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#2592147 Buffalo clinches last spot

Posted by Buppy on 10 April 2015 - 09:17 PM

They're put up a good fight against the jackets but lost 2:4 Even if they win tomorrow and Arizona loses Buffalo has less rows so congratulations you are getting one of the 2 phenoms. With that pick plus the deep pockets of Pegula this is going to be a very scary team soon and their fans deserve it. Enjoy McEichel

Now that they have nothing to not play for, let's hope they come out to play tomorrow and beat the Pens. Though Boston will probably lose anyway...

#2592092 Red Wings clinch 24th consecutive Playoff appearance

Posted by Buppy on 10 April 2015 - 03:36 PM

Even nicer since the second longest streak just came to an end at 10 years.

Not only that, but now Pittsburgh is 2nd at 8 years and Boston 3rd at 7. One of them practically certain to end. Our streak is longer than the next 3 (almost 4) combined.

#2590813 % chance of making the playoffs

Posted by Buppy on 08 April 2015 - 09:04 PM



Edit : Small mistake on my side. Like us Pens only need to win one game in regulation, because of their then better ROW. But if the Pens win only in SO, we'd have the tiebreaker because the season series is 2:1 for Detroit.

Actually, since they played an odd number of games, the first home game for whichever team played 2 @ home is thrown out. So whatever that leaves. I'm too lazy to look at the schedule.

#2587092 Losing Streak affecting Babcock's Decision?

Posted by Buppy on 31 March 2015 - 04:21 PM


A poll in which he was rated as the #1 rated coach players don't want to play for... 


So i guess not a quote but still


And yes, Commodore too lol

Have a link for that?


Most recent player poll I know of is from 2012. At that time, Babs was 3rd in "coach you would most like to play for". 


#2586969 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by Buppy on 30 March 2015 - 11:38 AM

See if Mantha turns things around after next season with Grand Rapids.

Odd how it seems late picks in draft work out for us and the the first rounders it can be hit and miss; no rhyme or reason to anything really

Seems odd, but really it's not.


I forget the stats now, but the drop-off after the top handful of picks is fairly dramatic. Even mid-1st rounders are far from a sure thing. We haven't had a ton of 1sts, but I'm pretty sure we're a bit better than average for the range we pick. We're just a lot better than most when it comes to the 2nd and 3rd rounds.

#2586964 Opinion: Petr Mrazek should be starting Game 1

Posted by Buppy on 30 March 2015 - 11:18 AM

I agree that our goalies haven't been good, I think I even said it. I just think on top of bad goaltending were hanging them out to dry as well. When you compile everything that's just a recipe for disaster (which is what has happened).

There have been a lot of bad goals over this stretch but I think it's getting to the point that every goa scored against us now is a soft goal. Example I've seen Howard getting a lot of slack for last night for not coming up with the big save. To hang out a goalie, and have one of his first shots come as a Shorthanded breakaway is not helping out our goalie.

Aside from some noted Howard bashers, who would bash him regardless, no one was saying anything about Howard. 


What I'm saying is scoring chances are going to happen. Giving up a breakaway or a 2 on 1 doesn't mean the defense sucked. The Islanders did not have many really good scoring chances yesterday. Nor did SJ or Phoenix. Some, but not any ridiculous amount. If the only goals we'd allowed in those games were on those chances, we probably win those games and no one would be talking about poor goaltending or poor defense. If we're up 3-0 and Howie lets one in on a breakaway, no one would be complaining about not getting the big save.


Unlike scoring chances, bad goals are not something that happen every game around the league. Seeing 6-7 of them in 3 of our last 4 games is worth talking about. 

#2586940 Opinion: Petr Mrazek should be starting Game 1

Posted by Buppy on 29 March 2015 - 11:56 PM

I love the tangents LGW goes on sometimes. I feel like I'm one of the few that realize both goalies are not playing up to snuff but I think it has more to do with being hung out to try and blowing their confidence.

I honestly thing our goaltending problems come down to a much bigger problem of just buckling down and playing a good team game. An easy example was the 4-0 Tampa game. Detroit buckled down and didn't give them any grade a chances. Against the Isles tonight we gave up way to many good chances and a terrible PK. Yes not every goal was unstoppable but the team in front of him sure didn't help them out.

Overall this isn't a 1 man problem, it's a team problem. If we lock it down and actually help our goalies out which our team has not been doing, they can start gaining their confidence back and start making the big saves when we need them.

