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#2672988 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by marcaractac on 22 April 2016 - 12:55 PM

Smith, again? Dude was our best d-man in the series (especially Game 3) and is about the only one that has any clue how to execute a clean breakout. He drives possession and pushes the play offensively. 
 
I don't even remember any egregious Smith turnovers in this series, which was always his biggest downfall. Kronwall and Ericsson are by far the biggest issues on the back end -- amplified by the fact Blashill inexplicably kept them together as a pairing even though they have stunk together for years. 


I've always liked Smith and kronwall together. They'd make a solid second pair I think. Just gotta acquire someone to play with duke on the first and suddenly the top 4 looks really good. The key os to get Ericsson off the team.
I wonder if AA will be sent down? A deep playoff run with the Griffins would be great for him.
Scratch that AA being sent down was just confirmed on Twitter.


#2672891 Mantha

Posted by marcaractac on 22 April 2016 - 04:51 AM

It's time to move Larkin and AA into center roles, and to make sure they learn all the tricks to winning faceoffs at this level. Down the middle it should be Larkin, AA, Hank, and Glenny. In that order. Hank is still a very important part of this team. He just needs to play less minutes during the season. Even during the rough patches.

 

Abby/UFA-Larkin-Goose

Tatar-AA-Mantha

Sheahan-Hank-Jurco

Helm-Glenny-Abby/UFA




#2672143 ECQF Game 5 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by marcaractac on 21 April 2016 - 06:11 PM

i hope the team is feeling more confident than I am right now




#2672101 Fixing this mess....

Posted by marcaractac on 21 April 2016 - 02:54 PM

 

I'd say Green has been good.  Especially considering EVERYONE's production was down, I'll excuse his subpar numbers because he still provided SOMETHING.  I rarely found myself cursing at the TV and wishing Green were off the team.  Moving forward I think we need to keep him, especially if they rebuild for a puck possession playing style.  Imagine starting the whole right handed-shot search all over again.  He's pretty essential at this point, assuming the team has to rebound soemwhat next season in the offense department.  I can only assume something was seriously off kilter this year and won't be next year.

 

Agreed. If anything, I think he should be used a little bit more. I still don't understand why he is on the second pp unit when he is our only dman who can get a puck on net. 




#2672016 Mantha

Posted by marcaractac on 21 April 2016 - 04:54 AM

 

Had to try a different browser because it didn't work with firefox but here it is:

 

Blashill has rewatched some of the video tapes and doesn't think there is a direct correlation between Mantha and the PP. According to him it's to easy to put it all on Mantha and he isn't sure if calling him up, would be the right thing right now. The final decision hasn't been made but right now it looks like he won't come up.

 

No one even mentioned the possibility of him getting some much needed experience, learn from Pasha or anything like that.

 

tldl: Mantha won't be up because of "PP correlation"

 

He scored 2 of the power play goals during his time up for god sakes. In a 4 game span. Which is twice as many as the entire team has scored in this 4 game series. f*** Jeff Blashill. 




#2671624 ECQF Game 4 Post-GTD: Tampa Bay 3, at Red Wings 2

Posted by marcaractac on 19 April 2016 - 08:59 PM

Without Mantha: pp is a dumpster fire.
With Mantha: pp scored in 8 straight.
Bad pp costing the team this series.

What will Blash do to fix it? Probably play Pulk, the black hole of puck possession.


#2670825 Tampa radio host's harsh words for DET fans/players

Posted by marcaractac on 18 April 2016 - 08:28 PM

Can you imagine the butthurt if Stamkos came to Detroit this summer?


#2670632 ECQF Game 3 Post-GDT: at Red Wings 2, Tampa Bay 0

Posted by marcaractac on 17 April 2016 - 09:04 PM

Mrazek wasn't much better than Howard. The team played much better defense. Key to the win.

 

While I agree, the clutch saves by Mrazek late in the 3rd were the difference. Those are the kind of chances Howard has allowed in games 1 and 2 that killed the team.




#2670626 ECQF Game 3 Post-GDT: at Red Wings 2, Tampa Bay 0

Posted by marcaractac on 17 April 2016 - 09:01 PM

I think Goose is on the verge of breaking out if he can get over that hump by potting one. He was buzzing all night but he was always just waiting a split second too long to shoot. Definitely the best he has looked in a very long time. 




#2670577 ECQF Game 3 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by marcaractac on 17 April 2016 - 08:47 PM

I love Smith




#2670565 ECQF Game 3 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by marcaractac on 17 April 2016 - 08:44 PM

Mrazek hold back Smith ahahahaha


#2670558 ECQF Game 3 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by marcaractac on 17 April 2016 - 08:43 PM

There is the big third period save we needed.


#2670338 ECQF Game 3 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by marcaractac on 17 April 2016 - 07:32 PM

"Why is Andersson even in the NHL?"

#YesWeCandersson

 

You win this round... 




#2670218 ECQF Game 3 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by marcaractac on 17 April 2016 - 07:00 PM

This game is a perfect illustration of why I want Pulks in the line-up. The guys are playing well, dominating with their speed, but none of them shoot on the PP and not many of them have real goalscorers instincts. Pulks has a lot of limitations, but the guy had 48 goals in his last 62 AHL reg season and playoff games, and absolutely kills 5 on 3 because it gives him time and space to get the cannon off and on net. Even at NHL level, where he has struggled, his pace is 14 goals 28 points averaging about 11-12 mins per night. 

 

But no, we need Andersson who will barely play.

 

That said, not only do todays lines look better, they also make a lot more sense.

 

The second Pulk touches the puck, the team looses possession. That's why he doesn't play. 




#2670032 ECQF Game 3 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by marcaractac on 17 April 2016 - 02:44 PM

In the end, sometimes the sum of the parts is more important than what an individual produces. Mantha scored two goals, but the pp was on fire while he was on it. He made things happen that didn't show up on the scoresheet. Smith does the same.