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#2273308 3/24 GDT : Hurricanes 4 at Red Wings 5

Posted by puckbags on 24 March 2012 - 11:33 AM

As much as I like Smith- - I REALLY do- - I will be thrilled to have the greatest Defenceman of all time back in the line-up tonight. If Nick declared himself a game-time decision saying he wanted to test it twice to be sure, then you have to assume he felt good on it this morning and just wants to make sure he gets the same result later tonight before the game. I think that leans more to him playing tonight then not playing. Here is to hoping #5 is back tonight and the Wings get rolling. GO WINGS!

I love Smith and I really don't think that he should be sitting but I think the big picture here is that Kindl and Ericcson need to get some games in before the playoffs start to get game ready. To have a 3rd pairing of Quincey - Smith/E/Kindl come playoff time isn't such a bad problem to have.

#2272496 3/21 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Rangers 2 (OT)

Posted by puckbags on 21 March 2012 - 02:50 PM

Um....Win....and quit playing like a bunch of sweaty jock straps lol.

#2270518 Call the team out

Posted by puckbags on 15 March 2012 - 08:39 AM

I could careless if they scored or not; 99% of Franzens shots miss the net by a country mile. "Franzen shoots! Wide high off the glass"

Same with Hudler, for every good pass he makes he commits 3 turnovers.

IMO, this is not a SLUMP. They just aren't lucky enough to be winning like they had been. We have been playing lackluster with flashes of brilliance for 2 seasons now.

Yea because 45-50 win seasons are clearly based on flashes of brilliance and luck..are you serious?

#2270511 Call the team out

Posted by puckbags on 15 March 2012 - 07:54 AM

Obviously the most important injuries to this team are Dats and Lidstrom but to say they are the only injuries that matter is crazy. It's a domino affect. Franzen for instance has not only had to play with 1 new line mate but 2. Injuries change the line combos and the ice time that some of these guys are forced to play. White has looked terrible and should have a better ability to adjust to a new partner but it is difficult to go from playing with argurably the best d man ever to someone new. It is also so much harder to hide struggling guys in the lineup somewhere when you have injuries and they are forced to play. It's the dog days of the season, we are struggling but if you need a cheer up try channelling 07-08..it is a very similar feeling. Things turned out ok that year.

#2269064 3/10 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Predators 3

Posted by puckbags on 10 March 2012 - 09:37 PM

Can't be mad with the effort. These guys are a good hockey team. Keep plugging and get one in the third.

#2268759 3/9 GDT : Kings 3 at Red Wings 4

Posted by puckbags on 09 March 2012 - 10:32 PM

Great game. No Datsyuk, No Lidstrom, no Howard, no Bertuzzi, no Kindl, no problem. Well, it was closer than it would have been, but you get the point. Smith was great. If there's a silver lining on the injuries to Ericsson and Kindl, it's that he's gotten to show his stuff. And this is him as an NHL newbie.

Par for the course.

Haha I knew you would like that one Crymson !

#2268653 3/9 GDT : Kings 3 at Red Wings 4

Posted by puckbags on 09 March 2012 - 09:45 PM

This is one of the worst hockey games I have seen in a long time. !

#2268067 Playoff race thread

Posted by puckbags on 07 March 2012 - 11:30 AM

All I know is finishing 4th in the Conference will not get us a Cup!

I would love to hear the logic in this one, what does finishing 4th, 1st or 8th have to do with getting on a roll and winning 16 games?

#2268032 3/6 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Flyers 3

Posted by puckbags on 07 March 2012 - 10:26 AM

their percentage of playoff losses by one goal or two with an EN since the lockout is even higher than that. losing close games is still losing.

It's funny you say that because if we win a one goal game against someone you see as sub par you ***** because we should have beat them by 12 goals but when we lose one goal games losing is still losing. Basically what I'm saying is that if :

Losing is losing then winning is winning right? 2 points is 2 points, 0 points is 0 points?

As it stands the only teams that really pose a threat to the Wings are San Jose (mostly due to psychology than skill now), St. Louis (for pure upstart underdog value) and maybe...just maybe Vancouver. None of which we'd play early in the playoffs anyway, except for San Jose.

Honestly, this relentless pessimism is getting to me.

Haha, sometimes it's comical to me and other times it just gets old. There seems to be one person with about 3 or 4 accounts..it's kinda obvious. There is being critical of your team and then there is just being a fairweather ****** canoe.

#2266864 Datsyuk's on the ice for today's practice

Posted by puckbags on 05 March 2012 - 01:28 PM

Remember in 2008 when the Wings won 1 game out of 11 due to a depleted lineup? In an 82 game season, every team has ups and downs. The Wings will rebound from this stretch without their star players.

They usually do, thats why the importance of picking up as many points as possible when you are healthy is huge.

#2266333 3/4 GDT : Blackhawks 2 at Red Wings 1

Posted by puckbags on 04 March 2012 - 02:56 PM

The good news is Eddie O won't be anywhere near the commentary for our game.

#2266154 Brendan Smith watch thread

Posted by puckbags on 03 March 2012 - 04:29 PM

My only comment about Smith so far is that this kid should never play another game in the AHL.

#2264508 2/28 GDT : Red Wings 5 at Blue Jackets 2

Posted by puckbags on 28 February 2012 - 01:07 PM


no datsyuk
no lidstrom
macdonald starting

throw in the wings' play against terrible teams this year, and i'd say it's a 4-1 columbus victory tonight.

i do like the fraznen demotion. if only babcock had the balls to stick with it or actually bench him. the reality is that he'll be off the 3rd line in no time.

Good thing your useless predictions don't hold any weight around here or we would go 0-82.

#2264434 2012 NHL Trade Deadline Thread - February 27th, 3:00 PM ET

Posted by puckbags on 28 February 2012 - 09:22 AM

You are right. I will lower my expectations from now on and be happy when they make the playoffs. Since I am 'not a fan' if I watch 82 games a year and then watch them get beat by their obvious weaknesses that they have had for years in the playoffs.

Who asked you to lower your expectations? It might be a good start to set out some realistic expectations though. I know this team has a shot to win every year, some years more then others but even my undersized brain knows it's not going to happen every year. For the first time in 20 years this team has to look ahead at the big picture with impending retirements and free agents leaving. Most teams arent good enough to plan for the future as well as make a run at the cup, its usually either one or the other. If I was a new fan to hockey and logged on this site today you would think we were in 11th in the conference and trying to make a run at the playoffs.

#2264372 trade idea for the summer

Posted by puckbags on 27 February 2012 - 11:47 PM

In essence, Smith will be replacing Stuart. Hard to tell at this point who is gonna be back next year. I'll throw something out there.



With Commodore gone, we'll wanna get a cheap 7th defenseman capable of stepping in when needed. I'd be happy with any one of the following:

Jim Vandermeer
Sheldon Brookbank
Shane O'Brien
Matt Carkner
Bryan Allen

Im quite content with Holland not overpaying today, we have a legitimate chance at winning the cup this year but we have so much security/cap space for next year if Lids and Stuart move on I think it's set up really nice. That being said (not knocking your lineup) but if all that beautiful money that we have for next year gets spent on Winchester I will lose my 20 years of patience with Mr. Holland lol