That datsyuk line has played together and I loved the way they played never understood why it was broken up
Second line has speed on the wings with the size in the middle of sheahan
Third line has Z playing wing in a little reduced minutes with Richards who's had lots of jump and AA who can fly. Veteran presence will help AA and he'll help the vets with energy. AA and Richards have shown great chemistry
4th line this is your grind line and they should play all damn night against Johnson. Grind on those guys and make them feel it every damn shift, you shut that line down we win
4th matches up against Johnson all nights and beats the living piss out of those guys.
E sits because I can't watch that guy for another single minute of hockey
Mrazek in net because he is our best goalie and the only way we win a game is with him in her. Howard is trash
Datsyuk better step his game up because Johnson line is completely wiping the floor with him and z. If Nyquist and Tatar don't wake the F**k up then both can be scratches and I'll gladly give pulk and someone from GR a chance. Sick and tired of those two playing like pansies and the disappearing act.
Time to wake the f**k up and grow up. Blashill and holland need to be fired after this sweep
D doesn't really have a leader. You can say Kronwall but you have to play like a leader to be a leader. Would really like to see Smith in for Ericsson. Just seems like they are so much slower when he's on the ice. Tampa is a fast team, you have to match it with skating ability. Smith > Ericsson
Ya I agree with this, plus smith adds a more nasty presence.
Any line with Z and D can't get down ice - neither gets skating down ice fast enough and the play goes side to side. Doesn't matter who you put with them.
Okay I disagree with you those guys still get down the ice maybe not with pure speed but pav can still break in the zone fairly easily, z does it more with strength, and I believe those two will get better they always take a game to get adjusted to playing with each other again. I think mantha would be the perfect fit with them. Not every line has to be fast those two are smart enough and can make plays that they don't need pure speed. Then your 2nd, 3rd, and 4th lines are pretty quick
Best trade his contract to a cap floor team, or be handcuffed all next season. If Holland doesn't do this he is worse than this season have proven.
It said in the article that holland won't trade his contract
In that article, it says that the Red Wings told him they will not trade his contract to relieve the cap. Holland, in his obsessive loyalty will eat the $7.5M hit for the year and handicap his team for no reason but to stay loyal. f*** Holland, he needs to be fired!
That's not even staying loyal it's not like the guy is gonna play for that team or even be mentioned by that team. Holland is a damn fool
The thing that I look at is were not seen or looked at as a contender so that means we have nothing to lose, so why play it safe and try to as we say "lean on the vets" there are a lot of exciting kids Larkin, AA, Mantha, at times even tats and goose so why not embrace them there fast, hungry, and skilled why not? What is there to lose? I'm not saying sit pav and Z if anything I say we put them together with a guy like Larkin and let them dominate. Ya it may leave the rest of the group as considered to be inexperienced but those inexperienced guys also have talent, speed, and are hungry. Turn these guys loose play fast and let the kids play, I think we'd be a lot better
THere is absolutely no way AA and Mantha will play in the same game in the playoffs unless we are seriously desperate. Neither of them are even close to where they need to be defensively and when line matching gets really greasy in the playoffs they will get exposed.
Z - D - Abs
Larkin - Sheahan - Gus
Helm - Glen - Tats
Andy - Richards - Mantha/AA
Sheahan and Glendening have been very good lately. The only way to get Z going is to play him with Pavel. The other winger on that line could be anyone but Abby has been there and knows his role. I just think there is no way AA and Mantha are in the lineup at the same time.
Ya and that's the problem with the way our coach thinks, honestly I don't think AA is bad at all defensively
Except possibly for Helm they are all suspect defensively. Any coach in the playoffs would overload that side. Over 4 games you are cooked.
Then throw one of Abby or Nyquist on the left wing. Larkin is not bad defensively. I really don't think any of our forwards are especially bad defensively. It's just on the wings everyone expects players to play defense like pav does abd like Z used to