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#2248925 1/23 GDT : Blues 1 at Red Wings 3

Posted by wings_fanatic on 24 January 2012 - 09:33 AM

It was a missed call by the refs, but one thing I have learned over the past couple of years is that there are 82 games in a season and sometimes you get calls in your favor, and then other games things just don't go the way you want. I was at the game last night and I saw quite a few missed calls- - both ways- - but by not calling every little infraction made for a really exciting and enjoyable game between 2 of the leagues best teams.

For the first chunk of the first period it was all St. Louis. The Wings were just watching the play... couldn't pass, hit, or anything. Then During one of the commercial breaks, Mike Babcock had the team huddle together and they had a quick team meeting. Whatever he said at that time worked, because shortly after Stuart had his fantastic hit, and that turned the game around. In my opinion, it was whatever babcock said to the team that changed the game- - not the refs. Speaking of Mike Babcock, I just want to say what an awesome person he is. Yesterday the team I coach got to play at Joe Louis Arena at 4pm, and before the boys went on the ice, we were all welecomed by a visit from Mike Babcock- - the kids were THRILLED. He came in there, joked around with them, talked a bit and wished everyone good luck. Little things like that make a huge difference for kids, and it goes to show not only is Babs the best coach in the league, but he is an awesome person as well. That's why I think his words on that tv timeout was the difference maker.
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#2248811 1/23 GDT : Blues 1 at Red Wings 3

Posted by wings_fanatic on 23 January 2012 - 10:57 PM

I was at the game tonight, and it was a great game to watch after the first 10 minutes.

- Pavel was the best player on the ice... every shift he was creating harvoc.
- Nick was a very close 2nd to pavs out there... he was genius defensively, shooting the puck well, knocking pucks out of the air, and bbroke up a 2 on 1 in the 3rd which I consider a game saving play
- Jimmy Howard was outstanding again... love the way he got into it at the end

With those positives, I was very disappointed with the Zetterberg line. Hudler could NOT control the puck tonight, and Hank seems afraid to go to the dirty areas to score goals. More than anything, Hank really needs to get going.

Overall great game by the Wings

#2248190 How would a top six acquisition effect the lines, 1-4

Posted by wings_fanatic on 22 January 2012 - 09:16 PM

Franzen- Datsyuk- Bertuzzi
Hemskey/ Selanne- Zetterberg- Filpulla
Cleary- Helm- Hudler
Miller- Abs- Emmerton/ Mursak/Eaves

That is a deep, deep line-up if you ask me. I think no matter what, Bert NEEDS to stay with Pavs because he has been doing a superb job in that role, contributing with goals and assists, but also by using his body and size to create space for Pavs to work magic.

Realistically, I see the Wings getting Hemskey, even though I would rather Semin, who I would LOVE on the wings playing with Pavs.But, I have heard rumors from various people that Selanne has said if he were to waive his clause the only two teams he would consider would be San Jose and the Red Wings and if that were the case, I would LOVE to get Selanne... he is CLUTCH and would provide even more motivation to win the cup along with Nick. Anyways, that 2nd line would be solid and could score some big goals and dominate opposing lines. Helm and Hudler played together when we won the cup, and have been great together in the past.

#2247908 1/21 GDT: Blue Jackets 2 at Red Wings 3 (SO)

Posted by wings_fanatic on 21 January 2012 - 07:46 PM

Absolutely terrible period. NO ENERGY at all by the Wings. Good thing Lidstrom and Datsyuk at least look good out there (as per usual). The refs also missed a good 3 CLEAR calls against columbus but I am used to that.

The problem is they need to play way better then that... they need to get possession time and throw that puck on net. I expect this team comes on the ice with much more determination in the 2nd and 3rd.

#2246930 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium Finalized

Posted by wings_fanatic on 18 January 2012 - 06:45 PM

Forgive me if this has not been mentioned, but I think a lot of people are forgetting the best news this could possibly give us. Yah it is great that the Wings are versing the Leafs in front of 115000ish people outdoors next year, but the announcement of this has me thinking that this could be huge motivation for Nick to come back 1 more season. I know he takes a lot into account in the offseason before coming to an ultimate decision, but I think that this game could very well help sway his decision to come back one more time :)

#2243313 1/8 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Blackhawks 2 (OT)

Posted by wings_fanatic on 08 January 2012 - 10:27 PM

Mike Babcock has to call out the refs one of these days... I am sick and tired of watching our team get lame calls against us and the other teams being handed gifts. Earlier in the game the Hawks put a hand on the puck in the crease to save a goal and we didnt get a penalty shot against us, but when we do it in the 3rd period the ref did not hesitate to call a penalty shot. Some consistency would be nice. Or how about that lame holding call Cleary got at the beginning of the 3rd?! How many times did Toews alone hold and hook our players tonight. The bottom line is that the Wings have only gotten 3 powerplays total the past 3 games, which is retarded considering how they have controlled play in parts of these games. I am just so happy that we won this game because it fells like we beat the world tonight because everything went against the Wings.

