Tampa is gonna have alot of pressure. Home ice in a game 7. If they lose they are gonna be considered playoff chokers like St. Louis and San Jose, promising regular season only to falter in the playoffs. If Babcock is as good as we believe, we win. I didn't think we had any chance in this series. Here we are game 7 when we were suppose to be swept or lose in 5. As this series went on I started to look at it like the Ducks series, losing some bad home games only to pull off a game 7 win back then( 2 years ago I believe) . I see the same thing in this series. I believe that the Wings will win. I really wanna win to see how Mrazek handles games against Montreal. But we gotta get there first. I'm damn proud of this team for hanging with the Lightning. Go Wings!
Bad Game, but hey, seems like Mrazek was Jekyll tonight, He'll be Hyde next game and we win. The Wings just do things the hard way. Plus its an odd number, we've won the odd numbers this series, 1, 3, and 5. For what its worth we are hanging tough with a damn good team. I don't agree with the media calling us dirty or cheaters cuz we aren't. I want to win this series to spite those people and coaches in the media. Its playoff hockey every team does what the Wings are blamed for doing. Damn look at the fricking Ducks.
Don't feel too great about this one, but LGW!! I expect Stamkos to have a good game, but hopefully he doesn't.
We have to expect Stamkos to break through sooner or later. With that said though, if the Wings steal tonights game, we will close it out in Game 6. If not, then all we have to do is win game 6 and put pressure on them with a Game 7. I don't think Tampa can handle a game 7. Inexperience would kill them in a game 7 and help us. Just my thoughts though. Let's Roll. Go Wings!!!!!!!
(I just keep thinking this series is gonna end like the Ducks series 2 years ago, Wings winning in 7)
Heres how I see it. If Wings can win tomorrow we take the series in game 6 at home. But if we lose tomorrow, we will win game 6 and force a game 7. I like our chances if its all or nothing in game 7. So right now at least make sure you win game 6. Hopefully though they steal tomorrows game. And yes it does suck being tied 2-2 right now. Remember when we were up against Hawks 3-1 and still lost the series? This team has to do things the hardest way possible for some strange reason.
I love the tangents LGW goes on sometimes. I feel like I'm one of the few that realize both goalies are not playing up to snuff but I think it has more to do with being hung out to try and blowing their confidence.
I honestly thing our goaltending problems come down to a much bigger problem of just buckling down and playing a good team game. An easy example was the 4-0 Tampa game. Detroit buckled down and didn't give them any grade a chances. Against the Isles tonight we gave up way to many good chances and a terrible PK. Yes not every goal was unstoppable but the team in front of him sure didn't help them out.
Overall this isn't a 1 man problem, it's a team problem. If we lock it down and actually help our goalies out which our team has not been doing, they can start gaining their confidence back and start making the big saves when we need them.
Your right. I'd say its Defense and Nyquist playing bad right now to pick a few problems. Maybe March was just that type of Month, like December was (losing the six straight game slide). I still think there is something wrong with Howard though, perhaps he is still hurt who knows. I'd roll with Mrazek these next two games. Nothing against Howard, I just still feel more confident In Mrazek. Even after todays game. But I guess I'll be called a Howard hater for choosing Mrazek.
I admit that clearly Petr is not quite ready to handle a full time #1 job where he can go back to back a play at the same level both games. It just doesn't mean I think Jimmy is better. Petr is a rookie, whats Jimmy excuse? IMO Petr is better. But after watching today, he clearly isn't ready to take over the #1 legit spot yet, but he is hot on the heels of it!
I can agree with what your saying. I will say that I don't hate Jimmy Howard, my gripe with Howard is I don't think he's earned his contract, much like I feel with Matt Stafford of the Lions.You have to win big in sports to earn those type contracts. Gotta do something great, not necessarily win a championship, but be good consistantly. I think Howard can be a really good goalie but only if he has a defense in front of him. Same with Osgood, what if he didn't have the defenses on those cup winning teams, he would basically be what Howard is. Howard is not elite and never will be, thats not a knock on him its just the way it is. Thats why its up to the organization to put a defense around him. They just haven't been able to do that.
I don't understand why people are Howard sucks, Mrazek sucks. God they both play for the Red Wings. Something is not right with Howard and Mrazek can't seem to grab the starting job. Defense played a great Lightning team and shut them down. And yet today our special teams let us down. There is so much weirdness going on right now its crazy. Babcock is stuck in his ways, same D pairings game after game. Maybe March just has been a cursed month, who knows, only a few days left in March thank god. If Boston catches us in the standings then maybe some kind of fire will be lit under their butts. I still believe that when playoffs are close and the Wings need points they have that switch they turn on and until they miss the playoffs i'm gonna believe they make it. At this point it might be in a wild card spot, but I think they make it in the 3rd seed.
I'm not gonna jump in on whos better Howard or Mrazek. I will say this, Howard is not good right now, don't know why just is. Could it be Defense not playing good? Fair enough. But nobody can deny that defense doesn't play in shootouts either, those are on Howard. Mrazek should start for now until Howard gets his head right. There is something about Howard though, he will always be good, but not elite. Osgood was the same, good, not elite. It all comes down to defense, and Osgood had that. Wings fans are spoiled. Damn we've only had some of the greatest teams in history, not to mention more legends than any other team play for this organization. How can we not be? I say just let Mrazek have the next few games and see if we get some separation from Boston and Ottawa, by that time Howard should be fine. But if Howard continues his struggles, Mrazek deserves to start in the playoffs, for atleast the experience of playoff hockey. But hey just my opinion.
I don't care who we play Im confident we could take both pits or bos we got a great 4th line and the kids will do great
Now that's what I'm talking about. Gotta have some faith and not get scared of the big bad bruins or penguins, we are the Detroit Frickin Red Wings. And the beautiful thing is, no damn shootouts in the playoffs baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wings will be fine and totally make the playoffs. Montreal got lucky tonight, they get lucky during the regular season, but they will suck in the playoffs mark my words. Pens will have to be a statement game cuz I see the Red Wings playing them in first round and beating them. I really don't see the Wings going farther than the second round, but hey anything can happen. Go Wings 4 Life