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#2677005 2016 SCF: San Jose Sharks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 05 June 2016 - 08:05 AM

All of the goals except for the last one were either weak or fluky.  I mean, I know its that time of year when you're not going to see many pretty goals, but these shots from the point that pinball off stuff isn't something you plan.  Its more like, throw to the net from far away and hope we're luckier than them.  That first goal wasn't even going to be on net and it takes a perfect bounce off a Sharks defenseman and into the net.


Anyways, the Sharks need to play better.  They won this game but they got out shot badly again and they're not winning 3 more games like that.  The Pens don't need to change a thing right now, their strategy will eventually get them the Cup.  

#2676914 2016 SCF: San Jose Sharks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 03 June 2016 - 08:26 AM

The 09 Red Wings were better than the 08. If not for injuries...


Agreed.  This was the third year in a row they went deep into the playoffs, we traveled back and forth to Anaheim for 7 games, suffered a few key injuries in the conference finals, played in the Finals with basically no rest, the series played its first 4 games in 6 days, Datsyuk missed more than half of it and yet we lost by 1 in Game 7.  That 09 team was pretty awesome and deserved a better end.  Probably one of our best non-Cup teams along with 95, 96, and 99.

#2675819 ECSF : Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 12 May 2016 - 12:27 PM

Crazy looking back. So many people had picked this team to win the cup.


"No way anyone's going to beat the Capitals".


I think we all underestimated Penguins. They really had been the best team in the league post all-star break. All it took was for Crosby to find his groove and for Kessel to mesh with the new team I guess.


This team now has Crosby, Malkin and Kessel. Two top players in the world and one of the best goal scorers in the league. 


Dam them!


After the way they finished the last few months of the regular season, I doubt anyone was underestimating them.  Its not even Crosby really, he did very little in this last series.  It's not Malkin either, it's that second line of Kessel, Bonino, Hagelin and the goaltending of Murray.  That second line gave them the depth they needed to compliment the stars and Murray is like the anti-Fleury.  Murray has every reason in the world to meltdown and does not, while Fleury has a meltdown several times in a playoff season.


Interesting little fact.  The Stanley Cup champion in 1976 had a rookie goalie.  The Stanley Cup champion in 1986 had a rookie goalie.  The Stanley Cup champion in 2006 had a rookie goalie.  Now it's 2016 and there's a rookie goalie that's on a huge hot streak.  We need to start a rookie goalie in 2026.

#2674173 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 28 April 2016 - 11:07 AM

I don't hate the name, but I don't love it either.  When you have a classic non-corporate arena name for all these years, anything would sound weird though.  It'll get shortened by the fans though.  The official name is the Little Caesars Arena, but everyone will just call it Caesars, which doesn't sound so bad.  

#2673521 Who gets the "A" when datsyuk leaves?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 25 April 2016 - 12:50 PM

I think it'll be Abdelkader for sure.  DK and Larkin haven't been on the team long enough.  Larks will be an A eventually, and take over as the captain when Z retires.  At that point, DK will have an A.

#2673518 Ownership shows Support for Kenny Holland

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 25 April 2016 - 12:45 PM

They've gotten knocked out in the first round 3 years in a row and 4 of the last 5 years.  In 3 of the 4 first round exits, we were eliminated in 5 games.  So yeah, there has to be change.  Without change, I think our playoff streak comes to an end next year.  I understand we're "rebuilding", but at the same time, rebuilding isn't sitting on your hands and just waiting for the young players to evolve into stars.  There are some glaring holes on the team that won't be fixed with our prospects.  Those need to be addressed.

#2672059 ECQF Game 5 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 21 April 2016 - 09:50 AM

I like seeing the positive, "I'll never give up", "Wings in 7" posts.  It's a nice breath of fresh air.  I still believe we're better than this team and if we can get that intensity that we played with in Game 3 and keep it going, we could pull this off.  

#2671833 ECQF Game 4 Post-GTD: Tampa Bay 3, at Red Wings 2

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 20 April 2016 - 07:55 AM

Sounds like I'm the only one not willing to give Mrazek a pass for this game.  The first goal was bad, and the last two goals may have been saveable if he didn't overplay the shooter like he always does.  He almost gave up a few wraparounds to boot.  Guy is way too wild in net.  


Absolutely!  I've been saying this all season.  I remember a game back in December with him coming way out of the net to challenge while we're on the PK and he got burned.  I thought to myself, "Ugh, that sucks, but at least its a learning experience and he'll know NOT to do that".  Well... he's still doing it and has been doing it all year, which means either someone is coaching him to play like that or he thinks it works more often than not.  When you're on the PK, your goalie can't be flying all over the crease.  The opposition can pass faster than he can move from side to side.  If he's at the top of the crease and/or over committed to one end of the net, it puts a TON of pressure on our penalty killers to intercept passes because if they don't, more often than not, it'll end up in our net, because Mrazek won't be able to recover.  It's good to be aggressive, but not when you're killing a penalty.  


Concerning the 3rd Tampa goal, it's a shame because the penalty killers worked hard and nearly killed it off.  If you watch the replay, Mrazek slides to his left and then slides a little more, then a little more, by the time he's done sliding, the entire right side is wide open.

#2666485 4/9 GDT : at Rangers 3, Red Wings 2

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 09 April 2016 - 02:18 PM

Everyone can point at this player or that goalie, but the heart of loss like today, fall square on the coach's shoulders.  You have EVERYTHING to play for, the other team is playing their second stringers and they couldn't get it done.  To hell with talent, will power alone should have been enough to get the job done in this scenario and it wasn't.  THIS is on the coach.  He needs to motivate, get these guys excited, hungry, angry.  Sometimes they just look scared.  They play like they have no heart at all.  


