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#2502752 3/29 GDT - Red Wings 4 at Maple Leafs 2

Posted by wings_fanatic on 29 March 2014 - 12:43 AM

I personally like the fact that Babs realized the vets weren't getting it done and buried them on the 3rd line. Let the kids do the work, they have been the ones winning us games. 

I like the fact that he actually called them all out on it. I think we are going to see a big game from the vets ie franzen and Alfie as they will respond to being challenged by Babs. The key is to get on them early to create doubt because the leafs have very little confidence left. Having said that, jimmy needs to be big early because the leafs know if they lose tomorrow, that's pretty well the season for them.

I live in Windsor and most my friends are leafs fans so come on wings/griffins get us a big win!

#2502714 Injury Updates

Posted by wings_fanatic on 28 March 2014 - 08:49 PM

Everyone keeps saying Weiss is coming back, did I miss something here?

Apparently he skated the last two days and will practice with the team on Tuesday. So hoping he can get going because he is a good player I don't care what anyone says if he can get going.

#2502617 3/27 GDT - Canadiens 5 vs. Red Wings 4

Posted by wings_fanatic on 28 March 2014 - 01:23 PM

I think when Pav comes back he is gonna be unreal and the team won't lose again until they eventually hoist the Cup in June.... one could only hope lol :P


But seriously, I think when he returns its going to be a HUGE lift for the team. Pav at 70% is better then any of the veterans currently playing at 100%. I am still very optimistic about this season. We are going to win both games this weekend and the board will be back to saying Babs should get coach of the year, and this will all be in the past.

#2502487 3/27 GDT - Canadiens 5 vs. Red Wings 4

Posted by wings_fanatic on 27 March 2014 - 09:43 PM

I don't care what numbers your looking at jimmy is not good enough this year plain and simple. Tn was not his fault but eventually he has to make saves to win games. We tie it 3 to 3 and they score right after. I don't care if it deflected. How come king Henrik and Rask and even bernier can consistently make timely saves even with deflections? That's a point in the game where he simply has to find a way to save it. Tatar even said that was a let down when it went in.

#2501953 3/27 GDT - Canadiens 5 vs. Red Wings 4

Posted by wings_fanatic on 27 March 2014 - 06:49 PM

Get franzen off the top line! Switch him and Alfie and I think that'll make that line much better and start playing the kids more! Our 4th line is getting far too many minutes I think in games like this we should virtually roll 3 lines ... I have a feeling we come back...

#2501671 Injury Updates

Posted by wings_fanatic on 26 March 2014 - 06:44 PM

Or maybe Franzen can drag him down?

Why change the nyquist line? IF IT AINT BROKE DONT FIX IT.


Correct. With Jurco back I would like to see Franzen moved down to the 3rd line to play with Helm.. Helm seems to be able to get Franzen competing out there.


Nyquist- Sheahan- Tatar

Jurco- Legwand- Alfie

Franzen- Helm- Bert

Glendening- Anderson- Miller

#2500705 3/25 GDT - Red Wings 2 at Blue Jackets 4

Posted by wings_fanatic on 25 March 2014 - 01:55 PM

How do the Habs have 87 points? Bastards.


They have played 2 more games then us... We plaay them 2 more times, so if we win both games, catching them is still not out of the question.

#2500607 Injury Updates

Posted by wings_fanatic on 24 March 2014 - 10:14 PM


what do you mean teams will actually do that? do you expect teams to put stars on ltir before the trade deadline to pick up other stars? they need to be legitimately injured to go on ltir, plus no gm in their right mind will take their stars out of the lineup right in the middle of the playoff push, that is foolish. There is no cap in the playoffs


Edit: also no more 23 man roster limit in the playoffs


Okay was confused maybe this was Kenny's plan all along haha

#2496586 Maple Leafs 2 @ Red Wings 3

Posted by wings_fanatic on 18 March 2014 - 05:51 PM

I am thinking our top line has a big night tonight... Alfie and Franzen especially. Alfie has put together a couple strong games and him playing with actual decent players should help... not to mention Alfie loves to play against the Leafs.


