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#2133057 3/21 GDT: Penguins 5 at Red Wings 4 (SO)

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 21 March 2011 - 09:16 AM

This is almost like a playoff game for me. I'll have that same kind of intensity while watching it. If the Pens beat the Wings in Detroit without Crosby and Malkin, I'll never hear the friggin end of it. It'll be my birthday in a couple weeks (I know, lots of birthdays around now for LGWers), sure wouldn't mind a Wings blowing out the Pens-butt kicking as an early present ;)

#2128435 Is this the end?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 10 March 2011 - 12:54 PM

I'm not saying put a fork in them, we will make it into the playoffs. All I'm saying is that I no longer have confidence that we will win every night we are on the ice.

I have always firmly believed that the Wings will be competitive and most likely win every game. I know that is foolish, but they have always played at such a high level that it isn't so far-fetched to believe that. But now whenever I watch a game, I don't know what to expect.


I wonder what you were thinking a few years ago (2008) when they lost 10 out of 11 games. I bet the sky was falling then too. I seem to recall that losing streak in February not mattering when Nick was hoisting the Cup in June.

#2126725 Wings Playoff/Cup chances?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 06 March 2011 - 08:55 AM

I knew after this game against Phoenix that this post would explode with pessimism. First off, this game has nothing to do with the playoffs. When Game 1 of the first round starts, blowing a 4-1 lead to the Coyotes won't matter. Second, pointing at this saying this is why they won't win the Stanley Cup is ridiculous. The Wings do this all the freaking time. If they have a 3-1 lead, they keep putting the pressure on and try to get another goal. As soon as they go up 4-1, they quit playing and sit back on defense. The strength of this team's defense isn't sitting back, breaking up passes, blocking shots, etc. Its puck possession and keeping the puck down at the other end.

I remember them blowing a game like this in 2003 against Vancouver with Cujo. 3-0 lead, quit playing and Van came back and won. It happened in the 2008 playoffs against Colorado. Wings are up 4-1 and it comes down to Osgood making a huge save on the doorstep in the final seconds to secure the win. It unfortunately happens, but that doesn't make them less likely to win the Cup. They don't need to play their best hockey till April-May-June. They were red hot last March and got knocked out in the 2nd round. How well they're playing now is irrelevant.

#2125879 Wings Playoff/Cup chances?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 04 March 2011 - 07:52 AM

The playoffs are a completely different game. Nothing we've seen this season can give us an idea of how good or bad somebody will be in the playoffs. Everyone plays better defensively, Howard is very capable of just getting on a hot streak like he did last year and dominating. Philly is really good and most likely going to take the East, but Boucher and Bobrovosky have little to no playoff experience. I wouldn't be surprised to see them get bounced. Vancouver hasn't shown anything in the playoffs yet. I'll worry about them more when they get past the 2nd round.

I like the Wings chances this year to win it all. Nobody has more depth or experience. We have the best coach and the better players. Instead of focusing on what we don't have, focus on what we DO have.

#2124117 Kings GM complaining about calls

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 01 March 2011 - 09:32 AM

This is the same guy that gave up a ton to get Dustin Penner. He's just pissed because he thought he built the Kings to contend for the Cup this year and that were getting killed by one of the best teams in the West and it showed just how far the Kings still have to go before being a serious contender. "Its Detroit". Whatever. How about, "why are the Kings losing?" "Well it's the Kings".

#2120146 2011 NHL Trade Deadline Thread - February 28th, 3:00 PM ET

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 22 February 2011 - 08:07 AM

Goligoski has the potential to be the next Lidstrom. You heard it here first.


I needed a good laugh. Thanks!

#2117188 Was '97 or '02 team better?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 16 February 2011 - 07:56 AM

The 2002 team was as close to invincible as their will ever be.

#2111417 And he does it again!

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 06 February 2011 - 03:23 PM

Should result in a suspension. Cooke led with his knee the whole way.

Cooke won't get anything, he's a Penguin.

#2110584 Mallkin out with torn ACL/MCL

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 05 February 2011 - 04:58 PM

ouch. rough time for the pitt fans.

Half the Pens fan base won't even know he's gone till next week with the Steelers in the Super Bowl.

#2100500 Wings Negotiating w/ Nabokov

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 20 January 2011 - 01:49 PM

The Wings NEED another goalie. Osgood has been living on IR for the last two years and Howie can't/shouldn't play every night. If Howie gets injured in the playoffs, you can't turn to a guy that's keeps getting injured and would you really want the season hanging on Joey MacDonald? Nabby and Howie would be a great tandem and it would keep them fresh into the playoffs.

#2096984 Mike Milbury is at it again

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 14 January 2011 - 12:00 PM

Mike Milbury disagreeing with the suspension means that it was 100% the right move.

#2066919 Flames Fans Blame Refs

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 22 November 2010 - 08:09 AM

People absolutely refuse to believe that the Red Wings are as good as they are. They will point out every excuse in the book, leaning hard on the officiating being in the Wings' back pocket, instead of giving the team credit. If I wasn't a Wings fan I would hate them too because they make every other team in the league look silly but I wouldn't be an ignorant fool as to why they are so dominant. Jealousy breeds contempt.

This is exactly what I was thinking. Non-Wings fans have been waiting for this franchise to have a down time for like 10 years now and they're pissed that it hasn't happened yet. I mean, look at all the other franchises in the NHL. How many times have they been good, then lousy and then good again, but throughout that entire span, the Wings have been great? They can't understand why can't their franchise do the same thing. The Flames were so bad for years, then they got Kipper and were good for a few years and now they're sinking down again and Calgary fans aren't ready for that.

As for the complaining about the calls at the Joe, you can thank Teemu Selanne for that. It just takes one whiner and then they all jump on. I didn't see the game, but I saw the highlights and those seem like pretty straight forward calls to me. You can't jump on a guy's back and take him down. That's just dumb. The Flames are undisciplined, unmotivated, and have terrible coaching. Its not like the Flames are this great team and they got robbed by the refs. They're 14th in the West. Flames fans should be focusing more on why they're team sucks, not why they think they got robbed by the refs

The guy Flames fans should be blaming for their woes is their terrible GM.

No kidding. Olli Jokinen again? Really?

#2061249 All-Star Game format change being considered

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 11 November 2010 - 07:48 AM

What will the jerseys look like when there are no west vs east thingy?

One jersey will have a big Ovechkin face and the other will have a Crosby face. :hehe:

#2050684 The Third Line

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 22 October 2010 - 11:10 AM

Let's remember its still October guys. Lots of time to make corrections. Those corrections do not include trading Hudler or moving Modano to the 4th line. Mo still has his speed and a cannon shot. Hudler hasn't been in the NHL for a couple years. Cleary hasn't been great either, but he always gets off to slow starts. Way too early to talk about breaking up the third line.

I want Cleary to play with Hank and Pavel, but I don't think putting Holmstrom with Modano and Hudler is going to benefit that third line at all unfortunately.

Most likely not, but I do like the idea of putting someone else with Z and D. I saw Helm play a couple shifts with them and looked good. I'd be really interested to see what that top line looks like without Homer.

#2035867 "Major" NHL announcement today

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 23 September 2010 - 11:43 AM

they are gonna ban the blackhawks piece of s*** "Dut da da Dut da da Dut da da da da da da Dut" stupidf****** goal song.

That is the most annoying song ever. I remember the first time I heard it and thought "Wow! That's a dumb song", then the Hawks scored again and I'm like "Seriously?? After every goal?" If I was a Hawks fan, I'd have to watch every home game with the sound off.