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Ok so why are they singing the Canadian national anthem? Last time I knew Buffalo and Detroit were in the U.S.
I think partly it's been held over from when all the teams sang the Canadian Anthem at their games after the Ottawa shootings. Lots of Ontario folks are season ticket holders for the Sabres also. Just guesses on my part, however.
Is it just me, or was the ceremony way too short? Yzerman and Lidstrom's were much better, imho. Though both had much longer tenure with the Wings and were career Wings whereas Hasek was more travelled. Or, was the keep it simple and short done to appease MSG Network (the Buffalo broadcaster).
Best Hasek memory was definitely the Gaborik launching. Hopefully they show it during the tribute video and it inspires Mrazek.
I'm stuck with the Buffalo feed due to it being local to the Binghamton Time Warner Cable, but at least I will be able to see the ceremony.
Here's hoping the Wings light it up on the Sabres in a big way. As in Oprah picks up the Wings scoresheet and starts playing "Hank gets a point! Pavel gets a point! EVERYBODY GETS A POINT!!!!!111!" for them on the scoreboard.
I know this isn't going to be popular with anyone except for krsmith, but I'd actually try Smith up with Kronwall. If it blows up, switch it back. Isn't the definition of insanity trying the same thing over and over and expecting a different result? Kronwall-Ericsson isn't working - they've got 6 even strength points together, and they're not exactly a defensive stalwart. I think throwing Smith up there might actually generate some offense, and perhaps showcase him for a trade (krsmith won't like this part).
Ericsson just can't seem to keep it together this year. I like the idea of balancing pairs, regardless of where they're supposed to fit, (Top 4 vs. Top 6, etc.) but Ericsson hasn't brought much balance to the pair up to this point. Honestly, I would try DeKeyser up there with Kronwall as well, but I think trying this first kind of gauges where Smith is at, and also leaves our strongest pair together (for now).
When Smith and Kronwall were paired last season they seemed to click well together. I'd be fine with it. I also like the balanced pairs idea, if it is done wisely. If you are going offensively minded with a stay at home pair, I don't think Kindl/Lashoff is a good idea unless it is in very sheltered minutes, and that is pushing it.
Mrazek will be fine, IMHO. I have a feeling he is going to step up like Fedorov did when Yzerman was hurt and had to be "the man". If they can muster some goals so Mrazek doesn't have to wear his backpack and carry them by stealing every game, they should be just fine.