This place is f**ked which is part of the reason I love it here but we have lost 2 games in a row, played like s*** and now it's going to be 2343 offseason threads...have some faith. I like how the OP put in the disclaimer at the start of his post ...
"Ok folks, I'm not one to panic and say the sky is falling, nor am I one to be negative when things get bumpy."
i predict the sharks PP running above 30% for the series. not good for the wings.
Are you the guy who just predicts stuff until you eventually get it right? You are the guy who picked the Coyotes to win right? You should go work for ESPN because they keep saying the Wings are due for a bad year eventually. Duh !
Both Western Conference series start in the Pacific time zone so it would make sense to have them staggered with one starting Thursday and one Friday but since when does Buttman and the NHL ever make sense. That would also give NBC a possible Saturday game #2 and a Sunday game #2. As for the people bitching about the travel...cmon...SJ has to travel too and it's not like these guys travel in buses for hours. They fly in the nicest planes, sleep in the best hotels and have world class trainers. I think they will manage.
It would be awesome if someone in the Detroit area could manufacture 20,000 plastic Octopus that would be given out just off the property of Joe Louis arena and after Dats dangles and snipes top cheese 3:14 seconds into the 1st period they all get thrown on the ice.
20 years as a Wings fan and I feel the same way I do every year. No excuse not to win the cup. As soon as game 82 is over it's a clean slate. I don't care about the path to get there as long as it leads to Lord Stanley's Mug.
Canucks haven't played in almost a week, they recently lost the #2 faceoff man in the league for the rest of the regular season and playoffs, they haven't played well against Detroit all year AND, Wings are looking to benchmark their playoff readiness in tonight's game...
Canucks should win handily
We are? We are missing 1/3 of our forwards. I think the Wings would like nothing more than to win this game but a benchmark....I don't think so.
Who sits? I'm hoping that Babs has the gull to scratch Mule and Bert. I'll give Modano another game or two just because of the long break he had.
As it is today at this point in time I wouldn't mind seeing Mule, Bert, Homer, or Miller sit.
Cmon, I don't care how bad you think Mule is playing but lets get one thing straight, THE MULE WILL NOT SIT IN THE PRESS BOX...EVER...30-40 goal scorers do not sit in a league where goal scoring is at a premium.
It was charging in that he took multiple strides gearing up for the hit.
It was elbowing, as he led with his elbow and that was the initial contact point.
It was a head-shot in that he hit the player in the head as the principal point of contact.
Lessard should be happy if that game is the only one.
Go watch figure skating...it's not a charge, he didnt lead with his elbow and the guy was bent over how was he supposed to not hit him somewhere around head? Get your f***in head up. I don't defend goons who cant skate like Lessard and I want the blatant head shots out of the game but if anything that meathead read the play pretty well and threw a good solid hit.
Defending the POS makes you look like a fool. Have you taken a look at his stats lately? He can't stop a puck at a critical time of the game. His rebound control is like a ping pong ball bouncing off a ping pong table. He shouldn't ever try to puck handle, he causes a turnover or makes bad decisions.
The guy is a bum and a waist of a roster spot. Wings are not winning the cup with him in net.
I came in here for 5 minutes to come read about the nut jobs and you friend have made my night....you sound like a fool...the guy gives up 2 goals..one a beautiful deflection and you want him shipped out of town...get used to him you basket case he's here for 2 years on the cheap.