The odds are too high. They're too deep. Asking James Tiberius Howard to steal 4 games against that team is just too much. They're too tough, a machine. Drago.
Right? I mean, there is no chance, is there? Certainly not.
We shouldn't give any weight to the thought that Mike Babcock, the most brilliant hockey mind (minus a steel plate) on earth, has five days to prepare, right? No way a coach can make that much difference when you have two teams so widely separated in talent and grit like these two. No way. I mean, we've never seen an 8 seed change their style, or leverage their existing style, to defeat a heavy favorite..have we? I've searched my memory banks all the way back to '07 and I just can't find an example of that.
Should I go a year further? What? Oh...2006. Yes.
No one, not a single person on the planet, is predicting a Wing victory in this series. Fewer people picked Edmonton in '06.
Dwayne Roloson beat us in '06. Craig MacTavish trapped us and beat us. It was horrific.
But it can't happen again. Boston's too good.
Unless the Wings win one of the first two. I think I read that somewhere. I'll have to check. But I think I may have read it right here.
We need at least one in ridiculous Anaheim. Game 1 would be preferable, but we'll take 2 if it's offered. Give us both and it will be on *****-style.
Interesting, isn't it? Wouldn't it be? Wouldn't it be just downright intriguing if the Wings came back to the Joe next Tuesday with a split? Of course, it can't happen. The odds are just too tall. We don't have the guns. Datsyuk is healing. Nyquist can't seem to score with 13 back in. Franzen has disappeared, of course. Zetterberg is out for the first round...wait. What?
“It’s good news he’s going to skate with the team (Tuesday), but the bigger news is how does he feel on Wednesday,” Holland continued. “Then, if feels good enough to skate on Wednesday then the next bigger news will be how does he feel to skate on Thursday.”
Well, that's just downright quirky.
Forget about it, though. I'm sure the Captain won't be back. Just stow it away and forget it was mentioned. Certainly his return is just too much to consider. And I'm sure he'd be all rusty and slow and fragile. I'm also sure that if he came back the team wouldn't get any sort of emotional lift. Plus, it's not like he's ever done anything in the playoffs before. He kind of withers in April, doesn't he?
Kindl has the talent, but is inconsistent. He's always been that way. When he was in GR, he rarely looked like an AHL player. One night he'd look like he needed to be a top 4 NHL guy, the next he'd look like he should be a 3rd pairing ECHL guy. Lashoff doesn't have the skating ability or the hands to be an NHL regular in a puck possession system. He might be better in a more dump and chase style, but even with that he's a solid #7 guy.
Sproul is NOT ready for the NHL. He still makes too many defensive mistakes. So does Ouellet. I think both will end up being top 4 d-men, but not for another couple years. Marchenko is the most NHL ready of the D prospects, but with him being hurt, I'd rather go with what they have.
Babcock should have won it several times now. Bowman should have won virtually every year. It almost always goes to a coach who gets his team to the playoffs with a bunch of injuries or a coach who has a young team that plays better than expected. By those criteria Babcock deserves it. No team has lost better players for as long, and the Wings lead the league in cap hit lost to injury by a long way last I checked. A good chunk of the Pens man games list are their backup goalie.
I don't get the fascination some of you have with this guy. Is this thread just another excuse to dream about getting him to the Wings? Because that quote seems like what anyone would say about going up against Sid and Malkin.
I can't speak for everyone else but my fascination with him has a lot to do with the fact that he's a huge powerforward who's a stud defensively, chips in 20-25 goals and 50+ pts. a season, hits like a truck, plays hard every shift of every game, is a consummate leader, and doesn't seem overly douchey as a person. But that's just me.