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#2657775 3/6 GDT : Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks, 5:00PM EST

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 06 March 2016 - 07:38 PM

Lots of hate for our team right now.  Let me remind you, we're playing a great team that's won 3 of the last 6 Cups, loaded with talent that's currently in their prime and we're in the process of rebuilding after winning 4 Cups in 11 years.  We're not bad, THEY are good. We have a lot of young talent, they have talent and experience.  I hate to say it as much as you hate to read it, but they should be beating us right now considering current state of each franchise.  It won't stay like that though.  We'll get better and better each year as our prospects develop.  Holland didn't make a deal because making a trade wouldn't change the outcome of this game, but it could negatively impact our team in the future.  Rebuilding takes a lot of time, we can't flip out and want to make a bunch of changes because we're losing to a team we hate.  We'll turn this around and in a few years, their superstars will have lost a step and our young stars will be entering their prime and the tables will be turned.  Remember games like these, it'll make beating them sweeter in a few years.

#2656815 2/29 GDT : Detroit Red Wings at Dallas Stars, 8:30PM EST

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 01 March 2016 - 08:55 AM

Great all around game.  I was hoping winning the outdoor game would give them a boost and it appears to have done that.  Its great to see Jimmy Howard get back into form and not only get the win, but play really well, in that win.  Sometimes all it takes a good win and performance like that to get back on track.  Don't get me wrong, he's a long way from unseating Mrazek, but Mraz can't play all the games and games he's not in, can't be automatic losses like they've been the past couple months.  Andreas Athanasiou.  This guy's speed is ridiculous.  I feel like every game now he's making a fantastic play and scores or nearly scores a goal.  Reminds me of Fedorov when he first came to the NHL.  First, Larkin, now Double A.  How many more hidden gems do we have lurking around in our system?  


Also I don't do this much but I had to see what Stars fans were saying about the game tonight. Lot of bitching about the officiating and the fans tonight. I see they didn't like all the red there.


Don't even get me started about the refs.  I remember a game against Dallas (ironically enough) where Brad May scored and the refs called it no goal because they meant to blow the whistle before he shot it in even though the whistle came WELL after the puck was shot in. https://www.youtube....h?v=_v0HSV6yIYQ  The refs are a part of the game and they usually are terrible.  Officiating didn't cost them the game, they're inability to stop Double A did.  


Once again, this western road game sounded like another home game.  Geez, I kind of wish the Wings still played in the West now.  SJ, Anaheim, Glendale and now Dallas, all very loud buildings in favor of the Wings.  I noticed there was a lot of red in the stands in the game in Pittsburgh too.  More than I'm used to seeing.  Our fan base is apparently growing even without winning a Stanley Cup.

#2653825 2/18 GDT : Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:00 EST

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 18 February 2016 - 11:06 PM

So I just got back from the game.  I was "lucky" enough to witness yet another disaster.  Third game in a row that I've been to that the Wings have given up 5+ goals.  Blah.  I didn't get many pics of Wings players.  I got these tickets as a birthday present for my Mom, who hasn't been to a hockey game since 93 and is a huge Pens fan.  So I mostly got pics of her salivating over Letang.  :rolleyes:


Pros: I thought we controlled most of the play in the first until that garbage bounced off Helm and into the net. Then it went downhill.  Guys never gave up, Z scored a nice goal near the end.  I don't know if you could tell on TV, but there was a lot of red in the crowd.  More than I'm used to seeing at a Pens game.  Even my Mom was like "Are we in Detroit or something?"  That was nice to see.  My Mom, of course, enjoyed her present and all 6 goals.  XO looked decent and the Nyquist line looked good.


Cons: Mrazek got lit up again.  Seems like we're in another slump.  Hopefully break out soon.  If I never hear that effin goal horn again, it won't be soon enough.  Some idiot tried to start something with me in the first period, yelling "Hey!  ***hole!  ***hole in the Zetterberg jersey!  Your Wings f***ing suck!  Hey, I'm talkin to you, ***hole!"  So classy.  I didn't even acknowledge his existence.  It was just annoying to hear him talk crap after every goal and boo obnoxiously loud after each Wings goal.  I wanted to respond, but yeah, sitting next to my Mom, probably not the best time to get into that kind of thing.  Plus, the Wings weren't exactly giving me anything to shove back in his face.


Overall, probably not the best hockey experience of my life, but my Mom was thrilled with her present and anytime I get to see the Wings in person is a good thing.

#2653513 2/18 GDT : Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:00 EST

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 18 February 2016 - 09:51 AM

Malkin is expected to miss tonight's game.



