They have lost Lidstrom, Rafalski, and Stuart on the blueline that is a huge defensive dropoff. Howard has also played every game this season. Played 2 good games against Dallas, should have won against the Blackhawks but the Wings could not buy a goal, first game against St. Louis was not his fault at all, and these last two games have been a result of no rest for him and the team playing poorly in front of him.
Holland offered Suter a nice contract he didn't take it get over it people. Most lgw'ers have been lucky enough to see the Wings win 4 cups, if this has to be a transition year to let guys get a feel for the NHL don't get pissy because fans of this team have been spoiled. Whatever happens from here on out im happy to get to see Smith develop and play a bigger role. Maybe get Semin to play with Datsyuk and possibly one of Colaiacovo, Kubina or Barker.
In all honesty though, don't be biased, read the comments. There is nothing wrong with a little friendly ribbing, and poking fun and getting into this rivalry for the Playoffs. However that's not the case since I've joined here. It's been nothing but blatant disrespect and foul words and harsh assumptions around every corner. You simply cannot have a valid/sensible debate on this forum with a Red Wing fan. It's really no fun for either side. I know I'm not having a blast having to defend myself, my city and my team every time I even say the simplest thing.
"Red Wings in 6"
Me: "I hope Nashville in 6"
"HICK, REDNECK, RETARD, COUSIN F***ER, ETC."
It's shameful and an embarrassment towards real Red Wing fans that I've met in person at home & away games that will actually talk to you like a human and talk hockey, not crude geographical stereotypes or such of the sort.
There are people like this on every team's forum, i really never got the logic of going on another team's forum but welcome.
Ericsson was great tonight and has been since returning. Stuart and White were the worst d-men by far. I'm not suggesting either of them should sit, but to say E should is completely unfair. I don't know what more Ericsson could do lately. This is some of the best hockey in his career.
Disagree, he took a bad penalty, didn't use his big body enough as usual and couldn't properly clear the puck when he got out of the box. He wasn't the worst but for how much he got paid this season im going to say, Smith > Ericsson, all day every day.