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#2595224 Game Two - Honest Discussion

Posted by Echolalia on 17 April 2015 - 12:19 PM


Regular Season average even strength min/game: 
Tatar: 13:43
Nyquist: 13:37
First game of the playoffs:
Tatar: 12:59
Nyquist: 11:07
It's really not as big a deal as you're making it out to be...
Helm also played the most of any forward (20min) and Glendening played 18min.
It was pretty clear the minutes for our forwards were heavily influenced by match-ups.

I think Helm was our strongest player out there, and Glendening not far behind him, so I don't mind their ice time, although some of that elevation is due to all the penalties the Wings had to kill. Tatar and Nyquist aren't on the PK unit so that's what, 10 minutes or so of ice time they are ineligible for?
When Abdelkader comes back I think we will see a lot more options become available from a lineup point of view. Babcock will also have the advantage of icing his squad last when the series shifts to Detroit so Tatar and Nyquist can match up against Tampa's third line. But really, I just want to see them (and everyone else) play harder and smarter.

#2595205 Game Two - Honest Discussion

Posted by canadian wings fan on 17 April 2015 - 11:36 AM

We definitely need to play better but swapping Kindl and Cleary in for Marchenko and Tatar/Nyquist? 

Hell no

#2593800 Babcock: Petr Mrazek is starting Game 1

Posted by gcom007 on 16 April 2015 - 10:46 AM

As I suspected, this is no "middle finger" to Holland, and Holland seems to be very much in league with Babcock on the decision to start Mrazek:


"I don't think we're changing goalies every time we lose," Holland said. "Right now it's an opportunity for Petr Mrazek. He's played real well. When he gives up a goal, when he loses a game, it appears he can bounce back. He's got a lot of confidence, a lot of swagger. He won the Calder Cup championship (with the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2013)."



#2593204 Why so negative?

Posted by canadian wings fan on 14 April 2015 - 01:28 PM

I like your style.

Honestly, between the Rangers, Canadiens and Lightning I feel most confident playing Tampa. We just don't have the goaltending to match the Habs and Rags and the lightning's defence isn't scary at all. If we can win one of the first two in their rink I like our chances.

#2593177 Why so negative?

Posted by number9 on 14 April 2015 - 11:32 AM

Wings in 4

#2592949 No Scoring and No Fighting

Posted by 8 Legged RedWing on 13 April 2015 - 01:31 PM

I can't even remember seeing many big hits this year. For or against the Wings. I can literally recall maybe only two or three for the Wings this whole season. Granted I know the Wings aren't the team to watch for hits but still.

#2592937 Babcock: Petr Mrazek is starting Game 1

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 13 April 2015 - 01:10 PM

I don't know. Mraz just looked 100 times more comfortable out there and with his puck handling ability that does give us another D man on the back end. Howard touches the puck and you always think its going to get put into his own net like the Boston University Matt O'Connor did. Mraz just looks like he wants it more.


His puck handling I'll give you, but I disagree on the 100 times more comfortable.  And I don't know how you can tell who wants it more.  No matter how Jimmy is playing, one thing is for sure is that he's a fiery competitor.  I'm guessing he wanted to hang onto his starting job pretty badly.


I know Mrazek plays an aggressive style but there were games he was so overly aggressive he was taking himself way out of position.  And Mrazek has yet to put together a string of good performances.  Jimmy started turning his game around, had some good games and made huge saves, but then let in those brutally soft goals. 


Neither one won the starting position.  It's basically a gamble of who will hopefully screw up less, or get it together in the postseason in a way they didn't manage to during the regular season. 

#2592576 43-25-14......3rd seed in Division. Success or Failure?

Posted by kliq on 11 April 2015 - 11:47 PM

Just like Babcock I didn't think this team had any business of making the playoffs. Now they did so I'm positively surprised. That being said the team has fallen of a cliff in March and their reward is now playing a far superior team in one of the deepest drafts ever. Tatar had a great season, Nyquist a good one, Danny and Sheahan great season. Also nice to see that Abdelkader is finally using his frame. Disappointed: Z, Kronwall, big E, Smith.


