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#2390493 4/27 GDT - Red Wings 3 @ Stars 0

Posted by VM1138 on 27 April 2013 - 08:46 AM

Gotta think Minnesota grows a pair and wins their last game after that 6-1 debacle. Columbus will likely win.

So...Detroit. Must. Win. Play your biggest game of the season tonight. 22 years of pride, history and success are riding on it.

#2390248 Report Card

Posted by VM1138 on 26 April 2013 - 06:06 PM

I don't agree with giving Abdelkader an A.  As Doan so eloquently put it: "How do you have only 11 points playing with Datsyuk?"  He's doing good things without the puck, and I get why he's on Datsyuk's wing now, but the guy should have more points just accidentally from playing with Datsyuk.  He's just not an all-around good player. He's just a poor man's Holmstrom.

#2390121 Should I take an octopus to Dallas?

Posted by VM1138 on 26 April 2013 - 10:15 AM

Also, throw it when the players are at the opposite end of the ice.

#2390096 Jackets vs Stars

Posted by VM1138 on 26 April 2013 - 07:59 AM

Just their luck to play like they have and still effectively have to play a game 7. I don't think we can count on Minny losing twice, so Columbus needs to lose.

#2389508 2013 Season in Review (46 Games in)

Posted by VM1138 on 25 April 2013 - 05:23 PM

I think with a full season we wouldn't be worrying about playoffs. We sometimes dipbdown to the average range for a few weeks. With another 35 games or so the Wings could've climbed right back up to the top.

So my season review is: the lockout sucked.

#2387684 The Race for Eight: Blue Jackets, Stars, Wings

Posted by VM1138 on 22 April 2013 - 11:25 AM

This team could win a series against any of the western teams except for maybe Chicago. Minny and Columbus scare me only because of their Cinderella stories, but really even they don't scare me much.

#2387393 Which things from the past (not just Wings related) do you miss most?

Posted by VM1138 on 21 April 2013 - 12:47 PM

I really miss quality teams.  I don't mind parity.  But I'd rather have a smaller league with stacked teams than a larger league with mediocre teams. It's too watered down. I don't like the 2 stars, 18 average ratio the league uses now.

#2386849 Bruins/Pens game tonight postponed

Posted by VM1138 on 20 April 2013 - 07:23 AM

The suspect was shot and wounded.  He escaped and was a block outside their perimeter.


And it's a lot easier to hide in a big city than you think.  Not to mention, he only fled authorities for what, 28 hours?  Barely a day.  They knew where he was, but short of firebombing the area, you don't take unnecessary risks with your personnel.  As long as they had him cornered, so to speak, they had time.

#2385284 Bert thinks he'll be back this season

Posted by VM1138 on 16 April 2013 - 08:17 AM

I agree he should take it easy, until the last few games.


If it looks like we could make a push for the playoffs, you get him in there to get a game or two under his belt before the playoffs.  I'd rather his first game back not be a Game 1 or 2.

#2385084 Bert thinks he'll be back this season

Posted by VM1138 on 15 April 2013 - 01:19 PM

Bertuzzi is an important piece of this team, even if he doesn't score all the time.  Our time of puck possession will increase the moment he steps on the ice.

#2384972 GDT 4/15: Red Wings 3 @ Predators 0

Posted by VM1138 on 14 April 2013 - 11:15 PM

Lots of positives tonight:

Cola, Dekeyser and Kindl were fantastic. Nyquist and Brunner worked great together even if they didn't score, they got the puck near the net often.

But biggest takeaway: the team hustled.

They have to keep playing like that from here on out. Haven't had a winning streak yet this season, it's about time to start one.

#2384529 Concerned - we might not make it in to the playoffs

Posted by VM1138 on 14 April 2013 - 10:25 AM

If we make playoffs, there's always a chance Datsyuk or Franzen will explode, and with the right matchuos this team could go to the second round, maybe Conference finals. Just so long as we don't meet Minnesota or Chicago. I just have a bad feeling about those two teams matching up against the Wings.

#2384428 nhl.com calls Kenny the best GM

Posted by VM1138 on 13 April 2013 - 05:17 PM

It would seem a lot of people forget that the Wings lost Hudler to free agency.. He scored 25 goals last season! That's 25 goals the Wings are dearly missing: Sammy's barely played and Brunner is basically a rookie, so it can't be expected of him to light it up consistently...
Also, Bert and Helm's injuries have completely destroyed the balance that would have helped the Wings's 2 first lines play together on a regular basis..
Finally, it needs to be said that Suter and Parise didn't pick Minnesota over Detroit.. They just went where they were offered more money. I would have hated to see the Wings jeopardize their economic future by giving 13M to those 2....

I'm tired of people bringing up Suter to bash Holland. Suter was going with Parise, and Parise wanted to go home. Reports said Surer actually wanted to come here, but Parise picking Minnesota tied his hands, because they wanted to play together.

So Holland did everything he could. It wasn't because he didn't offer enough, its because Suter had locked himself into playing with Parise.

#2382719 Why do you cheer for the Red Wings?

Posted by VM1138 on 10 April 2013 - 10:54 AM

Because I grew up on Yzerman, Shanahan, Fedorov and Lidstrom.  I love hockey, live in Michigan, and I take pride in being loyal.  I also love the puck possession style of hockey, which they used to excel at.  I'm pretty flaky on losing interest in things, but this is one of the few that has stuck with me, so I figure I'm a lifer.

#2382524 Damien Brunner - Value? Comparables?

Posted by VM1138 on 09 April 2013 - 03:33 PM

His hockey sense and on ice vision and his nose for the net are what makes him different from Brunnstrom.  That and the fact that he seems committed to the system.  Let's not forget his offensive output dropped not only when the team started sucking, but when he started improving his defensive game.


Whenever a scorer focuses on his defense, his goal scoring output drops.  He'll come around.  Hopefully by the end of the season, but next year he'll be in great shape.


EDIT: People also forget he's played like 80 games so far this season, while a great many other players haven't.  Is it also a coincidence that Zetterberg and Brunner both dropped off around the same time?  They're exhausted.  This is especially relevant to Brunner, who hasn't played this long of a season, has to adjust to a new team, a new league, and is adding new elements to his playing style.