I am expecting a tight game, but I see the Wings coming out on top.

#2495416 3/14 GDT : Edmonton Oilers 1 at Red Wings 2 (F/SO)

Posted by wings_fanatic on 15 March 2014 - 01:58 AM

It was around 11:30 in the 3rd period when Detroit was up 1-0 and I thought about how Detroit collapses in this position virtually every time this season.  I thought about how bad Quincey and Smith choke up goal-ridden pucks in these game dynamics.  Then I thought about when Mike Babcock told Smith on 24/7 "When we're in the third period and we're tied and you have the puck in the offensive zone, I'm feeling pretty good.  But when we're in the same position and you're in the defensive zone, I'm nervous.  What is it going to take on a daily level for you to cut that s*** out of your game?"  Literally 30 seconds after I recalled this moment, Smith makes a bizarre choke pass to the slot and we have a tied game.
Quincey and Smith have choked up pucks like this many times and caused the Wings to lose handfuls of points.  On that end, Q and S may very well be the reason Detroit misses the playoffs.
In the overtime powerplay, again I noticed how terrible this team is coordinated offensively.  They hardly move the puck.  They barely skate and rarely cycle.  Their 1-2 combination is incredibly obvious, elementary and transparent: "Pass to Alfie... Pass to Kronner for a one timer" or "Pass to Kronner... pass to Alfie for a one timer."  It's dumb how obvious it is.  If they aren't doing the incredibly transparent approach, they are doing nothing but demonstrating how unsure of themselves they are.  Making soft passes into the slot which are easily intercepted and cleared.  Miscommunicating.  Never challenging men individually.  It's a 4 on the 3 and the Wings look afraid to even get close to the slot.  They look afraid to challenge individually and press their position in front of the net.  Why?  Compare this to the Blackhawks PP which challenges, gains real estate in the front, and scores.  This power play is absolutely awful.  I think a big piece that's missing is any sense of chemistry, puck movement, or holistic offensive strategy.  For the past 3-4 years I've wondered why Detroit has looked so bad on the PP.  I think there is somebody missing in the organization who used to be responsible for those beautiful offensive plays we'd see in the old days.  I don't think the individual talent is lacking because we've seen these kids have hands.  But indeed, what is missing is a sense of smart offensive strategy that we so sorely need.
Then, in the shoot-out I wondered who should go out there.  I came up with Tatar, Sheahan and Nyquist.  Maybe Franzen for Nyquist since he looked relaxed today with soft hands.  I picked the kids because they had great games.  Then I wondered who Babcock would pick.  Bertuzzi had a terrible game.  And he's a vet.  So even though Bert was cold as ice and showed no propensity to be a game changer, Babs throws him up there #1 to claim a victory for Hockeytown.  Retarded.  Then I figured Babs would pick another vet just because... well... I imagined him saying something dumb later like "The vets have to teach you how to win in these situations".  So I thought he'd pick Alfredsson.  Who also had a pretty mediocre game and did not show much propensity for scoring.  He also has no moves, cannot trick goalies in shootouts, and does nothing but shoot the puck forthcomingly.  And of course Alfie shoots it into the goalies chest.  Babs' third pick was Tatar, and that's when I said, "We're in the third round and this is the first guy who actually has a chance to score."  You're not going to win shootouts when your #1/#2 picks have little hope to come through.
Still lots of pieces missing from Hockeytown.  All I really felt this game was, "Just get the 2 points, idiots."  Not happy with this team... and in fact, sorely disappointed, even though they won.  Strange.

We won the game. We would not even be in the playoff hunt given all these injuries if it wasn't for the coaching of mike Babcock. There is a reason he is the highest paid coach in the league and you are a fan like me who comes onto forums to talk about what we think... He clearly has far more hockey knowledge then you or I. IMO babs should be coach of the year no doubt if he gets us into the playoffs.

I hate how fans complain when we don't win, which is understandable but then they even complain when we win. I know your a passionate fan and I respect that, but have some faith in the guy who is keeping this team in the run.

