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#2366988 3/9 GDT : Red Wings 0 at Blue Jackets 3

Posted by wings_fanatic on 09 March 2013 - 02:56 PM

In seasons past, he hasn't wasted too much time splitting up lines that aren't producing.


The way he has handled this situation is very very confusing.


It is a shame because he has done a masterful job with the Defense but he has handled the top 2 lines horribly lately imo. Once Fil gets back he will have more options, but playing COLUMBUS he should see the opportunity to play pavs and hank together to produce some much needed goals. I mean you can visually see that Pavel looks extremely frustrated with his line so there better be a change in this game

#2366981 3/9 GDT : Red Wings 0 at Blue Jackets 3

Posted by wings_fanatic on 09 March 2013 - 02:47 PM

I would love to know what it is going to take for Babcock to switch up the top 2 lines. For Christ's sake they were getting nothing done that period and, frankly, have not done much since that win against Vancouver. I know Babs is a world class coach, so as a world class coach he should know when to change up the lines... and that time is clearly now!


We are playing Columbus which means we can load up Pavs and Hank on the top line and get away with it this weekend until Fil comes back. I think it would be smart to do:


Brunner- Datsyuk- Zetterberg (I think Hank has been below average lately, making silly passes and just trying to do too much. Pavel looks frustrated playing with pylons, so this would be the perfect time to reunite them with Brunner).

Cleary- Franzen- Abdelkator (They won't score goals but they can at least compete with the Bluejackets 2nd line). 

#2364503 3/3 GDT : Blackhawks 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by wings_fanatic on 03 March 2013 - 07:24 PM

There is no doubt that Mike Babcock has done a masterful job with this team this season. Losing Nick Lidstrom and Brad Stuart (And rafi the year before) is a HUGE loss. To top that off, the Red Wings have had over 110 man games lost due to injuries, which is UNREAL! Yet, Babcock has not only kept the Wings in the playoff picture, but they are a couple points out of 4th place! In doing so, he has sort of reformed the way the Red Wings play this season, and it is very evident these past few games. The defense are getting far better at moving the puck, there is more shot blocking than ever. There is no doubt that Mike Babcock is doing a damn good job despite losing key players in the offseason and the many we have lost due to injury.


Now, in saying that, he needs to give up on playing Cleary and Abdelkator with Pavel Datsyuk. It isn't working. Not only are they not scoring goals, but they are making stupid plays to give the puck away after Pavs works hard to get possession of it. Given Fil and Bert not playing, I can live with 1 of Cleary and Abdelkator playing with Pavs, but not both! While Hank has Brunner AND Franzen (tho lazy) playing with him, Pavel has NO ONE playing with him. With that said, I would expect Fil to be back either Tuesday or Thursday, which will help a lot. But until then, Tatar needs to play with Pavel.

#2359968 NHL coaches may be able to challenge calls, "possibly soon"

Posted by wings_fanatic on 23 February 2013 - 08:49 PM

I think it would help to challenge on goalie interference calls. How many times have the Wings been given those BS goalie interference calls where a goal is called off? Take a look at this video and how we were ROBBED from going to overtime.




There are other examples as well, but I think coaches having an ability to challenge calls such as this would be HUGE.

#2355823 2/15 GDT : Anaheim Ducks 5 at Red Wings 2

Posted by wings_fanatic on 15 February 2013 - 05:08 PM

I would hope Nyquist plays with Pavs and Fil instead of god damn Cleary!

#2354094 2/10 GDT : Kings 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by wings_fanatic on 10 February 2013 - 07:33 PM

Thats because he was lol

#2352810 2/7 GDT : Red Wings 5 at St. Louis Blues 1

Posted by wings_fanatic on 07 February 2013 - 10:42 PM

Great game by the Wings. For sure the most complete game all around, by all 4 lines. Kudos to Babs and the coaching staff for getting the troops on the same page. Also a wonderful, solid first game by Mrazek. If I were Babs, I would go right back to him for Saturday to give Howie more rest and have Howie play Sunday against the Kings. I loved the way he came out to play the puck, his calmness and the way he controlled seemingly all rebounds. Way to go.


Also, even tho the refs missed a few calls in the 3rd, overall I thought this was the best officiated game I have seen in the nhl this year... the refs let the 2 teams play some good 5 on 5 hockey which we have not been able to see much of this year. Great job by the officials.