Conklin played outstanding, 2nd star to Pavel IMO. Pavel is simply unreal and the goal was just the cherry on top. I cant wait for the Wings to go home though... these road games are getting tiring to watch.

#2242511 1/7 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Maple Leafs 4

Posted by wings_fanatic on 07 January 2012 - 09:56 PM

Howard was brutal in Dallas, he was the first to admit it. But to blame him for tonight... come on. Yah, he defs looked bad on that 4th goal, but on the other goals he was hung out to dry. The Wings have been dominant in most games recently, the only problem has been WAYYYYYYYYY too many breakaways and 2 on 1s against us!!! The past few games, the amt of breakaways and 2 on 1s against us has been terrible. I really like White, but he needs to watch when he is pinching for the puck because its always Nick back defending on 2 on 1s... so Babcock needs to get that sorted out.

Other than that I thought Pavel was our best player tonight, Cleary was our worst. I am also not happy Babs put Kindl into the lineup when Commie has been playing extremely well and we have been winning. If anything, Ericsson is pylon so let him sit. Hopefully Babs gets things ready to go tomorrow in Chicago so we can take over 2nd place in the west.

One other little thing that has been bugging me is the lack of powerplays the Wings are getting. Tonight, for example, they DOMINATED the game since their timeout, but yet they only got one powerplay?! They drew at least 3 legit calls imo, but no calls were made. To top that, their powerplay tonight is their only powerplay in 2 games!? The refs need to do a better job and never mind calling bogus penalty shots against us, and start to call the game properly.

#2240353 12/31 GDT : Blues 0 at Detroit Red Wings 3

Posted by wings_fanatic on 31 December 2011 - 07:49 PM

I think this is the same problem I have been preaching the past few games... Our top 2 lines have become very stale. The only thing that stills works well is Bert with Pavs because Bert is using his size to make room for Pavs which has made that line effective. The 2nd line is always hemmed in our zone and is having trouble establishing any forecheck. I would like to see Babs change things up to spark more energy.

Zetterberg- Datsyuk- Bert
Franzen- Filpulla- Huder

Zetterberg playing with Fil isn't working anymore because Hank tries to carry the puck himself too much, and he simply is not good at that. With Pavs, Hank does not have to worry about carrying the puck and can worry more about being open to get a shot off and Bert will provide more room for the Eurotwins.

Anytime Franzen looks like a ghost for the better part of 10 games, that usually means its time to put him on a different line to give him something newish to work with. He has a history of coming out of his shell when he is put on a new line when things become stale so I think Babcock should use these lines for a while, and then when they get stale switch them up again. IMO that will make the Wings better because their problem right now is not so much making too many mistakes, but more of their top lines having little energy during the game.

#2240222 12/31 GDT : Blues 0 at Detroit Red Wings 3

Posted by wings_fanatic on 31 December 2011 - 02:28 PM

Thankfully the game is at home, where the Wings typically perform well. One thing I have noticed over the past several games is that the Zetterberg line has been very quiet and have provided little energy. To add to that, they have been terrible with coverage in our own zone. So tonights game, I am going to expect that they perform at the level that they should be because the only line that establishes the energy it needs to is Pavs line (I am just talking about the top 2 lines here). One thing I have noticed is that Hank's line is usually better at home, but on the road they seem to lack for energy for some reason. Regardless, if the Wings start off slow tonight, I want to see a slight mix- up of lines. Bert has been playing sooooo well with Pavs that I would like to see him play with Pavs and Hank. Meanwhile Franzen has gotten quite stale recently, so maybe he just needs a fresh line.

Zetterberg- Datsyuk- Bertuzzi
Franzen- Filpulla- Hudler

I would try these 2 lines because I think every so often the lines get stale and when Babs makes a couple little changes it usually sparks energy for 10 or so games.