Unfortunately, Blashill's a young first year coach and its a learning experience for him.  We can't give up on him this early.  Its not like he took a Stanley Cup contender and turned them into a lottery team.  Having said that, I'm afraid to see what's going happen in the playoffs.  Does this team change something up and play like a playoff team or will they continue to put forth these uninspired performances?  

#2666372 4/9 GDT : at Rangers 3, Red Wings 2

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 09 April 2016 - 02:02 PM

Never has making the playoffs felt so lousy.  Blah.  I hope getting into the playoffs will give them a new mindset or these next 4 games will be torture for us to watch.

#2665919 4/9 GDT : at Rangers 3, Red Wings 2

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 09 April 2016 - 09:32 AM

Well this has been a season of ups and downs for sure, but if we win THIS game in regulation against a bunch of the Rangers second stringers, none of the downs will matter anymore.  That's the nice thing about the playoffs, nothing that happened up to that point matters anymore, if you make it.  Its a fresh start.  A clean slate.  Here's hoping for a clean slates and 25th straight playoff appearance.   :nhl2:

#2663434 Goalie Battle

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 30 March 2016 - 07:32 AM

It should be noted that Mrazek has now played in more games this season than he has in any single season at any level.  Rookies, in pretty much every sport, have trouble with fatigue creeping in during the second half of the season.  Larkin is experiencing a bit of a slump himself.  I'm not ready to give up on Mrazek, however, all this getting chased from net business can't be good for his confidence and confidence is why Howard is playing so poorly.  

#2663432 Fixing this mess....

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 30 March 2016 - 06:40 AM

Because Mrazek has been so stellar down the stretch?


I'm all for trading Howard simple because of the cap space.  He's not playing like a $5 mil goalie.  We could get a $1 mil goalie to play just as well.  On that subject, in 2007 we made it to the conference finals with an aging Hasek making less than a mil and then back to back trips to the finals with Osgood making a little over $1 mil.  Many teams over the past 10 years have made it to the Finals with goalies that didn't make a lot of money.  If saving that money helps us boost the defense, I'm all for it.  Sign Al Montoya in the off season or see how cheap Cam Ward could be.  Then go after Luke Schenn and/or Alex Goligoski or Keith Yandle.

#2662848 Fixing this mess....

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 29 March 2016 - 12:20 PM

I am saying that right now today we are better at keeping the pucks out of our goal 18th in the NHL than we are at putting pucks in the other teams goal 22nd. Those are the numbers. 22nd in goals scored is not above average in any way shape or form. Both stats suck BTW and I am not saying that we don't need to improve both units because we do.


When we started winning cups we won because we didn't give up many goals. Most our our D were good solid stay at home types. Some also helped in the O zone. fetisov was not a high end offensive Dman, nor was Rouse, Ramsey, ward, Pushor, Vladdy, etc... Yes we had Nicky, then later added Murphy and Chelios. But we won because the D was great. Nor some of that was the Left Wing Lock, some was the F's coming back, but most of it was the solid D played by the blueline corp.


The numbers are correct, but I don't think that you're understanding why the numbers are the way they are.  If the forwards were focused more on scoring goals, rather than bailing out our defense, we would be scoring more goals.  If the defense was holding the blue line and making things happen offensively, even if that something is keeping the puck in the zone, our offensive (and defensive) numbers would be better.  I think you're underestimating the importance of having good defensemen and how they can impact a hockey team.  


Most of the Wings defensemen in the 90's were really good offensively and average-above average defensively.  We had some stay at home d-men, but they were not the reason for our success.  You mention Lidstrom, Murphy and Chelios like they were add ons to an already great defense.  They were the great defense.  Rouse, Ramsey, Pushor, Bergevin were add ons.  All the guys I mentioned in my other post, could skate with the puck, pass really well, keep the puck in the offensive zone, shoot accurately and make smart plays.  Very few of our current defensemen possess those qualities, none of them possess all of those qualities.  


Bottom line is if we improve our defense, take some of the defensive pressure off our forwards, we'll start scoring more goals.  We have a lot of good young forwards that can replace Datsyuk and Zetterberg once they retire.  I feel better about this young group of forwards taking over from D and Z than I did about D and Z taking over Yzerman, Fedorov and Shanahan's spots.  On defense though, aside from DK, I don't see anyone that's really going to step up and be what we need on the back end.  This needs to be addressed or, like I said earlier, it won't matter who is in our group of forwards because they'll need to help on defense.

#2662818 Fixing this mess....

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 29 March 2016 - 09:23 AM

ATM our D is still ranked better than our O is. One can also make the arguement that if the F's keep the puck in the O zone longer and score more that helps the D. Fact is this team needs a talent injection everywhere. No one player is going to turn that around. Not sure if 2 can do it. it is more like a 4-5 players needed thing.


I assume when you say ranked better, you're talking Goals Against vs Goals For.  You could say that the forwards keeping the puck in the offensive zone would help the D, however, when the Wings were in their glory years, we had a strong defense that could keep the puck in the offensive zone and make good passes to get it out of our own end.  Lidstrom, Rafalski, Schneider, Chelios, Fetisov, Konstantinov, Duchesne, Murphy, Coffey, etc.  Our forwards never hesitated to pass the puck back to the blueline and have one of those d-men blast it back in.  Our forwards never had to worry about whether those guys would get the puck out of their own end either.  My point being, I think, our Goals Against is ranked higher than our Goals For because of the forwards coming back to help and it's negatively affecting our scoring numbers.  It's difficult to generate offense in the other team's zone, when you can't trust your d-men to hold the blue line and you have to be back checking hard because you if you don't it could end up in your net.