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#2391912 Ilya Bryzgalov.

Posted by kipwinger on 29 April 2013 - 11:08 PM

I like the things Bryz says.  I hear he's weird, but what he said there made sense.  In fact, it was almost wise.  Maybe he's just too smart for his own good to thrive in a sports environment.  Sports writers are among the worst paid writers in the world, after all.They seldom think critically, rely on formula and cliches to churn out article after article, and sensationalize everything.  They're bad writers, too.


I wish we lived in a world where deviating from the talking points didn't make headlines.


You just described every article Mitch Albom ever wrote. 

#2390925 4/27 GDT - Red Wings 3 @ Stars 0

Posted by kipwinger on 27 April 2013 - 07:48 PM

I agree.

I judge the play on what happened, and not the call. I don't think Smith should get the extra two and I do like what he did.


Well then what's your judgement on putting your team shorthanded in the biggest game of the season, in retaliation to a clean hit?

#2390560 4/27 GDT - Red Wings 3 @ Stars 0

Posted by kipwinger on 27 April 2013 - 12:25 PM

I generally save all of my most serious fanboying for any game seven in the playoffs.  Typically this involves me getting loaded and listening to Motley Crue all day until puck drop.  But considering this is a HUGE game, and it's a Saturday, I might have to make an exception.  C'mon Red Wings...KICK START MY HEART!!!!

#2390057 4/25 GDT: Predators 2 @ Red Wings 5

Posted by kipwinger on 26 April 2013 - 12:18 AM


I want to see all original 6 teams face each other in the first round.


Columbus would screw that up.  Please Bettman, screw this team.  



I just hope the Wings will play on the road like they did at home this week.  I'll take a shootout loss this time.   ;)


I can respect wanting to see the original six play each other.  That would be pretty cool.  However, I want nothing to do with Chicago in the first round.  Also, because of how tight this has been down the stretch I've been watching a lot of Columbus' games and they're a real fun team to watch.  They work their asses off and never go away.  They're obviously not as talented, but they remind me of the 2010 USA Olympic hockey team.  They don't have the star power of their competitors, but they'll nickel and dime you to death with their work ethic. 

#2390045 4/25 GDT: Predators 2 @ Red Wings 5

Posted by kipwinger on 26 April 2013 - 12:01 AM

Happy we're winning.  Still upset Columbus is winning too.  Had a feeling that team wouldn't go away and we'd have to take all 4 games this week.


I hope the refs screw the s*** out of them next game.  No one wants to see their s***ty franchise and their non-existant fanbase in the playoffs.  


I do.  Just not at our expense. 

#2390037 4/25 GDT: Predators 2 @ Red Wings 5

Posted by kipwinger on 25 April 2013 - 11:51 PM

It's good to see Franzen and Filppula heating up.  However, I don't think that it's some sort of miracle or something.  With Datsyuk and Zetterberg on the same line, teams have to put their best defensive units on the ice against them, and Franzen and Filppula end up taking advantage of the mismatch.  Also, having Filppula back at his natural position does wonders as well.  I'll admit I wasn't a fan of having D and Z back together at first, but the proof is in the pudding and it's working for both lines.  Kudos to Babs for finally getting the lines sorted out.  I do sort of wonder if it's worth putting Bert back in the lineup now though.  On the one hand I think he's probably better than Abby OR Cleary on their respective lines, but on the other hand I'd be hesitant to mess with success. 

#2390029 Jackets vs Stars

Posted by kipwinger on 25 April 2013 - 11:39 PM

I really hope that Minnesota loses out and both us and Columbus make it in.  I think Columbus is exactly the type of team that could upset Chicago and lord knows I'd love to see it.  That team does not go away.

#2389624 4/25 GDT: Predators 2 @ Red Wings 5

Posted by kipwinger on 25 April 2013 - 07:04 PM

I hope to God Babcock has a speech ready for the first intermission.


#2388682 The Race for Eight: Blue Jackets, Stars, Wings

Posted by kipwinger on 24 April 2013 - 11:31 AM

Every team that's playing Columbus can be the spoiler so there is some motivation there, especially for the Preds.




Isn't the same true for every team playing us though?  They all know we're still in the hunt. 

#2388662 Which things from the past (not just Wings related) do you miss most?

