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#2286210 WCQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 3, at Nashville Predators 2

Posted by Firehawk on 14 April 2012 - 06:16 AM

Kronwall, Stuart, Ericsson, Quincey are all strong on the puck. Lidstrom is shifty and has great balance with the puck. White is neither string or weak on the puck.

I'd expect us to look much better in front of our own net the next two games on ice that isn't made from gluing refrigerator ice cubes together.

No way.

NHLRules is RIGHT. We are weak on the puck in our zone. What in the world is going on? We all of a sudden cannot clear the puck against a Nashville Preds team with, I'm sorry to say, mostly no-name players? Some have some respect, but they don't have Crosby's or Sedins, or even Doans on that team.

COME ON guys. Our defense is hanging on by a thread. And I still don't get it how we are giving up odd man rushes when we are supposed to be shutting the game down late in the 3rd.

I'm telling you, we should be thanking God WE aren't down 2 games in this series. The preds get the puck on their stick in that first period and they are up by 1-2 goals early, and if they finish at all in the 3rd, we likely have a game stolen from us.

I think the wings will play better at home, and God I hope so. Blown defensive assignments, inability to clear the puck, move it from the forecheck, these are real problems. If we were playing a SJ team, Chicago, St. Louis, etc, and played defense like this we'd be getting killed.

#2283783 Shea Weber fined for Zetterberg "headslam"

Posted by Firehawk on 12 April 2012 - 05:32 PM

I have never been one to say "oh we need an enforcer, we need more size and hitting", but I think as this salary cap era goes on, that's exactly what the championship teams will be built on. It's sad. Who wants to watch 4 rounds of the crap we watched last night? I want to see star power on the ice. I don't want to see games grind for 60 minutes and the last flukey goal wins. That's boring. But that's exactly what this league is now.

The talent is spread out, and now its' about who has the better 3 and 4 lines. Look at what we were hoping for...HELM to come back and suddenly make this team the TEAM to beat. Come on. In the past a 3rd or 4th line player goes out and its no big deal. Today if one player is out it's a very big deal, no matter where it is in the lineup.

I'm losing interest in the NHL. I will always love the Wings, but my enthusiasm has waned since the salary cap.

Maybe its because we were spoiled, but I don't think so. I don't like the brand of hockey. On the surface it seems more exciting, but for the wrong reasons. Refs call penalties in favor of the team down 4-1, so those leads are never safe. The top 2 lines on each team usually cancel each otehr out, so it comes down to a grind fest.

I hate it. I want to see more flow to games and the more talented team winning. Yesterday was a joke. We should have won 2-1 last night.

#2278919 Tortorella Slams Orpik, Crosby, Malkin,...

Posted by Firehawk on 06 April 2012 - 03:24 PM

I'll do it again...

Watch this:

"I don't know how Orpik doesn't get more suspension time." and "I hope Philly rams Crosby and knocks him out of the playoffs."

I don't like Crosby, never have. No I am not jealous, since I think Datsyuk is a better player. Crosby is on his last leg anyways, and Bettman, who has thrown everything the NHL has to offer behind Crosby, knows it. So, they'll do their best to protect him.

But, once you start having concussions, you're very likely to have more. Crosby's career is already in jeopardy and it won't take a dirty hit to knock him out.

This is what the league wanted by changing the rules and bringing in the instigator rule. Nobody to blame but themselves...

#2275946 3/30 GDT : Predators 4 at Red Wings 1

Posted by Firehawk on 30 March 2012 - 08:57 PM

The announcer sounding excited pisses me off...

#2275917 3/30 GDT : Predators 4 at Red Wings 1

Posted by Firehawk on 30 March 2012 - 08:48 PM

Tell you what, if the Wings draw the preds in round 1, we are going home. The preds got a taste of what it's like to win a playoff series. They are hungry and ready to win. Most of the wings players have a cup or more. And, it's nice that we worked hard to be a great home team, but I don't get how a team notorious for being a great road team through the years blew their diaper this year, not even going to finish 500 on the road. Are you kidding me?

And now, our home record as of late has been bad. There's not a lot to be excited about this year.

At this point, we'd be better of dropping to 6 and playing the PAC team...

