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#2091174 1/4 GDT: Red Wings 5 at Oilers 3

Posted by VM1138 on 04 January 2011 - 11:42 PM

Ozzie 3 goals on 21 shots.

Back to normal form.


Unfair. The first two goals weren't anything he could do about. At least give him credit for staying up whereas Howard would be crawling on the ice as low as he could possibly get as soon as he saw the puck. Ozzie stays big in net. The third goal I'll grant you was crappy, but I'd rather deal with 1 crappy goal a game over Howard's 3 a game.


#2090584 1/4 GDT: Red Wings 5 at Oilers 3

Posted by VM1138 on 04 January 2011 - 05:10 PM

Go Ozzie!

I realize that I'm biased, being a huge Ozzie fan, but I am also strong in my feelings that Howard is the Goalie of the Future for this team.

Still, I feel it is in the best interest of both the goalies and the team that both start as much as possible (edge to Howard) so that Howard is fresh for the playoffs and Ozzie is ready in case of the unthinkable.

Go Wings!!!!!

Ozzie with the double hat trick and a Gordie Howe to boot!


Exactly, so many people around here think it has to be either or. People arguing for more starts for Ozzie aren't arguing for Howard to be dumped or traded, just that he needs some time to clear his head while we see if Ozzie can continue to play big for us.


#2090582 Howard, Stuart, Eaves possible Tuesday against the Oil

Posted by VM1138 on 04 January 2011 - 05:08 PM

It's not all about the stats. I don't see why Howard's defenders have to attack Ozzie to build themselves up. The key to Ozzie's performances is that he's making the huge, key saves when necessary. When was the last time we heard "Huge save by Howard!" when it was ACTUALLY a big save and not just an accident.

Ozzie is giving this team a chance to win, Howard has stopped doing that.


#2090292 1/4 GDT: Red Wings 5 at Oilers 3

Posted by VM1138 on 04 January 2011 - 12:23 AM

No Tatar makes me sad. I'd almost rather him stay up than Mursak, even though Mursak has been fine while he's been up.


#2090018 Flyers place Leighton on waivers

Posted by VM1138 on 03 January 2011 - 04:17 PM

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Even Luongo isn't "elite" anymore. The guy used to be, but he's not very "clutch." He's certainly great but like Ken and Mick said the other night, there just aren't any truly dominant goalies in the league.

Do Miller, Lundqvist and Luongo really stack up when compared to Hasek, Roy and Brodeur (in his hey-day)? No.


#2090017 1/2 GDT: Flyers 3 at Red Wings 2

Posted by VM1138 on 03 January 2011 - 04:16 PM

Howard is slumping. It's a fact. That is not to say he's a terrible goalie. His defenders are just as bad as his ultra-attackers in this case. You don't keep playing a goalie who can't get his act together when you have a perfectly good goalie waiting in the wings. Howard needs a 2-3 game stretch off so he can spend some time with the goalie coach and retool. Then, when he comes back, let the starting position get decided naturally. I don't see what is so shocking and upsetting about this to so many people.


#2090015 Howard, Stuart, Eaves possible Tuesday against the Oil

Posted by VM1138 on 03 January 2011 - 04:12 PM

I don't understand what Babcock is doing. I've always supported him, but his handling of the goalie situation last year and this year is just mind boggling. Howard is not playing well. Whether or not you blame him for losses, it's just a fact. Ozzie, on the flip side, is playing very, very well. Why NOT give him a chance? Howard, for the moment, has played himself OUT of a starting position, yet Babcock refuses to go to Ozzie who we know is capable of carrying the load if need be. It's almost like he forgets we have a 400-win goalie as our backup.

I understand he doesn't want to shake Howard's confidence, but that boat sailed a while ago. Howard has gotten into terrible habits and needs to retool his game (namely, not dropping to the ice every time the opponent comes into the zone), which he can't do if he's starting every game.

If I were Ozzie I'd be even more pissed than last year. Last year Ozzie deserved to not play, and he didn't. This year he deserves to play, and he's not.

