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#2641497 Goalie Battle

Posted by wings_fanatic on 06 December 2015 - 07:52 PM

I like how both goalies are playing the same amount of time so far. There's no need to change that.

I think it's becoming obvious that blashill prefers playing mrazek over Howard. Mrazek has gotten 2 starts in a row wherwas Howard does not. Mrazek just looks more confident out there in front of the team. Even last night mrazek had an average night for his standards but still made the big saves when it mattered (especially in OT). Point is as the year goes on I think mrazek is slowly going to start getting more starts.

#2640966 12/3 GDT : Arizona Coyotes at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by wings_fanatic on 03 December 2015 - 04:27 PM

I think blashill is using a very stupid choice of lines. Pulks is way too soft and has not earned playing with pav. Richards on the 4th line? Nyquist and tatar on the 3rd line? Helm playing with pav?!what a waste of pav and his talent. I think blash needs to re do the lines.

Z-dats-Larkin this would just be such a nice line



4th line

Those lines are so much better than blashills

#2640201 11/29 GDT : Florida Panthers at Red Wings, 2:00 EST

Posted by wings_fanatic on 29 November 2015 - 04:52 PM

If not for mrazek we would have lost in regulation. This was such a bad game to watch. No flow, no energy. Passes were off, little zone time pressure. And our pp sucked! Why the eff did we bring in green to still have our too pp unit have 5 left handed shooters!? Blash might want to play Kronner and green the full 2 min on the pp because it would make our point much more lethal than it is. Also kindl had a terrible game so smith needs to play and mrazek needs to keep playing.

#2639859 11/27 GDT : Edmonton Oilers at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by wings_fanatic on 27 November 2015 - 10:04 PM

Like I said before Howard can't protect leads. Any other goalie stops that 3rd goal.

#2635622 11/6 GDT : Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00 EST

Posted by wings_fanatic on 06 November 2015 - 11:36 PM

It was great that Kindl got the GWG but he's a huge liability, he's so quick to join the offense but most of the times makes bad passes which turn into breakaways. Good thing he shot the puck.

Aside from his goal I thought kindl was terrible tonight. In the 3rd period alone he made 2 terrible plays that led huge chances for the leafs but petr bailed him out. Babs was totally right about kindl and when our D is healthy he has no place in our lineup.

Aside from that mrazek is the only reason we won this game. I cannot wait for green and pav to be back this week!

#2634804 11/3 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by wings_fanatic on 03 November 2015 - 10:30 AM

It hasn't been confirmed Howard is starting blash said yesterday that he would name the starter today. Personally I'd like to see mrazek get the start today as I feel his puck handling ability will increase our speed against Tampa which is important. I'd start him today, play Howard Friday against the leafs and then go back to mrazek on Sunday against the stars. Hopefully that is what blash does.

#2634598 10/31 GDT: Detroit Red Wings at Ottawa Senators

Posted by wings_fanatic on 31 October 2015 - 09:50 PM

Finally a decent effort even though they let off at the end.

Another great game by mrazek. I just feel so much more confident when he is in net and I think the team feeds off that too. His ability to handle the puck once again added to the teams speed tonight because it allowed for a much quicker breakout. I hope blash sticks with mrazek for next game against Tampa.

I loved smith with kronwall I have been calling for that for a while. Playing with Kronner allows smith to jump up and use his speed and I just think both have always played well together.

All the other D were good tonight except kindl who was just his typical soft self. He needs to go when all our D are back.

The top line was beast once more... how awesome are Z and larkin? But more importantly Nyquist and tatar both not only scored tonight but played very confident all over the ice. Hopefully this keeps up.

Wings got to keep up with this effort and before we know it we will have pav and green back. Great win and much needed.

#2631438 10/16 GDT : Carolina Hurricanes at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by wings_fanatic on 16 October 2015 - 09:10 PM

Howard wasn't bad tonight but he showed why he is an average goalie. He made some nice saves but right from the beginning he couldn't make the timely saves that we needed. That is the difference between him and mrazek.

But Howard didn't get much help. Z and larkin and Nyquist and tatar are the only forwards who really stood out to me tonight. I don't think the big problem is the forwards but rather the D.