#2653499 2/18 GDT : Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:00 EST

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 18 February 2016 - 07:32 AM

I'll be there!  Hopefully, to see them win.  The last two Wings games I went to they gave up 5 goals (5-1 last year at Consol, 5-2 at the Joe this year).  It'd be nice if they could NOT give up 5 goals. lol  Mrazek needs to be a wall tonight.  Let's go Wings!

#2648969 What is everyones second favorite team?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 19 January 2016 - 02:30 PM

Its funny, I used to have several other favorites, but as soon as I watch them in a game against the Wings, I don't like them anymore.  Honestly, I don't even feel good about even wearing another team's jersey because someday that team could screw over the Wings.

#2647313 Going to the Joe. Best place to sit at the Joe?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 11 January 2016 - 09:09 AM

When going to the joe, the best place to sit in the joe, is literally everywhere in the joe.


I agree there's no bad seat in the house. Yes, you can go down to the lower bowl for warm ups. I've told this story before, my friend and I one time had seats 2 rows in front of the owners box. We got there early, found or seats, and decided to go down for warm ups. While heading down the stairs, the usher in our section asked us if we were going down for warm ups. We said "yes" and she pointed and told us, "Go that way, it's faster" :)


I agree, the Joe get's really loud, and people there have a great time. You can even feel the atmosphere when watching on TV.


I know we need a new arena, but I'll miss the place when we move into the new place.


I've only been to the Joe twice in my life, had seats in the upper bowl both times and loved it.  There really isn't a bad seat in that arena and the atmosphere is electric.  The fans are really into it.  


As someone who went from watching games at the Civic Arena to Consol Energy Center, I can tell you that while the new arena is all new, clean and modern it can't hold a candle to the old barn.  History, tradition and experience can't be replaced.  I will seriously shed a tear when they tear it down, so enjoy it while you can.

#2645455 12/31 NYE GDT : Pittsburgh Penguins at Red Wings, 6:00 EST

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 01 January 2016 - 07:39 PM

So after driving 4.5 hours to get to Detroit and see my Wings play, ironically enough, my hometown team, I get to see them play well for about 20 minutes before crapping the bed.  Is there a reason we're paying Mike Green $6 mil to play on the second PP unit?  Z looks a little slow out there.  Neither goalie apparently wants to be the starter.  Did Brad Richards forget how to pass softly?  Its like he's trying to break his teammates sticks with his passing.  Thank God Larkin made the team.  


However, problems with the Wings play aside, I had the most AMAZING night ever at the Joe!  Anyone that was at the game last night, got to see a good portion of my family.  First, the dance off between the brother and sister during the 2nd period were MY KIDS!




And then second, the woman on the zamboni during the second intermission, the "First Lady of Hockeytown", was my wife, Maria.  Thus, the reason why they played "Maria" from the West Side Story.  10 years ago we were at the Joe for the New Years Eve Wings game and I asked her to marry me.




Both were kind of spur of the moment things that just sort of happened.  My kids were randomly selected for the dance off and then whomever was supposed to go on the second zamboni with the guy dressed as Abe Lincoln didn't show, so my wife, who was already down there with the kids was like, "I'll do it!!"  I was absolutely floored!  We won 3 practice pucks, 4 gift cards for Massage Green Spa and a $25 merchandise gift certificate.  




Since we don't live in Detroit and don't have a Massage Green Spa near us, my wife was just going around Detroit last night and today just handing them out to people. lol  She felt bad that I didn't get the ride on the zamboni (I totally didn't care, I loved seeing her out there, plus NOW she's a big Wings fan) and gave me the certificate, so I got a sweet Stadium Series Abdelkader t-shirt.  So despite the unfortunate play of our guys, it was a pretty unforgettable night for our family.




#2645226 12/31 NYE GDT : Pittsburgh Penguins at Red Wings, 6:00 EST

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 31 December 2015 - 12:00 PM

I'll be at this one, anyone else? 

I'll be there with the family. We drove 4.5 hours yesterday from Pittsburgh. It'll be just my second (and probably last game) at the Joe. My kids are beyond excited for the game. We got pics in front of the Joe yesterday. Here's hoping this is a blowout win for the Wings and not another "blow the lead, go to OT and lose" kind of game. My brother is a hardcore Pens fan and he doesn't think the Pens have chance tonight. So here's hoping he's right lol

#2643801 Heading to Hockeytown

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 21 December 2015 - 10:30 AM

So 10 years ago on New Years Eve, my girlfriend bought me tickets to go see the Wings at the Joe Louis Arena for the first time in my life (we live in Pittsburgh).  Later that night, I asked her to marry me and we got engaged.  So to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of our engagement, my now wife bought me tickets to see the Wings at the Joe again on New Years Eve this year and of course, ironically enough, they're playing the Pens.  I feel like that was a sign I'm supposed to go.  


