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#2265638 Players you hate for being good

Posted by HelmFan on 02 March 2012 - 10:21 AM

It always seem like a lot of guys score their first career goal against the Wings.

That's who I hate: the guys with no career goals, because you just know that they're going to score.

#2248299 What's wrong with Abdelkader?

Posted by HelmFan on 23 January 2012 - 01:09 PM

Let us compare Helm and Abby- I am assuming you believe that Helm is 'good enough' for the NHL while Abby is not. To put the statistics is perspective, Helm has played two less games, but he has a 2min/game TOI advantage. Helm has played ~45 min more than Abby this season. Thus, Helm's statistics (in total) should be similar or better (if you assume Helm is the better player), as it would take Abby three more games to equal Helm's total TOI.

Face off percentage: Abby has a .2 advantage. IMO this is a draw.
Hits: Abby has 24 more hits than Helm. Advantage Abby.
Blocked Shots: Abby has 5 more. Advantage Abby.
Giveaways: Helm has 4 more. Advantage Abby.
Takeaways: Helm has 8 more. Advantage Helm.
Goals: Both have five. Draw.
Assists: Helm has one more. IMO draw.
PIM: Abby has more (minors and total). Draw IMO as Abby has off-setting minors often.
+/-: Helm has a +2 advantage; however, they have equal goals for when on the ice. Draw/edge Helm.
Fights: Abby has two, Helm hasn't come close. Advantage Abby.

You credit Abby's success to Cleary, but you do not credit Cleary with the success of Helm or Miller. Simply, Abby has done at least as well as Helm (on paper) despite spending more time on a line with Emmerton and Homer. Abby is not the problem, the makeup of the fourth line is the problem IMO.

I'm sorry but saying Abdelkader is better than Helm is completely asinine. This make me think you 1) don't watch many games and judge players by what you see on the game sheet or 2) Abdlekader's moher.

I won't waste my time trying to prove why one player is better than another with someone who is so blatantly ignorant.

I can guarantee you that no one in the hockey world agrees with you on that one. You might find some posters who might agree that Abby > Miller. You should start with that.

And I can guarantee that nobody in league goes into a game worried about being roughed-up, hit, or fought by Abdelakder. I would bet most players haven't even heard of him. Don't worry about him getting traded, he's not worth a 3rd round pick.

#2248269 What's wrong with Abdelkader?

Posted by HelmFan on 23 January 2012 - 11:21 AM

The problem with Abdelkader is he is not good enough to play in the NHL. Not on this team anyways. If the waiver situation was reversed, we would be seeing Nyquist, and Tatar instead of Emmerton and Abdelkader.

Abby got most of his points and that big +/- playing with Cleary at the beginning of last season when Danny was scoring every time he shot the puck.

It drives me nuts that he get preferential treatment from Babcock because of his size.

Anyways, I agree with everyone about the lack of depth at centre being the bigger problem. In previous years, the Wings have had plenty of depth at centre, but now that Draper is gone and Filppula is playing wing, we've found ourselves with a serious hole up the middle.

We need to acquire a Nhl caliber centreman. If he's better than Helm and can take the 3rd line spot, Great! but if not, I'd be happy with any step up from Emmerton.

With a good enough centre I think Abdelkader can be a serviceable 4th line winger, sort of a "Mcarty light" type guy.

#2245654 1/14 GDT : Blackhawks 2 at Red Wings 3 (OT)

Posted by HelmFan on 14 January 2012 - 02:19 PM

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Howard must get better at handling the puck. Thats the 4th time today.

I agree. Jimmy's puck handling has always been very weak.

#2245251 The ONE thing I can't stand about Wings games on FSD.....

Posted by HelmFan on 13 January 2012 - 01:03 PM

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I'd rather watch an Arby's commercial 275 times straight than a report from Shannon Hogan in the stands.

Yeah, she's awful

#2239499 What this team needs!

Posted by HelmFan on 28 December 2011 - 10:46 AM

Defensively the team is more than fine. They've addressed the problems of previous seasons and in my mind we have one of the top few defenses in the league. Focus needs to shift to a reliable second line scorer. It's nice to have depth scoring from everywhere, but we need at least one player who can consistently pot a goal outside of Datsyuk and Franzen.

I strongley disagree that Franzen can consistenly score goals.

#2238446 Jimmy Howard - "Iím just sick and tired of getting run over.

Posted by HelmFan on 22 December 2011 - 09:10 PM

In other words, he's very expendable.

I said last season (during his awful playoff) that we should get rid of him. He doesn't give us anything we don't already have. I'd rather see his roster spot taken by an enforcer.

He's our worst bottom 6 forward right now. Doesn't score points, and doesn't fight for his teammates. Why is he on the team again?

I was getting negg'd earlier in the year for suggesting abby wasn't good enough to be playing on the first line ! (how dare I).

Now you're getting pluses for saying he's not good enough to be on the team. Crazy!! ( I agree, and have thought so for a long time)

#2237237 12/19 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Oilers 2

Posted by HelmFan on 19 December 2011 - 04:22 PM

Maybe the Blues fans should concentrate actually winning a playoff series for the first time in ages and thats assuming they hang on to the playoff spot.

since 96/97 the blues have only won 5 playoff series.
since 96/97 the wings have only won 4 stanely cups.

suck it, blue troll

#2235933 Can Conner reasonably be sent down?

