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#2365993 Thoughts on the Blackhawks

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 07 March 2013 - 09:42 AM

Hawks are looking good.  It's not so much thinking about the record streak, it's when you ask yourself who the hell is gonna take these guys down in a 7 game series at this point??  if LA plays like they did last year in the playoffs, that would probably be a WCF and a damn entertaining one.  St. Louis was my early pick, but injuries and inconsistent play and goaltending knocked them off that mantle.

 

I really don't like saying this, but it seems that this team is playing in the right division and the right conference in order to do what they're doing.

 

I don't think they have this record if they had to play LA/Anaheim/Phoenix more often. Or if they had to play Vancouver more.

 

They definitely wouldn't have this record if they played in the Atlantic or Northeast divisions.

 

Most of their games are against teams that can't really come close to matching up skill wise: Nashville can't score, we can't score, St. Louis can't defend or score this year, and Columbus is Columbus. Right place at the right time....




#2365087 Holland says those dreaded words, "Our Deadline Addition"

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 05 March 2013 - 04:18 PM

I found it ironic when Kenny said "this team may not make the playoffs".

 

I thought it was his job to fix that problem?




#2363937 3/3 GDT : Blackhawks 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 03 March 2013 - 02:08 PM

Someone PLEASE take this NBC broadcast and show it to Kenny regarding EVERYTHING that they have mentioned about Franzen!!!

 

Edzo tore him up pretty well on that PP.




#2363718 3/3 GDT : Blackhawks 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 03 March 2013 - 01:12 PM

Are we tired or is Chicago just that good.... Skating circles around us..... Decent 1st... We need to mainline some ephedra at intermission!

We are REACTING to everything they do.

 

The Wings are trying to not get scored on which explains no urgency or aggressiveness in the offensive zone.




#2363226 Babs on last night's D: "...best we've had all year."

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 01 March 2013 - 12:47 PM

Makes you wonder where Carlo Coca-Cola will fit in when he comes back?  

I don't think he has a spot anywhere if the D continues to play this well.

 

We signed him because of uncertainty in our D corps right? We didn't know exactly what Smith or Kindl were going to be and Lashoff came out of nowhere.

 

He was a depth pickup and I think he should be treated as such.




#2361627 Gus Nyquist...

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 26 February 2013 - 03:50 PM

I agree.  You'd think Brunner would be enough, but apparently we need to have two or three new, young, stars before people are happy.  Honestly I'd rather be winning, regardless of who's playing.  And to do that we're going to need veterans to get healthy, and an upgrade on the top defensive pairing.  What we definitely don't need is another small(ish) playmaking forward. 

 

Winning is all that matters for sure.

 

And to your second point, absent of an acquisition, my hope is that once Smith gets back Ian White will move to the 3rd line where he belongs (i.e. where every other team that has had him in the past has played him at). But that is a different argument.




#2361618 Gus Nyquist...

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 26 February 2013 - 03:38 PM

Maybe it's more about him than it is our lineup. Maybe the front office sees something you don't. This is totally new toy syndrome. Because how often do we ever get a player from the AHL and think he could've been better if he were called up sooner? I can't think of any examples. Either the player comes up and is what we thought he'd be, or he's a disappointment in the way that time in the AHL had nothing to do with it.

 

I think part of it is that this fanbase wants to see more young top talent. Tatar is definitely a start.

 

The Wings' fanbase wants to see a Jordan Eberle, or a Sean Couturier, etc.

 

We want to see impactful young guys. Obviously they aren't a dime-a-dozen, but we WANT!




#2361533 Gus Nyquist...

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 26 February 2013 - 01:44 PM

In my limited time observing Nyq, and with my even more limited evaluation skills, it seems to me that Tatar is much harder on the puck than Nyq. 

 

And grittier.

 

That would be one reason Tatar is up now and Nyq is not.

 

Another reason could be that Holland & Co. feel like they know what they have in Nyq but needed to see Tatar in action at this level, thinking he could be effective, but wanting to see it.  And IMO, has proven more effective due to his agressiveness after the puck.

 

All that babble being said, I do think Nyq could easily have scored the goals Cleary scored, and a few more that Cleary let go through his skates etc.

 

Babcock seems to want a good shut down line that also scores with Pavs line, and maybe is afraid Nyq wouldn't be shut down capable.

 

With your experience watching Nyq, do you think coul be an accurate assessment?

In my opinion, that alone is why Tatar is with the club right now.

 

He didn't have that in seasons past. He is a hound out there right now. Scrap to go along with his offensive skill.




#2361486 Gus Nyquist...

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 26 February 2013 - 12:45 PM

I'd like to see Gus do whatever Tatar did.

 

I don't know about you guys, but I was thinking Tatar was on his way out before the season started and then he showed up and started playing the way he has.




#2361473 Cap Situation this off-season..

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 26 February 2013 - 12:23 PM

I would think Miller will almost definitely be back.

 

He is everything you want in a bottom 6 player. Pending roster upgrades, if he is on the 4th line, I would consider that to be a steal.




#2360485 2/24 GDT : Canucks 3 at Red Wings 8

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 24 February 2013 - 05:41 PM

LOL, how many times has Fil tried that drag play and how many times has it actually worked....?




#2358684 Howard to start tonight + projected line up

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 21 February 2013 - 05:48 PM

Remember when Kenny got a better and younger player for a fraction of the price?

 

.......

 

I want both......




#2358591 Howard to start tonight + projected line up

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 21 February 2013 - 01:09 PM

 
no wonder datsyuk wants to go back to russia.
 
can't blame him.

 

Remember when Kenny was kicking Alex Semin's tires?

 

Cool....




#2358124 Thoughts on the Blackhawks

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 19 February 2013 - 11:19 PM

I hate them as much as the next guy. Even as they underachieved the last couple of seasons, they ALWAYS brought their A+ game when they played the Wings. Crawford always seems to play like Patrick Roy when they play us...

 

But is anyone really that surprised as to how well they are playing right now? In my opinion, they have the deepest forward set in the entire league and I don't think it is really that close.

 

Elite: Toews, Sharp, Hossa, Kane. I think that is the best top 4 in hockey.

 

Secondary: Bolland, Frolik, Stalberg. Frolik is an underachiever, but I think for a secondary spot he is a nice get. I'm pretty sure I would take Bolland over Filppula.

 

Bottom: Bickell, Shaw, Kruger, Saad. Excellent mix of youth and size. Bickell can get you at least 10 and I've liked what I've seen from the other three.

 

They have a top 5 d-man (Keith) a top 15 d-man (Seabrook) and another solid one (Hjalmarsson). And I think that Crawford is a lot better than people want to admit.

 

I was just thinking this as they have put this pretty incredible run together. To me, it is not all that surprising.




#2356349 Healthy starters the problem, Not young replacements

Posted by unsaddleddonald on 16 February 2013 - 11:29 AM

Hmmm.... So because our old guys are hurt-who hired them? We lost. Not because of the "great" young talent from GR. odd. we just played a game with all of our talent from GR and got smoked. Some have been beging for the young guys to come up and play more, and the old broken down to play less. well you are getting what you asked for. not pretty at all. This will ghet worse before it gets better. A lot worse. I hope some player changes are made very soon!

 

This is really just a poorly worded response that doesn't seem to have a point or go anywhere.....

 

Thank you Dan Cleary for all of those clutch playoff goals you have provided in the past, but injuries have caught up with you. You can't skate and you never get an opportunity to shoot.

 

Here is a positive: Cleary/Bert/White all have expiring contracts