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#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.

#2259060 MAC-SANITY!

Posted by wings_fanatic on 19 February 2012 - 04:23 PM

I would like to see Jimmy start in Chicago Tuesday and give the start against the Nucks to Mac. Jimmy will likely be rusty his first couple games so, as dumb as it sounds, I don't want to jeapardize our home streak to start a rusty goalie... I would rather Mac play against the Nucks. As said, Mac should really continue to play until he loses because he simply deserves it.

#2258174 2/17 GDT : Predators 1 at Red Wings 2

Posted by wings_fanatic on 17 February 2012 - 10:25 PM

That was a terribly played game by the Wings imo... if they play like this on Sunday against the Sharks we will be losing to them once again. Besides Datsyuk, Lidstrom and Zetterberg this team was lazy and sluggish all night long. They were not moving their feet, their passing was way off and they were getting no offensive pressure. Then with 10 minutes to go in the 3rd period Babcock FINALLY put Pavel and Hank together and that was the game changer imo. Every shift they were out together they dominated and Pavel had about 4 really good scoring chances, along with the Kronwall chances where he missed the net. Long story short, I have been calling for them to play together for a long time and Babcock hopefully keeps them together. They simply dominate and take over games together and know where each other are at all times to make awesome plays.

Some other notes:

- Kindl better be sitting next game for Commie because that giveaway on the goal was unacceptable.
- Joey Mac is playing amazing and deserves to stay in Detroit... the team is really confident in front of him.
- Franzen needs to stop playing such a lazy overall game because it is really frustrating.

Can't wait until Sunday because the Wings SHOULD be prepared for the Sharks to let them know that they will no longer fall victim to them... for that to happen we need the ENTIRE TEAM to show up, not just Pavs, Hank and Nick.

#2256044 2/12 GDT : Flyers 3 at Red Wings 4

Posted by wings_fanatic on 12 February 2012 - 10:21 PM

I agree that Hank should have been one of the stars ... he was simply outstanding tonight! Boy that all star break really energized him and he looks wonderful out there. Nick, Pavs and Hank should have been the stars.

I am thrilled with the win, but I still think they can be way better offensively and get more shots on net. Nonetheless what an honor it is for us to be able to cheer for this wonderfully skilled team. I am so proud to be a Red Wings fan.

On a side note, what a game by Nick tonight. He completely shut down the Flyers every single shift... he was breaking up rushes, stick always in the right place, shooting and that beauty touch pass to Franzen. IMO this game showed again why he is STILL the best Dman in the league. Gotta love Nick- - my favorite player ever!

Now... Tuesday.

#2255886 2/12 GDT : Flyers 3 at Red Wings 4

Posted by wings_fanatic on 12 February 2012 - 09:15 PM

screw Franzen imo Hank should still be our sniper. He was our sniper in 2008 when he played with Pavs all year and we won the Cup. Franzen playing with Pavs is a waste of time because Franzen is so freakin lazy. I want hank playing with pavs because that way he gets SET UP all the time and since the all star break, Hank looks like his old self.

#2255652 2/12 GDT : Flyers 3 at Red Wings 4

Posted by wings_fanatic on 12 February 2012 - 08:20 PM

I was not happy with the first period. The top 2 lines continue to have no chemestry with one another, but Babcock continues to play them together... I HATE that he takes so long to finally change things up but for the love of god take Franzen off of Datsyuk's line!! Franzen is playing pretty bad right now, giving the puck away and just kind of floating around.

Other than that, I hope the lines get changed up a bit and the Wings do a better job gaining Philly zone and cycling the puck and getting chances on net. So far they gain the zone, shoot the puck and then Philly clears it... we need PRESSURE!

#2255322 If we got Selanne..

Posted by wings_fanatic on 11 February 2012 - 10:07 PM

No if we got Selanne then it provides us with the ability to finally play Pavs and Hank together every single game. I think the lines would and should be:

Zetterberg- Datsyuk- Bertuzzi (Hank is energized now and Pavel has been good most the season, and Bert has worked real well with Pavs)

Selanne- Filpulla- Franzen (Fil and Selanne would be great together and Franzen would add to the line... this would be the best 2nd line in the NHL)

Cleary- Helm- Hudler

Mursak- Abdelkator- Miller

Lidstrom- White
Kronners- Stu
Ericsson- Commie

- I don't think it would cost as much as ppl think for Selanne because everyone knows he is going to retire after this season and if he goes to the Ducks to ask to be traded to the Wings, I dont think it will cost us too much.
- I think getting Selanne will win us the Cup.

#2255152 2/10 GDT : Ducks 1 at Red Wings 2 (SO)

Posted by wings_fanatic on 10 February 2012 - 11:00 PM

I don't know what game you watched but it was far from entertaining. The Wings sustained little to no pressure for most of the game, they apparently do not have a powerplay that can score goals and had Franzen figure skating around all night. To me an exciting game is 2 teams getting their chances, but the Wings controlling the play minimizing the other team's chances while sustaining most of the pressure. Their passing is to be crisp, and have ability to quickly go from offence to defence. This game was far from that, and thus not entertaining at all until the overtime period.

#2254891 2/10 GDT : Ducks 1 at Red Wings 2 (SO)

Posted by wings_fanatic on 10 February 2012 - 08:23 PM

Yah but White did not give it to the other team. Ericsson put it along the boards to where NO ONE was! He is constantly giving the puck away and it costed us there.