The last three losses have all had multiple soft goals. You can't lock down every game. There's going to be mistakes, breakdowns, bad bounces...teams are going to get chances. Goalies have to make some tough saves, and they most definitely should be making the easy ones.


Arizona hardly had any more chances than TB, but nothing seemed to hit Jimmy that night; maybe his positioning was off; then he gave up a buttery soft OT goal. Half the goals in SJ were weak. 2 of Mrazek's today were, and a 3rd was a little iffy. Neither the Sharks nor Islanders had an unusually high number of good chances. Not all the goals were bad and we wouldn't have had shutouts, but you don't need a shutout to win. With as much luck as we've had with our own scoring lately, we should have gotten more than 3 points out of the last 4 games. And we most likely would have if we had gotten decent goaltending.


I agree the tangents can get ridiculous at times, and goaltending is not the only problem with the team. But this last week it has been by far the biggest, and all the ranting is about as justified as it'll ever be.

#2584222 The Futures of Tatar & Nyquist

Posted by Buppy on 23 March 2015 - 03:43 PM

congrats on being the only one to actually answer the question.

Hey, I answered it too, and much more succinctly. :)

#2584195 Lines Thread

Posted by Buppy on 23 March 2015 - 11:06 AM

If anything we should be looking to package a couple forwards for a defenseman, not a defenseman for a forward (especially one that will be 36 going into next season). Our forward depth is unbelievable, and our defensive depth is lacking.

Our defensive depth is great. The quality at the top is what's lacking. That'll be a problem at forward soon enough as well. We should be looking at trading quantity for quality in both areas, though that is far easier said than done. 

#2583335 Connor McDavid

Posted by Buppy on 20 March 2015 - 06:43 PM



Serious question. Think this guy will ever see a Wings uniform? 

He might be qualified to get a job at Hockeytown Authentics someday. As close as he'll ever get.

#2582805 Statistical view of 3 on 3 OT

Posted by Buppy on 18 March 2015 - 07:35 PM

The home team should get to pick the skill competition they want: Shootout, Fastest skater, Puck handling, Hardest shot, or Shot accuracy. If tied after 3 rounds, game decided by sudden-death fight. :)

#2582790 Lines Thread

Posted by Buppy on 18 March 2015 - 04:26 PM

Pulkkinen is out of waiver exemptions after this year, so the chances of him starting in GR is whatever the chance is of all 30 NHL GMs going insane by next October. :)

#2582699 Lines Thread

Posted by Buppy on 18 March 2015 - 11:30 AM

I think Jurco fits just fine on the 4th line. He's faster and more physical than Andersson, and I don't think the drop-off defensively is that drastic. With Helm in the lineup, we don't need Andy to kill penalties. 






#2580720 Pulkkinen sent back to GR

Posted by Buppy on 11 March 2015 - 11:39 PM

What's your point? We both agree he shouldn't be put with datsyuk. Which was what we were discussing.

Exactly. Would be unfair to the rest of the league. Probably lead to a worldwide shortage of goal netting, he'd wear them out so fast. Then you'd have spoiled Canadian kids stealing mosquito nets from Unicef, and frankly those kids in the Congo have enough problems. #thinkofthechildren

#2580701 Pulkkinen sent back to GR

Posted by Buppy on 11 March 2015 - 06:40 PM



  Babs gave him several games with Zetterberg and he didn't produce jack squat.  The answer to all our offensively under performance issues can't be "put him with Datsyuk".  He's played with good players and hasn't produced that well.  That's not a good reason to give him more ice time with better players.  And that's not a  good strategy to begin with.  This is the part of the season when we're trying to win games and establish home ice for the playoffs, not worry about the development of rookies. 


Edit:  Oh yeah, that blog was especially retarded because it implicitly compared Pulkkinen to Brett Hull (again).  A comparison that is made all too often, and only sounds dumber the more it's repeated. 

Game and a half before Hank got hurt. And he had 6 shots.


His gpg is the same as Helm and Franzen, not too far under Zetterberg, better than Weiss, Sheahan, or Glendening. G/60 better than Abdelkader. His fancy stats (however little they may be worth) are among the best in the league. His 82 game pace is 17-18g right now. Tatar had 4g in his first 14 games this year. 2g in his first 14 last year. Nyquist had 4g in his first 14 last year. Helm had 0g his first 14. Abby had 5g. Glendening had 1g. Zetterberg had 4. Cole had 4.


He's probably not ready to handle top 6 competition (especially on the defense side), but he is not underperforming.