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#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. 

#2600237 ECQF : (8) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (1) New York Rangers

Posted by wings_fanatic on 25 April 2015 - 01:41 PM

Babcock to the Pens it is.  His man-crush for Crosby is no secret, he's been making subtle digs about the lack of high end talent on the Wings for several years.  I can't see him turning down the chance to coach Crosby and Malkin whilst they're still in their 20s.

Or maybe he would rather go to Edmonton and coach McDavid for many years. Or maybe the laughs. Or maybe Anaheim if they fail to go deep.

Lots of maybes. I still say babcock stays with detroit. His home is here he likes it here.

Anyway glad to see the crybaby out again.

#2596987 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Tampa Bay Lightning 5

Posted by wings_fanatic on 21 April 2015 - 06:45 AM

My big problem with Holland is that he doesn't acquire players until they are past their prime. Weiss, Cole, hell even Bertuzzi would have been GREAT pickups had they happened 5 years sooner than they did. Instead we get the player that is about 50% of what they once were and preparing for "life after hockey". 
My thought is that Holland needs to identify assets READY to rise and pick them up before they blow up. I know, every GM wants that, but he's better than the rest of them, isn't he? 

The reason for that is because he doesn't have to give much up to get them. Trading for Bert when he was in his prime would have cost us a lot because he was arguably the best power forward in the league at that point in time. Kenny adds them past their prime because they still have the skill and can be used to enhance the level of depth that we have. Ideally had we not gotten so many injuries between 2010 and 2012 our team could have made a push for another cup.

Veterans help you win the big games. That's why Kenny makes the moves.

#2596552 Abdelkader to return for Game 3

Posted by wings_fanatic on 19 April 2015 - 09:18 AM

I'd keep pav with zetty because zetty just doesn't look good enough to center his own line. Switch helm to center and have THREE good scoring lines and the solid 4th line.

Nyqyist-helm-ta tar
4th line.

I think these lines would make the team much better. Nyquist and tatar both looked a lot better creating chances together. Shehan hasn't got it done well enough so drop him to the 3rd line to make that line better and put helm in his place.

#2596186 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Tampa Bay Lightning 5

Posted by wings_fanatic on 18 April 2015 - 03:56 PM

Anyone calling to play Jimmy in game 3 has no understanding of hockey. Petr won us game 1 and had zero chance on the goals tonight. The first one was deflected then hit the post and was a scramble, the 2nd one was a crazy bounce, the 3rd one was a guy all alone and the 4th one was a breakaway after there should have been a penalty. No way is this game Petes fault. If anything you might play Jimmy in the 3rd simply to rest petr for game 3.

#2596110 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Tampa Bay Lightning 5

Posted by wings_fanatic on 18 April 2015 - 03:41 PM

Tatar and Nyquist have to be better. I thought they would be fired up to prove themselves after last year, but it's the same s*** as last year against the B's.

Have you been watching this game? They have generated quite a few chances and are skating a lot better. Tampa is getting all the bounces right now.

#2595832 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Tampa Bay Lightning 5

Posted by wings_fanatic on 18 April 2015 - 02:44 PM

Tatar actually looks like he has some jump tonight I dunno why everyone is on his case again.

#2594634 ECQF Game 1 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 EST

Posted by wings_fanatic on 16 April 2015 - 08:26 PM

I don't wanna split up pav and hank but the kid line looks off. I rly wish babs would try Weiss at center.


I think that little change would make both the 2nd and 3rd lines better.

Overall the wings are playing a decent road game. It's far from perfect but the team is blocking shots, doing a good job of keeping Tampa to the outside, and helping petr clear any loose pucks and obviously petr looks fantastic.

I think the wings got to just start putting everything on net rather than just try to wait for the perfect chance.

1 more period let's go boys! !

#2591279 4/9/15 GDT Red Wings 3 @ Canadiens 4 *Warning post #888 & 906*

Posted by wings_fanatic on 09 April 2015 - 08:26 PM

Babs whines for 2 seasons about wanting a right hander for the PP and then he plays 2 lefts on the first pp unit and 2 rights on the 2nd pp unit

And man our bottom 2 lines suck!! We really need abby back and I have no idea why ferraro is plaYin over jurco (jurco practiced in pavs place today so must be fine).

