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#2660375 3/15 GDT : Red Wings at Philadelphia Flyers, 7:30 ET

Posted by kipwinger on 15 March 2016 - 10:27 PM

We are actually pretty good when we press the pace. Maybe we should do that the whole game. Heaven forbid we try to score goals and lose occasionally rather than, you know, losing more often when we don't.


#2659185 3/13 GDT : Toronto Maple Leafs at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by kipwinger on 13 March 2016 - 02:40 PM

If we play like we did yesterday we will bury these hacks. I hope Larkin gets a hatty and Babs cries himself to sleep tonight on his mountain of money.


#2659109 3/12 GDT : New York Rangers at Red Wings, 2:00 EST

Posted by kipwinger on 12 March 2016 - 05:22 PM

Screw Young Floating Mike Babcock.  This team needs Joe Cool Jeff Blashill.

 

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#2659095 3/12 GDT : New York Rangers at Red Wings, 2:00 EST

Posted by kipwinger on 12 March 2016 - 04:56 PM

I really liked the Helm, Glendening, Richards line today.  And Green was awesome all game.  When he free wheels like that he's a dangerous player.




#2659084 3/12 GDT : New York Rangers at Red Wings, 2:00 EST

Posted by kipwinger on 12 March 2016 - 04:48 PM

Dear Jeff Blashill,

 

Don't change anything. 

 

Sincerely,

Everyone




#2658977 3/12 GDT : New York Rangers at Red Wings, 2:00 EST

Posted by kipwinger on 12 March 2016 - 04:23 PM

Speed and tenacity needs to be this team's identity going forward.  Aggressive, aggressive, aggressive. 




#2658934 3/12 GDT : New York Rangers at Red Wings, 2:00 EST

Posted by kipwinger on 12 March 2016 - 03:45 PM

It's that whole, "win one for the Gipper" mentality.  Apparently winning is easy if you "want it" and if you are losing its because you "don't care".  Not, you know, the product of careful preparation and execution of a well developed strategy that plays to your strengths and minimizes your weaknesses. 




#2658434 Marchenko vs. Smith

Posted by kipwinger on 10 March 2016 - 03:04 PM

Let me put it this way, the fact that these particular guys are seen as alternatives to one another is troubling. Smith is our best possession defenseman (not best offensive defenseman, and there's a difference). Marchenko is a good stay at home guy and pk option. Smith should be competing with Kronwall, Green, and (formerly) Kindl. Marchenko should be competing with Dekeyser, Quincey, and Ericsson. The fact that they're competing with each other is sort of willy nilly. But then again, if taking Ericsson out if the lineup is a non starter you're left with silly options.


#2658229 3/8 GDT : Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7:00 EST

Posted by kipwinger on 08 March 2016 - 09:24 PM

Please stop putting us on the power play. Please?


#2658084 3/8 GDT : Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7:00 EST

Posted by kipwinger on 08 March 2016 - 08:03 PM

Dude, glorify Babcock all you want.  I think we miss Jim Hiller a hell of a lot more than than we do Babs.  Give our current team a powerplay that's 2nd in the league and we aren't even talking about missing the playoffs right now.  




#2657477 Toews or Kane

Posted by kipwinger on 04 March 2016 - 06:14 PM

Most wingers never get much recognition for being good defensively. They just have so much less responsibility in that regard. Think about Hossa for instance, excellent defensively but never talked about the way Datsyuk, Bergeron, of Kopitar is. So its easy to see why people overlook Kane's defense. That and because " he's bad defensively" has become the most overused pejorative in the hockey universe. But Kane isn't really bad defensively. He's not a future Sellke winner (neither are any wingers) but he backchecks hard and picks up his man on the rush. What else is he supposed to do?

He's also such a good possession player that he's almost never playing defense. So what's it matter?

"He's bad defensively" is right up there with "Red Wings fans are spoiled" on the list of dumb cliches that irritate the hell out of me.


#2657387 Toews or Kane

Posted by kipwinger on 03 March 2016 - 06:34 PM

I really like Toews and think he's a very good player. But Kane is on another level. Toews is one of then 10 best centers in the league. Kane is one of the three best wingers. Despite the fact that its harder to be a good center than a good winger, if forced to choose I take Kane every time.


#2657386 Larkin should study McDavid ability to score.

Posted by kipwinger on 03 March 2016 - 06:28 PM

The comparison is apt. Crosby scored 102 points as a rookie. Toews scored 54 as a rookie. Neither were stalwart defenders.

Not too different than McDavid and Larkin's scoring rate and defensive ability this season.

And no, I wouldn't take Larkin over Mcdavid. But that wasn't an option. We have Larkin and I'm extremely happy with him. I'm not pining for Mcdavid one iota.


#2657045 Jensen

Posted by kipwinger on 02 March 2016 - 06:52 PM

I wonder how much of Pulkkinens success in the AHL had to do with Meile? Because he's making Frk look just as good right now. Also, while Frk is a long, long, way from an NHL player, his shot seems just as good as Pulkkinens, he's no slower (or faster), and his size alone will help him protect the puck better. I will make a bold prediction that he could we a decent third line winger and power play guy one day. Still needs a little development, but he finds spots well, shoots well, and is a decent in high traffic areas. Late bloomer no doubt, but I don't think he's a bust at all.


#2657036 Larkin should study McDavid ability to score.

Posted by kipwinger on 02 March 2016 - 06:15 PM

I don't care if we don't have the next Crosby. We have the next Toews. And as overrated as everyone says he is, he's good enough to win Cups. McDavid is a great player and all, but wishing Larkin was more like him is splitting hairs. They've both got very nice looking careers ahead of them. Who cares if McDavid scores more so long as Larkin wins more?