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#2674733 The Missed Chances: '03, '04, '06

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 01 May 2016 - 09:58 AM

The goal Hasek gave away to Selanne in OT in Game 5 in the 2007 Conference Final to put the Wings on the ropes going back to Anaheim was another s*** moment. Last second lazy pad stack he just roofed it over. As good as Hasek was, usually when he let in a bad goal, it was REALLY bad.


For me, that ridiculously stupid Niedermeyer shot that deflected up off of Nick's stick in the final seconds hurts a lot worse. I mean....that puck just FLEW up on Hasek. 

#2641895 12/08 GDT : Red Wings at Washington Capitals, 7:30 ET

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 08 December 2015 - 10:40 PM

I think Pavs shootout problem is that he's really fosing on getting it on net more than anything so he sacrifices his strong deke that we used to see. I'd rather see Nyquist try and beat the goalie on a wrister. Teams must watch shootout videos and know that's his go to move. Haven't seen Nyquist try anything else on breakaways. It's either the quick shot or fake five-hole. Not sure he has very many moves for the shootout


Teams, and goalies more specifically, MOST DEFINITELY watch shootout videos of guys they are going to face. ESPECIALLY IF YOUR NAME IS PAVEL DATSYUK!!!! Which makes it even more confusing that he has used the same "two-move" combo for the last 3 years. Goalies are sitting on that move the whole way. 


Watch Holtby on that attempt. He literally barely moves...

It wasn't the shootout that cost the game. That pathetic pp in overtime was the culprit. Needed Larkin then.


Pav, Hank, Kronner, and Green combo made no sense to me. Who is supposed to be the shooter of that group? And how do you expect to score on Holtby when none of those guys will be in front?

#2613971 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 11 June 2015 - 10:11 AM

You're in a Blackhawks related thread.  One which is directly applicable to Joel Quenneville's game time decision making.  If you didn't want to talk about it, this is probably not the thread to be posting in.

Lol, what a needless retort.

#2613961 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 11 June 2015 - 09:31 AM

Why do you feel "attacked" when I disagree with you?  I'm not attacking you.  I'm correcting you.  Because in this instance, you are completely wrong. 
If Quenneville is playing his top line just as much as guys like Babs and Bowman did, and his bottom pair less, then by default that means he's playing his second pair more.  Which the numbers bear out.  Hjalmarsson played 24:00 minutes last night.  Oduya played 25:00. 
So your notion that he plays his top guys WAY MORE, is false.  He plays them about the same same as most good coaches do with their top pair.  He just plays his second pair a lot more too.  Probably so that his train wreck third pair doesn't cost him the Stanley Cup.  His bottom pair is a rookie and a 40 year old that missed most of the season.  Would you play them more?

You're putting words into my mouth and then saying I'm wrong about it: YOU are bringing the top pair argument into the fold, I referenced the top 4.

I get that coaches play their top 2 guys a lot more, but you don't often see the bottom PAIR scraping the barrel for minutes and as a team being able to get away with it. Maybe the 6th guy gets 5 minutes, but not the 5th AND 6th.

Anyway, in my opinion (which isn't wrong because it's...an opinion) that mismatch in minutes is a big roll of the dice. Admittedly I have a predisposition that Quenneville is in the right place at the right time; I think he's just an ok coach (my opinion).

#2613949 2015 SCF : Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 11 June 2015 - 08:58 AM

Like back when Lidstrom was averaging 30 minutes a night you mean?  Good coaching like that?
You ride the horses you have.  Babcock certainly wasn't shy about wearing out Lidstrom and Rafalski for a Stanley Cup, and he's a good coach right?
Plus, if you hadn't noticed, Chicago's defense is pretty banged up.  Oduya is walking wounded, and they've got Timmonen in the lineup because the career AHLer (Cuminsky) with 7 whole games played for the Hawks hasn't been cutting it. 
Who else is he going to play?
The great Scotty Bowman played Lidstrom 31:00 a night in the 2002 playoffs.  Perhaps he should have played Lidstrom a little less, and gone with his third pair.  That's what a good coach would do.