#2588731 4/2 GDT : Bruins 3 at Red Wings 2

Posted by wings_fanatic on 03 April 2015 - 12:33 PM

..and tell me again, when Stevie was near the end, how many times we either had to scratch and claw to just make the playoffs or were in danger of backing our way out of the playoffs?  Let alone tell me when Stevie would have sat because of an injury that he couldn't just "ice up" and play, especially when it comes down to two of the most important games of the year which would have more than likely secured the playoffs.  I am not questioning Dats contributions to this team or his ability to still be an impact player.  I am questioning the entire leadership philosophy of this team, starting with him. Z says he's 100%, so why are we to believe that he isn't? He just is what he is anymore, more than a shell, but nowhere near what he was 5-6 years ago, but hey, he is older and not as good anymore.  The problem is, these "leaders" today will even sit out a playoff game with nagging injuries, even elimination games, Stevie, Shanny, Hull, Feds, Igor, Nick would have NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER done so.
Disrespect my ass, the fact is, he makes $7M tof****** take this team to the playoffs, not sit because his ankle hurts, again, THEY MAKE SHOTS THAT TAKE CARE OF NAGGING PAINS!!! If his ankle was broken, I understand, but a sore ankle? Gimme a break! In my job, I am working in small places lifting and throwing things all day long, if my back hurts do I get time off? NO! I get to take 2 alieve and get the f*** back in the hole!
This isn't December anymore, these games are pretty much game 6's and 7's for us, this team needs leadership to lead! All this blaming Jimmy and Petr is stupid, Petr played well enough last night to win, he had 1 bad goal, but the D (Q especially) let him down in the end.  Even Patrick had bad goals against him, even Hasek.  Itsf****** time for the leaders to inspire this team, if keeping this streak alive isn't important to the leaders of this team, to keep history going, to keep this organization talked about among the elite teams off al time, thenf****** retire and let other players who want to preserve history and keep this team excelling take over!  Sure, 1st round exits suck, and no way this team is favored to win a Cup this year, but you have to get to round 1 in order to have a chance....f*** letting the streak go, if this team cannot win a Cup every year, then damn it, isn't it important enough to have something to brag and be proud of?  The streak is on the line, if they miss this year, they will never get anywhere near it again.  I want to Cup too, but if we can't win it, why just say f*** the playoffs? Those of you who don't care about making the playoffs year after year will never be happy, because for you its the Cup or tank.
I will take a first round sweep over completely missing the playoffs.

You must be a profession nhl 15 player because you clearly don't play hockey. Your posts are almost humorous ... even my little cousins understand hockey better than you. Pav is special in that he will still be magic when he's 40 but if he tries playing through injuries then that won't be the case. The best is as soon as pav is back and playing amazing this weekend you will turn around and talk about how amazing he is. That's the biggest problem with fans these days how quickly they turn on players. I get turning on Jimmy. .. he's consistently not got the job done for us. Pav on the other hand is consistently our best performer along with zetty.

If your not happy with that then go become a leafs fan so you at least have something to whine about.

#2588639 Is Hank too slow and ineffective to play center?

Posted by wings_fanatic on 02 April 2015 - 11:24 PM

Babcock refuses to play Datsyuk and Zetterberg on the same line except the PP and I think it's a major reason why Zetterberg has been struggling of late. Before Babcock would put Zetterberg and Datsyuk out there just to generate spark on the team but now he is shying away from that. I think we need to see more Zetterberg and Datsyuk together going forward if we want to turn this season around. 


I completely agree. This late in the season, you gotta change things up to create a spark. Pav and Hank are always magic together and we can still have balanced scoring. 

#2587882 3/31 GDT : Senators 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by wings_fanatic on 02 April 2015 - 12:06 AM


I can't even imagine how much slower and lazier he'll be in two years let a,lone six.  He's already taking the worst angle shots I've ever seen.  In six years, he'd be shooting the puck from the other side of the red line.  


Save your thoughts for the playoffs. Z has an ability to pace himself over an 82 game season. The way he plays the game is different than Pav. Pav has magic and he is still able to use that to dominate the game on most nights. Z on the other hand has success by hard work, which is harder to do over such a long season. If Z played the way he can, as hard as he can, every single night, he would be burned out. So, whether he knows it or not, he paces himself during the season, along with the fact that he is streaky. 


Now having said that, you go back and look at pretty well every playoffs and look at the numbers that Z still continues to put up. He always turns his game on when it matters most and I have learned to never doubt Z as a player and as a leader. Pav is no doubt the most important player on this team impact wise on a nightly basis, but IMO Z is just as impactful, for other reasons. Look at the playoffs last year. Pav did all we could, but with Z out we were still lacking. Then Z came back, rusty and no doubt not 100% and he STILL put up better numbers than anyone on the team not named Datsyuk. 


What I am getting at is, yes Z is older and he has had to change the way he plays, but he still remains a very very important part of this team and fans need to respect that and him.


Lastly, from a goal scoring standpoint, I do agree with you. I would like to see Z score more goals, but he is unable to do that while playing 2nd line Center setting up his wingers. If we want Z to go back to scoring more goals, the only option is to play him with Pav, something I would very much like to see. I think that change could spark the team going forward.


Z- Pav- Abby

Nyquist- Sheahan- Tatar

Weiss- Helm- Jurco

Miller- Glendening- Cleary


Anderson is simply not getting it done for me, I would like to see what Cleary can offer as one last run for us since he is fresh. But the big thing is Z playing with Pav if we do that, I think Z will look more like what we are accustomed to.

#2585984 3/28 GDT : Lightning 0 at Red Wings 4

Posted by wings_fanatic on 28 March 2015 - 12:47 PM

Boston leading the Rangers 3:0 with a few minutes to play in the first. Lundqvuist sucks ?!

The guy hasn't played in a few months.... He will be in form within a week. He actually wins series for his team in the playoffs.