I don't mind the losing but could they at least put a solid effort in? They played so well in those 2 games against Boston. I thought we've been giving them the benefit of the doubt since early December? The team is not hungry. I think even Babs is not hungry anymore. Has he snapped on this team yet? Do they just ignore him? I can't figure this team out.
They have 3 days off and play a team which has to fly across the country to play them and they score 1 goal at home? We're the easiest team in the league to play right now. We don't compete. It's all perimiter shoot from the boards hockey. No one pays the price and they miss the net ten times more than they used to. There is no puck support and Z and Dats are trying to be the Harlem Globetrotters and stickhandle through 4 guys all the time. Teams have us figured out. Clog the neutral zone and pick off the stupid east west passes. Teams have been employing these tactics for years on us. It can be combated if we hustle and support each other. Babs says you should always see 5 Wings on the tv at all times. I usually see 2 maybe 3. The Wings always lose the numbers games. Instead of dumping the puck in they keep it and turn it over. They create no offense. The power play is predictable. No team speed and too many battles lost.
This team is outworked EVERY game. The Joe is an easy place to play right now. It has been for all of 2011. I keep hearing they will be good when the playoffs roll around. Last I checked we have not clinched a birth yet. The standings are so close right now. We can't win 1 game a week and expect to get in. Right now I'm just looking for a win. This team reminds me of the 2006 team which played lazy perimiter hockey. It's all individual and no team play. The talent is not being used properly. It coaching or player execution? I don't know. All I know is that this kind of hockey is a recipe for failure. They all seem pretty content losing though. It seems no one is mad enough to do anything about it. I thought Babs would have lost it by now but obviously he hasn't. The players don't seem to care. We heard Franzen and Zetterberg say how good they thought the team was playing during this losing streak.
He also said the Caps would win the Cup last year.
That's because they were. Minus some spurts in the LA and PHX game, of course. We were in the SJ game until Joey's gaffe. That's not to say I enjoyed the results of the games; it's a complete bummer we lost in PHX. With that being said, I felt we owned the first period last night, and totally got screwed out of a double minor (obviously). But, as Babcock said, "Those are the breaks." You just deal with them and move on. I don't want Babcock to become irate again - we know what the problems are, they know what the problems are, and I'm sure are trying to correct it. I tend to agree with Jimmy's sentiments following last night's game - we didn't win, but we definitely put forth a far better effort than what was shown in the 3rd period in PHX. There was definitely a conscious effort to dump and chase last night, and it paid dividends in the first period. Then we kind of relented with that strategy after we were down and I saw the old "try to deke at the blue line when there are 4 opposite colored jerseys around me" routine. The good news is this: atleast we didn't give up many goals, and we now have recent film on how to protect a lead in the NHL. Unfortunately, it was the Kings maintaing the lead, but the Red Wings will take notes I'm sure and move on. While I don't disagree that the Joe is easy to play at right now, I firmly believe we can take a few positives out of last night's game and translate them into a win next game. A couple calls and bounces here and there, and it could have been a different outcomes last night. In any event, here's to a stomping of the Oil on Friday!
I don't understand / agree with the sentiment that it was a bad call. You can clearly see in any replay that Salei, on his last resort, diving attempt, yanked a little on Ryan's left arm. It's a hook by definition! This impeded a quality, legitimate scoring chance, and a PS was called. Very fair in my opinion. I'm sure he sold the hook by toe picking and falling, thus making it seem like an egregious penalty on Salei's behalf, but I'm going to say the Ref saw the hook and called that instead of a "trip". I'm not sure what the box score reports the play as, but I'm too lazy to look. Regardless, it was a hook and a penalty was deserved.
Howard played a FANTASTIC game, and his leathered larceny on Perry was AWESOME. Wish the PP clicked / got more shots on, but it is what it is. That's my favorite cliche, so deal with it everybody.
Just an interesting point to make - whenever I see Jimmy chart faceoffs on the bench, he's writing with his left hand. I don't think I've ever seen a left-handed person catch with his left hand...ever. I write with my right and catch left, and I thought literally every goalie did that (catch with the non dominant hand). Here's to being unique, Jimmy!