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#2471244 It's time - to predict 2014 Team USA

Posted by kipwinger on 07 January 2014 - 02:57 PM

Favorite things about Team USA: Tenacity and Swagger.  These guys are lean and mean.  It's like playing a whole team of Tomas Tatars, except some of our Tatars are as big and mean as David Backes. 

#2471092 Kyle Quincey/Brendan Smith or Ian White/Carlo Colaiacovo

Posted by kipwinger on 06 January 2014 - 06:32 PM

This is a tough question and a good topic.  Kudos to the OP.  Quincey and Smith definitely have the higher ceiling and more potential, but they're so flagrantly boneheaded I find myself at a loss for words at times.  Colaiacovo and White were often overmatched physically, but they didn't make poor decisions the way Quincey and Smith do.  So for a career I'd take Quincey and Smith, for a single playoff series this year I'd take White and Colaiacovo.  Also depends on the size of the team we're playing.  A smaller, faster, team and I'd definitely take White and Colaiacovo, a bigger and slower team would be better served with Quincey and Smith.

#2470813 Alexey Marchenko called up

Posted by kipwinger on 05 January 2014 - 12:43 AM

He definitely looked like it was his first game up, and in my opinion he was pretty pensive out there, but who wouldn't be in his situation.  Reminds me of so many players who got called up before they were ready and just trying to tread water.  He wasn't bad, but clearly isn't ready for the NHL.  As far as their first games go, I think Ouellet was better.  But I really love Marchenko's size and skating ability.  Let him round out for another year and then we'll see what he has to offer.

#2470332 Alexey Marchenko called up

Posted by kipwinger on 03 January 2014 - 10:04 AM

Well I'm interested in seeing this kid because I don't know anything about him.  But why not Sproul.  He's been conspicuously passed over it seems to me.

#2470202 Datsyuk vs. Zetterberg

Posted by kipwinger on 02 January 2014 - 11:15 AM

Simple:  All things considered, who's the better player.  Knee jerk is obviously Datsyuk because of his skill level, but I've been thinking about it and conclude that Zetterberg is the better player.  Skill alone doesn't make one better.  Their points per game are nearly the same, very slight edge to Datsyuk.  Both are extremely good defensively.  Datsyuk has the hardware and the takeaways but in my opinion Zetterberg gets the tougher defensive matchups as evidenced by his shutting down Crosby in the finals in 08 and 09, and doing the same to Toews last season.  Datsyuk is the better passer while Z is the better goal scorer, though neither are too shabby in either department.  Both makes their linemates better.  Z is (in my opinion) more versatile, able to play both center and the wing with equal aplomb.  Dats hasn't ever shown much from the wing.  Finally, intangibles.  Zetterberg ALWAYS rises to the occasion, scoring key goals when it matters and is a playoff beast.  Dats is by no means bad in the playoffs, but Z is a monster.  Also, Z seems to have the ability to carry the team on his back for extended periods and generally relishes the role.  Finally, Z's got the leadership capacity in spades.  Dats leads by example, Z in every way possible. 


So, your thoughts?

#2470199 1/1 Winter Classic 2014 GDT: Maple Leafs 3, Red Wings 2 (F/SO)

Posted by kipwinger on 02 January 2014 - 10:55 AM

Are there two more competent players to perform a two-on-one than Zetterberg and Alfie?  If you're a defender and that happens you've got to just be happy that they don't somehow magically score two goals on that one. 

#2469082 Howard on U.S. Olympic Roster

Posted by kipwinger on 31 December 2013 - 09:46 AM

Like everyone else here ... i must say, pleasantly surprised.  I have to think the pickins are slim.  Guess Thomas didn't make the cut  :lol: ... comeback didn't quite impress.  


Good in another way, I'm Canadian  :cool: ... if there was ever a time I wouldn't mind if JH performed badly, it'd be at Sochi.  


And if US plays Sweden ... that'd be interesting, wouldn't it?  


Well unfortunately for you and our cousins up north, Ryan Miller is playing out of his mind right now so prepare to get another taste of that same old medicine from 2010. 


Here's hoping our boys stand tall this time around.  Though I'm a little worried about the team now that Poile is the GM.  Burke put together a hell of a team four years ago.

#2468558 12/30 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Predators 6

Posted by kipwinger on 30 December 2013 - 07:00 PM

Remember Steve Duchesne losing all his front chiclets in the Cup finals playoffs in 2002?  He cleaned up his face shield and was back out for the next shift.  Hockey players are not made of the same stuff as mere mortals...


Whatevs, I got a really wicked papercut today in the office and it was a doozie.  It smarted for at least two minutes!

#2466595 Can't remember the last time we were this pathetic

Posted by kipwinger on 21 December 2013 - 01:44 AM

Doom!  Gloom!  The Red Wings will never be good again Muahhahahahahaha.  Here's my big prediction:  Remember when Pavel was the only guy out, and Nyquist finally got called up, and our lines were finally starting to gel and we beat Buffalo 3-1, and Boston 6-1, and the Islanders 5-0, and Ottawa 4-2?  Well, once guys get healthy we'll see more of that. 


Take a deep breath boys, we'll be fine.  That's my bold prediction.

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#2466530 Why the Red Wings get injured

Posted by kipwinger on 20 December 2013 - 02:21 PM


That's not big bad Getzlaf, Maroon, Yonkman, Jackman are physical yeah but let them square off against some real tough teams, I'll doubt either one of them wants to dance with Thornton, Orr, Mclaren, Lucic, McGrattan.



#2466487 12/19 GDT: Flames 2 @ Red Wings 3 (OT)

Posted by kipwinger on 20 December 2013 - 10:17 AM

So glad the Wings won.  Alfie was buzzing all night so it's not surprising he got the winner. 


When Kronner was applauding the fans after the game, I wish there was a way he could've directed at only the upper bowl.  The number of empty seats in the lower bowl is beyond ridiculous. 


It's sh*tty, there's no doubt about it.  But compared to Lions or Tigers fans, Wings fans have always been a bit fickle.  It doesn't surprise me that people aren't showing up the way we've been playing.  I mean hell, look at how many on our fan forum have sworn on and off them the last few weeks.  Now imagine the feeling of the casual suburban potential ticket buyer.  Everybody around here expects them to win, and if they don't they're chopped liver.  Sad but true.  The Wings aren't the Lions, they actually have to do something positive to get fan support.

#2466137 Blues Re-sign Steen 3 Years 17.4m

Posted by kipwinger on 19 December 2013 - 10:27 AM

If Ryane Clowe is worth 4.75 million per year, then Alex Steen is worth 100 Bazillion per year.  Just sayin'.

#2465511 Nyquist out with groin injury

Posted by kipwinger on 17 December 2013 - 01:05 PM

If Jordin Tootoo were playing Nyquist would never have pulled his groin.  Scientific fact!

#2465399 Why the Red Wings get injured

Posted by kipwinger on 16 December 2013 - 10:39 PM


How do you feel about McGrattan?  


He had really neat hair when Colton Orr beat the living s*** out of him.

#2465352 Wings call up Sheahan

Posted by kipwinger on 16 December 2013 - 07:40 PM

Yes you're right, just frustrated with these injuries and it's such a Franzen thing to. Guess we'll see on 24/7


It's a "Franzen thing" to sit out games when you're completely healthy, and your team is struggling, and you're playing well, and you've just been made an assistant captain while Zetterberg is out?  Yeah, he does that all the time.