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#2148668 WCQF Game 1 GDT: Coyotes 2 at Red Wings 4

Posted by VM1138 on 13 April 2011 - 08:59 PM

Nothing negative to take from this, everyone stepped up, all lines firing and making things happen. Love the composure of everybody.

-Love that Bertuzzi is playing physical, recognizing the team has a need and he has the skill set to provide.

-Love that Datsyuk and Franzen are stepping up like they usually do but maybe some of us worried about (at least with Franzen).

-Love that Howard was great, except for the first goal.

-Love that Hudler got a goal. Not sure if this will start a trend but it's a good start.

-Love that the Wings are trying all sorts of shots: wraparounds, blue line shots, one timers, don't over-rely on one move like they have at times this season.

Man, what a great game, I really truly hope they keep this up. This was the Wings team we've all been waiting to see, that we've all been hoping would show up in playoff mode.

#2147710 Modano a healthy scratch

Posted by VM1138 on 13 April 2011 - 02:51 PM

Gee all this talk about this series being chippy and Miller being tougher than Modano, but lets keep Cream Puff Hudler in the game.... Horrible horrible decision... This team is far better with Modano in and Hudler OUT!

So...your idea is to remove a soft, lazy player who scores in favor of a soft, lazy player who doesn't?

#2147641 Modano a healthy scratch

Posted by VM1138 on 13 April 2011 - 01:53 PM

There might be something to the fact that these quotes came after* he was scratched. He has always striked me as a little bit of a drama queen even though i still think he was one of the greatest players of all time.

Well, looking back, he's mentioned a few times about not being totally in it to win. He's always sounded a little like he wished he would have retired and was just going through the motions, plus the baggage from Dallas fans mentioning he had become lazy.

I don't know, it's a bust. He may have been a 3rd liner but we all hoped he would be that veteran we needed to win in the playoffs. He's no Dallas Drake, or even a Hossa, if he can't even justify being in the lineup.

Him being in the lineup all season has really hurt some of the line juggling, I think. The Wings didn't want to bench him because there wasn't as much on the line, we were hoping he'd kick into higher gear, and all the other things that go along with it. Maybe this will give Babcock the freedom to go with some really dynamic lines.

#2143757 Vancouver new tradition

Posted by VM1138 on 08 April 2011 - 06:14 PM

Not sure why every fanbase thinks they need to throw dead fish out onto the ice. Or rats if you're Florida. Come up with something original. You already had the green men, Vancouver.

#2141633 4/3 GDT: Wild 2 at Red Wings 4

Posted by VM1138 on 03 April 2011 - 11:36 PM

Kindl/Big E > Salei. But we all know vets > youngins in the playoffs.

You must be drunk. Big E is not better than anyone on this team.

#2139523 Shawn Thornton gets cut by skate

Posted by VM1138 on 31 March 2011 - 01:26 PM

For some reason when I think of Chicago I think of a bunch of arrogant college kids with pink shirts and popped collars talking like they're the smartest guys in the room who nobody can stand.

#2137040 Hockey Player Stops Purse Snatcher

Posted by VM1138 on 28 March 2011 - 01:38 PM

If this were any other major league sport the purse snatcher would have been the athlete.

#2134521 Cooke suspended

Posted by VM1138 on 22 March 2011 - 12:38 PM

Not sure why they ended the suspension at first round. With his track history it should've been season and playoffs, period. Most people would like to see him banned from the league but I won't be too hard on them for not going that extreme. But why let him into the playoffs at all?

#2134515 Edzo BINGO

Posted by VM1138 on 22 March 2011 - 12:33 PM

The only thing Mickey repeats are little old-time sayings. They just make it feel like you're hanging out with your grandpa watching the game. He doesn't repeat himself with longer phrases every few minutes, every game, that make him sound like he's reading from a script or stuck with a limited vocabulary.

I hate Edzo.

#2132769 Question about disallowed goals this year

Posted by VM1138 on 20 March 2011 - 11:42 AM

You know what would be cool? A rule that allows you to stockpile disallowed goals. Since so many end up being legit goals called off, teams should be allowed to save up the ones that the NHL reviews and admits were legit, and use them at any point in any future game, haha.

Down 7-1 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final? Use your 7 disallowed goals to win 8-7.

#2132208 3/19 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Predators 3

Posted by VM1138 on 19 March 2011 - 09:40 AM

As the Nashville/NHL website implies, is this really a rivalry?

Not even close to one. There's no real bad blood between the two teams, they're not really on the same skill level, and Nashville games are usually really boring.

#2130241 Bettman 5 step plan

Posted by VM1138 on 14 March 2011 - 02:09 PM

The "softer" boards are an absolute necessity. The others are a bit of "look, we're doing stuff" that won't accomplish much.

Honestly, increased punishment and consistency for such hits is necessary. Smaller shoulder pads could go a long way toward helping as well.

Also, allowing the players more leeway to fight could help, and I'm no enforcer junkie.

#2130240 Ozzie back

Posted by VM1138 on 14 March 2011 - 02:07 PM

I think Babcock HAS to run a 50-50 split going into the playoffs. We don't want a tired Howard and we don't want a rusty Ozzie trying to salvage the playoffs if Howard falters.

With 13 games left I want to see 7 for Howard and 6 for Ozzie.

#2126987 Babcock speaks out (in a very good way)

Posted by VM1138 on 07 March 2011 - 01:09 PM

The problem is the other teams have "their number" now and know how to play them. Come on Wings, time to change things up. Haven't you figured that out yet????? :blink:

It really looks like that. Several teams seem to know exactly how to shut us down. It's not just the Wings not showing up, it's the other teams clogging center ice and not giving us room to use our puck possession style.

#2126121 Abdelkader

Posted by VM1138 on 05 March 2011 - 12:26 AM

All I know is that I learned a random historical fact today that a man named Abd-el-kader was a North African rebel in the mid-19th century that caused quite a ruckus.

Connect that to Abdelkader's hockey play however you see fit.