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#2672697 ECQF Game 5 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 1, Red Wings 0 (TB Wins, 4-1)

Posted by VM1138 on 21 April 2016 - 09:05 PM

It's a good thing we never tried to fix the PP all season long.  And it's a good thing Athanasiou barely saw the ice tonight. And it's a good thing we played not to lose. 

 

And Nyquist, my God.  Shoot the goddamn puck and actually hit the net for once.  He needs to be gone, his performance this season has been terrible.  Not just stats-wise, but his confidence is completely gone, and he's a totally different player than he was in the first two years.  Tatar I'd be okay with keeping, because at least he is a little spitfire and brings something.  But Nyquist is just dead weight who scores once in a while.




#2672448 ECQF Game 5 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by VM1138 on 21 April 2016 - 08:12 PM

Imagine if we had some finishers on this team.




#2672111 ECQF Game 5 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by VM1138 on 21 April 2016 - 03:38 PM

Someone will need to splice that shift together with their first shift. Sad moment man.


#2672110 Ouellet recalled from GR

Posted by VM1138 on 21 April 2016 - 03:37 PM

 
Really smart too, reads plays very well. Glad he has a one way deal next year, with Kronwall regressing so badly we need more defenceman who can really skate.

He's basically what Smith should have been, plus brains.


#2672034 WCQF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues

Posted by VM1138 on 21 April 2016 - 07:37 AM

 

In a few years Toews/Kane hit 30 and Keith/Seabrook will be 35, all with another five years on their contracts. We'll see then.

 

And they'll have a boatload of Cups.  They'll probably win another one in the next few years.  That's four Cups in their era.  I'd call that a win.  That's the whole point, after all, to win.  Not to mention that situations are always fluid and they'll find a way to negate at least a few of the negative impacts of those big contracts. 

 

Sitting around waiting for cheap players to magically come through your system is a recipe for never winning.  You wait 5-10 years, find out you didn't draft quite good enough, then start the process all over.  I'd rather a GM take a balanced approach, draft as strongly as you can but don't take a passive wait and see attitude.  Life is too short.  Careers are too short.  Win now. Only worrying about mortgaging your future if said future could win you a cup in under three years.




#2671870 Ouellet recalled from GR

Posted by VM1138 on 20 April 2016 - 10:43 AM

I'm surprised XO hasn't gotten more of a look. Must be a cap thing because I think he's better than Marchenko and would probably help the team a decent amount. He's going to have to be up full time next year anyway, I think.


#2671832 Fixing this mess....

Posted by VM1138 on 20 April 2016 - 07:53 AM

Won't happen.  That article also cites the Franzen deal as a reason to fire Holland.  But even though it's turned out horribly, especially when compared to Hossa's post-Wings career, at the time it was a logical decision to make. Franzen looked like he would set the hockey world on fire for years to come.  He was dominant in the playoffs.  He was every bit a Hossa.  Now, signing either one would have been good, but Hossa had the reputation as a bit of a playoff choker, at least with the Wings that year.  So it's not rocket science to see why he was signed and not Hossa. Yes, it turned out bad, but hindsight is 20/20. People need to stop using that as a sign of Holland's inability to make a smart hockey move.

 

And while Yzerman is a good GM, he's hardly becoming legendary.  He's about to lose his franchise forward, the Drouin situation is a black eye, the whole debacle with St. Louis, etc.  Yes, his team made the finals, but so have a bunch of teams the last ten years. He hasn't consistently made noise in the playoffs yet.  Would I welcome him here? Absolutely. But let's not pretend he's magically the best of the best.  And his team isn't going anywhere this year, but they did benefit from playing an extremely weak Wings team.




#2671830 WCQF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues

Posted by VM1138 on 20 April 2016 - 07:48 AM

Hopefully the Blues can do what the Wings couldn't in 2013. Don't let them add another historic comeback to their legendary Stanley Cup dream parade.




#2671714 ECQF Game 4 Post-GTD: Tampa Bay 3, at Red Wings 2

Posted by VM1138 on 19 April 2016 - 09:33 PM

I'm pissed too but you guys are freaking paranoid.

It doesn't take orders from Holland to make a coach favor the veterans in a crisis. They didn't step up but I can at least see the logic in giving them the chance. Beyond that Blashill is just stubborn and not very good at adapting. He's not sure of himself yet and hesitated to make leaps of faith. It's not a giant conspiracy.

And seriously, bashing Swedes in general? Hockey fans can be some of the most delusional xenophobes out there.

This sucked but Jesus I hope some of you jump off the bandwagon.


#2670895 ECQF Game 4 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by VM1138 on 19 April 2016 - 08:47 AM

Apparently Pulkkinen is being considered to be inserted into the lineup?... I'm not a huge fan of this unless he's replacing Andersson, and is used very little 5on5 and is strictly in to give the power-play a different look... I would rather it be Mantha, but that's obviously not going to happen... As much as I want Andersson as far away from this roster as possible, I'll admit, he had a decent game on Sunday and was a huge factor in setting up Athanasiou's goal. However, the main reason he was put in in the first place, was to help out the penalty kill and in faceoffs, and he has done very little of either. He should still be the odd man out... Pulkkinen with 7 minutes (4-5 on the power-play) >>> Andersson with 7 minutes (1 minute on the penalty kill)...