Posted by kipwinger on 24 April 2013 - 10:22 AM

As far as the game goes, I don't really miss much.  With the exception of diving, which isn't as out of control as some make it seem, I think the game is better in pretty much every way now than it used to be.  Goalies are tougher to score on, forwards are super skilled and moving faster, and even the lower end guys need to be able to play the game.  I love not seeing the Marty McSorley types bungling up and down the ice.  Tough guys need to be able to play now, and I love it.  Sidebar:  I love watching Brandon Prust play hockey. 


I guess the only thing I miss are the individual players who were so good over the years.  Lidstrom, Yzerman, Fedorov, Shanny.  All amazing.  And when I think about how much time I spent watching them, and knowing that I'll never see them play again, bums me out a bit.  I'll see other amazing players...and have (Datsyuk)...but I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't do just about anything to see Fedorov take an outlet pass and race up the ice and do this one more time...


#2388609 Jonathan Drouin- The Wings should consider trying for Frk's mate

Posted by kipwinger on 24 April 2013 - 08:33 AM

No need, this kid is small.  I know he's super skilled and all, but given the number of big bodied goal scorers in this year's draft, if we have to settle on one of them I'm not mad at all. 

#2388389 Franzen.... cares?!

Posted by kipwinger on 23 April 2013 - 02:37 PM


It was a statistical anomaly. Whine all you want. That doesn't change anything. Teams sometimes lose games because of bad luck, bad breaks, or mistakes.


That said, exactly what do you expect Babcock to say? That his goalie make a horrific mistake? That the team is playing horribly? That several players flat-out suck? That the organization is in the pits? Not only would those be untrue, you're also missing some very basic aspects of human social interaction. Babcock can and no doubt does let loose with what he thinks in private, to the players and to those others who need to hear it. When it comes to the public, that not OK. Doing so would cause tension between he and the players. Tortorella is the only coach of note who does it, and it causes serious problems in the locker room.


Give that some thought.


I wasn't suggesting he call them out in the press.  The fact that he makes excuses to the press is a symptom in my opinion.  If my guys weren't executing for s***, and because of this aren't winning games, I'll let them know it by reducing their ice time/benching them.  And then when the media heads ask questions I'll tell them what happened.  We failed to execute properly.  We made lazy line changes.  We left our goalie out to dry.  No need to downplay the fact that this team has looked like garbage all too frequently this year.  Own it, and prove that you're trying to fix it through your personnel moves.


If San Jose can bench Joe Thornton for playing like sh*t, then Babs can quit making excuses for two f*** ups which cost us valuable points, or saying how consistent we are when after we lose to Calgary (for the third time).  To me, that undermines accountability. 

#2388203 4/22 GDT: Coyotes 0 @ Red Wings 4

Posted by kipwinger on 22 April 2013 - 09:09 PM

Nyquist and Brunner are going to be lethal together after they get a training camp's worth of time together and a little more weight and strength to go around.  They really work well together. 

#2387730 The Race for Eight: Blue Jackets, Stars, Wings

Posted by kipwinger on 22 April 2013 - 01:36 PM

I don't see why it has to be one or the other, they care or they don't. Why not just "They don't care enough"? I think that's pretty fitting. Look at what the Stars and Jackets and Flames are doing. Are they better than us? Are they deeper? More talented?


Have we played a legitimate three-period, 60-minute game once this season?


We're not a very good team.  Most nights we're going to play teams that are better than we are, and because they're better it's going to make it harder for us to execute...and hence...lots of bad games. 


Part of the reason why these guys are professional athletes is because they're SO COMPETITIVE that they're willing to put the time, effort, hard work, and sacrifice into making themselves pro-level athletes.  If you don't care whether you succeed or not, win or lose, you don't becomw a professional athlete.  You join the band. 


Real life is not a movie.  The "Miracle on Ice" wasn't a miracle.  That team worked hard, prepared, learned from mistakes in their previous game, and executed their game plan properly.  That's why they won.  Not because the Russians didn't care, or some other silly b.s.

#2387710 The Race for Eight: Blue Jackets, Stars, Wings

Posted by kipwinger on 22 April 2013 - 12:45 PM

You really, REALLY think they stopped caring?  If you honestly believe that then you are REALLY wasting your time here.  


It's really strange to me how often people say stuff like that.  One too many inspirational sports movies I guess.  Professional sports teams don't lose because they "don't care enough" or don't "want to win" or whatever.  They lose because they're not talented enough to execute properly, haven't prepared properly, or are simply kept from executing by a superior team.  All this ra-ra, win one for the Gipper, b.s. is garbage.  They're professional athletes, they all "care".