Most likely third. I agree. Unfortunately though this team doesn't have enough talent to fill those top lines.
The rookies could potentially but right now they're often too big of a defensively liability. So it's become a catch 22. The wings can't afford to give up goals because they can't score, but that also keeps the more offensive skilled guys off the top lines, so then the Wings don't score.
Why can't Tatar play on that 2nd line, next to Franzen and Filppula? He's more able to do it than Cleary.
You say we don't have enough talent, and yet we send down someone who showed he can score goals. Not saying Tatar is a great NHL scorer, but he's better than what we currently have in his place.
Is he that big a defensive liability? I don't think so.
I don't even try to figure out why Babs does what Babs does anymore; it makes my head hurt. But the kool-aid drinkers say he's "the best coach in hockey", so who are we no-nothings to question his infinite wisdom.
Same with Holland. I like them both but sometimes they make me wanna scratch my eyes out!
Might be because he plays against top lines and him and Pav get double teamed all the F'n time!!
So do a lot of other stars. Of course most of them also are surrounded with more talent or better work ethics. Can someone explain why we have sat, Brunner, Eaves, Tootoo, Nyquist, etc. Yet Dan Cleary continues to play....
It's definitely a weird feeling knowing that our playoff chances could come down to the last game. I'll be happy as long as they make the playoffs. I want more Red Wings hockey and I want to keep that streak alive. I'm not ready for this half season to be over.
This is all because Babs is switching the lines so bad.
If we wanna make the playoffs it's the time to put some goal scorers into the bottom six. Bring in some quality instead of size und put together what belongs together. Plus we are in need of skillful defensemen. Makes no sense to let play some lazy guys like Ericsson or Quincey. Especially on the PP:
Tatar, Datsjuk, Franzen
Nyquist, Zetterberg, Brunner
Cleary, Filppula, Abdelkader
Miller, Emmerton, Eaves
- Kronwall and Lash already played together very successfully. Lash is a very good defender and would allow Kronwall to create some offense. Plus he moves the puck a lot better than simply sweepers like Colaiacovo, Ericsson or Quincey.
- Zetterberg and Brunner are not scoring on 5vs5 since they were separated by Babs. Think Nyquist could be a good addition because he worked well with Brunner in 1,2 games.
- Tatar is a young guy but has the quickest hands (after Datsjuk and Brunner) of the whole roster. He's a natural born goalscorer and should get a call up very immediately. Wanna see him paired with Datsjuk and Franzen. Franzen can take Abby's job and drive hard to the net. He has the body and he's useless if he's just standin arround.
- Filppula is not scoring altough he's playing in the bottom six all the time. Can't accept that anymore. Maybe he would feel confident as 3rd line center along with some hard working guys who can create a lot of space for him.
So I'm pretty sure that reunite what worked and put together what belongs together would be the key...
I was just about to post about how much I want Wheeler in a Wings jersey next season. And he just scored.
That's where I'm getting my hope right now.
That was Gagnon. Got the Jets game on my other tv. Wheeler and Ladd with the assists. And they're up 2-1 right now just over 5 minutes in cause they go hard to the net and are fast and they actually create offensive plays and chase rebounds and hit and all that stuff that makes hockey exciting.... The Wings are letting me down cause they play like sissies.
All of my friends (mostly Leaf fans) are already claiming the streak is finally coming to an end. I really want to make the playoffs.
It might be my homer glasses, but I think if we sneak in 8th we can upset the Blackhawks.
We have as much of a chance to beat the Hawks as the Leafs have of beating the Bruins. It CAN happen. I wouldn't bet money on it, but I actually believe we can take down the Hawks.
I guess this is kind of a needless rant post, but is this guy for real? I saw today that he didn't practice again because he has a "sore pectoral muscle." Have some pride man...there are guys out there who play with broken bones, I mean cleary basically skates on one leg. Step it up and help the team or good riddance.
Lame, as much as I love Helm he literally has proved to be useless this year and a good portion of last.
You mean just like Crosby has to the Penguins? Dude severed his wrist last year in the 1st playoff game and has a severe back issue this year. Not much can be done about this kind of stuff. Just like Crosby taking a clapper off the chicklets. These things just happen in the NHL.
I'm surprised Helm won't be playing this season......said nobody who's been following his injury this year.
More surprising is Babcock saying that Flip is being dropped to centering the 3rd line now between Cleary & Brunner with Miller moving up to the 2nd with Franzen & Nyquist.
The most surprising part of it is that I though it was reported a couple weeks back that he was practicing with the team and that he was close to a return?? Moving Flip down spreads more wealth to all 3 lines, though i'd like Goose with Brunner, it may help us get more than 0 goals next game having offense spread on 3 lines. Glad that Brunner will be back too. As for Helm, he must have tweaked something or re-injured his back to be out for the rest of the season.
This team relies on Datsyuk and Howard to win games for them way too much no one else seems to have any impact overall. Couldn't even manage a goal and now have back2back losses coming up from SJ and CHI. So sad that the Blue Jackets or Oilers will bounce the Red Wings for that final playoff spot.
Well then don't watch so you won't be disappointed.