Anyways, we have two kids now and they're going with us and I've only been to Detroit once, so I was hoping you guys could help out.  Obviously, we're doing Hockeytown Cafe.  We'll probably check out the Spirit of Detroit statue too.  What other fun things are their to do in downtown Detroit that would be kid appropriate?  We're staying in a hotel that's 0.3 miles from the Joe.  


Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

#2639050 2016 NHL Outdoor Games Jerseys.

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 23 November 2015 - 05:13 PM

Its not a bad looking jersey.  Its different, "modern" and a nice look for one game.  The originals and the Winter Classic jerseys are still way better.

#2636619 Abby Signs 7-year, 29.75 mil Extension

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 12 November 2015 - 01:33 PM

If we didn't lock him up, somebody out there would have paid more (probably around $4.5-5 mil) and we lose him.  If we lose Abby, who creates havoc in front of the net?  Who is a physical presence on our team?  When D, Z and Kronner retire, who is looked to for veteran leadership?  You may not agree with the length or the amount, but truth is we NEED him.  When he got off to that fast start last month, he showed how much of a positive impact he can provide for our team.  Because he's a physical player, I'm a little unsure about the 7 years, but considering all the good things he does for our team, $4.25 mil per year is a GOOD deal.   You also have to take into account that $4.25 mil won't be the same 7 years from now.  The cap will continue to rise and that hit won't be as impactful.  

#2618295 Wings sign Brad Richards 1 yr, $3 million

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 01 July 2015 - 03:50 PM

Richards wasn't very good last year and he was on a great team.  I'm not against signing him, but I'm interested in how much and how that cost would compare to Martin St Louis's price.

#2615242 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 19 June 2015 - 09:21 AM


We haven't drafted a Datsyuk or Zetterberg type player in 15 years.  Those were diamonds in the rough but that was a while back.  And please don't compare Nyquist or Tatar to them until they become elite, top 10 caliber players.


I'm curious who the "bunch of Zetterberg and Datsyuk type players" you refer to are.   


I'm not going to compare Nyquist and Tatar to elite players when they were in their prime, but I am going to compare them to when they first got into the league.  Nyquist and Tatar are showing a ton of promise just like Datsyuk and Zetterberg did back in 02, 03 and 04.  I feel like Nyquist is every bit as good as Zetterberg was in his first couple years.  Their numbers are actually pretty similar too.  As for Tatar, he scored more goals in his second full NHL season than he ever has in his career with 29.  The guy is only 24 years old.  He also put up more points than Datsyuk after his first two NHL seasons. I'll be really interested to see what the 23 year old Pulkkinen can do with a full season in the NHL after putting up 34 goals in 46 games in the AHL.  Not to mention we still technically don't know what we have in Mantha yet and Dylan Larkin has been showing tons of promise.  We also just signed Axel Holmstrom, who was Sweden’s junior hockey player of the year.  Maybe none of them will pan out or maybe all of them will, who knows?  But saying we haven't been drafting well over the past 15 seasons isn't true.  If you want to be pessimistic, that's up to you, but there's a ton to be excited about.  We're not going away anytime soon.  :)

#2615065 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 18 June 2015 - 10:13 AM

Jonathan Toews > > > Henrik Zetterberg AND Pavel Datsyuk


Toewser has it all!!!


Member of the Triple Gold Club - World Championship Gold Medal, Olympic Gold Medal, Stanley Cup (youngest ever)

2 time Olympic Gold Medalist

Named Captain of the Chicago Blackhawks after just 64 NHL Games (4th youngest ever)

4 time NHL All-Star

3 time Stanley Cup Winner

Conn Smythe Trophy Winner (2nd youngest ever)

Frank J. Selke Trophy Winner


Oh yeah and hes just 27 years old......................

and has the hottest WAG EVER!!! Lindsey Vecchione. :wub:

I bet he has a huge **** too LOL. :lol:


This post might work better on a Pens board seeing as how they passed on Toews and have a first round pick superstar that is also 27 and is supposed to be doing all this.  There's no denying the Hawks success or Toews who is clearly the most successful among Crosby, Ovechkin, Malkin, Stamkos, etc.  But Wings fans don't care.    As far as we're concerned, once we're finished rebuilding your dynasty will be over.