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In Topic: Petr Mrazek is the #1

26 March 2015 - 10:05 PM

Who gives a sh*t who's in net. One of the worst and sorriest defenses in the league. This is more than just a slump. This team WAY overachieved and they're now back down to earth. But it is what it is. Going to have to start a complete rebuild soon. Wings need like 4-5 years of missing the playoffs.


But then hockey will be SUPER boring to watch. Maybe we'll have to find a way to enjoy it like the Sabres have this year. 

In Topic: Losing Streak affecting Babcock's Decision?

24 March 2015 - 10:01 AM


I'd like to see Blashill behind the bench.  Or Dave Tippett, if Phoenix goes in a different direction.  I like Blashill because he's already familiar with the talent, they've bought into his scheme, he's got report with the guys, and he's won with them.  I like Tippett because he's got about 20 fewer career wins than Babs, with about one twentieth the amount of talent.  Tippett gets more out of less than anyone in the league and I"d love to see what he could do with a payroll, some stability, and some quality hockey players. 


When it comes to who is better, the results speak for themselves.  Quenneville, Hitch, and Sutter have credentials that surpass Babs.  Laviollete and Julien are in the same ballpark.  Vignault, Trotz, Tippet, and Mclellan are nipping at his heals. 


Edit:  I would add that this is a rough ranking of guys based on a few variables (Cups, finals appearances, career wins).  Ideally you'd rank these guys on a few other factors as well.  Notably, long playoff runs, President's trophy wins, division wins, injuries, quality of team, etc.  As all make a major difference in either A) determining who is best, or B) identifying legit reasons why they've struggled.  I just don't have the time to do it though, and I suspect you'd probably end up with the same guys (in a slightly different order) anyway.   


While I agree that Hitchcock, Quenneville and Sutter are high level coaches, I don't think Babcock can be likened to Laviolette and Julien. Babcock has a better win% that the big three and 3 cup final appearances with it. Babs is also the fastest coach since bowman to reach 500 regular season wins as well so there's that too. Also, since I chose to look up the stats, Babs regular season win% is way higher than the big 3, so what exactly makes those 3 signifcantly better? 

In Topic: 3/22 GDT : Blues 1 at Red Wings 2 (OT)

22 March 2015 - 02:46 PM

I guess it all depends on how you see it then, lol.


I watched the recap again, and I saw the same thing that I saw before.  His stick breaks in two, and he immediately slides his hand down to hold the two pieces together so he can tap the puck in.


Only Abby truly knows though...  :)


2 things to note about the winner: 


1- NHL probably has it in their mind the goal is unreviewable (whereas I think all goals should be) 

2- The only point where I see the stick clearly broken is after he makes contact with Allen's pads, at that point the stick is awkwardly bent (thus broken imo) neither the refs, nor abby would have the reaction time to identify that as a broken stick before the puck went in. I think it would be unfair to call it back. 


2 things about the officials 

1 - The linesmen were absolutely brutal! 

2 - the amount of interference let go by both sides was VERY interesting. It wasn't subtle at all. 

In Topic: Hook, Hold, Interference, etc.

17 March 2015 - 03:37 PM

If there's one thing I ask of the referees, it's consistency. The problem is, they can't call everything. It's not just cause "they're human," it's more because there are just so many calls that could be made, and they can't let the games go on for 4-5 hours. The best I think they can do is to make sure the scoring chances or other big plays don't get stopped because of obstruction type penalties. Let the rest happen. 

In Topic: 3/14 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Flyers 7

14 March 2015 - 06:35 PM


Howard had a .809 save% today. That's a problem when it's your starting goaltender.


Howard was not in top form today, but only one of those 7 goals could he have possibly stopped. Our Defence was the problem today and has been for several months now. If our defensive game doesn't get it together we will not be going anywhere in the playoffs. Howard is not THE problem. 19 players hit the ice today, all 19 were not good enough to win in this league.