Posted by kipwinger
on 18 September 2016 - 03:16 PM
I wonder how many casual sports fans in Russia have ever heard of Datsyuk? I was there several months ago, and Ovechkin is a celebrity there, despite playing in the NHL.
The last time I was in Russia I was talking with some locals and told them I was from Detroit. They all immediately said "Datsyuk". I realize that it's just an anecdote, but I got the impression he's a pretty big star.
I'm not sure what game you were watching, but other than the last 10 minutes of the 1st period, Canada dominated. Price was clearly rusty, in my opinion, all 3 goals were terrible...some could argue 1, but the other 2 were simply bad....he was rusty. Other than those 10 minutes in the 1st, Canada outshot them 41-7 I think.
Edit - I think was for sure though....that game was far more intense than the NA vs Europe game.
Well it deosn't matter how many shots, you still have to be ahead at the end of the third.
I'd like to see Larkin, Abby, Tatar and Nyquist get 17-18+ minutes a night. And I'd like to see the veterans (except Nielsen) have a significant drop in ice time. The 4th line should have their 5 on 5 time reduced as well.
Also AA needs to have his ice time increased. He made the most out of his limited ice time last year. I'm not sure what else a player has to do to prove himself. What was it like 8 or 9 goals he scored in 30 something games with like 9 minutes of ice time a night??
I think you will see the team transition to a Tatar-Nielsen-Abdelkader line taking on the top scoring threat lines. They can score but they also stand to play excellent defense. Nielsen is one of the best in the league.
I'm leaning towards blaming things more on Blashill.
For the longest time Babcock was all about "drive the offense and SHOOT THE PUCK" menatlity.
With Blashill idk what his dam philosophy is. Under Blashill the non possession players all had their 5 on 5 time increased and possession players like Tatar had their ice time decreased.
On top of all that the Red Wings dropped from being Ranked 8th in shots against with Babcock to ranked 16th under Blashill. And shots against does correlate to goals against in our case. We were the only team with one of the worse goals for/against ratios in the league that squeezed into playoffs.
Always good to avoid arbitration. I was worried Holland was losing his mojo. If he is good at anything it is signing restricted players. Although sometimes too high. This is a good cap hit.
He only went to arbitration because Mrazek wanted like $5 million. Holland requesting arbitration brought Mrazek back down to earth. Holland gets full credit on this one to be honest. We were the only team in the league to file arbitration AGAINST a player rather than the usual players filing against the team.
We did well. Not to mention Mrazek will be an RFA after this contract is up too. This is a perfect win-win for us.
Lol this article is meaningless. Let's ask a very small sample size some questions about every team, most of which they're inequipped to answer, and then draw conclusions from this data. How does this s*** get published? I'm done with this thread lol