Ericsson is awful on the top pairing and needs to be taken away from kronwall. Quincy can't make a breakout pass if his life depended on it. That was the biggest problem tonight. Too many of our D were happy to just dump the puck down rather than make a pass like green or kronwall. I can't wait for DD to me back.

I'd like to play smith with Kronner. I know smith had a bad game tonight but I always find that whenever he plays with Kronner he looks 10 times better. And I think his speed and passing ability would work better with Kronner. Then I'd have DD with green which will be great and then quincy can play on the 3rd pairing with Ericsson they can be purely shutdown (ish).

#2609859 The Red and White Authority

Posted by wings_fanatic on 23 May 2015 - 11:03 AM

Just making a heads up for this youtube cast that has been going along for a while. Arthur Regner and Kevin Allen discuss all things Red Wings, usually for over an hour a time. I was astounded at the low watch numbers. I do recommend the show.


I am in no way affiliated with their show, just think some here would like it. Anyway, here goes:




I love watching this everytime it is on. Both have them have inside info on the Red Wings and they discuss things that the normal media is afraid to discuss such as Jimmy Howard vs. Petr Mrazek (when the problem first began and was being ignored), and they speculate based on accurate sources and such. All in all I enjoy watching it and I just feel like they are completely honest unlike most media. I as well suggest them to anyone who likes the Red Wings.

#2609479 Dylan Larkin turning pro... will play for GR immediately

Posted by wings_fanatic on 21 May 2015 - 02:42 PM

I disagree. I think this is a special player we have and we have an opportunity to let him play a couple seasons on the same team as Pavel Datsyuk, much like Pav got to play with Stevie and Shanny. Let Larkin player and learn from Pav.

#2609128 Coaching Search Thread a.k.a. the Jeff Blashill Thread

Posted by wings_fanatic on 20 May 2015 - 03:32 PM

I really liked that Kenny talked about not being happy about the early playoffs exits the past few years. For that reason he said that's why he didn't want to sign babs to more than 5 years which is an excellent point.

#2605134 Who is the coach next season?

Posted by wings_fanatic on 30 April 2015 - 04:39 PM

Well said. Everyone has a shelf life and I believe Babs has reached his in Detroit. It is extremely unusual for a head coach to not have a new deal in place at the end of the season, which tells me he is gone on July 1 (or whenever his contract officially expires).

I recall babs making comments about our D core last year after Boston series and everyone loved it. This to me is babs calling out Kenny for not doing enough. Babs is a smart guy. He's not insulting pav and hank he is speaking the truth. They r aging and Kenny needs to have a good off season. This was babs calling on that. I still say babs is back here next year.

#2602559 ECQF Game 6 GDT : Lightning 5 at Red Wings 2 - Series Tied 3-3

Posted by wings_fanatic on 28 April 2015 - 01:52 AM

Aside from the fact that you can't tell the future, I'm not saying that Howard should start game 7, it's too late for that. But Howard at the top of his game (which he was at for most of the year) is better and more consistent overall that Mrazek, who has had two very bad games in this series. He won three games, yes, you're not all knowing so you can't say that Howard would not have also won the games.


Completely agreed. That doesn't mean I think Mrazek should be playing over Howard.

What series have you been watching? Mrazek has played better in this series than Jimmy has played in any series. Keep in mind Jimmy also had Lidstrom and raFi for a few seasons as well. Mrazek has been our best player and was not the reason we lost last night at all.

#2601852 ECQF Game 6 GDT : Lightning 5 at Red Wings 2 - Series Tied 3-3

Posted by wings_fanatic on 27 April 2015 - 06:56 PM

The wings have lots of energy this game which is good. I felt they were nervous in the 1st and you could tell with their zone time and their shooting. They are trying to be too fancy and are making one too many passes. They just got to keep things simple by getting pucks at bishop and going to the net. I expect they will come out in the 2nd calmed down and do a better job of that.

#2601015 ECQF Game 5 GDT : Red Wings 4, at Lightning 0 (DET leads series, 3-2)

Posted by wings_fanatic on 25 April 2015 - 08:06 PM

NBCSN  showed a replay of Mrazek making a save off a deflection near the end of the game. How quickly he reacted to grab it with his glove was one thing, but the replay showed how his face and his eyes were tracking it so calmly the entire time. He is just solidifying his role as starter for many years to come. I mean this is the best a goalie has played for us in a series since Chris Osgood in 2009.