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#2643265 The Killer Instict

Posted by kipwinger on 18 December 2015 - 06:47 AM

 

I don't think its a knee-jerk reaction based off the last two games.  The Wings have blown 11 third period leads over the course of the season so far.  Our win percentage when leading after 2 periods is .625, which is second worst in the league, and that isn't trending up.

 

And I do think it's knee jerk considering this thread, and most of the opinions herein, didn't spring up while we were regularly beating good teams.  Nobody was rushing around to talk about all the changes we needed to make when we were busy beating Montreal in regulation.  But lose two games and here we go. Look back through the GDT's and see how many people were saying "I know we're scoring goals, winning games, and even getting points in our loses...but dammit we need roster changes". 

 

They weren't.

 

But I'll give you one thing.  Our win percentage when leading after two periods IS low.  So low, in fact, that I'd argue its an anomaly.  So low that its almost a freak thing.  So low that MUCH worse rosters aren't even comparably bad.  And as such, it's probably not something a roster change is going to fix. 

 

THIS is a mental thing.  And probably a usage thing as well.  Changing around bodies for depth players, who probably aren't going to be on the ice late in games anyway, isn't going to address the issue. 




#2643175 The Killer Instict

Posted by kipwinger on 16 December 2015 - 06:47 PM

I'm not saying we should make no changes. I'm saying we should not make knee jerk changes based on games like the last two while forgetting about how good we have looked against teams like Los Angeles, Washington, St. Louis, and Montreal.

Also, I disagree that we are the same team as the last three years. Aside from the internal growth of guys like Tatar, Nyquist, and Dekeyser, we also added Green, Richards, and Larkin. We are a MUCH better team than we were a year go. And we will continue to play better as we work out the growing pains (I.e. the power play, defense scoring, usage issues, etc.)


#2643166 The Killer Instict

Posted by kipwinger on 16 December 2015 - 05:44 PM

Everybody should chill a bit. A week ago we played super well against two of the very best teams in the league. This week we had a couple stinkers. Oh well. It happens. We aren't a perfect team, but we are competitive with the best teams in the league. Playing two bad games in a row (we got a point in one) is not a sign that we need some dramatic change in our roster or approach.

I've said all along, and still maintain, we will be a MUCH better team in the second half of the season than the first. Growing pains happen. We will continue to improve, make some tweaks at the deadline, and be in prime territory come playoffs. Mark it.


#2642282 12/11 GDT : Red Wings at New Jersey Devils, 7:00 EST

Posted by kipwinger on 11 December 2015 - 04:55 PM

I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the "ego" of Howard. Goalie tandems are important for success, and given how Blashill is utilizing ours it looks like we are going to see them splitting time roughly 50-50. If Howard is going to play another 30 odd games, I'd prefer the coach not do something that's going to undermine his confidence. Especially for a shootout, which at this rate we will only see another 4 or 5 of all season (some of which Mrazek will already be in net for).

So far our goalie play has been excellent. I don't want Blash to do anything to jepordize it. Status quo is fine with me given how well they're both playing.


#2642031 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 10 December 2015 - 06:49 PM

He currently has less goals than Callahan, frk, and tangredi. Clearly something is amiss, and its not usage, he's getting the minutes.

Nobody is saying the guy is a bust, but something isn't right and you can't blame everything but the guy himself.


#2642028 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 10 December 2015 - 06:04 PM

Is it possible that he's not playing up to expectations? He's a goal scorer who isn't scoring many goals. Maybe they're disappointed that he's scoring less than much less talented players?


#2641971 12/08 GDT : Red Wings at Washington Capitals, 7:30 ET

Posted by kipwinger on 09 December 2015 - 09:34 PM

I was at the game and was thrilled with the way we looked. We owned them at even strength. Obviously being shorthanded all game against one of the leagues best teams isn't going to lead to much success. And shootouts aren't Howards thing, but otherwise we looked great.

I absolutely don't fear the Caps in a playoff series. We are a MUCH better team than them. Our passing and speed screw them up. It was a game we shouldn't have lost but did, oh well, still happy with the effort. I'd be happy if all our losses came in OT anyway.


#2641637 12/08 GDT : Red Wings at Washington Capitals, 7:30 ET

Posted by kipwinger on 08 December 2015 - 06:38 PM

I was complaining today because I only had a tigers hat and no Wings gear to wear to the game tonight. So while I was working today my girlfriend made me a Wings hoodie. I rule so much at picking girlfriends.


#2641627 12/08 GDT : Red Wings at Washington Capitals, 7:30 ET

Posted by kipwinger on 08 December 2015 - 05:46 PM

Sooo many Wings fans in DC. Awesome to see. Because they wear red as well it will probably be hard to see, but I work about a block from the Verizon Center and since I left work and made my way to the bar I've probably seen 60-40% Caps to Wings fans. And the Caps actually get strong support for home games.


#2641551 Jeff Blashill = Dave Lewis 2.0 / Coaching Change

Posted by kipwinger on 07 December 2015 - 05:09 PM

Let's hope it continues tomorrow as well considering I'll be at the game. Looking for a dominate Wings win tomorrow night.


#2641329 musicians that are red wing fans?

Posted by kipwinger on 05 December 2015 - 10:53 AM

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#2641328 musicians that are red wing fans?

Posted by kipwinger on 05 December 2015 - 10:43 AM

Eminem, Big Sean, and Royce.  All three from Detroit. 

 

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#2640995 12/3 GDT : Arizona Coyotes at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by kipwinger on 03 December 2015 - 07:41 PM

 
At least we don't have to see Weiss be mishandled anymore. 


Weiss had 9 goals and 25 points last season on the third and fourth line last year. I'd be thrilled with that kind of production out of Jurco right now.


#2640882 Wings Need on D and Glaring Inconsistencies

Posted by kipwinger on 02 December 2015 - 06:32 PM

Our defense is good, for all those not paying attention. The only way I change it is if I'm getting a legit top four guy to pair with Dekeyser. And only if that guys name is Dustin Byfuglien


#2640880 12/1 GDT : Buffalo Sabres at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by kipwinger on 02 December 2015 - 06:27 PM

Imagine your response if you were being kind of a prick at work and instead of reporting you to human resourses one of your coworkers just threw some of your personal effects into the toilet or something.

Now imagine that same scenario if your coworker looked like Dustin Byfuglien.

How do your reactions differ?

Dude is such a boss.