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#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.

#2461207 12/4 GDT : Flyers 6 at Red Wings 3

Posted by wings_fanatic on 05 December 2013 - 01:12 AM

Good news is Babs confirmed Monster is in net Friday night. 

#2461138 12/4 GDT : Flyers 6 at Red Wings 3

Posted by wings_fanatic on 04 December 2013 - 11:07 PM


Uhh the first and third goals were great shots he never saw due to screens. Those will go in 90% of the time on any goalie. The 2nd was a defensive breakdown that unfortunately slid under his pad. He had no shot on the 4th due to man left open on the back post. The only goal you can question on him was the Hartnell shot. Philly was the better team for most of the game other than when they took all the penalties in the 2nd. Detroit outshot Philly but Philly chances were all a heck of a lot better than Detroits. Mason really only had to make one big save. The rest were routine. I know everyone here loves to jump on the goalie but look at each goal individually and youll see that he had no shot on three of those goals. You just have to hope the puck hits him and he was in the right position they were just good shots.


It isn't that he is "letting in bad goals" its that he isn't making timely, key saves that he needs to to win us games. Like it or not, the job of a goalie is to make key saves to win games for his team. The numbers do not lie... he is failing to do that consistently this season. Like it or not, Monster deserves to be getting more starts here and to be honest, I feel much calmer with Monster in net then Jimmy, and I feel that the team feels that way as well. 

#2461001 12/4 GDT : Flyers 6 at Red Wings 3

Posted by wings_fanatic on 04 December 2013 - 10:16 PM

This is like the 6th time this season that Howard has blown a 2 goal lead... that is just unacceptable. Monster needs to continue to get starts if he continues to earn it.

#2460693 Datsyuk concussion: To Return Tuesday

Posted by wings_fanatic on 04 December 2013 - 04:31 PM

Gotta love pavs comments about the media maybe giving him headaches haha. Can't wait to have him back