#2238123 12/21 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Canucks 4

Posted by wings_fanatic on 22 December 2011 - 12:06 AM

That was a dumbass coaching decision by Babcock to start the 2nd powerplay unit on the powerplay over the Pavs unit. The 2nd unit has been below average all night, and Kronners had just delivered a huge hit, so Babs should have been smart enough to start the powerplay with the 1st unit which has actualy been good tonight. If he had done that, we wouldn't be down by 2 again.

#2236464 12/15 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Predators 4

Posted by wings_fanatic on 16 December 2011 - 09:28 AM

Haha absolutely. I truly feel comfortable enough, for the first time since 2009, to say that this team has all the tools in the shed for a strong run at the Cup, Babcock just needs to look at what we say to fix the little problems from last night. Nashville always seems to get lucky bounces in their barn against us but "we make our own luck" and nashville did exactly what they had to do to win the game, so cudos to them. This may be breaking news to some posters in this forum, but no team wins every single game and losing the way we did last night is nothing to be ashamed of. The Wings will learn from it next game and if they win that I am sure all of these jabs at Howard and such will be long forgotten by some of you.

#2236420 12/15 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Predators 4

Posted by wings_fanatic on 16 December 2011 - 12:21 AM

Some of you guys are overreacting here big time. The Wings played a perfect road game for the most part. Yah, there were some mistakes made by Howard, but he has played lights out all season so he is entitled to a bad game every now and then. The thing that stuck out to me is that there were times tonight where Kronners and Stu looked lost in our end. They just kind of scramble around the zone when they play together for some reason, so look for Babs to split them up.

- Lidstrom and White were fantastic tonight. Weber had a good night, but I think Nick's all around play showed why he is still the best defenseman in the game
- Pavel had another great game. Sure he missed the open net, but that happens and he has been our best player for the last long while and is slowly getting close to 1st place in points in the league. That entire first line has been outstanding. Highlight of my night was Pavs knocking Weber down... I laughed so hard
- Zetterberg is really coming to form with shooting the puck and controlling play... it is really nice to see
- Ericsson has got to go. I am so tired of his lame play. He simply has no potential imo. If we can somehow create a package deal for Semin that invovles Ericsson going the other way, please pull the trigger Kenny.

Bottom line is that we saw many good things from the Wings tonight, and I am not worried one bit about this team

#2233992 12/6 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Blues 3

Posted by wings_fanatic on 07 December 2011 - 07:16 PM

What it comes down to is this. Howard has played great all season, along with Nicklas Lidstrom, Filpulla and Kronners. Those are the only 4 that have been good ALL SEASON LONG. Now, Pavel has been MUCH more like himself ever since after that game against the Sharks, so he is on the list of players fulfilling their jobs. Franzen and Bert have both found a home with Pavel on the top line and are doing their part. Cleary has been picking things up since being on the 3rd line where he belongs. Now, I could go on and name certain players for doing their jobs, but Henrik Zetterberg is not one of the players that I can name. Is he playing BAD? No- - by no means is he playing bad. The problem is that he is not playing like what we expect of him, or what the team expects of him. We really need Hank to get going and start scoring goals for us and help carry some offense for our team when we need it. If Babs does not get Hank going, then I do not see a far look into the playoffs for the boys in Red this season.

We all know Henrik Zetterberg is an outstanding hockey player, but he has yet to show that this season. Pavel called himself out and has since been playing much more like himself and has been putting up the necessary numbers that we, and he, expects of him. If we want to be as successful as we can, it is time for Zetterberg to do the same.

#2233917 12/6 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Blues 3

Posted by wings_fanatic on 07 December 2011 - 01:25 PM

Our PK has never been the same as it was in 2008 ever since Babs stopped using Pavs and Z consistently on one of the PK units. He needs to have SET PK UNITS because right now it seems that he just throws random players out there and that there are no disignated units.

Datsyuk- Zetterberg
Lidstrom- White

Helm- Filpulla
Kronwall- Stuart

I think these 2 penality killing units would CONSISTENTLY get the job done.

#2228794 Ian White expected to return on Wednesday

Posted by wings_fanatic on 22 November 2011 - 05:29 PM

LMAO at the comment about if the game is gonna be on Versus or CBC haha! If only he carried a box of tissues around and had 87 on the back of his jersey...