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#2368862 3/13 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Flames 5

Posted by wings_fanatic on 13 March 2013 - 11:11 PM

Well it is upsetting that the Wings lost this game because they played with intensity, but made dumb errors. But the loss highlights more than that. Ever since that Vancouver game, the Wings have had trouble scoring more than two goals in a game, and virtually none of the big guys have been scoring. What has Mike Babcock done in this time? Only kept the top two lines pretty much the same. Hank/ Brunner is not working anymore! Franzen and Abdelkator are doing nothing with Pavel! But Babcock continues to keep his lines.


In my opinion, if Babcock continues to stick with these same lines, when they are CLEARLY not working, then he should be fired. It is ridiculous. I don't care how successful he is as a coach, he is not doing his job right now by keeping these lines when they clearly have not been working the past dozen games. 

#2368760 3/13 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Flames 5

Posted by wings_fanatic on 13 March 2013 - 10:24 PM

It would be nice to see a sniper on Datz wing for a change

At this rate I would be happy with just someone with a combination of skill and will. Cleary had will but no skill and Franzen has skill but no will. Lol.

#2368753 3/13 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Flames 5

Posted by wings_fanatic on 13 March 2013 - 10:19 PM

Another good period by the Wings and that 2nd powerplay unit was great at moving the puck, but also getting shots to the net. The first unit should take notes.


Also, I think it is time the Brunner/ Zetterberg experiment comes to an end. Yes they played overseas during the lockout and had chemistry, and had chemistry earlier in this young season, but lately they have been getting nothing done together. More than that, Brunner looks like he is just trying to do too much and Hank has been making some off passes. A simple mix of the lines is the solution here.


Filpulla- Datsyuk- Brunner

Nyqust- Zetterberg- Franzen


Fil and Pavel are the 2 best forwards out there tonight and both guys can get Brunner set up for shots and allow Brunner to simplify his game. I have always believed that Franzen plays better with Hank and Nyquist would add some nice speed to the line. I really wish Babcock would consider this.

#2368661 3/13 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Flames 5

Posted by wings_fanatic on 13 March 2013 - 09:35 PM

And yes, Brunner on the point is NOT working. Babcock needs to give up with that approach now. Let him set up down low and play Kronners and Smitty on the point.

#2368657 3/13 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Flames 5

Posted by wings_fanatic on 13 March 2013 - 09:34 PM



They're winning this game because of stupid defensive lapses by Detroit.  That's not luck.  


The Flames deserve to be winning this game.  


Their 2nd goal was a complete fluke. Bad bounces like that have been happening to Detroit a lot lately, not to mention the Wings also hit a post very early on which is a bad bounce... it seems lately all the good bounces go to the other team... but based on how the Wings played the 1st there is no doubt that they do not deserve to be down a goal right now and if they continue to play like this, they will win the game.

#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.