future he should have joined junior. I still don't know why they don't ditch the cages and allow fighting in college.

Probably due to liability/insurance, and the NCAA wants a nice wholesome image...We can't have that Major Junior "thuggery" permeate into our precious collegiate system now can we :rolleyes:

#2265163 Justin Abdelkader: A fighter's courage, but no fighter's skill

Posted by F.Michael on 29 February 2012 - 03:44 PM

What's the matter, you don't remember all those times that Justin Abdelkader getting his ass kicked helped the Red Wings ****** victory from the jaws of defeat? Oh...me either.


On a serious note - this will turn into another enforcer debate in which those who know me well enough know where I stand on this topic.

#2265117 Johan Franzen Depreciation

Posted by F.Michael on 29 February 2012 - 11:35 AM

I think you're right. It's obviously hard to ***** about the guy's production over the past couple of years, especially given how much we pay for it. I think the real *****, at least for me anyway, is that except in rare circumstances, I've never believed that Franzen was the kind of guy who could take a game over and completely dominate. Obviously he's had a boat load of multiple point games, but that's not what I mean. I mean a guy that works so hard every shift, that opposition defenses have to match against him, have to spend time and effort to slow him down, or have to eat s*** if they don't. What's frustrating is that it's not that he doesn't have the skill set to do it, but rather, he's just kind of lazy. To me, what makes Pav, Z, and more and more often Filppula, so dangerous is that they are skilled enough to beat you themselves, but also because you have to take them seriously on every shift, they open the ice up for their linemates. I think Franzen could play that way, but sadly doesn't. I think he's the beneficiary of a lot of hard work from the other guys. And again, you could say this about a lot of people, but in most cases they're limited by a lack of pure skill. A limit Franzen doesn't have. Don't get me wrong, 25-30 goals a year is nice, and for the money it's wonderful. But 25-30 goals a year that commands a defensive response, and makes everyone around him better would be much nicer. And the only thing stopping Franzen from being a guy like that, is Franzen himself...which is just sort of, frustrating.

Basically, I see a guy who is already effective, but with a more consistent effort could be a Cory Perry or Shane Doan type guy. Somebody who's an absolutely beast to play against every night. Lord knows I'd love to see that.

Well said.

I never recall Franzen being anything more than a 3rd line player when he came over at the tender age of 25 yrs in 2005; what he became a few years later was for the most part unexpected.

He arrived with a solid work ethic of someone who hustles, and never gives up on the play - hence his nickname by Stevie...Me thinks the injuries, and to a certain extent being targeted by the opposition has taken a bit of a toll on the Mule, and now we're beginning to see his play drop off, and he doesn't appear to be as hungry as he was just a few short years ago...Although I gotta admit - he's taken some pretty heavy-duty injuries (ACL tear, and facial lacerations when he went face 1st into the boards come to mind), and the guy comes back earlier than expected...For that I'm very impressed with!

I'm hoping he's just saving himself for the playoffs; God knows we'll need him, and Bert to really step it up, and use their size to their advantage...Either way he'll remain a Red Wing; I seriously doubt Holland will move the Mule anytime soon.

#2265113 Legacy of Ken Holland

Posted by F.Michael on 29 February 2012 - 11:20 AM

Primeau lead to Shanahan, so it worked out.

And for the record...Shanahan >>>>>> Jagr >> Primeau

#2264628 Brad Stuart's family issues

Posted by F.Michael on 28 February 2012 - 05:30 PM

His wife has a daughter with another man. She can't move out of the state of California with her daughter... and obviously she's not going to leave her daughter behind.


The only way the child could reside in another state is if the father of that child would relinquish parental rights - thus allowing the mother, and said child to move elsewhere...Since the father wants to be a part of his daughter's life (I'm assuming this is the case here) - the Stewart clan more, or less will stay in California.

#2256286 Is Nicklas Lidstrom The Greatest Detroit Red Wing Of All Time?

Posted by F.Michael on 13 February 2012 - 03:52 PM

Personally I'll always see Yzerman as the greatest Red Wing.