I've been thinking about this for a while... I would want to play San Jose.
Think about it... The Sharks will have an unbelievable amount of pressure on them given their past playoff failure, the new acquisitions specifically the big Dany Heatley move, and of course the usual top of the standings status. If they then have to face off against Detroit, the veteran team who knows how to win and has enjoyed the most playoff success of the last 3 years and who the Sharks have only beaten once this season in a shootout, I can imagine a major mental disadvantage even before the first puck drops. The Wings will have virtually no pressure on them at all and I and the team management won't be upset if they lose. The Sharks on the other hand...
If you play the Sharks and beat them you are likely to face the Hawks in the next round. The Wings do not want to play the 1 and 2 teams respectively in the playoffs.
If they play the Hawks in the first round it is possible the Sharks will knock themselves out and the Wings won't have to worry about playing against them next round. If the Sharks do win, then they are more likely to lose in the second anyway.
I thought maybe we might try to pickup a cheap insurance policy at the deadline like Roloson, but it didn't happen. So you got to go with the only option we have, and that's Howard. He hasn't been playing as well as he was before the break but he's still a far better option that the human 5 hole highlight film.
Obviously considering the "human 5 hole" hasn't played consistently since 2009. He is as cold as an ice cream sandwich right now.
"No I am insinuating that just because you played in juniors (whoop de freaking doo) doesn't mean you are the master of hockey knowledge"
I guess you forgot the part where you added "OMFG GUYS BTW THE WING'S BRASS ARE THE ULTRA MASTERS OF HOCKEY KNOWEDLGE". Not only is the above post a lie, but the point is invalid, as I have raised several points that neither of you have cared to reply on reagarding the inflation the lack of "poltical backlash" and the diffirence in ability vs the diffirence in price + draft picks.
You are a very black kettle my freind
You realize cherry picking my quote doesn't help when I can take the full quote in context and show it back to you, right?
"No I am insinuating that just because you played in juniors (whoop de freaking doo) doesn't mean you are the master of hockey knowledge here and should bring it up as ammunition to belittle another poster."
Second, I am not being a hypocrite at all.
Third, I never added anything like "OMFG GUYS BTW THE WING'S BRASS ARE THE ULTRA MASTERS OF HOCKEY KNOWEDLGE"
Excellent work. And you did notice that I didn't disagree with you on anything, but thought that your argument to authority (you seem to know what a logical fallacy is) was over the line and unnecessary.
You are putting words in my mouth. Show me once where I claimed that I would be more worthy of a job then any of the Wing's Brass. While I'm waiting for infinity for you to find something that dosent exsist I will admit that yes it is not even close to playing in the NHL, but that still dosent mean you understand tangibles in the game and have a broader understanding of it than the average person.
This isn't an arguement, as neither of us will ever convince the other of the opposite, but honestly I don't really comprehend how people disagree that it would help you to understand the game more.
Now you are putting words in my mouth. I claimed that you are acting like a big shot ON THIS FORUM because you played in junior. Never said that you stated that you were more knowledgeable than the Wings brass.
My entire point was you are attempting to belittle other posters. "What do I know, right? I only played junior." For starters that is argument to authority, and nobody is going to care that you played junior unless you actually use your knowledge, apply it here and bring out logical points (and you can do that without ever trying to sarcastically bring up how you played in junior).
Yeah but if it were Eva you would be making fun of his made up stats, correct?
But because his made up stat supports your argument you are arguing based on the fact it supports your point not that it is in any way factual, correct?
Otherwise please show me where you were able to find the SPARC otherwise known as save percentage accounting for rebound control.
I never said Outsiders stats were factual.
I never have once made fun of Eva for his statistics, only made a light-hearted jab at his love for Hudler.
All I said is that clutchngrab was using an ad hom attack. "You are homer so you are skewing the numbers" is ridiculous. If he had simply said "you are pulling those out of your ass" I would have not even bothered to press the reply button. But using someone's "homerism" as the sole reason to attack a premise is plain silly.
Also I don't think the rebound control problem is a huge problem, but I do think he needs to work on it. I also have stated numerous times that Howard earned the #1 spot and that I have no problem seeing him with the majority of the starts from here on out.
Fil is probably the biggest catch Detroit has right now, trade-wise.
He does his job perfectly well, can play excellent defense, and is not at his prime yet. However I think he is very expendable because he isn't the best offensive player there is or the best defensive player.
I really hope they don't, because I love having Fil on the team.
I found this after looking for some high-res pictures for a background, and I have to say I think it is funny that Stuart of all people is going after the beach ball since he has been swiping away countless stray pucks from behind both Howard and Osgood this season.
In the spirit of this thread, here's my proposed All-Decade Team for the 1990s:
First team C: Mario Lemieux W: Jaromir Jagr W: Brett Hull D: Raymond Bourque D: Chris Chelios G: Dominik Hasek
Second team C: Steve Yzerman W: Brendan Shanahan W: Pavel Bure D: Nicklas Lidstrom D: Brian Leetch G: Patrick Roy
Honorable mention: C: Sergei Fedorov, Peter Forsberg, Joe Sakic W: Teemu Selanne, Paul Kariya, Keith Tkachuk, John LeClair D: Rob Blake, Al MacInnis, Sergei Zubov, Scott Stevens G: Martin Brodeur, Ed Belfour, Chris Osgood
I was about to blast you for putting in players who didn't hardly play in the 2000s but then I read 90s.