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#2596110 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Tampa Bay Lightning 5

Posted by wings_fanatic on 18 April 2015 - 03:41 PM

Tatar and Nyquist have to be better. I thought they would be fired up to prove themselves after last year, but it's the same s*** as last year against the B's.

Have you been watching this game? They have generated quite a few chances and are skating a lot better. Tampa is getting all the bounces right now.

#2595832 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Tampa Bay Lightning 5

Posted by wings_fanatic on 18 April 2015 - 02:44 PM

Tatar actually looks like he has some jump tonight I dunno why everyone is on his case again.

#2594634 ECQF Game 1 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 EST

Posted by wings_fanatic on 16 April 2015 - 08:26 PM

I don't wanna split up pav and hank but the kid line looks off. I rly wish babs would try Weiss at center.


I think that little change would make both the 2nd and 3rd lines better.

Overall the wings are playing a decent road game. It's far from perfect but the team is blocking shots, doing a good job of keeping Tampa to the outside, and helping petr clear any loose pucks and obviously petr looks fantastic.

I think the wings got to just start putting everything on net rather than just try to wait for the perfect chance.

1 more period let's go boys! !

#2591279 4/9/15 GDT Red Wings 3 @ Canadiens 4 *Warning post #888 & 906*

Posted by wings_fanatic on 09 April 2015 - 08:26 PM

Babs whines for 2 seasons about wanting a right hander for the PP and then he plays 2 lefts on the first pp unit and 2 rights on the 2nd pp unit

And man our bottom 2 lines suck!! We really need abby back and I have no idea why ferraro is plaYin over jurco (jurco practiced in pavs place today so must be fine).

#2588731 4/2 GDT : Bruins 3 at Red Wings 2

Posted by wings_fanatic on 03 April 2015 - 12:33 PM

..and tell me again, when Stevie was near the end, how many times we either had to scratch and claw to just make the playoffs or were in danger of backing our way out of the playoffs?  Let alone tell me when Stevie would have sat because of an injury that he couldn't just "ice up" and play, especially when it comes down to two of the most important games of the year which would have more than likely secured the playoffs.  I am not questioning Dats contributions to this team or his ability to still be an impact player.  I am questioning the entire leadership philosophy of this team, starting with him. Z says he's 100%, so why are we to believe that he isn't? He just is what he is anymore, more than a shell, but nowhere near what he was 5-6 years ago, but hey, he is older and not as good anymore.  The problem is, these "leaders" today will even sit out a playoff game with nagging injuries, even elimination games, Stevie, Shanny, Hull, Feds, Igor, Nick would have NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER done so.
Disrespect my ass, the fact is, he makes $7M tof****** take this team to the playoffs, not sit because his ankle hurts, again, THEY MAKE SHOTS THAT TAKE CARE OF NAGGING PAINS!!! If his ankle was broken, I understand, but a sore ankle? Gimme a break! In my job, I am working in small places lifting and throwing things all day long, if my back hurts do I get time off? NO! I get to take 2 alieve and get the f*** back in the hole!
This isn't December anymore, these games are pretty much game 6's and 7's for us, this team needs leadership to lead! All this blaming Jimmy and Petr is stupid, Petr played well enough last night to win, he had 1 bad goal, but the D (Q especially) let him down in the end.  Even Patrick had bad goals against him, even Hasek.  Itsf****** time for the leaders to inspire this team, if keeping this streak alive isn't important to the leaders of this team, to keep history going, to keep this organization talked about among the elite teams off al time, thenf****** retire and let other players who want to preserve history and keep this team excelling take over!  Sure, 1st round exits suck, and no way this team is favored to win a Cup this year, but you have to get to round 1 in order to have a chance....f*** letting the streak go, if this team cannot win a Cup every year, then damn it, isn't it important enough to have something to brag and be proud of?  The streak is on the line, if they miss this year, they will never get anywhere near it again.  I want to Cup too, but if we can't win it, why just say f*** the playoffs? Those of you who don't care about making the playoffs year after year will never be happy, because for you its the Cup or tank.
I will take a first round sweep over completely missing the playoffs.

You must be a profession nhl 15 player because you clearly don't play hockey. Your posts are almost humorous ... even my little cousins understand hockey better than you. Pav is special in that he will still be magic when he's 40 but if he tries playing through injuries then that won't be the case. The best is as soon as pav is back and playing amazing this weekend you will turn around and talk about how amazing he is. That's the biggest problem with fans these days how quickly they turn on players. I get turning on Jimmy. .. he's consistently not got the job done for us. Pav on the other hand is consistently our best performer along with zetty.

