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#2592884 Babcock: Petr Mrazek is starting Game 1

Posted by VM1138 on 13 April 2015 - 12:12 PM

Man, we talked about this but now that it's happened in real life, Babcock must have lost all faith in Howard. He's basically trying to replace him with a rookie.

Ferraro being in. Is a wasted roster spot though.

#2592288 Team next season?

Posted by VM1138 on 11 April 2015 - 03:49 PM

I think it really is just that Weiss is a turnover liability. Weiss works hard, he just isn't defensively sound and we all know that that is Babcock's first priority, even over scoring.

#2592283 4/11/15 GDT Red Wings 2 @ Hurricanes 0

Posted by VM1138 on 11 April 2015 - 03:30 PM

This is the first time I can remember that I'm not optimistic about the playoffs. I just don't see us making it out of the first round this time. I hope I'm wrong.

#2592172 Is A First Round Exit Imminent?

Posted by VM1138 on 11 April 2015 - 07:15 AM

I'd like to see Marchenko brought up for the playoffs. Gotta get playoff experience sometime. And only him and Pulkinnen will be new to the whole playoff thing so it shouldn't be too risky to give him a chance.

#2591557 4/9/15 GDT Red Wings 3 @ Canadiens 4 *Warning post #888 & 906*

Posted by VM1138 on 09 April 2015 - 09:06 PM

Why. The. Hell. Is Smith. On the ice.  With Minutes. To Go.

#2591144 4/9/15 GDT Red Wings 3 @ Canadiens 4 *Warning post #888 & 906*

Posted by VM1138 on 09 April 2015 - 07:46 PM

That just reminds me how fragile our hold on the playoffs currently is.  Not a lot of room for error here. 

#2590673 Team next season?

Posted by VM1138 on 08 April 2015 - 10:10 AM

One thing is certain: there will be some kind of shakeup.  How often have we tried to put together good lines only to have one or two players make one line totally garbage.  We can have two-and-a-half or three good lines and the other one is always terrible because of some random player who doesn't quite fit somewhere.  If Babcock returns, we'll need to move Weiss because he's usually the odd man who can't play in the bottom two lines.  If he leaves, Weiss should stay and be used as the 2C where his skills benefit the team the most.







Some players are going to have leave, even if we don't want them to.  Not really any room for the kids unless they are bottom six talents.  I'd hate to see Mantha or someone play on the fourth line and go nowhere.


Weiss is a big question mark.  He puts up points, but can he be a 2C like we need? If not, he needs to be moved for a bonafide 2C.  Sheahan and Helm don't cut it.  We've got so many freakin' centers.


On defense I'd love to see:


Kronwall- New Guy




I think that'd be a hell of a setup, if the New Guy is a bonafide top 2 defenseman.

#2590671 4/7 GDT : Carolina Hurricanes 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by VM1138 on 08 April 2015 - 10:03 AM


Babcock has lost his mind.  There is no reason for Miller and Glenfiddich to play those kind of minutes.  Just bad coaching.  Datsyuk was amazing last night.  


Boohoo.  I won't shed a tear.  


Only thing I can think of is that Babcock feels we will make playoffs no matter what, and he's trying his best to rest some of our better players without actually having them sit?


If not, his dedication to hard working, low skill players over skilled players who aren't defensive dynamos is going to be our undoing.  It has been for a few years now.

#2590040 Helene St. James says Howard starts and Z and Pavel reunited

Posted by VM1138 on 07 April 2015 - 03:22 PM

That third line looks like garbage, though. Blech.

#2589955 Redwings recall Ferraro

Posted by VM1138 on 07 April 2015 - 07:38 AM

Meh.  I know he's had a better year in Grand Rapids but I just don't see Ferraro ever making the jump to the NHL permanently.  Hopefully it doesn't hurt us having him up.

#2589776 4/5 GDT : Washington Capitals 2 at Red Wings 1

Posted by VM1138 on 06 April 2015 - 08:25 AM

They actually didn't play all that bad.  This was definitely not one of the most frustrating games to watch.  If there is such a thing as a "normal" loss, this was it.  Wouldn't be concerning except that they're once again battling for a bottom playoff spot.

#2589326 4/5 GDT : Washington Capitals 2 at Red Wings 1

Posted by VM1138 on 05 April 2015 - 02:33 PM

Pittsburgh might be more likely to miss playoffs than us. How glorious if that happened.

#2587443 3/31 GDT : Senators 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by VM1138 on 31 March 2015 - 08:44 PM

30-10 shots. Wow.

#2587095 Who should sit?

Posted by VM1138 on 31 March 2015 - 04:47 PM

After the way Babcock has treated recent acquisitions over the past couple years I've got to wonder if players will stop coming here later in their careers. Weiss is still a decent player who can out up points and instead Babcock just decides his season is basically over because he's not a defensive wall. Kind of frustrating. Babcock might be brilliant but even hard workers will start to worry that if they come here it's only a matter of time before they are benched in favor of some scrubs like Andersson.

#2586718 3/29 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Islanders 5

Posted by VM1138 on 29 March 2015 - 05:27 PM

How dare you rope Halak in the same camp as our guys. That's just mean spirited and unacceptable in this blog.

Haha, I noticed no one seemed to be pointing out that Halak is having the worst night, I think.