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#2596792 Smith in. Marchenko out for Game 3

Posted by VM1138 on 20 April 2015 - 08:53 AM

Marchenko really looked lost last game.  No harm no foul bringing Smith back in.  We've got to do something to wake our team up, and sticking with the same old thing isn't going to hack it. 


I sure hope Brendan's ready.  We need mistake free hockey. 


There's a lot of harm bringing Smith back in, potentially.  Turnovers are already a problem.  And his pinching could really hurt us.  I would rather they had called up Oullette.

#2596475 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Tampa Bay Lightning 5

Posted by VM1138 on 18 April 2015 - 10:30 PM

The only physical edge Smith gives us is poorly timed penalties for lashing out in frustration.

#2596450 Oilers win the Draft Lottery

Posted by VM1138 on 18 April 2015 - 08:23 PM

If anyone can make sure McDavid never becomes a star, it's Edmonton.

#2595250 Game Two - Honest Discussion

Posted by VM1138 on 17 April 2015 - 01:46 PM

Good thing Bishop isn't great, and neither is their defense. I don't think offense will be a problem for us. Keeping leads will be.

#2594822 ECQF Game 1 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 EST

Posted by VM1138 on 16 April 2015 - 08:56 PM

Don't get too pissed at the Wings for this. It's getting late in a one goal game. Of course the refs will keep calling penalties against the winning team.

#2594469 ECQF Game 1 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 EST

Posted by VM1138 on 16 April 2015 - 07:49 PM

DeKeyser and Marchenko are having great games. As are Mrazek and Datsyuk. Everyone else looks like they don't even care.

#2593126 Why so negative?

Posted by VM1138 on 14 April 2015 - 09:15 AM

I hope for the best, but weren't we one of the worst teams in the league in even strength scoring? That could be a problem.

#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.