I don't know much about formations but if I'm looking at that right, Helm/Flip are defensive mids, Dats line are attacking mids, right? And I'm guessing the striker position doesn't do as much work as everyone else except trying to score goals?
I think we're seeing a new kind of dynamic developing. Top teams have their "core" players Pav/Dats, Kane/Toews, Crosby/Malkin etc, the key is the supporting cast around them. You get a good supporting cast of cheap young players and cheap role players, but then those cheap players leave for for more money and you lose all your depth, so you have to start building your depth again.
I think success is going to go in cycles for the top teams for the forseeable future.
I agree with this, Pavel Datsyuk is equal to two of their best players
He's a good coach in the regular season, but he pretty much hasn't done anything in the playoffs. He won the cup in 2010, but aside from that he has never even made the finals. His teams always get bumped out early despite having some great teams.
On a lighter note, quenneville has been eliminated by Detroit 5 times out of the 13 playoff teams he has coached
I don't know the ins-and-outs of coaching or what it takes to be a good coach in this league, especially now with parity. I know Q is trying everything he can to switch up lines to get better opportunities from his stars, but when I see a stat like Zetterberg's line getting on the ice almost 95% of the time Toews line takes a shift, then that's when a good coach has to talk to their players about will power and fighting through it because it's basically your best players versus their best players.
This is where I think Q fails. If he's getting frustrated, then that's going to carry over to your best players, in this case their captain. What's everyone's mentality now when their captain is frustrated and has no answers? Who was it that skated over to Toews in the penalty box and gave him a pep talk? Why's the captain need a pep talk from another player?
If the wings can pull it out saturday. That will be a series win over the ducks and hawks. I seriously dont see how they dont make it to the finals and win it all. This team has out played the hawks in all aspects.
Same thing was said about the 2008-2009 team when they added Hossa, only to lose to the same Pens team that lost Hossa. If they can close out Chicago, SJ/LA won't be any easier. SJ has had their number in the playoffs, and LA are the defending champs.
Valenti & Foster say this all the time, yet when McCarty did some fill-in time on their show awhile back the phone lines were lit up with hockey fans. Hockey just isn't their thing. I just get the impression that they don't know much about it, let alone the Red Wings considering Valenti isn't even from Michigan, he's from New York. They're more about NFL/NCAA football and some Tigers talk.
I have noticed more hockey talk in the later hours on Caputo & Fithian with callers when I used to listen, especially if they bring in Ken Kal, but I honestly didn't like that show either just because of the hosts. I did like that Wings fans would call in and ask questions, getting educated about something by Ken. Very little drivel you'd usually hear about other topics that fans want to voice their opinion of, like some outrageous trade that will never happen for example.
Sports radio nationwide just stinks. I guarantee you almost every sports radio show makes their callers say a catch phrase like "Hey, love you love the show" or "First time, long time." and they play a stupid sound clip followed by an awkward pause by the caller, then continues on to babble his idiocy about anything sports related before being cut off by the smug, condescending radio host. I've never liked the atmosphere of it and I'm glad I stopped listening.