LOL why do you always attack people who have an opinion different than yours?

Scotty Bowman wasn't playing Duchesne, Fischer, or Dandenault 5 minutes a night.

Babcock didn't play Ericsson, Lebda, or Chelios 5 minutes a night.

#2613880 NBC Sports chairman wants NHL ban playoff beards

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 10 June 2015 - 01:19 PM

Someone should tell this Chairman that the NHL season doesn't start in January.   ;)
I don't think NBC realizes that.

Not sure it would matter.

The Stanley Cup Finals were pushed to NBCSN in favor of American Ninja Warrior on Monday. Pretty sure tonight's game is also on NBCSN.

Shows how NBC feels about hockey...

#2613144 What changes do you think we'll see with Blashill?

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 04 June 2015 - 01:57 PM

I'm most curious to see how he uses our players in lime combinations. One my my gripes about Babcock is how he set up his lines. Babcock was really into the "Shooter, Passer, Big Body" combo and while I think that can work, he used it a little too religiously. I'm also curious to see if he'll be giving Weiss more of a chance than Babcock ever did.

I agree regarding the big body. Abby did a good job, but he'll never be Homer no matter how much babs wanted him to be.

#2606983 Kronwall

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 10 May 2015 - 12:43 PM


Did you forget the defense part of the position? The guys I edited are definitely not all around better then Kronwall and there is a still a couple other questionable ones on there as well.


LOL I'm not wrong about a subjective topic. 

#2600034 Unforced icings

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 24 April 2015 - 03:24 PM

Tatar did one of those hail mary flips to clear the zone that went for an icing.


The worst part about that one was that Tats felt pressure from behind that wasn't there. 


Tats is playing on edge right now. 

#2598151 Is Joe Louis Arena a tough place to play?

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 21 April 2015 - 09:58 PM

Agreed boys. I was at the game, too, and we were into it from start to finish. 


Awesome night.

#2597121 Is Joe Louis Arena a tough place to play?

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 21 April 2015 - 01:05 PM


Good quote from babs "The bottom line is you have to help your crowd help you," Babcock said. "If you don't do anything, your crowd isn't going to help you. You have to play well."

#2590668 Joe Louis Arena Game Entertainment

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 08 April 2015 - 09:53 AM

No I think it is time for a different horn


#2589896 Is Hank too slow and ineffective to play center?

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 06 April 2015 - 08:10 PM

In general, I don't think it's a coincidence that he is a minus player this year (-5).  It seems like having backchecking duties is a little too much for him right now. 


I think he'd be better served on Pav's wing where he can get open and be available for shots because as a center and as a primary facilitator, he's not getting too many quality opportunities. It also may help to move Tatar off of Pav's wing to freshen things up for him and get him going again (even though part of what has hindered him is the post...a lot). 


I just want Hank to age the way Selanne, and Jagr, and Pav, and Nick have/did. 

#2588640 Is Hank too slow and ineffective to play center?

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 02 April 2015 - 11:25 PM

He's not done. That's absurdity. He's just not going to be an elite force on anything close to a consistent basis anymore. Doesn't mean he doesn't still bring value. Doesn't mean he doesn't have heart. Doesn't mean he's not a great leader. He's just been through too much at this stage in his career to continue to be a dominant force for this team at either end of the ice. It is what it is. Newer, younger guys need to rise up and help carry the load.


Edit: As far as I'm concerned, the most important player on this team at this point is without a doubt Datsyuk. He can still turn a game on it's head almost singlehandedly, and you can count on him to do so far more often than Z. He's not the type to wear the C, but from a heart and soul and "engine" standpoint, Dats is the leader of this team.


Totally agree, this team lives and dies with Pav.


It's an interesting thing to see here as age seems to be catching up much quicker with Hank than Pav. Pav has lost a step, but he's still an absolute difference maker.

#2566564 TANK IT! 2014-2015 Season

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 28 January 2015 - 11:27 AM

What are our chances at McDavid? I think we still have a shot.