Happy birthday and awesome gdt! Go Wings! Please play hard and try to keep the shots on whomever our goalie is to as minimal as possible. Oh and once Andersson wins the faceoff keep the puck away from him...2 points please, guys.
Edit: Does anyone happen to remember when Bob Errey scored a goal with his ass for us in the 95 Playoffs?
I'm completely perplexed by all of this right now. Sure our goalie isn't playing great. Sure our defense isn't spectacular. I completely get that. But is our defense any worse than Pittsburgh, or Ottawa, or Vancouver, or Minnesota? Is our goalie worse than Winnipeg or Calgary? I mean, what confuses me is why we're falling off a cliff right now. If we were just a mediocre team, I'd get it. But mediocre teams are playing more consistently than we are. We've got the same weaknesses as every other mediocre team, but they're staying the same or trending up, and we are in a tailspin at a time in the season when you want to be heating up. We added a 20 goal scorer, a 30+ point defenseman, and they're both playing great...yet somehow we're worse off for it. How does that happen?
It's a young team, who were comfortably in a playoff spot. They took the foot off of the gas during a time when other teams battling for the playoffs/playoff positioning are stepping up their game for the home stretch of the season. That combined with a few key injuries has led to an absolutely slump.
I'm confident they'll get things going good again some playoff time (hopefully before the season ends). Last year they s*** the bed and had nothing left when the playoffs started. Hopefully this slump just means they are getting it out of the way. My only concern is how inconsistent Howard has been. He doesn't have much time to get back into form. Will be very bad if he can't find it all while Mrazek is sitting on the bench every game.
Other than if the Griffins go further in the playoffs, there is NO reason that Pulkkinen should EVER see Grand Rapids again! He IS going to be a Calder candidate next season, as long as the new coach utilizes with the correct line mates all the time!
Same goes with Mraz. Othe than playoffs, there is no way he should ever go back down to GR. Jimmy better have eyes in the back of his head, because Mraz is here! If Jimmy isn't traded in the off season, he will ose his job eventually to Petr next season.
I know it's only been a few games, but I think Zitz should get a serious look at a contract re-sign come July.
@Other fellow New Jersey dweller: That is some butthurt forum over there. They still got a point and are really playing well. That's hockey. If they would've won they definitely would've deserved it. How many shootouts have we lost after thoroughly outplaying our opponent? We did play a good 3rd period though. Give some credit. Geez.