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#2400703 Ovechkin -- Laziest Play Ever

Posted by VM1138 on 09 May 2013 - 06:47 PM

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.

#2400582 Watching Ericsson mature

Posted by VM1138 on 09 May 2013 - 08:14 AM

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.

#2400548 WCQF Game 5 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Ducks 3 (OT) - (ANA leads series 3-2)

Posted by VM1138 on 09 May 2013 - 12:47 AM

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.

#2400543 WCQF Game 5 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Ducks 3 (OT) - (ANA leads series 3-2)

Posted by VM1138 on 09 May 2013 - 12:41 AM

This was mentioned, but the fact that 5 rookies were on the ice is a coaching faux pas. This isn't the fab 5 we're talking about.

He was showing confidence in them. Honestly the OT goal wasn't on them. Andersson had his man, he just missed the stick. Crappy development but what can you do? Andersson had another great game.

#2400489 WCQF Game 5 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Ducks 3 (OT) - (ANA leads series 3-2)

Posted by VM1138 on 09 May 2013 - 12:12 AM

Quit attacking each other and focus on the game.

They can pull out two wins under pressure. But Game 7 is on a Sunday...don't we have a terrible record on Sundays?

They Hung in there, I'd say each team dominated half the game. Had a bad feeling, Lashoff and Kindl were atrocious. Ericsson, Kronwall and Quincey were great. Smith okay.

Inexperience is showing under Anaheim's forecheck, though. Bertuzzi's controlling the play down by the net so that's good, too.

What more can be said? It was a back and forth high flying game. Move on to the next one and persevere.

#2399318 WCQF Game 5 GDT: Red Wings 2 @ Ducks 3 (OT) - (ANA leads series 3-2)

Posted by VM1138 on 08 May 2013 - 12:42 PM

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.

#2398749 WCQF Game 4 GDT : Ducks 2 @ Red Wings 3 (OT) - (Series tied, 2-2)

Posted by VM1138 on 07 May 2013 - 07:38 AM

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!

#2398672 WCQF Game 4 GDT : Ducks 2 @ Red Wings 3 (OT) - (Series tied, 2-2)

Posted by VM1138 on 06 May 2013 - 11:10 PM

Brunner quietly leads the team in points, 4 in 4 games. He and Nyquist are effective together.

#2397281 Samuelsson on the top line tonight - god help us all !

Posted by VM1138 on 06 May 2013 - 11:38 AM

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.

#2397232 Abdelkader suspended 2 games for hit on Lydman

Posted by VM1138 on 06 May 2013 - 08:15 AM

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.

#2397093 Abdelkader suspended 2 games for hit on Lydman

Posted by VM1138 on 05 May 2013 - 09:01 PM

Quit with the Shanahan hate. Sometimes I hate being associated with other Wings fans. I disagree with his call but its not crazy to see how he came to his conclusion. Remember how bad things were before Shanahan got the job? At least there is an overall consistency, and what's more, explanations on the decisions.

And he owes the Wings no favors. He considers himself a Wing but he has a job to do. How about we hate Yzerman for not offering us Stamkos for a 7th round pick?

#2397044 Should Howard be benched?

Posted by VM1138 on 05 May 2013 - 08:12 PM

Howard is part of the issue. I usually defend him, and he's played well a lot of the time, but he can't be allowing 3 or 4 goals every third period. He isn't Hung out to dry on all of them. We are getting just as good chances as Anageim, but Hiller is making those saves. He's not the only problem but he needs to be better.

#2396798 Abdelkader suspended 2 games for hit on Lydman

Posted by VM1138 on 05 May 2013 - 01:13 PM

I don't see a suspension coming. Looking very closely and adjusting for camera angles, he stayed on the ice until after contact, and he didn't target the head.

I can see how people could see it either way, but when you look very closely and adjust, it just isn't suspendable.

Maybe Bertuzzi replaces him and shows him how to finish Datsyuk's plays if he does get suspended. That'd be nice.

#2395541 WCQF Game 3 GDT - Ducks 4 @ Red Wings 0 (ANA leads series 2-1)

Posted by VM1138 on 04 May 2013 - 11:35 AM

I don't understand the logic in willingly getting softer in a very physical series.

#2394980 WCQF Game 2 GDT - Red Wings 5 @ Ducks 4 OT (Series tied, 1-1)

Posted by VM1138 on 03 May 2013 - 12:19 AM

Hopefully with line matching and better ice, in front of the home crowd, the Wings can grab Games 3 and 4 and head back to Anaheim with a 3-1 lead. I think they can do it.