McGrattan has become the Bill Brasky of LGW. And in that mythic space, I actually really like his presence.
"Brian McGrattan taught me how to love a woman...and scold a child".
"Did I ever tell you about the time I went horseback riding with McGrattan, but there weren't any horses around? Well, McGrattan throws a saddle on my back and rides me around Wyoming for three days. Well, wouldn't you know it, my stamina increases with each day and I develop tremendous leg muscles. So anyway, McGrattan decides to enter me in the Breeders' Cup, right, under the name Turkish Delight. And I'm running in second place, and I'm running and I break my ankle! They’re about to shoot me. Then someone from the crowd yells out, God bless him, 'Don't shoot him, he's a human."
Hockey christ in heaven, I have No Idea how this game is gonna go. And it's pivotal. Probably series deciding one way or another.
Key good things lurking in the back of my mind before drop off:
*** Stamkos is really struggling. No idea if it's injuries or part defensive coverage part exhaustion. I hope all of the above, plus a wodoo spell by a Jamaican spellmaster Hutwoman. Also, he is misused in the Tampa PP.
**Tampa's Tyler line was defended great in game 3. More of the same. Pop em!
* Great pressure in terms of forechecking and good penetrating passes in game 3. This was a KEY difference from the other games, also the games from late in the regular season. Can they sustain? It is Critical.
Let's go RW.
I testify that there is no hockey God except the one true hockey God, and Katie Strang is his prophet.
Thats sad as hell.
I think I like Dan carcillo now.
Well, I don't know that I like Dan Carcillo, but it does help to be reminded that these guys are actual human beings once in a while.
The league really needs to figure out a serious approach to reducing head injuries. I think the issue has reached critical mass. At this point it's not a matter of "if", it's a matter of "when". So why continue to pussyfoot around it?
I don't see Howard getting moved. One, because nobody really needs a goalie of Howard's caliber all that bad. Two, Ken Holland (and Mike Babcock's) M.O. is to keep guys around for "competition". Remember two years ago when we had more players than roster spots and cap money? That would have been an ideal time to waive/trade someone and it didn't happen. As long as Mrazek is cheap (and he will be for a little while), they'll keep Jimbo around.
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.
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.
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?