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#2270507 Need to get Lidstrom back soon

Posted by wings_fanatic on 15 March 2012 - 07:27 AM

While we defs miss Nick I think Pasha will have more impact on the team in return than Nick. We will still have a big hole until Nick comes back but imo the dmen on the Wings have been pretty good over this span of these games at moving the puck, blocking shots, and joining the offence. The problem to my eyes has been every line not named Hank and Fil. IMO Pasha will bring back lots of skill to the lineup along with a much better determination to get good scoring chances and dominate with the puck... that is what we are missing. Here is hoping we get Pasha back Saturday and Nick soon after!

#2270407 3/14 GDT : Red Wings 0 at Ducks 4

Posted by wings_fanatic on 14 March 2012 - 10:54 PM

No Cleary has sucked all year and continues to suck. Furthermore, anyone he plays with this season sees a drop in production as well... Hell he even slowed down Pasha at the beginning of the season!! Then Pasha gets moved away from Cleary and he ignited... Cleary sucks this year and needs to not play.

#2270389 3/14 GDT : Red Wings 0 at Ducks 4

Posted by wings_fanatic on 14 March 2012 - 10:46 PM

I am confident that Pasha is going to be playing on Saturday so I wouldn't bet against the Wings. He has had 3 + extensive practices and said he feels no pain... and we still have 2 days off in between so I will be very surprised if he does not play against the Sharks. Im calling it right now... the first powerplay we get with Pasha back, we will score. Anyways, lets as Wings fans unite and say a prayer every night before we go to bed for Pasha to play Saturday and for Nick to get better ASAP because I am tired of watching this lousy effort.

One last thing I hope Cleary gets a season ending injury soon because he flat out sucks!

#2269783 3/13 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Kings 5

Posted by wings_fanatic on 13 March 2012 - 10:15 PM

ANother thing... I think Cleary needs to sit... he is our worst player out there. He is constantly giving the puck away, making dumb plays and just draining energy. Think about it.. for the majority of this year whoever he has played with has not performed too well offensively. I understand that he is having knee problems and obvs that is impacting his game but I think he needs to sit.

#2269759 3/13 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Kings 5

Posted by wings_fanatic on 13 March 2012 - 10:07 PM

This team is PATHETIC without Pasha! Like seriously they look LOST! I understand they are missing a few pieces but they need to have a better effort than this. Also for the Wings to have this bad of a PP whichever coach is running the PP needs to NOT RUN IT asap because this is unacceptable. I cannot wait until Pasha is back.

#2269214 3/10 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Predators 3

Posted by wings_fanatic on 11 March 2012 - 12:54 AM

Very proud to be a REd Wings fan. The boys were out of gas, but kept going until that last buzzer. You cannot ask for anything more from a team decimated by injuries and played last night. I knew last night the 2 points would be huge because it would be a long shot to win tonight so I am okay with that. Now they get a well deserved day off tomorrow and head out to California. I dont care what anyone says, even the best teams have trouble winning when they have as many players missing due to injuries as we do. Not only that, our top 2 players are amongst that list, making it even harder. Hopefully we get Pavel and Nick back for Tuesday and start catching up to the freakin Blues.

#2269070 3/10 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Predators 3

Posted by wings_fanatic on 10 March 2012 - 09:41 PM

Gotta admire the effort of the Wings. They are injured, and tired but are still battling. I cannot believe how much the preds benefit from teams coming into Nashville after playing the night before... that is defs a factor in their good record at home. Yes they are a good team, but it is a lot easier to beat teams that are tired. Having said that, this has been a fun game so far that is being tightly contested. Again, I am really disappointed with the powerplay... I do not know why the hell Babs keeps Cleary on the powerplay... nyquist should for sure be out there. But seriously, Babcock needs to get this powerplay going asap because it is at the point where it is costing us games.

#2266839 henrik zetterberg

Posted by wings_fanatic on 05 March 2012 - 12:16 PM

I was just reading about all of our injuries today and mlive reported that henrik zetterberg has been playing with an upper body injury. One has to think ,given his history, that it is his back bothering him. With that said, i am very happy with hank because, despite his injury he has still managed to pick up his game to a new level and work his butt off every shift to help carry the wings. But, when pavel comes back i think it is really important to have him rest a few games once pasha is back because we need our eurotwins rested and healthy for playoffs.

