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#2232376 Teams Wings Fear Most In Playoffs?

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 03 December 2011 - 06:17 PM

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.


#2232369 Teams Wings Fear Most In Playoffs?

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 03 December 2011 - 05:41 PM

No one is scared of the Florida Panthers?


#2232335 Filppula is "too nice".

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 03 December 2011 - 02:00 PM

You included.

We are top 3 in goals scored and goals allowed in the West (while still having games in hand) and no other team in the West is even close to our goal differential. Filppula is not going to be traded. It would be unwise by the front office to trade away one of their best forwards who isn't in their prime yet. You really should look in the mirror before you criticize others for not "understanding how a front office works".


He's not one of our top 3 forwards. Those are the only untouchable forwards on this roster. Since when was a guy that plays on the second line and doesn't get paid a lot of money untouchable?

We scored a ton of goals last year as well. That has nothing to do with my argument. Why even bring that up? I'm looking into the future and not just getting blindly excited about a regular season winning streak. We always score a lot of goals in the regular season.

The last couple of playoffs our secondary scoring hasn't been good. Filppula has actually played well in those playoffs, but it hasn't been enough because we haven't scored enough key goals. Trading him away in order to increase our chances at winning a Cup by getting a guy like Iginla or Parise is not unwise. In fact, it's a no-brainer. Of course it won't be easy because other pieces will have to be involved.

If you want a lot, you have to give up something of value in return. That's how it works. However, if you want another loss to San Jose in the second round, don't make any "important" changes to the team. Just add a depth defenseman at the deadline and maybe a bottom six Kyle Calder type forward . See how far that gets us.

Flip is in his prime... he is 27 and will be 28 in March. They won't trade Flip because Z isn't scoring that many goals now a days and we need the goals that Flip has produced.


Flip is not going to continue scoring more goals than Z. I don't expect that to last. If that lasts, we have bigger problems on our hands with Zetterberg.


#2232317 Filppula is "too nice".

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 03 December 2011 - 12:41 PM

Too many blind homers here who don't understand how the NHL front office works.

Filppula playing well does indeed increase his trade value. That doesn't mean he will definitely be traded, but it does mean he's the centerpiece of any "big" trade Holland makes.

We can't trade Zetterberg, Datsyuk or Franzen. Our other forwards are undesirable if we're talking about a blockbuster deal for a Parise or Iginla. No one will want Cleary or Hudler for that deal. Also, we're not trading Kronwall or Lidstrom.

It's nice how some of you here act like high school cheerleaders and don't do much thinking when it comes to supporting a player, but you need to get real. Filppula is not an untouchable player. If he's untouchable, no one will want to trade with us. Then we'll go into the playoffs with the exact same roster as the last two seasons. And then we can all cheer Filppula on as he has another good playoff and yet get eliminated in the second round again.

Sometimes I wonder if some people here love certain players before their love for the team.


Edit: Forgot about Stuart. If he truly doesn't feel like re-signing, we may as well ship him to CA. Unfortunately, his stock has dropped this season.


#2232129 12/2 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Sabres 1

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 02 December 2011 - 08:55 PM

If the only "realignment" is Columbus moving to the East that's gonna be some serious bull.


Why is it Columbus/Detroit, and not Nashville/Detroit?

They're closer to the Southeastern Division teams.

Columbus shouldn't even be considered here.


And what about Quebec or Hamilton? If they get teams, that throws everything for a loop in a few seasons.


#2232119 12/2 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Sabres 1

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 02 December 2011 - 08:50 PM

Why did Ilitch feel confident in Bettman's promises?

It's up to the owners who moves where. They do the voting. Not Bettman.


#2232100 12/2 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Sabres 1

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 02 December 2011 - 08:35 PM

I would rather be a smartass than a dumbass.

Filppula is finally showing what he can do and it all boils down to him not playing center. Atta boy Valtteri!


Like I said, good for him and our options for the future.

And if I'm a dumbass, I'd hate to think what that makes some other people around here. Or maybe I'm a dumbass for even responding to you. Most likely.


#2232088 12/2 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Sabres 1

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 02 December 2011 - 08:28 PM

I'd trot out that Wings team we saw in that period in a heartbeat. Not many teams would stand a chance against what we just saw from Detroit.


Of course they wouldn't, but that's not how it works.

We've had hot regular seasons before, and even good winning streaks early last year.

I just don't understand how people expect this team to improve or make deadline deals, if we're not willing to trade anyone.

Filppula is the likeliest choice. No one will want Hudler or Ericsson. Him playing well is good for any deadline deals. Increases his value and our trading assets.

So many stubborn minded people around here living in denial. Like trying to reason with a door. <_<


#2232081 12/2 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Sabres 1

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 02 December 2011 - 08:22 PM

If Filppula keeps playing like this, he may wind up the Flames #1 center by the end of the season.

Good for him. :thumbup:


Forget it GMR, people here don't like reality.

They think we can beat San Jose this time around and beat the Pens, without having to improve our team whatsoever at the deadline.

Just trot out the same lineup into the playoffs from the last two seasons. :rolleyes:


#2232060 12/2 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Sabres 1

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 02 December 2011 - 08:14 PM

If Filppula keeps playing like this, he may wind up the Flames #1 center by the end of the season.

Good for him. :thumbup:


#2232025 12/2 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Sabres 1

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 02 December 2011 - 08:07 PM

Wow, even Filppula is scoring tonight. :blink:

MillerTime?


#2231791 Red Wings recall forward Chris Conner from Grand Rapids

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 01 December 2011 - 10:47 PM

Wrong again.


Naturally.


#2231743 Red Wings recall forward Chris Conner from Grand Rapids

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 01 December 2011 - 04:48 PM

No reason to play him unless it's on the top 2 lines, with skilled teammates.

With his size, it'll be pointless playing him on the 3rd and 4th lines. You can only have so many undersized forwards trying to be checkers. Helm, Hudler and now possibly Conner.


#2231663 Wings to host NHL Winter Classic within next 2 years

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 01 December 2011 - 01:00 PM

Detroit vs. San Jose.


#2231662 Ducks Fire Carlyle

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 01 December 2011 - 12:59 PM

I always liked Carlyle.

He played enforcers and he looked like "The Penguin" :hehe: