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Aznknight

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In Topic: ECQF - Series A - Bruins versus Red Wings

Yesterday, 12:17 AM

If Datsyuk plays like Datsyuk and the supporting cast sticks to the plan and Jimmy stands on his head then the wings will stand a chance. If even one of those variables is not met then the wings lose plain and simple. Sweep or 7, it don't matter.

In Topic: Nyquist since Datsyuk's Return & Unnatural NHL Development

10 April 2014 - 01:29 PM

Gus suddenly not scoring after his scorching hot streak looks bad on paper, but is actually a great thing. The Wings have always played a team first system. Bowman implemented this in the 90's and we haven't looked back. Remember the grind line? They scored TIMELY goals not hattricks. This is why when you track other players' who have been traded away by the wings they only go one of two ways; the players either become the team's best player or are never heard from again. When they become that very rare occurrence of being productive and flying under the radar, Holland trades for them back.

Going back to Gus' situation, he's a goal scorer/game changer but he's in a team/defense first mentality. When Dats returned, he and his linemates were given a different role. Their line was to cycle the puck and push through the defense so Dats and his line could score. Yes Gus should be on that line to score. However, the post season is upon them and they need to start playing as a unit on a system designed to win 2-1 games. Gus has not lost his touch and his line will be a game breaker come playoff time. How if nobody there is scoring? By attracting enough attention to the point of the team shuffling their lines before every game to match up. This creates chemistry problems. In a game where every inch on the ice matters, this is very significant.

In short, Gus is not scoring because he was given a different role and is matched to play against scoring lines.

In Topic: Gustav Nyquist Appreciation Thread

03 April 2014 - 11:53 AM

Hart Memorial Trophy definition:
Player judged most valuable to his team.
I think he should be in the ballot by that definition.

In Topic: 3/30 GDT - Lightning 2 @ Red Wings 3

30 March 2014 - 07:20 PM

Gudas makes me miss Vlad....damn we need a player like him.

In Topic: 3/30 GDT - Lightning 2 @ Red Wings 3

30 March 2014 - 07:04 PM

Gudas makes me miss Vlad....damn we need a player like him.