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#2494923 The Leaders HAVE to step up

Posted by wings_fanatic on 12 March 2014 - 11:09 PM

Last game, Babs moved Aflie on a line with Nyquist and Legwand... Frankly that is the best way to get Alfie going again.


Nyquist- Legwand- Alfie

Tatar- Sheahan- Franzen


Also, one thing that has been bothering me is the way the Wings are playing the PP. They are not setting up Alfie to shoot from the point nearly enough (he has a far better shot then Kronners from the Point). Simply put, I want to see Alfie firing on all cylinders, when he is shooting the puck from anywhere, that is when he is on his game.


That top 6 obviously is not the best, but it can hang in there with teams and can for sure win us a game against the Leafs, the Habs, and Edmonton. I have taken a look at Philly's schedule going forward, and they DO NOT have it very easy. The Wings just need to stay the course for a couple more weeks here and we will hopefully get Pavs back (I know wishful thinking) and once that happens, this team can secure its way into the playoffs. 


Call me crazy, but I think the Wings will make the playoffs. We play Edmonton, Chicago (i already count this as a loss), Toronto (I think we will take it to them and win), Pens (they have injuries of their own so toss up), Minnesota twice, Columbus, Montreal, Toronto again and Tampa Bay to close out the month. Call me crazy, but besides the Hawks game, I think the Wings have a chance to compete in every game and get some wins in there because we play very well against the Habs, Tampa Bay is falling, Edmonton is Edmonton, and you never know with Toronto. By the end of the month, Pav will be back, if not before then, at which point we will have a couple more weeks of games until the playoffs. 


I trust in our players to get the job done until then. I trust Kronners, Alfie, Franzen, Nyquist, Tatar, and that Howard will find his game. Most importantly, I trust Mike Babcock. Even given all of these injuries, Babs has this team playing with solid structure. Even last night in Columbus, the Wings were playing well up until that last little bit. I say we fight through this and we get into the playoffs and become the worst nightmare for whoever we play against. 


Lets stop turning on our players that are still playing and not injured, and lets stop questioning the coaches. Lets come together as fans and believe in our team. 

#2489792 3/4 GDT: Red Wings at Devils

Posted by wings_fanatic on 04 March 2014 - 09:37 PM

If someone has enough time on their hands, I would be really interested to know how many last minute goals Jimmy Howard has allowed throughout his career at the end of each period. I swear he must have some kind of record. Yah  the goal was not his fault, but his job as a goalie is to make the timely saves, and he just lets in far too many late goals at the end of periods.

#2489288 Trade deadline fast approaching - who should we target?

Posted by wings_fanatic on 04 March 2014 - 04:40 PM

Omg Luongo and Thomas are teammates


For now... it has been a crazy day... tomorrow is gonna be interesting. I feel sorry for anyone that has to work or go to school tomorrow. I know every year since grade 9, I treated trade deadline day as a P.A day, will be the same this year as well haha.

#2488803 Trade deadline fast approaching - who should we target?

Posted by wings_fanatic on 03 March 2014 - 02:05 PM

I would take Gillis down from Tatar to Juro. I think Tatar is too good of a player to trade away. Not only does he possess a lot of talent, but he is full of energy and he competes shift in and shift out. 


Helm, Juro, a 1st or something around those lines to get Keser and I would be happy, 


As for Erhoff, he has an absolute rocket. If the Wings get him, our Powerplay will become much more deadly. Not only that, he is good at moving the puck. At this rate, there are a ton of rumours, which makes me very excited for Wednesday. I am not saying Kenny will do something, but I just feel that he realizes that something has to be done.

#2487898 Trade deadline fast approaching - who should we target?

Posted by wings_fanatic on 28 February 2014 - 05:02 PM

Well I see him 3rd line if he can stay healthy I think its best to split z and datsyuk except on PP and have helm on the 4th maybe but I still think he's overpaid (5mil, albeit injury riddled unlucky)

I disagree with you. When hank comes back in the playoffs, he will not be as well conditioned and in game form. Babs will likely play him with pav so that hank does not have to center a line, making it easier on him.

#2486810 2/26 GDT - Red Wings 2 at Canadiens 1 (OT)

Posted by wings_fanatic on 26 February 2014 - 12:00 PM

I would much rather Alfie plays with pavs then franzen. Franzen seems to play well with helm so I would go.

Nyquist- pavs- Alfie
Franzen - helm Abby
Jurco- sheahan- Tatar

That's a much more rounded top 9

#2486014 Trade deadline fast approaching - who should we target?

