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#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. 




#2595894 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Tampa Bay Lightning 5

Posted by kipwinger on 18 April 2015 - 02:58 PM

Whatever happens these playoffs we need to get bigger for next season f*** ... Any chance bruins would give us lucic in a deal involving Tatar or nyquist? Lol

Sadly we have no one that can come in besides abdelkader to knock guys around and cole who's long gone

 

That's a joke right?  Lucic is one of the worst possession players in the league for his contract.  Part of the reason they blow is because they gave Looch 6 million a year to be a possession killer. 




#2595414 Kings' Jarret Stoll arrested for cocaine possession

Posted by kipwinger on 18 April 2015 - 12:50 AM

Sweet!  That means Erin Andrew is going to be back on the market.  Thanks for being a sucker, you sucker. 




#2595413 ECQF : (7) Sénateurs d'Ottawa vs. (2) Les Canadiens de Montréal

Posted by kipwinger on 18 April 2015 - 12:48 AM

Remember that time that I said it would be a bad idea to make this series all about Subban?  I vaguely recall saying that's the exact type of scenario he thrives on.  And then everybody said "I hope he gets beaten to a pulp", "kill him", "punch him to death in a fire", blah, blah, blah.

 

And then Ottawa made the series all about Subban.  And then he was awesome the next game. 

 

Soooo, did anybody want to just let sleeping dogs lie, or do you folks want to double down on the "punch Subban" nonsense?  As I said before, you might want to minimize his effect on the game.  Not give him a reason to play harder.  He is, after all, one of the very best players in the entire world you know?




#2595244 Game Two - Honest Discussion

Posted by kipwinger on 17 April 2015 - 01:17 PM

Fun fact:  Detroit ended the season 25th in the league in even strength goals.  We were better than Edomonton, Carolina, New Jersey, Buffalo, and Arizona.  We were just worse than Boston, San Jose, Toronto, and Philadelphia. 

 

Unreal. 




#2595243 The Chief has been fired

Posted by kipwinger on 17 April 2015 - 01:05 PM

Speaking of which, anybody remember that time Vancouver fired Alain Vigneault and hired Torts?  Lol. 




#2595241 The Chief has been fired

Posted by kipwinger on 17 April 2015 - 12:41 PM

@Proteautype: John Tortorella in Philly would be the Flyersest thing in the history of Flyerdom.

 

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#2595234 Game Two - Honest Discussion

Posted by kipwinger on 17 April 2015 - 12:30 PM

In a game with 7 penalties for Tampa, I wouldn't read too much into ice time.  It's going to heavily skew toward players who contribute to the pk (hence why Tatar, Nyquist, Weiss, Jurco didn't get much). 

 

Otherwise, I'd say we're all better off just sitting down and enjoying the ride.  There's not magical set of line combinations that's going to make us play like Tampa did last night.  It's a system thing.  If we're going to win this series, we're going to win it on the back of our goalie, huge individual efforts by our stars, and flukey garbage goals.  And that's fine.  New Jersey did it successfully.  Babcock has done it successfully in the past.  Just don't start thinking that we're going to dominate teams in the offensive zone.  We aren't. 

 

Look at Babcock's successful seasons in the past.  They've all had the same characteristics.  Giguere played out of his mind to get to the finals and Osgood played out of his mind to get to the finals.  In Anaheim's case they came up short because they had no offense (they got shut out in three of the four games they lost in the finals), while in Detroit's case they had Dats, Z, and Franzen all in their primes, and all on fire, at the right time. 

 

To win, we need Peter Mrazek to play INSANE, and two or three offensive players to carry the load.  We're not going to win this with dominating puck possession.  It's not in the game plan. 




#2593968 ECQF Game 1 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 EST

Posted by kipwinger on 16 April 2015 - 03:43 PM

I wonder how Weiss will do in his first playoff game as a Red Wing

 

He'll get 3:30 minutes of ice time, an assist, and a shorthanded turnover. 

 

So, the usual. 




#2593931 ECQF : (7) Sénateurs d'Ottawa vs. (2) Les Canadiens de Montréal

Posted by kipwinger on 16 April 2015 - 02:23 PM

 

Wow. I can't believe he didn't get a fine for threatening retribution.  He even starts his threat by asking if he should take the fine. 

 

It's good theater, I'll give him that.  His team was pretty massively outplayed.  If his comments spark them, then I'd pay the fine if I were the owner.  But I really don't see it happening.  It's certainly not to their advantage to be shorthanded for the remainder of the series.  I get what he's trying to do, but I think he's going to have to really manage the team well in order for it to work.  Playing completely undisciplined hockey now, and letting tempers flair, is completely opposite of what got them here in the first place. 




#2593877 ECQF Game 1 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 EST

Posted by kipwinger on 16 April 2015 - 12:42 PM

I'd rather have him in than Anderson or Ferrarro. At least they have to be concerned with his shot defensively. Especially on the PP2.

 

No they don't.  Babs was using him in the middle of the ice on the PP recently, AND he's got all of two point on the powerplay anyway.  I'd rather have guys that don't score much, but do other things well than a guy who doesn't score much and doesn't nothing else well. 

 

Despite the fact that he's clearly an excellent AHL player, Pulkkinen has not figured out how to translate that success to the NHL game yet.  Until he does he's pretty much a non factor in every game he plays. 

 

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In other news


During a media scrum today, Filppula said "I feel sorry for the guy sitting next to Zetterberg in the locker room now". 

 

That guy is Stephen Weiss. 

 

I feel sorry for him too.  But not because of who he sits next to. 




#2593853 ECQF : (7) Sénateurs d'Ottawa vs. (2) Les Canadiens de Montréal

Posted by kipwinger on 16 April 2015 - 12:08 PM

Watch, these dummies will come out runnin' next game, put Montreal on the powerplay for 60 minutes, and hand them a 2-0 series lead.  Hell Ottawa is already thinking about playing Chris Neill.  No doubt to get a little retribution.  They're going to be so fixated on Subban that they'll dig themselves in a hole. 

 

And the worst part?  He'll get the powerplay goals.  Because he's not easy to intimidate.  And he's really good. 

 

Again, your goal should be to minimize Subban's impact on the game.  Not put him under the spot light.