#2494923 The Leaders HAVE to step up

Posted by wings_fanatic on 12 March 2014 - 11:09 PM

Last game, Babs moved Aflie on a line with Nyquist and Legwand... Frankly that is the best way to get Alfie going again.


Nyquist- Legwand- Alfie

Tatar- Sheahan- Franzen


Also, one thing that has been bothering me is the way the Wings are playing the PP. They are not setting up Alfie to shoot from the point nearly enough (he has a far better shot then Kronners from the Point). Simply put, I want to see Alfie firing on all cylinders, when he is shooting the puck from anywhere, that is when he is on his game.


That top 6 obviously is not the best, but it can hang in there with teams and can for sure win us a game against the Leafs, the Habs, and Edmonton. I have taken a look at Philly's schedule going forward, and they DO NOT have it very easy. The Wings just need to stay the course for a couple more weeks here and we will hopefully get Pavs back (I know wishful thinking) and once that happens, this team can secure its way into the playoffs. 


Call me crazy, but I think the Wings will make the playoffs. We play Edmonton, Chicago (i already count this as a loss), Toronto (I think we will take it to them and win), Pens (they have injuries of their own so toss up), Minnesota twice, Columbus, Montreal, Toronto again and Tampa Bay to close out the month. Call me crazy, but besides the Hawks game, I think the Wings have a chance to compete in every game and get some wins in there because we play very well against the Habs, Tampa Bay is falling, Edmonton is Edmonton, and you never know with Toronto. By the end of the month, Pav will be back, if not before then, at which point we will have a couple more weeks of games until the playoffs. 


I trust in our players to get the job done until then. I trust Kronners, Alfie, Franzen, Nyquist, Tatar, and that Howard will find his game. Most importantly, I trust Mike Babcock. Even given all of these injuries, Babs has this team playing with solid structure. Even last night in Columbus, the Wings were playing well up until that last little bit. I say we fight through this and we get into the playoffs and become the worst nightmare for whoever we play against. 


Lets stop turning on our players that are still playing and not injured, and lets stop questioning the coaches. Lets come together as fans and believe in our team. 

#2489792 3/4 GDT: Red Wings at Devils

Posted by wings_fanatic on 04 March 2014 - 09:37 PM

If someone has enough time on their hands, I would be really interested to know how many last minute goals Jimmy Howard has allowed throughout his career at the end of each period. I swear he must have some kind of record. Yah  the goal was not his fault, but his job as a goalie is to make the timely saves, and he just lets in far too many late goals at the end of periods.

#2489288 Trade deadline fast approaching - who should we target?

Posted by wings_fanatic on 04 March 2014 - 04:40 PM

Omg Luongo and Thomas are teammates


For now... it has been a crazy day... tomorrow is gonna be interesting. I feel sorry for anyone that has to work or go to school tomorrow. I know every year since grade 9, I treated trade deadline day as a P.A day, will be the same this year as well haha.

#2488803 Trade deadline fast approaching - who should we target?

Posted by wings_fanatic on 03 March 2014 - 02:05 PM

I would take Gillis down from Tatar to Juro. I think Tatar is too good of a player to trade away. Not only does he possess a lot of talent, but he is full of energy and he competes shift in and shift out. 


Helm, Juro, a 1st or something around those lines to get Keser and I would be happy, 


As for Erhoff, he has an absolute rocket. If the Wings get him, our Powerplay will become much more deadly. Not only that, he is good at moving the puck. At this rate, there are a ton of rumours, which makes me very excited for Wednesday. I am not saying Kenny will do something, but I just feel that he realizes that something has to be done.

#2487898 Trade deadline fast approaching - who should we target?

Posted by wings_fanatic on 28 February 2014 - 05:02 PM

Well I see him 3rd line if he can stay healthy I think its best to split z and datsyuk except on PP and have helm on the 4th maybe but I still think he's overpaid (5mil, albeit injury riddled unlucky)

I disagree with you. When hank comes back in the playoffs, he will not be as well conditioned and in game form. Babs will likely play him with pav so that hank does not have to center a line, making it easier on him.