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#2500344 Around The League - Eastern Conference Playoff Race

Posted by VM1138 on 24 March 2014 - 09:42 AM

I have lived through two SCF with my now wife (at that time Fiancee) with us playing Pitt. We barely survived Thursday, unless the trip to the Cup Finals were on the line I would prefer to not play Pitt. 
On a random side note, we were seated next to Bert's wife on Thursday and she is about the sweetest woman I have ever met. Also got exceptionally into the game and was high fiving me with every score.

I hate picking poison but if we're healthy I don't see why Pittsburgh is so scary. We know we can shut Crosby down with Z. We have the depth to keep scoring even with Datsyuk and Z focusing on shutting down Malkin and Crosby. Their defense is iffy (as is ours), their goalies flaky and they melt down in the playoffs without the excuses we've had the past few years.

I'm not really too scared about any Eastern team over 7 games, as long as we're healthy. But again, I hate to get cocky and start dismissing teams but Pittsburgh wouldn't be a bad matchup.

#2500342 Legwand to Detroit for Eaves, Jarnkrok + cond 3rd/2nd

Posted by VM1138 on 24 March 2014 - 09:37 AM

Legwand has also accumulated steady points,created some havoc and plays with an edge that makes us harder to play against. Nothing against Jarnkrok but Legwand was a sure thing, unlike Jarnkrok. And think about our last games. Other teams have to focus on him, Franzen and Alfredsson, which allows Nyquist and Tatar to tear things up. I don't think Jarnkrok could have done that here.

We had to give up Jarnkrok. It's not like Holland just said "hey, take a great prospect, too!" when he made the trade.

#2499910 3/23 GDT: Red Wings vs Wild

Posted by VM1138 on 23 March 2014 - 08:13 PM

Honestly, none of our wins were well played. We're tempting fate, just hanging on until we get some stars back. Let's hope It keeps working.

#2499753 Gustav Nyquist Appreciation Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 23 March 2014 - 07:15 PM

Nyquist might hit 30 before the week is out.

#2498654 Injury Updates

Posted by VM1138 on 21 March 2014 - 12:14 PM

Pulk really didn't do anything other than the slapper, though.  Ferraro had some bonehead mistakes but overall he was pretty solid defensively.


Great news that Helm is coming back.  Please let him score like he was before Christmas.

#2498574 Gustav Nyquist Appreciation Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 21 March 2014 - 07:27 AM

I'm beginning to think the Wings may just pull this off. Datsyuk should be back in what, five or six more games? Helm should come back next week. Just hang on, guys, the cavalry is coming.

#2497645 3/20 GDT - Penguins 4 at Red Wings 5 (OT)

Posted by VM1138 on 20 March 2014 - 07:16 PM

Possibly the sloppiest period we've ever played.


Really? The Penguins had one great chance off a bad turnover.  Other than that, the Wings are moving the puck, they scored, and they're playing solid defense. I've seen far, far worse.  


Maybe it just seems worse because of the high end talent Pittsburgh could spring loose at any minute, but in reality I think they're doing really good.

#2497156 Maple Leafs 2 @ Red Wings 3

Posted by VM1138 on 18 March 2014 - 10:06 PM

We've got to make playoffs. We may finally get to see a fairly healthy roster if we do. God that'd be exciting.

Beat Pittsburgh and Toronto and we'll be competitive again.

#2496360 Franzen calls out team

Posted by VM1138 on 18 March 2014 - 09:13 AM

I like this. Franzen has turned it around this year. Even the last game, he may not have scored but he was finally hitting like we all wish he'd do.

He's engaged in the play. He's doing his best. But there is clearly a confidence issue. Every game is the same. As soon as the other team takes a lead, you see the guys slump on the bench. They give up and that is what Franzen wants changed.

I dont care about Franzen's past. He's bringing it this year and thay allows him to say this.

#2496238 Injury Updates

Posted by VM1138 on 17 March 2014 - 03:19 PM

I try talking about this with my non-Red Wing and non-hockey fans and I don't think they quite get how absurd this all is.  For God's sake fire the training staff.  And the doctors.  Somewhere internally staff was changed and that's the only thing that can explain this.


Grand Rapids must be pissed.  I imagine it's hard to keep winning when we keep taking their players.  But hey, at least they managed to make playoffs, right?

#2496161 3/16 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Blackhawks 4

Posted by VM1138 on 17 March 2014 - 11:16 AM

Roenick nailed it last night post game.

Fact is, we have no talent. You can't plug 3rd and 4th liners on the top lines and expect it to work, as the 3 goals in last 4 games illustrates.

Guys like Nyquist and Tatar are future solid 3rd liners, but let's face it, they're no superstars. The only prospect that has superstar potential is Mantha.

Even if we let all the old guys go in the off season, I don't see us doing much better next season. It will be a mix between declining vets and 3rd line kids....

Don't know how we are gonna get better anytime soon.

Over a full season Nyquist would be pushing 30 goals in his rookie season. Maybe he's not flashy, but he's going to be a Franzen-type player. Not your #1 star but definitely the third part of the triumvirate of star forwards every team has.

Tatar is similar. His numbers aren't as good but he spent the first 20 games getting 6 minutes a night.

With Datsyuk, Z, and Franzen, that gives us five top forwards in future seasons when most teams have three. Then if Weiss gets back to where he was and Legwand continues to be steady, we are absolutely stacked at forward next year.

I'm excited about next year so long as we change at least three defensemen. It needs an overhaul.

#2495073 UFA/RFA Re-Signing, What Does Everyone Get?

Posted by VM1138 on 14 March 2014 - 07:45 AM

I think we either give Mrazek a shot or we sign another backup. Gus has been good but at this point I think Holland needs to go for iron-men who aren't injured every three games. With so many of the same players returning we need to improve durability where we can. The injuries have really hurt us the past few years.

#2495008 Red Wings have Recalled Pulkkinen from Grand Rapids

Posted by VM1138 on 13 March 2014 - 02:49 PM

With Jurco out, why is Alfredsson still not playing with Sheahan and Tatar?  It could boost his production and give the kids a really good producer.  

#2494791 3/11 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Blue Jackets 4

Posted by VM1138 on 12 March 2014 - 01:20 PM

I'm not sure what you guys saw last night.  I didn't see the Wings lose because they were getting beat up.  Yeah, Columbus was physical, but our problem was, once again, terrible defensive positioning and no offense.  


I agree it'd be nice to be able to defend ourselves, but it's hardly a priority at this point.  We've never been outmuscled in a playoff series and lost, at least the last 10 years or so.  That's what matters to me.  

#2494636 3/11 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Blue Jackets 4

Posted by VM1138 on 11 March 2014 - 08:37 PM

If we hadn't blown the first 20 games we'd be okay. Early season points were critical once again.