The funny thing is that with the new playoff structure even if they got 9 more points this season and finished with 109, we would still be facing TB in the first round, just with home ice advantage. I kind of wish they went back to the 1-8 seeding. Though I guess this new structure does put more of an emphasis on divisional games.


Montreal's reward for winning the division is a red hot Ottawa, they cant be loving that right now. That's the last team I would want to play. I don't see them winning the cup or anything, but I see them taking a top seed or two out while they are hot.

#2588633 Is Hank too slow and ineffective to play center?

Posted by gcom007 on 02 April 2015 - 10:58 PM

He's not done. That's absurdity. He's just not going to be an elite force on anything close to a consistent basis anymore. Doesn't mean he doesn't still bring value. Doesn't mean he doesn't have heart. Doesn't mean he's not a great leader. He's just been through too much at this stage in his career to continue to be a dominant force for this team at either end of the ice. It is what it is. Newer, younger guys need to rise up and help carry the load.


Edit: As far as I'm concerned, the most important player on this team at this point is without a doubt Datsyuk. He can still turn a game on it's head almost singlehandedly, and you can count on him to do so far more often than Z. He's not the type to wear the C, but from a heart and soul and "engine" standpoint, Dats is the leader of this team.

#2585883 3/26 GDT: Sharks 6 at Red Wings 4

Posted by F.Michael on 27 March 2015 - 01:48 PM

After further extensive research I've been able to identify the primary factor to the Wings lackluster play.....No goons in the line up.


EDIT - allow me explain...We could use a guy on the bench to punch a fellow Wing teammate for playing like crap...You cough up the puck at the blue line POW! a punch in the face.


You don't back check, and the winger you were assigned to cover scores a goal BAM! a knuckle sandwich...You get what I'm sayin :crazy:

#2577728 Red Wings acquire Marek Zidlicky from NJ for Cond. 2016 3rd Round Pick

Posted by kickazz on 02 March 2015 - 04:18 PM

Getting two vets may be helpful in the postseason. If you remember in playoffs last year against Boston; the young players quickly got shutdown when they got a taste of some real playoff hockey. Adding this age balance will help the core group as a whole for a deep playoff push. We def needed another veteran D-man imo. 

#2577727 Red Wings acquire Marek Zidlicky from NJ for Cond. 2016 3rd Round Pick

Posted by marcaractac on 02 March 2015 - 04:18 PM

Lamoriello said there were other offers for Zidlcky and "better" offers, but because of no trade, Zidlicky had control where he went.





But.... but.... nobody wants to come here!  :lol:

#2570904 Franson to Preds

Posted by Jedi on 15 February 2015 - 11:57 AM

1st round pick was too high a price, and with Toronto in our division, it would have been higher.

I don't remember who it was, but someone had some interesting speculation regarding any Toronto-to-Detroit trade. They said that above and beyond the traditional conference rival issues, there's also the whole "Mike Babcock to Toronto" issue as well. If Toronto wants any shot at landing Babs, they have to hope Detroit loses out early in the playoffs. As such, they won't be interested in sending Detroit any player that might help them make a deeper run, since that would significantly lessen the chances that Babcock leaves.

#2569348 Babcock: "HE WINS, FULL STOP" - THN

Posted by number9 on 08 February 2015 - 12:52 AM

Someone that likes a challenge dumpster fire



#2567163 Marchenko recalled from GR... Ouellet sent down

Posted by kipwinger on 30 January 2015 - 01:50 PM

I will say this.  Good on Brian Lashoff.  I'm really glad that guy is a million dollars richer.  Sure he was a plug.  But he did EXACTLY what he was signed to do, and what was expected of him.  Kudos buddy.