Wake up Babcock!


#2089740 1/2 GDT: Flyers 3 at Red Wings 2

Posted by VM1138 on 02 January 2011 - 08:55 PM

It comes down to a simple equation. Which of the goalies has been playing better this past month? Ozzie, by a mile. Let's spare ourselves the endless debate over who should is better overall. Howard has gotten into bad habits and needs a break to get rid of them. I'm tired of seeing him so low on the ice every single time. It seems like he's always getting scored on high or because he immediately goes to the ground and can't get up and over for the rebound.

Ozzie gives the team a chance to win. At the very least do a 60-40 rotation, if not a 50-50 for now.

No predictions for the future, but for right now, we need Ozzie. The team didn't play to their full potential but they played well enough to win. Considering that Howard was clearly the weak link, especially after Ozzie immediately made huge saves coming in.

EDIT: On the bright side, the Wings should dominate January with a good schedule. Frankly I don't care if Vancouver takes 1st for now, there's still half a season left and in the end 1st place doesn't really matter anyway. But I'm tired of seeing mindfly talk like this means we're suddenly out of the playoffs because a team TIED us for 1st.


#2089194 12/31 GDT: Islanders 4 at Red Wings 3 OT)

Posted by VM1138 on 02 January 2011 - 02:46 PM

Except for Miller, I hope the Wings never break the bank on an "elite" goalie. They are simply too unpredictable. I like the way they do things, finding two capable goalies. I just wish Ozzie would get more starts, just because we need to have both these guys ready at a moment's notice.


#2089108 1/2 GDT: Flyers 3 at Red Wings 2

Posted by VM1138 on 02 January 2011 - 09:58 AM

I don't understand why Osgood isn't getting more starts. Right now there is little difference between Howard and Ozzie, except maybe Ozzie is playing a little better. Everyone, including Babcock has wanted to get him going for two years now, and here's the best chance the team will get. Ozzie needs to play more consistently to be of any value down the road.


#2088905 1/1 GDT: 2011 Winter Classic

Posted by VM1138 on 01 January 2011 - 10:41 PM

It's supposed to make it more fair. Whether it does or not is debatable.


I thought they didn't have to switch because of how good the wheather was?


No, if I remember right they did switch during a period because of the wind.


#2088521 12/31 GDT: Islanders 4 at Red Wings 3 OT)

Posted by VM1138 on 01 January 2011 - 03:01 PM

He even turns to show the crowd the winged wheel. I don't know if we should read so deep into it and say it's a sign of "the logo on the front, not the name on the back," but it's possible. He was probably just excited and wanted to grab onto something. We've never heard of him being hard to play with, I just got really excited when he did. We could use somebody who shows emotion.


#2087284 12/29 GDT: Red Wings 7 at Stars 3

Posted by VM1138 on 30 December 2010 - 06:15 AM

Was this game on the NHL Network?

Also, how about all these one timer goals we seem to be having lately? Offense seems to be on fire with those shots.


It's like we have multiple Brett Hull's out there. I love that they're finally taking one-timers, it seems like we hardly ever see that anymore from the Wings. That's why I think we need to lock up Eaves, he does them well and has a rocket of a shot. People always talk about putting Modano or Ericsson on the point on the power play, but it never pans out. What about Eaves? He has that shot and he's defensively responsible.

Also, I think Draper needs to get some attention here. The guy has been great since he came back. A little quiet some of the time, but not hurting the team at all, and lately he's been taking those wicked one-timers in front of the net.


#2085282 Jordin Tootoo in rehab

Posted by VM1138 on 27 December 2010 - 05:12 PM

Really don't like him, but anyone in this situation deserves support. Good for him for recognizing a problem and attempting to control it. Good luck to him.


#2083452 Call up Ilari Filppula?

Posted by VM1138 on 23 December 2010 - 10:57 AM

All this talk about call-ups, have people forgotten we've got an extra player already called up? We rotate Eaves-Draper-Miller. Now they can all play. If someone does get called up they'll hardly ever play, if at all.