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#2550755 11/20 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Jets 3

Posted by VM1138 on 21 November 2014 - 11:16 AM

Let's also give some credit to Johan Franzen.  He seems to be putting up the most consistent numbers he's had since 2009.  He's not tearing the world apart, and is only on pace for something like 25 goals I think, but he's scoring every few games which is what we need him to do.  I'd gladly take 25 goals instead of 30-35 if it means he's scoring in 25 games instead of 10.

#2550212 Nestrasil Waived / Claimed by Hurricanes

Posted by VM1138 on 20 November 2014 - 02:00 PM

Maybe , maybe not ... Doubt we called 29 teams asking about nestrasil

Just seems detroit loses players to waivers a lot more than other teams


I think it's because we always seem to have a lot of bottom 6 level talent to waive.  No one anyone would trade for but for a free waiver pickup they'd take the risk.

#2548821 Lines Thread

Posted by VM1138 on 14 November 2014 - 01:22 PM

Have we tried Tatar-Datsyuk-Jurco yet?  That line combines the most skilled puck handler in the league feeding a guy who loves shoot the puck with a guy who is a big body to clear space who needs to be more offensive.  It could work.

#2548528 Wings call up McCollum, assign Mrazek to Grand Rapids

Posted by VM1138 on 10 November 2014 - 09:12 PM

McCollum has outplayed mrazek so far this year, and the wings need the win. They know what they have in mrazek even if he is in a slump. This will be McCollum's last chance to prove he is worth something. And if he performs well that leaves us with two solid prospect goalies, one can be traded in a package for something.


That has nothing to do with it. McCollum is done with the Wings. He'll never make the team as anything more than a third or fourth backup.  What they're doing is sending Mrazek down to play some games while the Wings have 4 days off.  Precisely because Mrazek is the future.

#2548192 11/9 GDT - Tampa Bay 4 at Detroit 3 (SO) - 6:00 PM EST

Posted by VM1138 on 09 November 2014 - 06:36 PM

Yes because bringing back the tie is better than a shootout LOL. Some people.

Ties weren't bad. They got rid of them to appeal to rebel Americans who think ties are somehow unacceptable. Either wway, getting rid of the shootout doesn't mean the only other portion is ties.

#2546332 11/2 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Sabres 3 (SO)

Posted by VM1138 on 02 November 2014 - 07:55 PM

Pretty disappointing to not show up against the Sabres. At least we got a loser point, hopefully we go back to playing the way we have so far this year against OTT. Also, Franzen is lazy and he sucks.

I'm very nervous about November. Quite a few mediocre to bottom feeding opponents.

#2545570 10/29 GDT - Red Wings 4 @ Capitals 2

Posted by VM1138 on 30 October 2014 - 12:29 PM

Nesty comes from Babcock himself... 


But I guess nicknames = serious business. 


I personally hate nicknames in sports.  They're seldom any good and everyone wants everyone to have one.  Not every player should have a nickname.


On the Wings, I can think only of Mule and Goose that have "real," non-shortened-name nicknames. 

#2545536 Weiss sent down to GR- conditioning assignment

Posted by VM1138 on 30 October 2014 - 09:19 AM

Weiss has already played a game in the NHL this season.  And after all the workouts and pre-season, I'm not sure this is comparable to Helm getting injured in his first game or so.  But I could be wrong, I'm not an athlete or a physician.

#2545143 10/29 GDT - Red Wings 4 @ Capitals 2

Posted by VM1138 on 29 October 2014 - 07:38 PM

Just glanced at the average ice time of players this season.  Maybe we'd be scoring more goals if that fourth line wasn't getting 15 minutes a night.  I'm not sure if any other NHL teams try to give equal playing time to all of their players, but man, it's just not working when you need offense, I don't care how hard they work.  I mean, damn, Franzen gets only a minute more than Glendening.

#2544813 Babcock "I don't think it will be my final year here"

Posted by VM1138 on 28 October 2014 - 12:53 PM

Playoffs for the Wings last year was a miracle.  2003 was a miracle.  And no other team, stacked or not, has made back to back Cup appearances recently except Pittsburgh.

#2544730 10/25 GDT - Red Wings 2 at Flyers 4

Posted by VM1138 on 27 October 2014 - 08:20 AM

I didn't get to see the game but I have to seriously question why people are jumping on the defense now, when they've been the strong point all season.  Yes, they need to score more, but the whole team does.  Unfortunately, I don't think players just magically gain the ability to stop hesitating when they shoot the puck, or to start thinking creatively with the puck.  Babcock has created such a defense-focused team that every player who comes here has their offense reduced to unacceptable levels.  There needs to be a middle ground or a balance between offense and defense.  I don't like that we've become the Minnesota Wild of the late '00s.

#2544329 10/25 GDT - Red Wings 2 at Flyers 4

Posted by VM1138 on 25 October 2014 - 12:01 PM

I like Sheahan with Datsyuk better than Abdelkader.

#2544328 Rating the Defense through 6 games

Posted by VM1138 on 25 October 2014 - 11:56 AM

Agreed. It's hard to say Smith's sometimes questionable positioning would hurt when the power play can't get any worse. Worst case scenario things stay the same. Best car, it works and Smith flourishes.

#2544167 10/23 GDT : Penguins 3 at Red Wings 4 (OT)

Posted by VM1138 on 24 October 2014 - 08:43 AM

I don't ever really notice Crosby much when he plays us. He usually gets some points but never seems to really impact the games. Zetterberg does a great job of keeping him under control.

#2544103 10/23 GDT : Penguins 3 at Red Wings 4 (OT)

Posted by VM1138 on 23 October 2014 - 10:29 PM

It may just be October but this was one of the harder schedules for us all year. We played mostly all top tier teams and are hanging at the top. Definitely a good sign but obviously no one is planning the parade yet.