So a spotpicker is someone who likes to take fights with non-fighters too much of the time? Huh.
I thought a spotpicker, or at least part of being a spotpicker, is say Backes, or a top six capable fighter and power forward in general, turning down a fight with a pure enforcer because he'd rather be on the ice or because his team needs him to be on the ice?
Well, if he fights lots of non-fighters and turns down fights with tougher guys, then yes, he is a spotpicker.
What Bettman wants Bettman gets. We all should have seen this coming.
I guess nothing really changes for Detroit except that the first two rounds will likely be boring as all get out from here on out. I really wanted to move East, but I guess it's hard to argue that when Columbus is farther east than us.
Too bad, as the Western Conference Finals are usually better than the Cup Finals. Would have liked to play a Western team for the Cup.
Yeah, playing against the Hawks will be boring around here.
What are you guys whining about? We'll dominate that division. Chicago is the only other powerhouse in our division.
We'll have to play them in the playoffs perenially. It'll heat the rivalry up even more.
It's not as good as just moving the Wings to the East but it is MUCH better than what we have now. Only 1 trip to Western Canada and 1 to the California. And in the playoffs we play the first 2 rounds in our time zone or the Central time zone. No flights to California in the first two rounds.
We also see Montreal, Toronto and Boston for a home and home every year. I would prefer to play them more but as I said, it's a big improvement over what we have now.
I agree. People are forgetting the bolded part as well. It's a good deal.
Definitely this team was chock-full of gritty characters in 2002 and 2008.
The Wings` OT record in the post-lockout era is only slightly below .500. As for the OT losses against the Sharks, one was on an absurd bounce off of Stuart and the other was on a very lucky deflection off Zetterberg's stick. That's luck, not skill. But as usual, you're doing your best to sell the Wings short.
No, I'm just looking at our OT record and saying that it's subpar. You're the one making excuses for why i it is that way.
I guess I don't understand why everybody thinks that the Sharks have owned us the last 2 years. We lost to them in 7 games last year. They won 3 of the 4 by 1 goal and two of those went to OT. The series easily could have gone either way. OT games are a coin flip. San Jose won 5 straight OT games in the playoffs last year. 5 straight OT games! Think about that. They went to the conference finals 2 years in a row and lost 4-0 in 2010 followed by 4-1 in 2011. Really, they are a good team but they got all the breaks and when it came down to it in the WCF, they got crushed.
I'm not afraid of the Sharks at all, especially with Niemi in goal. He had an .896 save percentage in the playoffs last year. He sucked against the Kings and Canucks but was unbeatable against us. The string of luck can't last forever.
I hope Holland doesn't think like you, otherwise, he'll just put his feet up on the desk during the deadline and stare at the ceiling.
And the Wings have a crappy OT record in the last 10 playoff years. It's hardly a coin flip, as you put it. Some teams are better than others in that situation.