Yoohoo! Pat!! Thank you for my DVD of the Wings/Preds game from April 2nd. You're a doll for doing that for me. I was so over the moon being there in person with Kristi, all I remember is screaming my head off and being so proud of Bert and the rest of the Wings for playing such an amazing game.
It's fun to watch it and hear Mick and Murph, and see the fights again. Thank you, thank you!! (((hugs)))
Well if that's the case, you guys better destroy them
I guess what pisses me off the most is that most of these players are getting millions of dollars to put on a show and they are hosing the fans who spend their hard earned money to see them. For crying out loud, play to win all the time. I wonder how they'd feel if the fans didn't care and there was a half-assed full arena since they are playing half-assed.
I stood by a dad and his 12 year old son at the glass during warm-ups last weekend in Nashville. It was pretty clear they were not wealthy, and they told me that it was the boy's first game in person, his birthday. He was star-struck and almost mute, staring at his heroes.
I thought of them last night, and remembered watching the Wings go down three goals in Nashville -- but then rallying and playing like champions, winning the game in OT. Not that it should have gotten that far, but they came back and played like they know how.
I am disappointed in them not playing with any intent to win in front of their last home crowd this season. The Wings admitted to the press that their heads were not in the game last night. That ought to make them feel shame.
Hope last night was just mailing it in since I know they can play better... but I agree with H-Mom. It's not right to not show up every game. If I turned in a performance like that at my job, I would be on the street.
Of course, I don't have a million dollar contract which says I don't have to perform to expectations, either. Sunday's game is on NBC. It's in the arena of the defending champs who made the Wings look like chumps in their last home game in front of their fans. No one wants the Wings to win, so I expect a loss there, if they don't show up with their heads on straight.
This team can take any contender in round one. If they want to...
Been a lurker here for many years and have just now decided to start posting.....
Really excited for this game as it should be pretty intense if the wings are going to fight for the number 2 seed, as well Carolina coming out firing on all cylinders if they wish to stay in the playoff race.
Anyways sorry for the background
Wings win 3-1
Welcome to LGW! Glad to have you, and hope you enjoy the game. Wings will win for you. I suggest that you get a soft pretzel at some point. It's my magic necessity for a win. Don't laugh! I got one Saturday in Nashville when the Wings were down 0-3... and look what happened!
Posted by puckloo39
on 06 February 2011 - 10:20 AM
I couldn't agree more. I love our boys but to be honest I'm getting bored with them .
They look bored, too. I don't think they are, don't get me wrong. But you can't let opportunities like the last two games (or any game) go to waste like this.
The Wings made Columbus and Nashville look like Cup winners. They didn't have to be very good to beat the Wings, let's face it. Jokes about Vezina winning efforts in opponents' nets aside - neither goalie had to ratchet out of daily practice mode to stop all the Wings' 69 shots on goal the last two games.
The Rangers should be afraid of facing a pissed-off Wings team. I bet they're not. They're going to come out and try to rip this team's heads off, and they probably will succeed if no one shows up to play again. Avery will have every right to make fun of his former team.
To whom much is given, much is expected. No one is going to give you anything in this life, Wings. You have to work for it. I miss seeing a work ethic out there. Stop expecting 'the other guy' to do all the work. ALL of the Wings need to show up, each of them assuming they are going to be the key factor in winning this game, and every game.
They should never step on the ice expecting to lose. It should honestly surprise them when they don't win. Take whatever happened and then attack it... go out there and fix it. Never let it happen again.
I dearly miss that work ethic on the ice and in the locker room. We had it once. We don't right now.
Posted by puckloo39
on 05 February 2011 - 11:00 PM
Wow...so frustrating. They are doing so many things wrong, and have been doing them all season. I'm trying to look at this in a calm way. We can see what they are doing wrong, but it's not so clear what you can do about it. They're just not thinking. They're making stupid passes and stupid plays, and that's not something easily fixed. Babcock can run passing drills until they pass out, but it won't make them stop taking the stupid passes. They can take shooting drills all they want but it won't make them suddenly start taking the smart shots.
Looks like MacDonald played well, though.
I absolutely hate to say this, because it's sort of the "nuclear option" but blaming injuries just isn't cutting it. Missing Datsyuk and Stuart is hurting, but let's be honest, they were playing pretty poorly all season. Their good record to start wasn't dominating games, and we all saw at the time some holes in their play that have only been exaggerated recently. But they were always there.
But anyways, back to my "nuclear option." The team needs a roster shakeup. Howard is not the goalie of the future, he's struggled for too long and has a long history of being inconsistent. He earned the starting job last year, but not for his whole career. He was only on the team last year because he had no other options. The Wings hoped it would work out and now I don't think it is.
So, here's hoping Holland makes a trade deadline move or two, namely:
Bring in a solid goalie. Yes, we will have to clear cap space and lose a player. It sucks but it's going to have to happen.
Also, fix the defense, which may include trading someone. With the talent on defense we have there's no excuse for this. We need fresh blood, just to make them try again.
There is a clear lack of passion on this team. This Wings team is not the hard working team we've come to know the past few seasons. I don't think the team should be blown up, but I'm thinking a minimum of two moves is necessary to help this team get out of the first round.
I agree with some of this literally, and all of it in spirit.
They remind me of Dallas a few years ago, before the Stars' owners brought in Joe Nieuwendyk, fired Coach Tippett (not his fault), dumped Modano, dumped Turco - ok, that was a good idea, Lehtinen retired (he could still play), Zubov retired (ditto). The team acted like they'd never met out there on the ice.
Not saying a blow up would help, but changes will need to be made, if we are to regain/retain dominance. Regular season means little, but I can't see this team/these goalies getting very far in the playoffs, without a major shift in attitude.
Don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't think they are trying. It's just that sometimes, the wheel is spinning. No traction, no reaction. They just seem... puzzled.