What has happened to him this year? Any other player in hockey, regardless of position, would have tried to stop that shot, regular season or playoffs with the game on the line. He should be stripped of his C for that. I wouldn't trust him if I were a teammates, regardless of offensive skill.
The more he plays against such elite talent and thrives, the more convinced I am he is not only solid but actually good. He's turning into a legit top pairing defenseman.
Yes E has played well. But Kronwall has played poorly this year from a defensive stand point, which makes E look even better. He is playing on a top pair, but he really is a 3/4 not a 1/2 Dman.
The real question with E is, can we afford to keep him. He is a UFA after next season, and the market is 5 million per year. Is E worth it? That one is a tough choice. We do have 4/5 young Dman pushing for time: Kindl, Dekeyser, Lashoff, Smith, and Sproul. Maybe this summer is the time to flip him for a top 2 line forward-something we don't have.
The fact that E looks good while Kronwall struggles means he is really food, not that he's a second pairing guy at best. If your partner struggles, usually you do, too. And E is thriving.
Smith was never hyped to be an All-Star. People hoped he would be but realistically his peak was set as a top 4 guy, wasn't he? Give him time.
The matchups will be in our favor in Game 6. Wings need to make a statement and seize momentum. Honestly, you can't put in Cola or White now. Definitely not in a Game 7. If Zetterberg can start producing like he should, that will make rookie mistakes hurt less.
I think whoever takes tonight's game takes the series. Hopefully Detroit plays a full 60 minutes worth of agressive hockey. PUT THE PUCK ON NET, and capitalize on rebounds. No need for any fancy tic-tac-toe passes. Please Wings do not lose the game and cause me to have a stroke.
Games have been so close with the exception of Game 3. I still see this as a 7 game series. But I hope we win tonight to put us in a better position.
Only players who had bad games were Sammy and Smith (despite the points). Sammy settled down as the game went on but he made three mistakes in his first two or three shifts.
Zetterberg needs to score, too. And that's two games without a Franzen goal.
I hope we can close them out in 6, because we've had jitters in game 1, and the first game at home. I imagine they'd have jitters in a Game 7, too. I'm loving the passion I see that was missing all year. Our rookies are going to be better than I thought!
Sammy can hit, too. He plays a different game than Abdelkader, but maybe mixing up our attack won't be such a bad thing.
I still don't get why Tootoo isn't allowed to play. Isn't this type of series exactly what we got him for? He must be annoyed. I don't remember him making stupid mistakes or anything to justify his removal from the lineup.
Wow wish he was still playing here. Not a single player on this roster who gets angry and plays with a chip on their shoulder besides Datsyuk
Quincey was pissed in the post game interview and said that's why he doesn't hit. He called out the league for making guys second guess their hits. Even said if you hit a guy its almost always a penalty nowadays.
A better way to go about handling suspensions is NOT to consider the aftermath. Punish the act, not the effect. That will stop the melodramatics, keep the games flowing, and stop the gamesmanship. Doesn't make much sense to punish the effect anyway.