 

Honestly if it's between Pulk and Mantha you go Mantha.  Both aren't the best defensively, but at least Mantha brings more than one trick to the show.  Mantha can score, has a big body and finds good positions on the ice.  To play Pulkinnen over Mantha if you're needing offense is insane.  It's like Andersson 2.0.  Guy wasn't good enough to play most of the season but now in critical playoff games he's considered an option?  Meh.




#2670869 ECQF Game 4 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by VM1138 on 19 April 2016 - 06:42 AM

I think Mrazek can do it. When he had to be he was great in Game 3. There's no one I trust more in the dying minutes of a game to hold a lead.

If we fall behind at any point that's where we'll be in trouble.


#2670703 ECQF Game 3 Post-GDT: at Red Wings 2, Tampa Bay 0

Posted by VM1138 on 18 April 2016 - 07:12 AM

It's still concerning that we only scored two goals in a game we dominated. We need to capitalize on at least one power play a game.


#2670701 Fixing this mess....

Posted by VM1138 on 18 April 2016 - 06:18 AM

One thing is clear in my mind: building through the draft doesn't work.  It takes 5-10 years to see if you even have anyone good enough, and if you don't you have to start over.  I feel like we only adopted the "build through the draft" narrative because we thought we had this pipeline of amazing players.

 

I think there can't be any one strategy you lean on more than the other. You win by trading, signing free agents and drafting.  And in sports, winning now is more important than maybe being competitive ten years from now.  It doesn't mean much to me when someone says how good we'll be 7 years from now, because if enough drafted players don't pan out (like they haven't for us) we would have wasted all that time.




#2670696 ECQF Game 3 Post-GDT: at Red Wings 2, Tampa Bay 0

Posted by VM1138 on 18 April 2016 - 06:05 AM

This is my prediction for the rest of the series, but first a disclaimer...
 
Anyone who has been around here for a while knows i'm always the positive one, i'm rarely negative, I always have faith in this team, I always predict they win and move on and drive forward. I've been watching this team for a very, long time, and this is going to be a first for me. You have been warned.
 
I think this was a bit of a fluke. Granted, Mrazek came in and played a good game for us tonight, but I am not confident at all going forward in this series. Knowing what I know and seeing what i've seen, this is how I see the rest of this series playing out.
 
Game 4 we get beat, bad. Like 5-0 or 6-1 bad. Just when we win a game, we get a bit excited, start thinking "We won one game, we win the next and it's a 2-2 series and back to a best of 3". They have a victory and fill us with a bit more confidence, that they can play hard, play with energy all game, and get a win against a team we aren't favored against. And then they move on to the next and just get embarrassed. 
 
Game 5 is a bit of a tease, maybe we start off down 1-0 or 2-0 and come back to tie it up, late in the first or early in the 2nd. Then the rest of the game we are shown why we aren't a team that is going beyond the first round, any ounce of hope is pulled away. They go up by a goal, we eventually tie it, followed by another opposition goal within two minutes flattening our hopes once again. We drop the game 5-3 or 5-4, outplayed most of the way, and pretty much put in our place and reminded why we likely shouldn't have gotten a spot in the playoffs to begin with.
 
I'm just being a realist and logical, we are in a somewhat of a rebuild, a lot of younger players given the chance but not used properly or enough on the ice. There is too much reliance on the veterans who have lost step, and aren't able to play a full series at full effort because they are past their prime, yet are still expected to play like they are 28 while robbing time from the guys who have earned it, deserve it, and should be out there winning games for us. 
 
I don't want to come off as cynical here, because that isn't me at all, but it's truly how I feel as a fan right now and what my expectations for the rest of the series are. I really, really hope they prove me wrong, but i've gotten my hopes up as the underdog way too many times and been disappointed at the end. Maybe a different approach will send some vibes to the team and they really pull this off, but i'm not holding my breath nearly as long this year. 
 
Still love this team and the direction it's going, but I've lost confidence and am ready for our youngsters to be used properly and the next phase of this team to begin dominating the NHL once again.


You aren't being negative. That's the pattern they've established many times this year. There's no reason to expect the Wings to string together four wins in five. They haven't shown consistency all year.

It was a good game, though.


#2670463 ECQF Game 3 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by VM1138 on 17 April 2016 - 08:03 PM

There is no reason after watching the first two periods they cannot win this game and series. Seriously. Young legs keep pushing and trolling center ice for lazy Tampa outlets. Wings winning 50/50 pucks and winning behind both red lines


We are reaping the benefits of being at home. It remains to be seen if we can win without the match ups in our favor.