I think Kindl made big steps forward. He held his roster spot and looked very poised in the offensive end. He may not have the hardest slapper but I think he's among the best on the team at getting it through traffic.
Defensively he still makes unbelievably poor decisions from time to time and can get rattled from a hit. He's gotten better overall but I'd say defensively he's still at the level of a #6 guy at best and that may be what's holding back his minutes.
At the very least I'm glad he's turned into a serviceable D-man.
I trusted his slap shot over everyone's at the end there.
Ray Ferraro on Vancouver's team 1040 this morning talking about Nyquist. He says unfortunately Filppula will have a market value of 5 million and Detroit will not be able to keep him. Nyquist will be his replacement.
I'm thinking maybe not as good on defense but definitely a more potent offense of threat.
Tatar replaces Nyquist on the third line. i hate to see Filppula go, but I think we can live with it.
I agree he is not at Fil's defensive ability YET, but he definitely has the potential.
That shift last night where he stole the puck from Kane TWICE was awesome!!!!
The fault lies with Jiri Hudler and Mikael Sameulsson. If Kenny had known that those two useless sacks of s*** weren't coming back, he could have contributed the funds he was planning to use on them to use on Hossa.
I'm not necessarily attacking anyone here as much as I'm attacking the media who continue to bring this up (plus I was listening to the podcast on Wingin' It in Motown where one of the guys shared the sentiment).
Corey Crawford OWNS....OWNS the Red Wings.
Career record since taking over in 2010-2011 (including Game 1): 12-1-21.77 GA .943 Save %
Wings scored more than 2 goals only 3 times (all wins) in those 15 games.
He may not have a Stanley Cup, but he isn't a weakness for them. Especially against the Red Wings.
Bergeron's nomination is justified, but I don't think he has a chance of winning this year considering his point production compared to Pav and Toews and the fact that those two tied for league lead in takeaways.
So with all the black and white stats being relatively equal, does Pav win the award by playing with "lesser" talent?
I do agree, his slap used to be very accurate, this season it was atrocious though.. Pavs the opposite. He's got a terrible slap shot accuracy but an amazing wrist shot. Don't blame him, he's not much of a shooter and wrist shot usually complements you're stick handling ability, which makes sense in Pavs case. As for Z, I do believe it's confidence and speed, if he can get in the groove of shooting some mean shots, he can definitely achieve 30+ goals. I like our first line and I think next season can be a good one for both Pav and Z's point production. It already improved this season hopefully they maintain next season.
I agree that Pav has a better wrister than slap shot and vice versa for Hank.
But Pav's shot, in general, is fairly inaccurate (in my opinion). I know that he can absolutely pick a corner sometimes (see game 4), but many times Pav will have an open shot and blast it wide and/or high. Then again, he is not a sniper.