Posted by wings_fanatic on 21 February 2014 - 05:33 PM


With Z out for the stretch run, he'd be a great fit. Comes thru in the playoffs too, he's a little guy but tenacious. Depending on price, he could be a great guy to pick up.


Too add to that, he plays a Babcock kind of style, so he would be able to adjust to Babcock's demanding 2 way system. Also, a great point by you in that he has a history of being a big playoffs performer. I wouldn't mind a move to stabalize our D, but I think this move would benefit the Wings more than any other, for the right price. 

#2486005 Trade deadline fast approaching - who should we target?

Posted by wings_fanatic on 21 February 2014 - 05:10 PM

I think Cammalari would be a nice addition for the right price. He has a history of being clutch when he had good players around him, which he would have in Detroit. It would help to balance the top 6, and he can be a winger or centerman, which will be significant if there are any injuries (which there better not be for the rest of ever given the amount we have had already). 

#2485972 USA-Canada Thread

Posted by wings_fanatic on 21 February 2014 - 04:34 PM

A great game between two proud nations. The key thing to take away from this game is that American hockey has come a long way in the last few years. They are really developing players better than ever before and are coming closer to competing with Canada. The main difference, in my opinion, is that the Americans still do not possess the  skill that the Canadian players do. The success of the US team is their strong defense play, blocking shots, backchecking, hard hitting. They do not have that many high end skilled players. Off the top of my head, they have Kane, Parise, Kessel, Oshie, Kessler (even Oshie is not top notch against the Canadians). On the flip side, Canada has Crosby, Toews, Getzalf, Perry, Marleau, Benn, Tavaras (who didnt play today). That is just the forwards.


On defense, Canada has far better puck moving, offensive dmen, who are also very good in their own end. The Americans have outstanding defensive dmen, however they lack the skill to assert themselves more offensively. This has been the biggest plus to Canada's game this olympics, and last olympics as well. This is the difference in my opinion. 


While the games would always be close, Canada would come out on top more often then not at this point in time. With that said, it was a great game, and it is great to see the improvements that USA hockey has made in developing their players to compete with our Canadian players. 

#2476237 1/22 GDT : Blackhawks 4 at Red Wings 5 (SO)

Posted by wings_fanatic on 23 January 2014 - 12:35 AM

I thought that the Wings had a fantastic game against a team that they simply should not have beaten with the amount of injuries that they had. 


I thought all of the Red Wings, apart from Cleary, had an outstanding game. Everyone created energy, got shots off, went to the net, came back to help... just a solid team game with great coaching by Mike Babcock.


- I could not tell Ericsson missed a single game, he was fantastic.

- I thought, other than his giveaway, Smith had a great game once again. He was making great stretch passes, making solid D plays, getting pucks to the net. IMO he and Danny Dekeyser showed tonight, once again, that they should both be used on the 2nd PP unit instead of Kindl.

- Hank, Nyquist and Abby were unreal tonight every shift. Abby's leg pass that led to Eaves' goal could go down as assist of the year.

- Monster looked shaky to start, but settled in as the game went on and came up with some big saves in the end.


Apart from all that, this was the most exciting hockey game I have watched all season. Just great back and forth action. Got some saves out of both goalies, got some nice goals, some posts. Just a shame that it had to end via a skills competition. Hopefully the Wings can build on this and take it to Montreal on Friday night... 2 points in that game would be HUGE!

#2468997 12/30 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Predators 6

Posted by wings_fanatic on 30 December 2013 - 10:59 PM

Wings had no energy for the first period and a half, but right after that hit from behind on Hank, they got going. Why did they have no energy?


Well it is simple. Howard was letting almost everything in. It is very deflating for a team when your goalie is letting in what should be very routine saves. He let in 3 goals tonight that should have been saved, and Monster would have saved. In my opinion, Monster should be our starter until Howard gives us reason to believe otherwise. 


Aside from goaltending, I thought the Wings really dug deep in the 3rd and worked hard. Pavs and Hank looked much better playing together, Abby and Helm had fantastic games, Kronners, Danny D, Quincy all had strong games. Smith had the one shift he messed up on, but we would not even be talking about that had Howard covered the puck when he had the chance. 


Lastly, Eaves once again had a great game!!! IT BAFFLES ME that Babcock sits a guy like Eaves for CLEARY who does nothing!

