In college I used to stay up the night before drinking ice beer and watching all my favorite hockey movies before skipping class the next day and getting to the bar...early. I tend to think that would be frowned upon these days.
Right. The only line I don't like is the top line.
Well, I wouldn't go that far. I obviously don't like the top line. I would prefer the current second line actually be the third line. And I'd prefer Joakim Andersson go the f*** away. But other than that I suppose it's as good as it's going to be until Datsyuk gets back and Weiss figures out the secret handshake or whatever Babs needs in order to accept his bona fides.
As much as the forward lines make me want to puke, I will say that there's potential for the Nyquist-Helm-Nestrasil line to do a little damage. It's the same basic dynamic as the Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco line except that Nyquist is a little better offensively than Tatar and Jurco is a little better than Nestrasil.
I dunno.....Maybe it's the scotch I'm usually enjoying in the evening hours when I watch hockey.....Franzen doesn't look like he's giving 100% a good portion of the night, and he seems to be getting pushed, or knocked down along the boards more often than not.
It's been said numerous times before...Babs is more or less forced to give the Mule top 6 ice time since there's few options...I'd much rather see the young guys get more ice time.
I'm not saying Mule is a workaholic or anything. But I don't think he's "a soft, lazy, floater" either. If you haven't noticed, once people around here (and around hockey in general) start saying something, it keeps getting said no matter how much evidence there is to the contrary. Babcock was using Franzen on the PK last year...before the injuries started to happen. He didn't have to, he chose to. Somehow I doubt that the hockey coach equivalent of IBM's Deep Blue supercomputer would use a lazy, soft, stupid, weak, pathetic, spineless, ***** on the PK just for kicks.
I think the Wings are very easy to play against physically. The big guys aren't known for their hitting. Franzen is big and skilled, but doesn't really battle for pucks. Team speed is supposed to be our real strength, but that didn't really work for us when playing against a team like Boston.
We're certainly not as physical as Boston. Good thing we don't play them 82 times every season. Also, I don't think Franzen is as big a pattycake as everyone makes him out to be. He battled along the walls all the time. Babcock wouldn't play him as much as he does if Franzen didn't.
On the plus side, this might be the biggest group of forwards we've played in a while. A pretty decent mix of size to go with the smaller, faster skilled guys.
Half of the forwards at least 6'1"/200 lbs.
I know Franzen and Andersson aren't overly physical, but as a Wings fan, I'll take what I can get.
I don't think "being physical" matters at much as people tend to think. Many fans (around the league) think if you're big and you're not playing like Backes or Lucic then you're "easy to play against". Which is likely not true. Obviously its harder to play against guys like that, but it's probably no walk in the park trying to body up Franzen for 60 minutes. No matter how "physical" he is (or isn't), he's still 225 lbs. of forward that you've got to try and contain for an entire game.