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#1987581 Good old Regular Season Joe

Posted by Rufio on 20 May 2010 - 12:59 PM

You mustn't have watched many of his games with much attention.

I hate Joe Thornton but he has been by far their best player since Round 1. He seemed to be the only player with an ounce of passion in him in the last game. You wanna point fingers?? Heatley and Marleau. They've been extra pathetic. But Joe Thornton has been much improved in these playoffs.

Seriously guys. You can't base an opinion solely on stats.

#1986058 5/16 Playoff Gameday

Posted by Rufio on 16 May 2010 - 04:47 PM

Sharks have had a lot of great chances they haven't capitalized on this game.

They need to score on this PP because there's probably gonna be a lot of makeup calls going the Hawks way in the third.

Good call.

#1986029 5/16 Playoff Gameday

Posted by Rufio on 16 May 2010 - 04:22 PM

Why's that?

If the refs have been consistent with anything, it's that they love to even up penalties.

Not against the Sharks.

#1985982 5/16 Playoff Gameday

Posted by Rufio on 16 May 2010 - 02:41 PM

Poor Hawks. They have no idea what they're in for.
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#1984729 Yzerman Declines Tampa

Posted by Rufio on 13 May 2010 - 04:39 PM

Per TFP.com

First, Dave Nonis took himself out of the running for the general manager position with the Lightning. Now, it appears Steve Yzerman is out of the mix, as well.
Nonis signed a two-year extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier this week. According to several sources, TFP has learned that Yzerman has turned down the opportunity to become the GM of the Bolts.

Several reports indicate former Minnesota Wild GM Doug Risebrough is also believed to be a candidate for the post, though one source suggests he may also be out of the picture.

The Tampa Tribune reported yesterday that current TSN analyst Pierre McGuire is among the other contenders up for the job.

Once a new GM is named, the Lightning will begin their search for a new head coach.

Great news! I really hope he can be Detroit's GM one day. He'll have to be patient though.

#1917689 The Team and Their Goalie

Posted by Rufio on 17 March 2010 - 04:41 PM

Wow there are some sensitive folk here. Ozzy-bashing? Seriously??

#1917656 The Team and Their Goalie

Posted by Rufio on 17 March 2010 - 03:01 PM

So I happened upon this website that was linked by the Red Wings official blog which had this statistical analysis of how the Wings skaters played of front of Osgood compared to Howard. I don't know where he gets the stats from but they're very interesting, he has a whole bunch of stuff I never knew existed.

Anyway, some interesting little facts from the post:

The evil, useless, hopless -- Brett Lebda:
Believe it or not, Brett Lebda is actually a plus player with Jimmy Howard in net. The often-criticized Illinoisan is a pretty respectable +7 with Howard, but -6 with Osgood. When you take into account the minutes he plays for the Wings, +7 is comparable to even his best teammates.

At least Val Filppula likes you, Ozzie:
With Chris Osgood as his netminder, Valtteri Filppula is a rare Wing with a net gain -- the other two being Kirk Maltby and Drew Miller. Miller has enjoyed Osgood's company the most with a +4 rating and Fil and Maltby at +2. The curious thing about "Flip" is that in front of "Jimmeh", his play seems to suffer 5 on 5, being on the ice for 7 more goals against than for.

The Numbers don't lie:
Osgood is one of the all-time greats, but this season, whether he is to blame or not, the Wings' most important players have been better in front of Howard. When looking ahead to the run to make the playoffs and beyond, it's difficult to ignore these numbers:

Lidstrom: Ev w/Osgood, +15 w/Howard
Datsyuk: -3 w/Osgood, +15 w/Howard
Rafalski: -3 w/Osgood, +18 w/Howard
Zetterberg: -7 w/Osgood, +12 w/Howard
Franzen: -1 w/Osgood, +2 w/Howard
Holmstrom: -3 w/Osgood, +12 w/Howard

In total, Osgood's mates combine for -85 whilst playing in front of him, while Howard's, +41.

I thought it was a pretty cool blog and some others would find it interesting.

#1873666 Swedish Olympic team

Posted by Rufio on 27 January 2010 - 12:59 PM

QUOTE (Pepist @ January 27, 2010 - 09:54AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Forsberg has in fact been playing fairly consistently. He was out most recently as a precaution, and more importantly it was nothing pertaining to his foot. Despite his injuries he's been playing at well over a ppg this season. I saw him play the other night against Frölunda, and he looked good. At times, very very good. However, the really important thing here is that Foppa really wants to play for his third Gold Medal, it's only eight or so games (he played six in the last Olympics) and playoff Foppa plays until he dies. As the Olympics is only a few games, I'll gladly take my chances with him. Especially since he doesn't have to center a line. He could be used as a pp specialist for all we know.

You make some good points but I have to disagree with the bolded. The entire reason I thought I throw this out there, is because of the 2008 playoffs. He just wasn't able to be healthy. Colorado could replace him on the roster (which obviously didn't help), but Sweden cannot.