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#2588087 Opinion: Petr Mrazek should be starting Game 1

Posted by marcaractac on 02 April 2015 - 07:12 PM

The difference between mrazek's inconsistency and Howard's is that Howard is a vet. What you see is what you get with Howard. The sky is the limit for Mrazek.

Yeah, he is 23. That's what's so excitin. He is only gonna keep getting better. The way he bounces back after a bad start speaks volumes about the kid.

#2587983 Time to move Howard?

Posted by marcaractac on 02 April 2015 - 04:12 PM

No. He needs to steal the jib and leave no doubt first. When we have a season with two clear number ones, our Mrazek just absolutely clearly and consistently becoming the better goalie, then move Howard.

Sending Mrazek down to learn to be consistent is also a backwards option. He is dominant at the ahl leve. He can only learn at the the nhl level at this point. Hence why I think he should start in the playoffs if he finishes the season strong. For that experience.

#2587861 Opinion: Petr Mrazek should be starting Game 1

Posted by marcaractac on 01 April 2015 - 07:19 PM

I agree about Howard. As for Mrazek, it depends on your definition of "huge." If you subtract the games in which he's been pulled, his stats are unreal, which leads me to conclude that it is lack of consistency that is holding him back.


That will come with experience. I do think his stellar play is a much better indicator of the goalie he will be than the starts he has been pulled.


People need to remember how bad Howard was at first. It was painful. But the more he played, the better he got, and then stole the #1 job. I have no doubt Mrazek can do the same.

#2586289 3/28 GDT : Lightning 0 at Red Wings 4

Posted by marcaractac on 28 March 2015 - 03:59 PM

Huge win and of course Bruins win too and watch Sens win also making this win not all that.


The team has nothing to worry about if they keep pace with those in the chase. So that win IS all that.

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#2585163 3/24 GDT : Coyotes 5 at Red Wings 4 (OT)

Posted by marcaractac on 25 March 2015 - 09:34 PM

I'm completely perplexed by all of this right now.  Sure our goalie isn't playing great.  Sure our defense isn't spectacular.  I completely get that.  But is our defense any worse than Pittsburgh, or Ottawa, or Vancouver, or Minnesota?  Is our goalie worse than Winnipeg or Calgary?  I mean, what confuses me is why we're falling off a cliff right now.  If we were just a mediocre team, I'd get it.  But mediocre teams are playing more consistently than we are.  We've got the same weaknesses as every other mediocre team, but they're staying the same or trending up, and we are in a tailspin at a time in the season when you want to be heating up.  We added a 20 goal scorer, a 30+ point defenseman, and they're both playing great...yet somehow we're worse off for it.  How does that happen?


It's a young team, who were comfortably in a playoff spot. They took the foot off of the gas during a time when other teams battling for the playoffs/playoff positioning are stepping up their game for the home stretch of the season. That combined with a few key injuries has led to an absolutely slump.


I'm confident they'll get things going good again some playoff time (hopefully before the season ends). Last year they s*** the bed and had nothing left when the playoffs started. Hopefully this slump just means they are getting it out of the way. My only concern is how inconsistent Howard has been. He doesn't have much time to get back into form. Will be very bad if he can't find it all while Mrazek is sitting on the bench every game. 

#2584255 Do Maple Leaf fans deserve better?

Posted by marcaractac on 23 March 2015 - 08:53 PM

The #leafs announce a non-sellout crowd of 18,366.


The streak has ended

#2584242 Ilya Kovalchuk announces retirement

Posted by marcaractac on 23 March 2015 - 07:00 PM

*Obligatory "Get er done, Kenny" post*

#2583672 Losing Streak affecting Babcock's Decision?

Posted by marcaractac on 21 March 2015 - 10:01 AM

The team is going through a slump. Every team goes through slumps. The 07/08 Red Wings went through a slump (albeit started by injuries). Babcock is smart enough to realize no team is gonna coast through a season without facing adversity. This slump will have absolutely no effect on his decision in the offseason. 

#2583399 3/20 GDT : Red Wings 1 Tampa Bay Lightning 3

Posted by marcaractac on 20 March 2015 - 07:41 PM

Damn. No chance for Howard on that one. 


