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#2645162 Goalie Battle

Posted by wings_fanatic on 30 December 2015 - 03:16 PM

I think it has more to due with watching Howard for the whole of his now 7 years as a starter, knowing this is pretty much what you're going to get from him, and then watching Mrazek get called up last year and 1) slide into the backup role 2) Play well enough to make it a 1A/1B situation 3) Win the starting job for the playoffs and now 4) Playing slightly better than Howard and giving the team a slightly better chance at winning. Add in that this is his first full year in the league and well....(I mean Howard did the same thing to Osgood. First full year in the league was backing up Ozzy, but halfway through the season he had become the number 1. The only difference is Ozzy was clearly at the end of his career, whereas Howard is not.)

 

If you had two pitchers that were both pretty good (like either one would be the ace of the pitching staff if they were on different teams), you're still going to want to start the one who is slightly better (or at least playing slightly better at the time).

 

It doesn't matter how much better

Slightly better is still better, and the one who's better should be given preference. Mrazek is slightly better. That's all there is to it.

 

Could not have said it better myself. When was the last time Howard even won a game? I looked and he has not won any of his previous 5 games, but the website only showed that stat, so maybe it is even more than 5? 

 

I don't like that Kenny in general seems too loyal these past few years. He is afraid to trade anyone away because of this loyalty. He needs to be reminded that this is a business. In this business, Howard is not going to bring us over the top- best move him in a package to require pieces to make our team better. I think it is growing more and more obvious that Howard has no future here as a starter. 




#2645095 Goalie Battle

Posted by wings_fanatic on 29 December 2015 - 11:09 PM

I've been happy with the decisions Blash has made on the goalie tandem so far but Mrazek should get a few starts in a row just to keep the tandem fair based on performance. Give Howard another shot soon but not after Mrazek gets a few starts to himself

But remember last year? Howard was being a turd in net and Babs decided to keep going with Mrazek and in a key game where all the pressure was on, he flubbed and lost the game for us against Boston. Then Babs went back to Howard. Mrazek is not as consistent as everyone makes him out to be. He hasn't really had a chance to this year but he still has a lot to prove

 

He was pretty consistent in the playoffs. One of our best players actually...




#2644752 12/29 GDT : Detroit Red Wings at Winnipeg Jets, 8:00 EST

Posted by wings_fanatic on 29 December 2015 - 02:11 PM

If Blash refuses to change the lines tonight then I feel like we will get blown out- maybe that will finally force him to make some changes to give Pav actual line mates. I cannot believe how un- Pavel like Datsyuk looks. And I fully blame Blashill for that. Time to make some changes or deal with a blowout. 2nd half of back to back, with Howard in net, and they looked super sluggish and stale last night. Hopefully Blashill changes things up and proves me wrong.




#2644751 Bravo, Smitty

Posted by wings_fanatic on 29 December 2015 - 02:09 PM

What a ridiculous thread this is. Smith was playing some of his best hockey with Green and then Blashill just decides to change that up? Horrible coaching imo. How about talking about how Kronwall has not played like our number 1 Dman consistently? How about talking about how  bad Kindl looks everytime he is out there we are hemmed in our zone. How about talking about the stupid plays that Dekeyser makes? There is a lot to complain about, but it is unfair to just talk about Smith. 




#2644747 Goalie Battle

Posted by wings_fanatic on 29 December 2015 - 02:00 PM

yeah because Mrazek played so outstanding

guy has a lot of miles to go before deserving the term elite

 

Did you fail to watch the game last night? Petr made some spectacular saves. The breakaway save in the 3rd, and the save right before the 2nd goal was one of his best saves of the year. Mrazek has some of the lowest goal support from his teammates when he plays compared to other goalies. FSN detroit talks about this all the time. Despite that, he still wins far more often than not. When Carey Price came into the league, the Habs WENT with him and got rid of Huet (who was their starting goalie at the time). Look how that paid off. Bob McKenzie believes that Mrazek has the ability to become an elite goalie like Price, but as others have said, he lacks experience. Hard to get experience when he has to share games with Jimmy. From this point on Mrazek should get 2 of 3 starts.




#2644514 12/28 GDT : Red Wings at Minnesota Wild, 8:00 EST

Posted by wings_fanatic on 28 December 2015 - 01:15 PM

Looks like Larkin is back. I am disappointed that Blashill is going back to the same lines with no chemistry. I thought Jurco worked really well on the 3rd line last game, they had tons of energy and chemistry. Helm, to me, sucks on the 2nd line and brings it down. I would like to see Larkin play with Pav and Nyquist stay up with Z.

