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#2583712 Losing Streak affecting Babcock's Decision?

Posted by kipwinger on 21 March 2015 - 03:41 PM

Do Blashill's teams score at 5on 5? If so, adios Babs.

#2583306 3/20 GDT : Red Wings 1 Tampa Bay Lightning 3

Posted by kipwinger on 20 March 2015 - 04:35 PM

I'm the worlds best uncle. Last year, for Christmas, I sent my nephews quite a few selfies I took in Vegas. They sent me back a "Thank you" card.

#2583277 3/20 GDT : Red Wings 1 Tampa Bay Lightning 3

Posted by kipwinger on 20 March 2015 - 12:11 PM

Aww, you're such a good uncle.



What a lamb.  Thank you for noticing!

#2583270 Connor McDavid

Posted by kipwinger on 20 March 2015 - 11:38 AM


People also don't give Chicago enough credit for making shrewd moves to navigate the cap and keep the team contending on a yearly basis. They've basically one a cup with two different teams of role players to compliment the core. They also drafted extremely well (Sadd and Keith in the 2nd round were great picks).


That was painful to type. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go barf.


They've been successful in all the ways Pittsburgh hasn't actually.  Pittsburgh has consistently underwhelmed since 2009 precisely because their role players have been terrible, and Crosby, Malkin, and Letang can't win playoff series' alone. 

#2583266 3/19 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Panthers 3

Posted by kipwinger on 20 March 2015 - 11:28 AM

I laughed really hard at this.
Good work.


For some reason I get the impression we have the same sense of humor.  Can't put my finger on it though. 

#2583259 3/19 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Panthers 3

Posted by kipwinger on 20 March 2015 - 11:23 AM

I tried to step in and mediate once,
Kip tried to fight my mom and krsmith and I just ended arguing till I *almost turned into kip.

(*kip turned into me, and now a mixture of the workaholics guy/a wrestler)


Your mom is my mom too...because we are the same. So are you saying that I tried to fight our mom?  Because nobody talks about our mom that way!  And if you say it again I will punch your mom in the face, so help me god!

#2583255 3/19 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Panthers 3

Posted by kipwinger on 20 March 2015 - 11:13 AM



Okay so if someone said DeKeyser has been our best defenseman lately you would spend your time going through footage of the past 5 games pointing out every turnover would you? You would point out that awful coverage in last game, when he allowed a weak pass from the other end of the ice get past him to a wide open Boyes for a clear cut breakaway... No, you only go through such lengths to prove Smith's blunders...


The point is, a lot of people on here (you especially) are undeservedly extra critical of Smith's play. He has cut down on his turnovers, he does sometimes try to make the cute play instead of keeping things simple, but he has been improving leaps and bounds since the beginning of last season. His game has never been about defense but he has improved in that area immensely, all while providing a spark offensively. He will continue to get better, and I believe he will grow into a legit top 4 defenseman. Time will tell...


But here's my vow to you.  The next time someone says Dekeyser is our best defenseman over the last three games, and in reality he was wholly (or partially) responsible for three goals against and a breakaway...I'll look up the video. 


Just do me a favor and point out when people say that about Dekeyser in those situations, because as far as I can tell they never do. 




I understand all of this. I just wish you two would settle this debate. We've got Trolls to battle. :lol:


I didn't bring Smith up today.  Didn't say a word about him. 

#2583241 3/19 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Panthers 3

Posted by kipwinger on 20 March 2015 - 10:31 AM

kipwinger - "It's always easy to pick on the forth line, or third pair defense"... (a.k.a. Brendan Smith)... No kidding eh? :lol:


Showing video of Smith screwing up, and blaming him for loses aren't the same thing.  I did the first.  I never did the second.  And if you'd take the time to go look at my recent comments on Smith you'd see that I said this at the time I posted the videos of his play:


"Third pair defense are rarely to blame for losing streaks, and this is no different.  But you are all insane if you think Smith has played well the last three games.  He hasn't.  I don't blame him for the failures of our PK, but he's EASILY been our worst defenseman 5 on  5.  Here's the evidence.  Disagree with me?  Go find the videos to prove it."



I know that you're just dying to catch me contradicting myself, but you're just going to have to keep trying. 

#2583223 3/19 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Panthers 3

Posted by kipwinger on 20 March 2015 - 09:08 AM

Dear Mike Babcock,


Since you're a dumbass (but totally a genius too), will you please just do the first of these things while Datsyuk is out, and the second once he gets back.  Mostly because we'll win more.  But also because it actually maximizes our players talents in a complementary way.  That's called specialization.  It's been all the rage since the industrial revolution.  It makes things more efficient.  Clearly it's not on the curriculum for honorary PhD's from McGill.












Anyway, thanks...youf****** schmuck.




p.s.  If something works 1 time our of 4, it's not a success...even if it's your idea.  So just stop it already.

#2583221 Connor McDavid

Posted by kipwinger on 20 March 2015 - 08:57 AM

When Dats and Z are gone we'll have (just listing them here, no particular order)







Yeah, I'm sure we'll suck lol. 

#2583216 Connor McDavid

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

Seems like every few years there's some new kid in the draft that's the elite of the elite.  The next Crosby.  The next Stamkos.  The next Ovechkin.  The next Tavares.  The next whoever. 


So what?


Crosby, Stamkos, Ovechkin, Tavares, only have one cup between them.  Lots of teams do lots of winning without generational talents.  And lots of generational talents weren't drafted with the top pick.


Connor McDavid will probably be a good NHLer, but I doubt he's going to be so otherworldly good that we'll all be left in awe.  At best he'll be Crosby level good.  And is anybody really that blown away with him anymore?  Sure he's a great player, but not so much better that development, and management, and team building, don't matter. 


Connor McDavid is more likely to be an Eberle, Yakupov, RNH, or Hall than he is to be another Crosby.  Because he'll likely get drafted by a team that only knows how to get that much out of him. 

#2583210 3/19 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Panthers 3

Posted by kipwinger on 20 March 2015 - 08:10 AM

Aside from a crappy game against a decent team, which I don't want to comment on too much, does anybody else notice that when Babs gives the guys the day off, they play like crap?  Maybe a mandatory, yet easy, skate would help them look alive?  I don't know. 

#2582788 Lines Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 18 March 2015 - 04:22 PM

Jurco will be fine. Look how long it took Abby to become a consistent power forward. Jurco is starting much the same way, except he has an even higher ceiling. He just need s to continue to do the small stuff correctly and sooner or later he will get a chance and run with it.

#2582701 Lines Thread

Posted by kipwinger on 18 March 2015 - 11:35 AM

I think Jurco fits just fine on the 4th line. He's faster and more physical than Andersson, and I don't think the drop-off defensively is that drastic. With Helm in the lineup, we don't need Andy to kill penalties. 







Do you think it would be preferable to put Abby with Datsyuk, and Cole with Zetterberg, considering Abby is more familiar with Datsyuk's style of play?  Datsyuk is the more  unconventional player, and while Cole is still learning the system it might be easier for him to play with Z. 


Just a thought.

#2582517 Red Wings acquire Marek Zidlicky from NJ for Cond. 2016 3rd Round Pick

Posted by kipwinger on 16 March 2015 - 03:09 PM


Agreed. This is not like years past when we could just pair guys like this with Lidstrom and not worry about it. 


Well, that didn't really work all that well either.  Ian White, when paired with Lidstrom, looked like a much better defenseman.  But he was still Ian White lol.