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#2597065 ECQF Game 3 GDT : Lightning 0 at Red Wings 3 - DET Leads series 2-1

Posted by kipwinger on 21 April 2015 - 10:42 AM

I think it is foolish to believe there is some magical combination of lines that suddenly turns this team into a top tier force...we simply lack the depth and personnel to compete with the Lightning, especially given how inept our top young guys like Sheahan, Tatar and Nyquist have looked.

 

I agree.  I don't think we can compete with them no matter how we arrange the lines.  But I do think that you can arrange players in order to maximize your potential, even if the ceiling on that potential isn't as high as another team. 

 

Babcock's job is to make the Red Wing be as good as they can possibly be.  If that's still not good enough to beat Tampa, so be it.  But if we're not the best "us" that we can be, then he's doing something wrong.  So far, I honestly don't even think he's done a bad job.  We had some key injuries, and you had to know that Tampa was coming out strong.  Now we're in the adjustment phase.  We're very much in this series, but we need to find a way to get guys like Tatar, Nyquist, Sheahan involved.  I agree they've looked bad.  But we know they aren't bad.  So whatever the problem is, fix it.  That's partially the coach's job. 

 

I'm eager to see what he does from here on out. 




#2597060 WCQF : (7) Winnipeg Jets vs. (1) Anaheim Ducks

Posted by kipwinger on 21 April 2015 - 10:30 AM

The jets are not that good honestly. Them and Sens don't belong here and it shows.

 

I think the Jets ARE that good, I just think their goaltending is suspect.  Pavelec is like Howard, when he's on he's pretty good, but he's off way too often.  He doesn't seem to be able to make the big stops that the team needs so far in his career. 




#2596906 Sharks & McLellan part ways

Posted by kipwinger on 20 April 2015 - 04:39 PM

Blashill's not a clone of Babcock.  His teams can actually score at even strength. 




#2596886 Smith in. Marchenko out for Game 3

Posted by kipwinger on 20 April 2015 - 02:40 PM

 

This is only suggested because last year when they paired Smith and Kronner together, Smith's play went up. That's it. it's not about Smith being a number 1 d man. Its' just that when he is paired with Kronwall, he's a better overall D man.

 

No he's not better, he just looks better. 

 

It's like back when we had Ian White paired with Lidstrom.  The only thing it did was make Ian White look better than he was.  But it didn't make him, or the team, perform better. 

 

Putting Smith (or White) on the first pair doesn't make him a first pair defenseman.  And no matter how much you dress it up, you're still advocating putting a third pair defenseman on the first pair. 

 

Kronwall probably makes Ericsson look better than he is too.  But that doesn't seem to be working out.  Why would it work any better with a guy who's worse than E is?




#2596880 Smith in. Marchenko out for Game 3

Posted by kipwinger on 20 April 2015 - 02:25 PM

Aaaaaand we're back to suggesting Smith should be on the top pair?  C'mon guys. 

 

I don't have a problem with him coming back in for Marchenko.  Marchenko hasn't looked great.  But if any of you think Smith would look better than Ericsson against Tampa's best players you're nuts.




#2596878 Oilers win the Draft Lottery

Posted by kipwinger on 20 April 2015 - 02:21 PM

Remember that time Edmonton rushed McDavid into the league, he got hit really hard a bunch of times, and he was never the same again?

 

Oh wait, that's next year. 

 

Good luck losers.




#2596822 Sharks & McLellan part ways

Posted by kipwinger on 20 April 2015 - 11:33 AM

If I was Toronto I'd be all over McLellan and Chiarelli.  If they wait too long, and put all their eggs in the Babcock basket, they might actually get him. 




#2596787 Smith in. Marchenko out for Game 3

Posted by kipwinger on 20 April 2015 - 08:42 AM

Marchenko really looked lost last game.  No harm no foul bringing Smith back in.  We've got to do something to wake our team up, and sticking with the same old thing isn't going to hack it. 

 

I sure hope Brendan's ready.  We need mistake free hockey. 