#2467916 12/28 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Panthers 3

Posted by wings_fanatic on 28 December 2013 - 01:59 PM

Patrick Eaves has been fantastic since he has been called up. I think it is a joke that he is now scratched so that Cleary can continue to suck.

#2467134 12/21 GDT: Red Wings 5 @ Maple Leafs 4 (SO, yes, SO)

Posted by wings_fanatic on 22 December 2013 - 01:14 AM

This was a very entertaining hockey game; a great way to set up the Classic. 


- Pavel should have had two goals today... The Leafs player pushed the net so Pavel was 100% correct that should have been a goal.

- I thought the refs let the Leafs get away with a lot more then the Wings, however that was because the nhl refs these days are told to ref based on the score of the game, which is retarded.


Aside from that, I thought the team played fantastic. My best friend is a Leafs fan and we talked after the game about Danny Dekeyser, and he even said that, besides the miscue that led to the Leafs goal, you could absolutely not tell at all that he had missed over a month of action. He looked great out there tonight in pretty much all aspects. I knew he would be good defensively off the bat, but he seemed even MORE confident offensively tonight. I mean, he was shooting the puck every chance he got and making great plays to keep the zone. One thing is for sure... he looked WAY better playing the point on the PP then Kindl!


Also, Pavel and Alfie continue to provide great leadership and Kronners quietly put together a solid, solid game. For anyone that ever rags on him, I ask you to look at his cheap salary and what he brings to the table for this team on a nightly basis and then realize how lucky we are.


I love watching the young guys play, but at the same time I am very excited to have our near full team playing by the end of next week. Kudos to Mike Babcock and the coaching staff for the way that they have handled all of these injuries and were able to rally the team tonight to get us a W.

#2466465 12/19 GDT: Flames 2 @ Red Wings 3 (OT)

Posted by wings_fanatic on 20 December 2013 - 12:35 AM

Pavel, Alfie and Monster were fantastic tonight. More then anyone, those 3 stepped up and got us a win.


A few other notes:


- Kindl, yes not Cleary, but Kindl was by FAR the worst Red Wings player on the ice. He played the worst game I have seen him play in a long time. Every single time he touched the puck, he turned it over. He had about 3 fantastic scoring chances and either missed the net or waited too long and had it blocked. I have no idea how Babcock can continue to play Kindl on the PP unit. He is just awful in every respect, especially to have actually played a worse game then Dan Cleary.

- I thought Smith had a great game. He made some great defensive plays tying sticks up in front, and he moved the puck very well. I am still wondering why Babs won't play Smitty on the PP over Kindl.

- Bert looked energized out there, winning many puck battles which was nice to see.

- I thought Anderson, Jurco and Tatar all had solid games.

- Last, but not least, how about the play of Patrick Eaves.I loved him before he was sent down, and now I don't want him to be sent down. And I swear Tootoo should always play because the guy creates energy in the building every single shift that he plays. Stupid Sammy, Cleary and Quincy contracts.

#2463433 Why does this team sleepwalk against bottom feeders?

Posted by wings_fanatic on 11 December 2013 - 01:23 PM

There are many many reasons for this. The main thing being that almost every game, there are guys moving in and out of the lineup because of injuries. This is ridiculous how much it happens to us, and I  am not just talking this year. Ever since the start of the year where we didn't have Helmer, then we lost Ericsson, Smith, Franzen, Weiss, Alfie, got Franzen and Weiss back, got Ericsson back, lost Danny Dekeyser, lost Pavel Datsyuk but Alfie came back, lost Hank Zetterberg. IT is extremely hard to maintain consistency when you have so many moving parts in and out of the lineup and almost every game, guys are having to adjust to new lines. 


The fact is that this is a team of professionals and they do rise to the occasion when they play the league's best. But over the long haul of an NHL season, when you are constantly having to juggle everything, you will not be able to maintain that consistency. The fact of the matter is that had last night not been Pavel's first game back, he doesn't lose the battle that led to the tying goal and we likely go on to win the game.


Given the amount of injuries that the Wings have sustained, and the time that it took the brass to start playing Nyquist and Tatar, I am pleased with where the Wings are in the standings. Howard has not been playing great, and we have had a ton of injuries, but yet we are just a few points back from 1st place in this division. I find it hard to be upset over that. Eventually, Howard is going to find his game, and when this team is finally fully healthy, I truly believe that other teams will have a hard time keeping up, especially with what we have seen from what Nyquist and Tatar add to this team.