Toews, Kane, and Leddy are just gonna keep getting better
Who's to say that our players aren't getting better?
We replaced Brian Rafalski with a player who, even in a career year, is arguably not as good as Rafalski.
So you're saying he's arguably better than Rafalski? That sounds like a good thing.
our bottom six forwards have the least potential for offense of any Wings team in 15 years
We're ranked 5th in goals per game, yet we only have 1 top 20 goal scorer in the league. Sounds like we're getting production out of everyone.
Ericsson is as horrible as ever.
Not even remotely true.
If regular season success meant anything San Jose would be a dynasty.
I'm pretty sure that Detroit has had the most regular season success out of every team the past 10 years. Just looked it up, they've won the President's Trophy 4 times in the last decade. No other team has won it twice within that span. Within those years the team that won the trophy made it to at least the conference finals 50% of the time.
Its almost a given that they will choke but they have ousted us the last two years with what I thought was beatable play. We only play when we want and the last two years we turn it on too late.
Last year was the closest playoffs series ever played (as far as goal diff).
Every year we've won the Cup we've had a reason and drive. '97-Duh, 52 years, '98-Konstantinov, '02- Maybe the best team ever (Robitaille and Duschene), '08-Dallas Drake, Cleary, most the players hadn't won. Now? You get the picture.
Drake is not the reason they won. Team defense, and Z and Dats playing superbly is the reason they won. Drake was nothing more than a nice story that has been blown way the f*** out of proportion.
I believe, because I've seen it for 15 years, that the Wings always have a chance and better than most teams. But only when they play like they really want it and we don't do that consistantly anymore.
Then you haven't been watching him all that much. I got really tired of comments like yours so I made it a point to watch him during games. He is getting better at everything, including using his body and making better passes. Yeah, he screwed up his passing last night but who didn't (except maybe Lidstrom)? He also had three excellent shots on goal, two of them coming from close to the blue line. More than we can say for most of 'em.
Exactly. Remember when everyone was on him about his horrible pinches? Well he doesn't really do that too much anymore. Also, he's very good at clearing rebounds. This is something that was necessary for Howard last year, and for McDonald this year.
Ericsson was absolutely brutal out there. He turns the puck over constantly in our own end. He can't handle the pressure. Can't make a 10 foot pass, can't hit, can't fight, can't clear out players in the crease. I couldn't believe Babcock had him out there in the last 2 minutes of the game with the amount of turnovers he was producing. You'd think with his size he would be more physical out there, but no. I hope there is some GM out there willing to take him come trade deadline. I cringe every time he has the puck in our zone.
I bet there's 29 teams that would like Ericsson. Other than the one real bad turn over he wasn't as brutal as everyone makes him out to be.
Excuse me but could you explain what exactly is "so ridiculous" about this? Are we not allowed to dislike a team we recently met twice in the SCF, losing the last one? Or are we not allowed to put the Wings' situation ahead of that hatred when the division is so tight we could flop between 1st in the conference and 6th in the conference with just a few points difference?
Personally I am one of the people who would definitely cheer for the Blues in that game if they had fifteen points less and were no real threat to the Wings in the battle for the Central. I don't see why that would be something to be ashamed of, but maybe you can enlighten me.
I think he meant that the tightness of the Central race is ridiculous.
Pavelski is going to tie up Dats and Dats will take exception and start getting scrapping, before you know it all the players will be on the ice fighting, Jimmy then starts wailing on Neimi, it's another brawl akin to '97.