Hopefuilly the Wings keep rolling into this weekend.

#2352695 2/7 GDT : Red Wings 5 at St. Louis Blues 1

Posted by wings_fanatic on 07 February 2013 - 09:54 PM

Great game by Mrazek... he has made some big saves for us at key times. Also, I LOVE the way he handles the puck. Some might not realize it, but having a goalie be able to handle the puck like that helps the Defense a lot when coming back to get it.


Besides that, all around great effort by the Wings. Assuming things continue as is, this will be a huge win for the Wings given the fact that our bottom 6 have finally scored us some big goals and were a huge factor in our success tonight... we needed a game like this badly.

#2350326 2/1 GDT : Blues 3 at Red Wings 5 (Z with Hat Trick)

Posted by wings_fanatic on 02 February 2013 - 03:51 AM

its pretty bad when the refs basically handed the Wings this game with that horrible call. 



Yah it was a horrible call... that was a clean hit clearly. As a fan of hockey it pains me to see the officiating, not only in this game, but seemingly every single game this season. Every period I watch is DOMINATED by penalties... it is not even fun to watch. The refs need to put their whistles away and stop calling this garbage and let the boys play the game of hockey that we all know and love. While I feel the refs were a huge factor in the Wings win tonight, I am not going to complain because God knows it will even out sooner rather than later. I feel for the Blues and their fans... they played a solid road game after playing last night and probably deserved a point... its a shame the refs had to ruin what was an excellent hockey game. Anyways... go wings! :)

#2350031 2/1 GDT : Blues 3 at Red Wings 5 (Z with Hat Trick)

Posted by wings_fanatic on 01 February 2013 - 09:20 PM

I would go: 


Zeterberg- Datsyuk- Bertuzzi


Brunner- Kronwall




Eaves- Filpulla- Franzen


White- Smith (when White is back next week)


I think that moving Bert up to the top unit will create more room for Pavs and Hank and Franzen with Fil will provide a shooter out there. I think this will balance things out more which is what the powerplay needs.

#2350024 2/1 GDT : Blues 3 at Red Wings 5 (Z with Hat Trick)

Posted by wings_fanatic on 01 February 2013 - 09:18 PM

I wonder how long Babcock is going to keep these powerplay units before he realizes that they are not working.... Kindl has been horrible on the powerplay, and Cleary has no place out there. I cannot wait until White comes back so that we can have White and Smith back there on the point. Also I would like to see Eaves take Cleary's place on the powerplay because he has some skill and a good shot.

#2347605 1/27 Red Wings 1 @ Chicago Blackhawks 2 (OT)

Posted by wings_fanatic on 27 January 2013 - 07:55 PM

I thought Brendan Smith was fantastic that period (he has been really good all season but still). I love the way he skates the puck and he has a smart, active stick. He reminds me a lot of Scott Neidemayer in some ways... 


Also, as many have said, I am sitting here wondering what the hell Cleary does for this team to continue to not only get ice time, but to get POWERPLAY ICE TIME! IMO Cleary needs to be gone and my patience for Franzen is running very thin as well.


Other than that, I think the team played okay during the first. Howard looked sharp again. There were a couple shifts where we could not get it out, but we also recovered and generated some scoring chances as well. HOpefully the Wings come out and outwork the Hawks in the 2nd and 3rd since the Hawks played last night and bring us home a "W".

#2342737 Quincey

Posted by wings_fanatic on 20 January 2013 - 03:16 PM

I don't understand why Babcock is only choosing to play Smith for 15 minutes... he is clearly better than anyone not named Kronwall. Kronnrs should be at 26-27 minutes a game and Smith and White should be able to handle around at least 20-24 minutes. Then Quincy, Ericsson and Carlo can play whatever is left.

#2336788 Player discussions: Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Franzen

Posted by wings_fanatic on 27 December 2012 - 12:58 AM

I agree with what Axe said regarding Datsyuk and Zetty.

Regarding Franzen... if I could I would construct a time machine to take us back to 2009 and have Holland sign Hossa and let Franzen walk ...

#2336416 Who takes Hudler's shootout spot?

Posted by wings_fanatic on 19 December 2012 - 11:44 PM

Filpulla... shoulda always been Fil over Hudler anyways.