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#2669703 ECQF Game 2 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 5, Red Wings 2

Posted by VM1138 on 15 April 2016 - 10:03 PM

Because this is the playoffs and you do what you have to in order to send a message or gai an advantage. It's not the time to be soft. This is hockey!


That type of stuff never "sent a message" to the Wings when they were beating a crappy team and said team started scrims. I doubt Tampa is going to be less physical after that.


#2669616 Was Moving To The East Worth It?

Posted by VM1138 on 15 April 2016 - 09:05 PM

I actually thought the high level competition and constant battling in the West helped keep us competitive. It might be a coincidence but it seems like the team got lazier after the switch.


#2669589 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by VM1138 on 15 April 2016 - 08:59 PM

Yeah, Zetterbeeg, tap them all and tell them how well they played. Jeez.
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#2669507 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by VM1138 on 15 April 2016 - 08:47 PM

Anyone gunna watch game three and four?


I'll still watch game 3, but if they go down by two by the end of the second I'm not finishing. And if they're down 0-3 in the series I'll be done. This team isn't competitive enough to spend three hours watching.


#2669480 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by VM1138 on 15 April 2016 - 08:44 PM

Richards on the ice against the Johnson line again at even strength. Blashill is really, really bad.


Tampa has last change. They're exploiting our weaknesses, which is apparently super easy.


#2669437 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by VM1138 on 15 April 2016 - 08:39 PM

Mrazek MAY have overplayed that goal, too, but e damn sure would have tried to get back into position. Howard usually just drifts. Plus, Mrazek sees the ice better and aggressive or not probably wouldn't have fallen for it. Mrazek has the athleticism that allows him to be unorthodox.


#2669372 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by VM1138 on 15 April 2016 - 08:27 PM

It makes me sad how predictably Howard gives up a back breaker.


#2669197 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by VM1138 on 15 April 2016 - 07:47 PM

Quit hesitating be with the puck!


#2668436 ECQF Game 1 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 3, Red Wings 2

Posted by VM1138 on 14 April 2016 - 08:13 AM

Haha one bad goal, a couple of great saves and people are already calling for an unproven guy, who basically scrapped the bed since new year. Green was the best player on the ice would be nice, if he could show up like that more often.

 

Mrazek isn't exactly unproven.  He dominated Tampa in the playoffs last year, then dominated most of the season this year.  Since his rough patch (which was really only a handful of games according to a poster here who broke down that stretch) he hasn't had a chance to regain his footing.  Blashill pulled him multiple times after letting in like two goals early.  For a young kid you need to let him work out the kinks during those types of games.  I mean, Howard also gave up chunks of bad goals during the end of the season and rarely (if ever?) got pulled. 

 

I wouldn't say Mrazek is unproven at all, just that his track record isn't as long as Howard's.  The problem is, Howard's track record is not a winning one in the playoffs.  Now we all know Howard will start Game 2 and it's not necessarily a bad thing, but I hope Blashill has him on as short a leash as he had Mrazek, because we won't win for long with Howard. 

 

Not to mention that simply style of play Mrazek would help us win more than Howard.  His ability to move the puck is like having a third defenseman back there and could really help our speed game.  Not to mention, as others have mentioned, his ability to track the puck and move laterally is far superior to Howard. 

 

TL;DR, Howard isn't terrible, but we won't win much with him, and Mrazek has a proven track record of excellence but hasn't been given much of a chance to rebound from a small sample of games where he struggled.  Mrazek's style of play will help us more than Howard's, too.  Take the chance on the kids, the vets aren't working.


 

Wasn't Stamkos a no show last year in the playoffs?

 

I don't know about the playoffs as a whole but he was definitely a no-show against the Wings.


It'd be neat if Smith was in over Ericsson, but considering it's never going to happen I'm going to stop even suggesting it. As far as tonight? Joakim Andersson brought A LOT guys.

 

Where did this Smith love come from?  Do we really need Smith taking four unnecessary minors during the game?  Or smoothly handling the puck....straight to a Tampa stick?




#2668310 ECQF Game 1 GTD: Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 ET

Posted by VM1138 on 13 April 2016 - 08:58 PM

You know what this team can handle TB, they hung with them and minir tweaks and they can win next game!


They can hang with any team. They can get close to winning. They can almost hit the net.

What they can't do, is finish.


#2668242 ECQF Game 1 GTD: Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 ET

Posted by VM1138 on 13 April 2016 - 08:47 PM

It was more than a week or two of mediocre play. It was a month and a half of the worst play of any starter in the league.

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Which translates into a handful of games, several of which he was pulled. In my opinion he probably shouldn't have been pulled some of those games. I'd trust Mrazek to return to form because of his short track record than I would Howard, whose track record isn't very good in between rare stints of above average play.


#2668215 ECQF Game 1 GTD: Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 ET

Posted by VM1138 on 13 April 2016 - 08:41 PM

This team won't win with Howard. Team has no confidence with him behind them. Iif we are going to go down, at least let it be with our goalie of the future.

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Also the goalie who stonewalled Tampa last year. Mrazek must be terrible in practice because I do t see why a week or two of mediocre play dooms our franchise goalie of the future to the bench. Relying on the vets this series isn't going to win it.


#2667210 Mantha

Posted by VM1138 on 12 April 2016 - 07:14 AM

I'd hardly call 5 points in 10 games subpar for a kid who has played only ten games in the NHL.


#2667187 Free Press: Pavel Datsyuk to return to Russia following Playoffs

Posted by VM1138 on 11 April 2016 - 10:02 PM

 

I love how you make it sound so easy to pawn off a 7.5 million dollar contract.  No one is going to take it.  You can't bury money anymore with nothing to show for it even if you need to get to the floor.  Life changes, Pav for personal or professional reasons is going home 1 year short of fulfilling his contract.  Being the class act that he is he already admitted he should've signed 1 year deals instead of a 3 year contract.  His 7.5 million was already allocated for next year so it has no bearing on what we could/would be able to afford but i'm not naive not to admit that extra 7.5 would basically give us unlimited Stamkos money. Fire Holland? Cmon man.  Attempt to be semi rational.  

 

Many, many people have already posited how the contract could be traded.  I don't know why you think it's so impossible and unlikely.  Even some of the bloggers and hockey writers have posited the same scenarios.  The one that pops up the most is Phoenix with the Pronger contract.  It'd be a better deal for them because they would end up with a cap hit without paying out actual money.




#2666952 Free Press: Pavel Datsyuk to return to Russia following Playoffs

Posted by VM1138 on 10 April 2016 - 08:26 PM

Holland's MO is to stand pat, sign a role player or two, and wait for a superstar to emerge from our recent draft picks.