#2596785 ECQF : (7) Sénateurs d'Ottawa vs. (2) Les Canadiens de Montréal

Posted by kipwinger on 20 April 2015 - 08:36 AM

Well this has been a tremendously satisfying series.  Try as they might, the Sens just can't seem to get past the unavoidable fact that eventually they were going to have to play actual hockey games against Montreal.  And in an actual hockey game, with real players, in the real playoffs...Ottawa was just completely, absolutely, 100%, outclassed. 

 

Maybe next time they should make some adjustments after the first loss?  Switch up the game plan?  Identify weaknesses and mismatches?

 

Well, that or spend all our time threatening injuries to the other team and deftly using Chris Neil (Lol.) as a decoy. 

 

That's Canadian hockey for you. 




#2596353 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Tampa Bay Lightning 5

Posted by kipwinger on 18 April 2015 - 04:47 PM

Here's a crazy though.  Instead of trying to shut down/shot suppress the best offense in the league, a team that couldn't be shut down all year, how about taking the puck out of their hands and making their (questionable) defense win or lose this series for them? 

 

We're not going to win this series by trying to shut down their offense.  Because our defense isn't as good as their offense is. 

 

BUT, maybe our offense is better than their defense is.  I mean, it's not like they're defensive stalwarts. 

 

Or we can just keep doing the same thing over and over. 




#2596319 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Tampa Bay Lightning 5

Posted by kipwinger on 18 April 2015 - 04:37 PM

This game is not an improvement over last game.  That's just more Babcock doublespeak.  If you "played better" and got murdered 5-1 then you really didn't play better at all.  We got dominated just as bad this game as we did last game.  Sure the shots are closer, but if you ever believed that we were in this game you're nuts. 

 

If we lost then next game 10-2, but the shots on goal are the same for both teams, is that an improvement?  Of course not. 




#2596279 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Tampa Bay Lightning 5

Posted by kipwinger on 18 April 2015 - 04:24 PM

Danny Dekeyser is freaking awesome.  Do people pay attention to all the plays he busts up with his positioning and his stick work?  He is going to be a very, very, good defender as he hits his prime.  He'll probably not score a million points, but he'll be excellent defensively while giving you 35-40 pts. 

 

He's like a young Jay Bouwmeester, who's not worth his contract, but good nevertheless. 




#2596196 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Tampa Bay Lightning 5

Posted by kipwinger on 18 April 2015 - 04:01 PM

 

People can blame Babcock all they want but a new coach doesnt change the fact that the guys wearing the sweater just arent good enough.

 

And you can make excuses for his system all you want, but if you get the same exact result for five or six years (despite your roster) suggests maybe you need a new approach. 

 

Seemed to work well for Washington and Nashville so far.  Why is it so hard to believe that maybe there's a coach out there who's system is more suited for the roster we already have?

 

The other option is to fire the GM, team President, scouts, trainers, prospect developers...and replace them with a more Babcockian alternative.  Which is brilliant if it weren't for the fact that Ken Holland's organizational philosophy is DRAMATICALLY more effective than Mike Babcock's. 

 

For the millionth time.  Babcock is a good coach.  But he's not the right coach for this team.  Get someone else, or get the same results. 




#2596185 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Tampa Bay Lightning 5

Posted by kipwinger on 18 April 2015 - 03:56 PM

 

We're in pain like Dostoevsky's heroes.  

 

I once visited Dostoevsky's home in St. Petersburg.  I can't say I blame him for being in pain.  He was a creative guy in an uncreative environment.  He was like the Tomas Tatar of Imperial Russia. 




#2596116 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Tampa Bay Lightning 5

Posted by kipwinger on 18 April 2015 - 03:43 PM

How many times do you have to dump the puck into the offensive zone, and then lose the puck battle on the boards, before you try something different?

 

This is the most one dimensional team in the league.  We are not Winnipeg, Columbus, or St. Louis.  Chip and chase hockey isn't going to work with this roster.  As long as Babcock continues to do the same thing, with the same results, we'll never win a god damn thing.