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#2545560 10/29 GDT - Red Wings 4 @ Capitals 2

Posted by krsmith17 on Yesterday, 11:52 AM

dat's sick, I agree that Jurco should be the first to be sent down. I'm not just looking at the fact that he is waiver exempt either. I said before this season even started that I wanted to see Jurco start the season in Grand Rapids. He is going to be a great player, but as of right now there are still a lot of holes in his game and inconsistency is an issue. I'd love to see him sent down and spend the rest of the season ripping up the minors. It would go a long way in his development in my opinion...

#2545542 10/29 GDT - Red Wings 4 @ Capitals 2

Posted by krsmith17 on Yesterday, 10:29 AM

I don't see Nestrasil as ever being more than a third / forth line player in this league. However, my intention was not to bash Nestrasil, but to state that he should not be compared to either Franzen or Nyquist. He's not even close to the potential of those two, in my opinion.

#2544836 Weiss sent down to GR- conditioning assignment

Posted by krsmith17 on 28 October 2014 - 03:12 PM

Great news. Weiss clearly still wasn't 100%. Maybe he's finally getting there now. Hopefully he an get in some good games down in Grand Rapids to get himself ready for the rest of the season with the Wings. I still think he will be a decent second line center for us by Christmas time.

I just don't look forward to after his first game with the Griffins, people check the stat sheet, hoping he did bad of course, so they can come back here to say HAH Weiss had zero points and was a -1. He sucks. Trade him for a bag of pucks. Oh yeah, and I told you so...

#2544811 Halloween pic!

Posted by krsmith17 on 28 October 2014 - 12:45 PM

Well, I rarely drink to get drunk anymore, so that's why I stick with the light beer. If I'm drinking to get drunk, I'll get on the liquor... :tounge:

#2544797 Halloween pic!

Posted by krsmith17 on 28 October 2014 - 07:57 AM

Well I can only speak for myself, but when I was younger I used to drink to get drunk, so I'd go for whatever beer had the highest alcohol content, which was Max Ice (7.1%) at the time. Half case of this s*** and I was good for the night... Now that I'm much older and somewhat more mature... I drink whatever beer tastes the best to me, which in my opinion are the light beers, Coors Light (4.2%).

#2544761 Halloween pic!

Posted by krsmith17 on 27 October 2014 - 05:43 PM

Never mind Hef-Tats look at the Bunny-"tats"... :w00t:

#2544737 Rating the Defense through 6 games

Posted by krsmith17 on 27 October 2014 - 09:12 AM

Let's just agree to disagree on this one... I don't think a defenseman in the middle of the diamond makes sense at all, that is the last place I would put Smith. The player in the middle is who you want directing traffic, and can make the quick one touch passes and can also be a trigger man.


I also disagree that Smith wouldn't be capable of manning the point, even if he were the last man back in the diamond. He has improved his defensive game immensely and is much smarter with the puck. Even if he does make a mistake, he is our fastest defenseman, so the chance of him recovering is much higher than any of the other d, in my opinion.


Either way, I'm done with this. I just want our power-play to improve. It's clearly not getting it done now, whether that's on the system they're using, the coaching strategies or the personnel, who knows...

#2544727 10/25 GDT - Red Wings 2 at Flyers 4

Posted by krsmith17 on 27 October 2014 - 06:33 AM

Nope, no potential in our defense at all... DeKeyser and Smith are what they're going to be. There's no way they're going mature or improve in any way, I mean 24/25 is usually when defenseman tap out on potential isn't it?... Not to mention we have a few stud prospects that if were in any other organization would be playing in the NHL right now... Also, Kronwall is a top 15-20 defenseman in the league and Howard has been playing lights out... You're right, completely mediocre with no room to improve...

#2544659 Rating the Defense through 6 games

Posted by krsmith17 on 26 October 2014 - 10:50 AM

LOL Ok Dickie, you're right... It would be impossible to think that a team could have two power-play units, one consisting of 4 forwards and a defenseman and the other 3 forwards and 2 defenseman...


How difficult would it be to practice with...


1st PP Unit





Franzen   Datsyuk    Zetterberg





2nd PP Unit



Nyquist    Sheahan  Tatar


    DeKeyser    Smith

#2544653 Rating the Defense through 6 games

Posted by krsmith17 on 26 October 2014 - 08:35 AM

Euro_Twings, I agree, DeKeyser is a great defensive defenseman with limited offensive ability. I think he will grow into a solid two-way defenseman, but as of right now, he is definitely more defensive minded. Then we have Smith, who is our second best offensive defenseman, behind Kronwall, sitting on the bench, watching the miserable power-play do its thing (suck...). He would be a huge addition to the PP unit but for whatever reason, Babcock refuses to use him there.


Bottom line is that Babcock is just too damn stubborn, and once he has his mind set on something or someone, there is no changing it. I honestly think the worst thing that could have happened, has happened. All the reporters in Detroit are asking "why is Smith not getting any opportunity on the power-play?", Babcock's response was, "I'm not getting into every detail why I play everyone and why I don't. That's the beauty of being the coach, you get to decide. You guys get to speculate why I don't do things and I get to decide." To me, that is just adding fuel to the fire... They think I should change things up? What do they know? I'm the best coach in the world. I'll show them... I will mold DeKeyser into the best offensive defenseman in the league. They'll see... Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a little, but you get the point. I do believe his stubbornness gets in the way of his coaching at times. There is no denying he has made a LOT of questionable personnel decisions over the years here in Detroit...