#2275846 3/30 GDT : Predators 4 at Red Wings 1

Posted by Firehawk on 30 March 2012 - 08:26 PM

I don't know how anyone can be confident going into the playoffs with this team as it is. They needed to beat Columbus on Wednesday and couldn't even win a road game against the worst team in the league, a team they murdered a couple nights prior at home.

IF they can't beat a road team at Columbus, how does anyone think they'll go to a much better team's house and win games? Because at this point, I'm not confident we'll control home ice even if we get it...let alone win on the road.

I have zero expectations for this year's run, and that really SUCKS. For the first time in decades I honestly think this wings team needs retooling.

#2275820 3/30 GDT : Predators 4 at Red Wings 1

Posted by Firehawk on 30 March 2012 - 08:14 PM

I think we as long time wings fans have to realize that the parity in the league has caught everyone up, or lowered the wings, to a very similar level of play.

The wings are in the top 10 teams in the league, but the discrepancy between teams 1 and 10 is very little anymore.

As a fan that got to see the great teams in the 90s I'm honestly annoyed that we can't stack a team and kick some ass anymore.

#2275807 3/30 GDT : Predators 4 at Red Wings 1

Posted by Firehawk on 30 March 2012 - 08:10 PM

This team really pisses me off anymore. How have we become so bad on defense? How are we caught with our pants down it seems ALL THE TIME in our own zone? Not getting the pucks out, always in a scramble?

Tired of it.

We aren't doing anything this playoff. 1 and done. We suck on the special teams (odd for the wings), we can't clear pucks in our own zone...my God man...

#2272828 3/21 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Rangers 2 (OT)

Posted by Firehawk on 21 March 2012 - 09:39 PM

Every point counts at this stage. But I think it seems like the wings would be better off getting the 6th seed versus the 4th or 5th at this point. I'd rather play a Dallas or Phoenix. Both those teams are 8-10 points back from everybody else in the top of the conference and it's funny to me that the one that doesn't get the 3rd seed may MISS the playoffs!

#2272533 3/21 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Rangers 2 (OT)

Posted by Firehawk on 21 March 2012 - 05:02 PM

4-1 Rangers tonight...I'll be surprised if we get 1 point out of this one...

Boy when was the last time I felt this frustrated with the Wings? A LOOONNGG TIME. For once it seems they can't control their own destiny.

#2271352 Crosby

Posted by Firehawk on 18 March 2012 - 09:08 AM

Crosby is arguably the best offensive player in the game right now. But He's not far and away better than others. Gotta be careful how we can get carried away with that. There are talents close to that level as well in the NHL.

With that said, I'm looking forward to him getting Kronwalled in the finals :).

#2269192 3/10 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Predators 3

Posted by Firehawk on 10 March 2012 - 10:55 PM

If this is what life without Lidstrom is gonna be like I'm scared. I don't want a defense that barely hangs in there most nights. I want a shut down defense. We don't have one now with Lidstrom, but without, it looks like the defense get compromised quite a bit. We have had good goaltending this year to make the defense better than I really think it is.

#2269145 3/10 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Predators 3

Posted by Firehawk on 10 March 2012 - 10:27 PM

I'm so glad we scored, but just before the goal, WTF HUDLER? MY god! That's why I hate Hudler. He almost always makes the wrong decision with the puck, not shooting in in PRIME shooting area...instead passes it. He pulled that earlier in the game as well, I think early in the 2nd, had tons of ice in the slot and passed it but the pass got tipped away.

Drives me nuts.

#2269052 3/10 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Predators 3

Posted by Firehawk on 10 March 2012 - 09:31 PM

I was hoping Franzen would take over Homers position, and be the one deflecting shots in front. The guy has a size advantage, he just refuses to use it. Frustrating

everyone pounds on Franzen in the regular season, and then come playoff time everybody is ready to bow down to him. Kinda laughable.

With that said, I HATE HUDLER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#2260432 2/21 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Blackhawks 2

Posted by Firehawk on 21 February 2012 - 10:40 PM

You know, looking at the standings, it's a disgrace that SJ is 3rd because they're leading their division, and there's 3 central teams in 4th, 5th, and 6th that are all over that point total. Just sayin...