Hope Babcock is bustin them new ones at the break. We have to start playing with more intensity instead of this coasting crap. I know players pace themselves for the playoffs but at this rate they will be lucky to wake up in time and be out before they know it..
I am pretty sure they stopped caring what Babcock thought 3 years ago.
one of the main reasons the PP is so terrible is cause of the constant giveaways on each unit by Homer and Cleary. They are both somewhat weak at carrying the puck through any traffic whatsoever and end up blindly throwing the puck away and unfortunately 8 out of 10 times it goes directly to the other team. another point on Homer is his lack of points. if he's not producing anything in what?...20 games? then get him off the PP and move Hudler up to forward. atleast Huds can one-time the puck. Homer needs to hang out in the press box. and keep Nyquist up and maybe toss him on the PP with Dats and Mule when Dats is back.
Hudler played forward on the PP unit against the Flyers and still managed to skate the puck towards the point and gave it away and a short handed goal ensued.. Hudler is NOT an answer on the PP. He should not be on the ice during the PP.
The guys I was referring to that have stepped up are Z and Fil. Franzen, I'll grant you but I'm talking about the guys that we rely on to be top-end with an injured lineup or not.
TBH, I just think people are getting pissy simply because this team is playing to a level that should be expected with the lineup they're currently icing and unfortunately it happens to be at one of the most crucial times of the regular season.
I think people are getting pissy because other teams lose guys and keep rolling. This team loses a guy and falls apart and I think everyone has been pissed about the PP and its not injuries that are causing that problem.
His point was about giving up the short handed goals. I'm pretty sure it was Smith that lost the puck that led to the shorty last night. The guys has 10 NHL games under his belt. It happens. I think that was the point.
Was it Smith the last 3 times? Or how about the 9 before that. Its absolutely ridiculous and its not guys like Smith for most part. Its Kronwall, Hudler, White etc. It happening to Smith is one thing but just having Hudler on the PP = a short handed goal like the one in Philly. I was embarrassed to be wearing a Wings jersey in that building when he did that. I even told the Flyers fan I was with if Hudler gets the puck on the PP anywhere near the point its probably a SH and it was. The entire thing needs to be fixed and quickly and Dats and Lids are not the answer.
Oh and WTF is up with White. Since Lids has been out he has been pretty much terrible which scares the hell outta me about the future.
This teams doesn't need a call out...it needs to get healthy. Everything else will fall into place once that happens.
Yep and someone will go down in the playoffs and they will exit that round. A team built like that is a team built to lose when it matters. A team does not give up 4 SHGs in 6 games because Dats and Lids are missing. A team does not forget how to play defense because Lids is hurt. There are bigger problems with this team than injuries.