Yup. No chance on the gift of a rebound he gave up. 

#2582537 Mrazek to start how many games?

Posted by marcaractac on 16 March 2015 - 06:20 PM


Even though Gus is injury prone, I still don't see Mrazek getting the backup job over him when/if he returns this season, no matter how well Mrazek plays. He'll most likely be a healthy scratch or back in GR, cause thats just how it seems to work. Next season though he'll be the full time backup. Never know though I guess...


I honestly think Gus has had his last start with this team. With there no longer being a roster limit post trade deadline, I think Mrazek is here to stay. Only chance I can see him being sent down is if Howard starts playing like he did before his injury again, and they want Mrazek to log minutes. 

#2582525 Red Wings acquire Marek Zidlicky from NJ for Cond. 2016 3rd Round Pick

Posted by marcaractac on 16 March 2015 - 04:40 PM


Well, that didn't really work all that well either.  Ian White, when paired with Lidstrom, looked like a much better defenseman.  But he was still Ian White lol. 


True haha, but I assume you know what I mean. I mean, a dman like Zidlicky would have been the perfect partner for Lids. Much like Rafalski was. 

#2582515 Mrazek to start how many games?

Posted by marcaractac on 16 March 2015 - 03:00 PM

This phrase obviously sticks out and you must have meant it to provoke a response: "I just don't understand why people would rather lose with Howard than win with Mrazek. It doesn't make sense." Come on! You know things are not as simple as that. Mrazek will be a great goalie, but he's still getting used to the league and developing. It's not being "a Howard apologist" or Howard diehard or whatever to be reticent to put our trust in Mrazek in this year's playoffs. He's got us wins, but has also been pulled a couple of times and had a string of bad games. He hasn't been absolute lights out and that's what he would have to be to supplant an established number 1 goalie. It's definitely not "lose with Howard than win with Mrazek" in the playoffs. We really don't know how Mrazek would perform in that situation. 


A more measured response to Mrazek's success is to allow him Gus's spot as backup and get him some more games this year. I don't think anyone would be against Mrazek playing the next game after a solid win. Then we'll hope Howard can get back into the form he was in earlier in the season. That would be the best situation for the team come playoff time. He was being talked about for the Vezina and had a top GAA at some point. We're not talking about Joey MacDonald here. (Sorry, Joey - was trying to think of a low level goalie) Then let's see how they play for the rest of the season. If Mrazek goes full Hammond and Howard struggles mightily, then maybe it's time for this discussion. It's not right now from what we've seen.


The thing is, ever since his very short span of bad games, he has been nothing but lights out. I'm not saying the team should give up on Howard and get rid of him in the offseason. But Mrazek is the hot goalie right now and they should absolutely give him as many starts as Howard for the time being to give one of the two the chance to absolutely prove they are the go to guy come round one. Having Mrazek sitting on the bench every game is the worst thing they could do with how hot he has been since just before Howard came back from injury. He needs to get regular playing time. Luckily the next two games are back to back, meaning he and Howard will start each of them anyway. All I know is that the pressure should absolutely be on Howard during his next start. Because his job as the playoff starter should absolutely be on the line. 

Had Mrazek started against Philly, and Howard against PIT, the scores probably would have been nearly the same with the way our skaters played in each of those games,


No doubt the Wings played much better against the Pens overall. But Mrazek's play also could have had a lot to do with that. It was the same last year when Gus was in net. The team played better. 


Mrazek also made the early lead matter. Pens had several chances to get themselves back into the game, but Mrazek shut the door. And the Wings responded to that every single time. 

#2582221 3/15 GDT : Red Wings 5 at Penguins 1

Posted by marcaractac on 15 March 2015 - 01:11 PM

I wonder if Jimmy is getting nervous

#2582145 3/15 GDT : Red Wings 5 at Penguins 1

Posted by marcaractac on 15 March 2015 - 12:54 PM

This is the goaltending we need. 

#2582098 3/15 GDT : Red Wings 5 at Penguins 1

Posted by marcaractac on 15 March 2015 - 12:45 PM