If your not happy with that then go become a leafs fan so you at least have something to whine about.

#2588639 Is Hank too slow and ineffective to play center?

Posted by wings_fanatic on 02 April 2015 - 11:24 PM

Babcock refuses to play Datsyuk and Zetterberg on the same line except the PP and I think it's a major reason why Zetterberg has been struggling of late. Before Babcock would put Zetterberg and Datsyuk out there just to generate spark on the team but now he is shying away from that. I think we need to see more Zetterberg and Datsyuk together going forward if we want to turn this season around. 


I completely agree. This late in the season, you gotta change things up to create a spark. Pav and Hank are always magic together and we can still have balanced scoring. 

#2587882 3/31 GDT : Senators 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by wings_fanatic on 02 April 2015 - 12:06 AM


I can't even imagine how much slower and lazier he'll be in two years let a,lone six.  He's already taking the worst angle shots I've ever seen.  In six years, he'd be shooting the puck from the other side of the red line.  


Save your thoughts for the playoffs. Z has an ability to pace himself over an 82 game season. The way he plays the game is different than Pav. Pav has magic and he is still able to use that to dominate the game on most nights. Z on the other hand has success by hard work, which is harder to do over such a long season. If Z played the way he can, as hard as he can, every single night, he would be burned out. So, whether he knows it or not, he paces himself during the season, along with the fact that he is streaky. 


Now having said that, you go back and look at pretty well every playoffs and look at the numbers that Z still continues to put up. He always turns his game on when it matters most and I have learned to never doubt Z as a player and as a leader. Pav is no doubt the most important player on this team impact wise on a nightly basis, but IMO Z is just as impactful, for other reasons. Look at the playoffs last year. Pav did all we could, but with Z out we were still lacking. Then Z came back, rusty and no doubt not 100% and he STILL put up better numbers than anyone on the team not named Datsyuk. 


What I am getting at is, yes Z is older and he has had to change the way he plays, but he still remains a very very important part of this team and fans need to respect that and him.


Lastly, from a goal scoring standpoint, I do agree with you. I would like to see Z score more goals, but he is unable to do that while playing 2nd line Center setting up his wingers. If we want Z to go back to scoring more goals, the only option is to play him with Pav, something I would very much like to see. I think that change could spark the team going forward.


Z- Pav- Abby

Nyquist- Sheahan- Tatar

Weiss- Helm- Jurco

Miller- Glendening- Cleary


Anderson is simply not getting it done for me, I would like to see what Cleary can offer as one last run for us since he is fresh. But the big thing is Z playing with Pav if we do that, I think Z will look more like what we are accustomed to.

#2585984 3/28 GDT : Lightning 0 at Red Wings 4

Posted by wings_fanatic on 28 March 2015 - 12:47 PM

Boston leading the Rangers 3:0 with a few minutes to play in the first. Lundqvuist sucks ?!

The guy hasn't played in a few months.... He will be in form within a week. He actually wins series for his team in the playoffs.

#2585050 3/24 GDT : Coyotes 5 at Red Wings 4 (OT)

Posted by wings_fanatic on 25 March 2015 - 02:47 AM

Howard did not earn his money last season and is now not earning his money this season. Without Pete, we wouldn't be in a playoffs spot right now because we have not been good since he was playing while Jimmy was out and it was Pete winning us games. Jimmy has been so inconsistent that it is not even funny. The goals he gave up last night were laughable and he was the reason we lost that game. There is no denying that. He is not a terrible goalie, but he lacks consistency and he is hurting the Wings right now. If I am Babcock I would sit Jimmy for now and play Pete. If Pete plays good keep playing him. The team always plays more confident in front of Pete and they move the puck out easier too because of his puck ability. Simply put if Jimmy Howard starts for us in the playoffs if he is as he is now, we lose in 4 games. We have 10 games left and I am tired of  betting on Jimmy to be consistent. 

#2584157 3/22 GDT : Blues 1 at Red Wings 2 (OT)

Posted by wings_fanatic on 22 March 2015 - 03:11 PM


2 things to note about the winner: 


1- NHL probably has it in their mind the goal is unreviewable (whereas I think all goals should be) 

2- The only point where I see the stick clearly broken is after he makes contact with Allen's pads, at that point the stick is awkwardly bent (thus broken imo) neither the refs, nor abby would have the reaction time to identify that as a broken stick before the puck went in. I think it would be unfair to call it back. 