 

Nyquist- Z- Abby

Larkin- Pav- Richards

Jurco-Sheahan-Nyquist

4th line

 

I think those lines would make so much more sense. Helm belongs nowhere in the top 6 and the quicker blash realizes that, the better.




#2644441 12/26 GDT : Red Wings at Nashville Predators, 8:00 EST

Posted by wings_fanatic on 27 December 2015 - 01:39 AM

Another good game by Petr. I think he's earned an extra start on Monday against the wild and then jimmy can play tues then back to petr for new years eve since I'll be there and really want to see him play.

Other than that, best game I've ever seen smith play. I love him and green together! This is the smith I've been waiting for. Not just this game, he's been good for a few games now, but now comes some offence as well. I find the D are a lot quicker moving the puck since Ericsson has been out. Kindl is still atrocious and I think smith should get pp time over him!

Jurco also had a very good game along with the rest of his line. Nyquist and hank were quiet tonight and pav line was okay. I still feel that our top 2 lines lack energy and chemistry and blash needs to change them. Helm simply does not belong in the top 6 he turns the puck over far too much. Pav just doesn't look like himself at all and it's starting to scare me. Blash really under uses pav and sticking him with helm makes it worse. I'd like the euro twins to be reunited, especially while larkin is out.

Speaking of which, hurry back larkin!


#2644366 12/26 GDT : Red Wings at Nashville Predators, 8:00 EST

Posted by wings_fanatic on 26 December 2015 - 07:37 PM

Hopefully larkin out forces blashill to play pav and hank together and take Nyquist and Tats off the 3rd line.


#2644294 Goalie Battle

Posted by wings_fanatic on 25 December 2015 - 03:45 PM

 
Petr is better tho and is the future even though I love Jimmy.


Mrazek is clearly better than Jimmy. Jimmy is average and always will be. Mrazek is much more clutch than Jimmy. I'd love to see jimmy make 4 breakaway saves in one game like mrazek can do and did do. I love the new mrazek jersey that I'm sporting today.


#2644189 12/22 GDT : New Jersey Devils at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by wings_fanatic on 22 December 2015 - 10:16 PM

Thanks for the loss jimmy.


#2643521 12/18 GDT : Vancouver Canucks at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by wings_fanatic on 18 December 2015 - 11:11 PM

Blashills lines suck!!! How long is it going to take him to keep pav and hank together on a line?! The wings were so flat for too much of this game. Howard played okay but a crappy rebound and he gives up a 3rd goal right after we tie the game. And another loss for him. Play mrazek next game and change the lines.


#2643061 12/14 GDT : Buffalo Sabres at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by wings_fanatic on 14 December 2015 - 10:09 PM

How many games is blash going to continue to play pav with a crappy line? It's so frustrating to watch!!! Like we can barely score more than 2 goals a game but let's keep the same freakin lines! Jesus Christ. Give pav a goal scorer!!!

And quit with the stupid goalie rotation. Just keep playing mrazek.


#2642846 12/14 GDT : Buffalo Sabres at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by wings_fanatic on 13 December 2015 - 11:14 PM

Thank god mrazek is playing. Go wings!


#2642440 12/11 GDT : Red Wings at New Jersey Devils, 7:00 EST

Posted by wings_fanatic on 11 December 2015 - 10:58 PM

Can't believe they blew this one.


I can. Howard makes big saves but at the end of the day he will never be clutch. I can't wait til we trade him.


#2642249 12/11 GDT : Red Wings at New Jersey Devils, 7:00 EST

Posted by wings_fanatic on 11 December 2015 - 12:55 PM

Howie has been good if we discount the shootouts of course. He's going to have to keep it up tonight.
We are favored by Vegas in this game, despite being on a back to back and playing our 3rd game in 4 nights(!). It's a nice compliment, but I won't advise anyone to bet on the Wings moneyline.
 
I predict more dump-ins & letting the youngsters go chase. The veterans are gonna have tired legs for sure, better save those for the power play.
 
I'll sit back and enjoy, tender and cozy after some on-ice scrimmage.
 
LGRW!


Blash said last night he'd decide on today's goalie on the plane so we don't know that Howard is playing. That really tells me that mrazek is our guy the fact that blash is even considering playing him back to back. Frankly I hope mrazek plays as we just win with him. I have a feeling tonight's game might be grinding and end in a shootout and so I want mrazek playing. Go wings!