Posted by HelmFan on 14 December 2011 - 04:32 PM

I think it's a little too soon to be getting excited about our 3rd line. They have only had 3 really good games together, and two of those games were pretty much blow outs. There's going to come a game or two when the first two lines "phone" it in and we're going to need our bottom 6 to step up for us. Untill then I'll be cautiously excited for them.

I'm also going bet that now that Cleary is scoring again, it won't be long untill he's put back up in the top 6; ruining the chemistry on all 3 lines.

When, Eaves and Mursak come back, Emmerton and Brunnstrom will be in the ahl and the remaining 4th liners will all be put on rotation, just like last year.

and since we are talking bottom 6, I'd like to point out that IMO Drew Miller has been fantastic this year. They should give him a shot at centre before putting him on bench rotation because he does not deserve to be sat.

#2226549 11/17 GDT: Red Wings 2 at Sharks 5

Posted by HelmFan on 17 November 2011 - 09:50 PM

Okay? Did I state that?

Abby has done more than Fabian in the past two seasons. Fabain has played in the AHL (and NHL for the Wings) with teams affiliated with two non-playoffs teams. Abby has played in the playoffs and has been a constant NHler. Fabian has passed through waivers without being claimed, Abby has not been sent down and IMO he would be claimed if he were sent down.

Abby has proved he is a stable third line player through his play last year in the playoffs and his play this year. Fabian has not proven he can play in the NHL on any line (he is a solid fourth liner for the Wings though). Abby could become a Cleary type player for the Wings (playing any line) if his scoring improves when his lines-mates improve.

I have nothing against Fabian, but he needs to earn his time. This is a player that could not crack two non-playoff teams, and was not claimed on waivers. I am glad the Wings are giving him a chance- he just needs to earn his minutes.

I think Fabian is unproven. And I don't have much of an opinion on him, as he has played and looked ok in what 2 games?

my beef is with Abdelkader. I don't think Abby has proven he is a third line player. I believe he was our worst player during last year regular season, and during the playoffs he was horrific.

It also sounds like you think he could become a Cleary type player. Which implies he's not as good as Cleary right now. Well, if Cleary is not working out with Datysuk right now, why would someone who's not as good as Cleary work out? doesn't make sense to me.

in his defence Abdelkader has been better this year, and I hope he proves that he deserves a chance on that first line. I'd rather be wrong and have a winning team, than to sit here and say "told you so"

go wings. I wish the game would start already.

#2222983 Unbiased Assessment of Each Player

Posted by HelmFan on 05 November 2011 - 01:37 PM

This season, I feel neither Helm or Abdelkader have outplayed one another. They're just about equal.

But, last season Helm was far, far better than Abdelkader. It's not even close. I think a closer comparison last year, would be Helm to Filppula.

Abby was the worst player on the team. Hudler and Modano were the most disappointing, but Abdelkader was the hands down worst. He got most of his points playing with Danny Cleary when he was on fire at the beginning of the season. After that, he had one two goal game late in the year. His playoff performance was, well, would any disagree if I said "horrendous"?

Helm, on the hand, was the top Pk'er, second in FO % and helped carry the team when Datsyuk was out. I also not that the line of Draper, Eaves, Helm had been our most consistent performing line the last two years. I remember at the end of the year Helm had some votes for season MVP on this forum, I don't remember the results, but a third liner just getting a vote on this team must tell you something.

It was infuriating to watch Eaves, Miller, and Draper rotate last season while Abdelkader got 2nd line minutes and time on the PP. He was even out there a few times as the extra attacker. I really can not figure Babcock's love affair with this guy.

Anyways, I will get some negs for this post. some people here think very highly of Abs because 1) He is from Michigan 2) he was drafted in the second round 3) he fights,
only one of which is even close to a hockey quality.

However, this season Abdelkader has been much better and is one of the more consistent guys out there. He has definitely stepped it up after a terrible season last year. which, really, is what really matters now.

#2220837 11/1 GDT: Wild 2 at Red Wings 1 (OT)

Posted by HelmFan on 01 November 2011 - 02:10 PM

If I was Helm, I would be pissed that I got demoted to the 4th line. especially, with all of the current underachievers ( Cleary, Bertuzzi,Zetterberg,Abdelkader)

If we're trying to shake up the roster, why not put in the guy who has at least earned 2nd line minutes?

Bold prediction: the 4th line leads us to a win tonight.

#2200491 Winnipeg Jets' New Logo

Posted by HelmFan on 22 July 2011 - 07:23 PM

I'm disappointed, I like the old one so much more. I bet a lot of people will continue to buy the old style merchandise.

On the other hand, I do think this logo would look good for a commercial airline.

#2198983 Things you're hoping to see more of this season.

Posted by HelmFan on 17 July 2011 - 09:54 PM

a lot less line juggling.

#2168980 WCSF Game 5 GDT: Red Wings 4 at Sharks 3

Posted by HelmFan on 08 May 2011 - 07:50 PM

joe thornton is an embarassment to the number 19

that was an embarassment to 6'4" 240 lb men every where. And why is still acting "hurt" in the penalty box? who are you trying to convince?