2 things about the officials 

1 - The linesmen were absolutely brutal! 

2 - the amount of interference let go by both sides was VERY interesting. It wasn't subtle at all. 


And I liked it. Allowing interference like that take place makes it safer to go back and retrieve pucks. That is why there have been so many more injuries the past few seasons because more guys are getting run because of the amount of interference calls. In my opinion, the refs let both team play today and the majority of calls made were clear calls. That is how it should be.

#2584134 3/22 GDT : Blues 1 at Red Wings 2 (OT)

Posted by wings_fanatic on 22 March 2015 - 01:50 PM

Good call putting zids on, best d-man on the team


Besides Kronwall you mean. Kronwall is very much undervalued by some people on this forum. He had an awesome game today by the way. 

#2581842 3/14 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Flyers 7

Posted by wings_fanatic on 14 March 2015 - 06:33 PM

So Brendan smith on the first pair for two goals against at even strength today. Can everybody who thought that was a good idea raise your hand...and then go purge yourself of other bad ideas.


You obviously haven't been watching games closely lately. Smith has been one of our best players the last few games and most consistent. He is skating well, moving the puck quickly, joining in the rush, and playing pretty good D as well. Kronners has looked far more comfortable with Smith than Ericsson. 


Kronners- Smith

Danny D- Zids

Quincy- Marchenkio


I would sit Ericsson for a game and keep that as my top 4 I really like that. 

#2577736 Helm injury update and a very good one too

Posted by wings_fanatic on 02 March 2015 - 04:32 PM

That is good but dont want to rush him. In my opinion, Wednesday's game is a battle of the two teams that improved the most via trades. 

#2577642 Red Wings acquire Marek Zidlicky from NJ for Cond. 2016 3rd Round Pick

Posted by wings_fanatic on 02 March 2015 - 02:16 PM

Why all the hate for Smith?! He has had a very good season and simply doesn't get PP time that he SHOULD get. The D pairings will be:


Kronners- E


Smith- Zidlicky

#2574434 Is Jimmy Our Playoff Goalie?

Posted by wings_fanatic on 24 February 2015 - 05:37 PM

This is such a debatable issue and, for good reason. There are those who support Jimmy and simply cannot understand why fans hate on him so much and then, on the flip side, there seem to be those who want Jimmy gone. Me- I am kind of in between. In the 2013 playoffs there is no doubt that Jimmy was a big reason for the Wings success. I mean we nearly made it to the conference finals. Jimmy has the ability to steal us games, see Chicago for instance. There is no doubt he is a good goalie. But what separates him from guys like Lunquivst, like it or not, is that he doesn't win the games that matter. 


He has been our starter in the playoffs since 2010. Since then we have not made it past the 2nd round. Lets look at the playoffs since 2010:


2010: Lost in the 2nd round to the Sharks in 5 games. If memory serves me correctly, we were dominating game 3 of this series until Jimmy let it an awful goal by Heatly and we ended up losing that game and ultimately the series In that series, he let in quite a few soft goals.


2011: Lost in the 2nd round to the Sharks in 7 games. Jimmy was significantly better in these playoffs and cannot be faulted for losing this series We simply did not have enough guys going.


2012: 1st round loss to Nashville in 5 games. Embarssing series by the entire team. Unfortunate that this was Nick Lidstrom's last season. Jimmy was not very good as with the rest of the team.


Note for these 3 seasons, JImmy had excellent Dmen and still never got past the second round, like it or not he didn't.


2013: 2nd round loss to the Hawks in 7 games. Great playoffs by Jimmy.


2014: 1st round loss to Boston in 5 games. Jimmy did not play much, but was good in game 1 but was not good in game 2.




Now it is hard to assess on Jimmy in last year's playoffs but I can say I felt much more confident with Gus in net. As I said, I don't dislike Jimmy. He is a good goalie- not great. He is a team player, he never complains and is not afraid to get rough. All good qualities. BUT, he has never gotten us past the 2nd round in 4 years like it or not. Now I am not saying we need to get rid of him. But what I am saying is that I think this is going to be an important playoffs for him. Not necessarily whether we win the Cup or not but if he gives up bad goals at bad times, then I think the team might look at changes down the road. I am not basing this off of his last couple games because he just came back from injury and we all know he is far better than that. Realistically, however, this is a very important playoffs for Jimmy Howard in my opinion.