C'mon Dickie, you can't be serious? Double the practice time? They're NHL players, how hard do you think it is for them to switch from the diamond formation to the standard formation? They've all played both systems at some point in their career and it would be a simple switch. You really think Nyquist or Tatar or anyone else is going to be all out of sorts, switch from playing the half boards to playing down low? Also, power-plays are always moving when they are effective, players rotating covering positions, it even sometimes switched to two men on the point even when they are only practicing the diamond formation. It's about what parts of the ice are open... Besides, it's not like we would be changing something that is currently working. Our power-play has been atrocious, so what's the harm in trying a new system?...


I'll agree that DeKeyser hasn't been THAT bad, and that wasn't my point. My point was that he hasn't been THAT great either, and in my opinion Smith would be THAT much better, so why is he sitting on the bench?...

#2544331 future captains?

Posted by krsmith17 on 25 October 2014 - 12:13 PM

Smith arrested twice? Where the f*** have I been? I know Sheahan was arrested for drinking and driving in his infamous Teletubby costume, and he did have Smith's ID, but as far as I know, Smith has never been arrested for anything, let alone twice? I don't get where people get this notion that Smith isn't smart?... He's a little goofy, but I wouldn't say he's not smart, or "not the sharpest knife in the drawer"...

#2544261 Lines Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 24 October 2014 - 03:36 PM

I disagree, Tatar has been getting plenty of ice time, 5th amongst Red Wing forwards (right around where he should be), behind Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Franzen and Nyquist. Tatar hasn't impressed me a whole lot so far this season, he's a good player, but seems to be trying to do too much out there. He needs to simplify his game. Also, Weiss absolutely should be in the lineup, and I think he will be a mainstay by next month.

#2544253 Lines Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 24 October 2014 - 03:03 PM

All NHL players should be able to take a hard pass, whether you're a center, winger or defenseman. I agree that wingers are maybe a little more likely to receive the hard passes on the breakout, but a center needs to be an option on that breakout as well. Besides, I don't think Helm is as bad as you're implying on receiving a pass. The puck was bouncing around everywhere last night, no one could get it to settle down. I seen Tatar and Nyquist both whiff on pass attempts numerous times last night, as well as other players on both sides.


Either way, you cannot attribute him being on the wing, to the reason he couldn't put the puck in the net last night or any night for that matter. Helm creates a lot of those chances with his speed. What was the reason he whiffed on that breakaway opportunity? He just has trouble finishing, plain and simple. If he could finish on just 20% of his chances, whether that be on the wing or center, he would be a much bigger threat.

#2544245 Lines Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 24 October 2014 - 02:39 PM

C'mon Kip, you can't actually believe that the reason Helm didn't capitalize on all those opportunities was because he was playing wing instead of center?... I would think if anything, he was able to generate so many of those chances because he was on the wing. His speed is his biggest asset and that is most on display on the boards where he is able to cheat a little on the breakouts rather than playing the middle of the ice... Just my opinion.

#2544226 Lines Thread

Posted by krsmith17 on 24 October 2014 - 12:33 PM

I wanted to respond to the discussion of our 4th line in the GDT, but I figured here was more appropriate...


Anyway, I think the best 4th line we could put together would be Miller - Glendening - Abdelkader


Miller is really underappreciated around these parts, but he is a very durable, serviceable 4th line winger. He's never going to dazzle you, but he always makes the smart play. He's hard on the puck despite his thin frame and is very difficult to play against. He is a big reason our penalty kill has been perfect through 7 games (21 for 21), averaging 3:11 per game. He doesn't have any points yet but his main job is to shut down the opposition, the points will come. He has 11 shots on goal, 13 hits, 10 blocked shots, +2 giveaway/takeaway differential, and is an even +/-.


Glendening is starting to get more recognition around here but I still think he is undervalued. He has improved in the face-off circle immensely, from his underwhelming 48.5% last season to his stellar 59.8% (team best) so far this season. He's an in-your-face type of player that can really get under the oppositions skin, a guy every player loves to have on their team. Along with Miller, they are the two best penalty killers we have, Glendening averages 3:18 per game. He has one goal so far this season, but could have had many more, due to his speed and work ethic. He has 10 shots on goal, 10 hits, 5 blocked shots, +2 giveaway/takeaway differential, and is a +1.


Abdelkader, while playing surprisingly well in the top 6 right now, I still think he is a great 4th liner. He leads the team in hits by a wide margin with 23, has 3 blocked shots, and surprisingly doesn't have a single giveaway or takeaway through 7 games. Abby has 3 goals and 2 assists, 17 shots on goal and is a +3, he could be exactly what the 4th line needs to get some offense going. Hell, Glendening has 2 career NHL regular season goals and guess who had the primary assist on both goals? That's right, Abdelkader.


While Andersson has improved a hell of a lot since last season, I don't see him as a vital part of this team. To me he has just been out there munching up minutes, and while he has done a decent job at keeping the other team off the board, I think we have enough capable guys that he should be expendable. He has no points, and even +/-, 4 hits, 1 blocked shot, an even giveaway/takeaway differential and 7 shots on goal. To me that is not enough contribution, even from a 4th line guy. He has been solid on the penalty kill but not enough to warrant a roster spot in my opinion. We have Glendening, Miller, Abdelkader and Helm that can all kill penalties with the best of them, as well as other that could get the job done if called upon.