As much as I would love to see Tootoo in to wipe the ice clean with Bickell and Shaw, putting him in after the implosion of the Hawks last game would only show a sign that you mean to be more aggressive and that would draw unwanted attention to your team thus resulting in a penalty every time Tootoo even looked at a Hawk....
Hey, I started the X posts thread and made it X=321 because I felt the Wings would win 3-1....ya me!
I like how even though the Hawks had the refs in their back pockets all game, they burned their bridges with them at the end of the 3rd. BTW, I thought the Ducks were out of the playoffs? F'ing baby ass pieces of crap these Hawks are... Toews got his way with the refs not calling jack pookie on the Hawks all game long...Wings had 2 PP into the 3rd to Hawks 5. There was a PLETHORA of non-calls, Smith took a flying elbow to the head in the 1st, Abby had his stick hacked out of his hands on a breakaway, the Franzen non-call (even though I think he tried to play it up a bit.) It was a hit from behind and should have been a boarding call, but Franzen did embellish it just a bit. It's nice that even with the Ref's so obviously trying to give Chicago the game, the Wings still kicked ass... This may have been the straw that broke the back of the Hawks...They should know by now that the Wings are for real and just because they are the #1 seed and won all 4 games against us in the regular season and went like 23 games without a regulation loss means nothing to the Wings...
I agree that Smith hasn't been very good. But I'm guessing a lot of teams would love for the Wings to dump him for nothing.
Smith is playing over 19 minutes a night, third among Dmen behind Kronwall and Ericsson. And now doing it against the best team in the league. He's getting exposed for the rookie he is.
Imagine if the Wings had played Kindl or Ericsson like that. They had the benefit of a better blueline so they could play lower pressure bottom pairing minutes. Smith is getting thrown in the deep end.
It's painful to watch, but this is the team we have right now. It's trial by fire.