#2265448 Current standings

Posted by wings_fanatic on 01 March 2012 - 02:45 PM

Our position in the standings has to do with no Nick and Pavs. As soon as we get them back, we will be right back on track. I am comfortable with this team heading into the playoffs because they are way better defensively this year, and are still scoring goals. St. Louis will ware out of energy soon enough because Hitch has them play such a hard fought style of game every night. I think once we get Pavel back we will make a push and end up in 1st or 2nd place.

#2264371 Brendan Smith watch thread

Posted by wings_fanatic on 27 February 2012 - 11:46 PM

Not only can he read play tremendously in the AHL, but when he played a few games for the Wings this season he was reading plays very well for a rookie... stepping up to intercept passes and send our forwards quickly the other way, and challenging the other team from gaining our zone. The way I see it is this... Ericsson will never be better than he is (which sucks for us) and Kindl, though I like him, is not on the same level as Smith. Smith is our best D-man prospect and will turn out to be a great player for us going down the road (like the comparison to Kronners. With that said, he should be cracking the lineup now because he is better, but more importantly so he can see NICK LIDSTROM on a daily basis and learn from him while he can.

#2264367 Brendan Smith watch thread

Posted by wings_fanatic on 27 February 2012 - 11:32 PM

I have said it all along that I think Smith should be playing in front of Kindl AND Ericsson. When Smith played a few games up here earleir in the season he was fantastic. He is a good passer, has excellent positioning, and can provide offence for the team as well. IMO the final D pairings going into the playoffs should be:

Lidstrom- White
Kronwall- Stuart
Quincy- Smith

#2262746 2/25 GDT : Avalanche 4 at Red Wings 3

Posted by wings_fanatic on 25 February 2012 - 09:10 PM

This game shows the lack of scoring this team has. Without Pavs they have NO offense. They look lost! We need to trade for a guy like Grabaski who can add a lot to this team... skill, loves to shoot, good at passing and TRIES EVERY SHIFT! Personally I would not mind if Franzen gets benched next game.

#2262672 2/25 GDT : Avalanche 4 at Red Wings 3

Posted by wings_fanatic on 25 February 2012 - 08:40 PM

People blaming Quincy get over yourselves. The ENTIRE top 2 lines are playing like CRAP. Once again Howard and Nick are our best players while our top 2 lines are terrible. Babcock, that powerplay is GARBAGE... how about using the 3rd line on the powerplay... god knows they deserve it and they might just get something done.

On a side note, towards to teh end of the period you coudl tell Hank was really picking up his game trying to get the Wings back in it (notice how he looked better when Franzen was taken off of his line...)

#2262569 2/25 GDT : Avalanche 4 at Red Wings 3

Posted by wings_fanatic on 25 February 2012 - 07:47 PM

Pathetic period. With that said, it should only be 1-0 because I do not know how the hell there was not a penalty called on the Avs before their 2nd goal... Quincy was CLEARLY tripped!

Regardless the Wings level of play was pathetic and unacceptable. For the love of God Babcock CHANGE THE FREAKIN LINES!! Franzen is useless and ever since Hank has been stuck with him he has went back to playing bad. Franzen can play on the 4th line for all I care right now. I want Fil and Hank together with Bert on the top line.

Hopefully the Wings can get going in the 2nd and hopefully the refs start doing their jobs.

#2261891 2/23 GDT : Canucks 4 at Red Wings 3 (SO)

Posted by wings_fanatic on 24 February 2012 - 12:17 AM

I was at the game tonight, and I got to say I was very disappointed with the boys' effort as a team. There seemed to be little energy in their game, they were not skating, and they kept giving the puck away all night.

- Zetterberg was playing fantastic with Fil and Huds since the all star break, then because Pavs is injured Babs puts Hank on the top line... this needs to change asasp because Hank has been quiet, and Franzen has been TERRIBLE
- Speaking of Franzen, he had a downright pathetic game tonight. Every single shift he was simply drifting. He gave the puck away all the time, never in position to shoot and in our end he kept leaving his defensive position at the point allowing the Nucks Dmen to take many shots. He was imo the worse player on the ice tonight and this was one of the worst games I have ever seen him play.
- I thought Nick had a fantastic game, Kronners had a great game and Quincy was fantastic tonight as well. Congrats to him for his goal.
- Babcock needs to fix the powerplay... regardless of not having Pavs it needs to be better than that.
- Jimmy was fantastic.

With all that said, the Wings managed to get a point and remain first for now, but they need to work some things out. I know it is going to be hard for them to win consistently without Pavs, but they need a better effort than these past 2 games. There are points in the season where every team deals with some adversity, and this is one of those points for hte Wings... in the long run this will help. Lets hope the Wings regroup and get going Saturday night.