Remember all those times in 2003 and 2006 playoffs when we badly out-shot the opposition and lost games? We are on the opposite side this time.
I remember when the caps and pens also out-shot Montreal by double every game in 2010 and Halak stole two series in a row. To say we don't have a chance because of the way we played is outright false. Not to mention Tampa the entire 3rd period was on PP's.
He's not scratched because he's playing bad, Boudreau?? Or whatever his name is just likes all of his pairs better, tbh they never really needed James, I guess he's good depth if they get an injury lol
Exactly. I mean they scratch Fowler as well to play Wiz, they are just that deep.
How do we know when he's not given the chance? When he played with Kronwall he has looked pretty decent, albeit small sample size but to say there is no upside is not true. He's not a defensive minded guy, he's more offense driven. As I said earlier, we are not playing him to his strengths, he should have absolutely been given a chance on the PP this year.
I am impartial to Smith and don't really care if he's on the team next year or not. However, I don't think he's been given the proper chance to succeed, Babcock is giving him the Weiss treatment and not playing him to his strengths. No point in pointing out his offensive stats when he doesn't get any PP time.
You want successful regular seasons you have to look at 01-02, or 07-08 or the ones one they got atleast a top 3 seed. This team hasn't been a Cup contender heading into the playoffs since the 2009 post season as since then they have been longshot dark horse teams. Successful regular season is when pretty much all of your series open at the Joe remember them?
In the 90's when the Wings had postseason results that mirrored the ones they had from 2010-present coaches were fired and if not for 97 Cup I bet Scotty Bowan would've been given the axe shortly after. Don't give me cap excuses b/c last time I checked a cap existed from 05-06 to 08-09 and the Wings were seeded no lower than #2 heading into each of those postseasons and were considered Cup favourites.
Since game 7 2009 this franchise has headed downhill for the most part as that game served as the end of a chapter in Wings lore. Right now we are in the 2005-2013 New England Patriots but I think our cup drought will last longer than the Patriots SB drought!
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