A lot of time these huge, skilled guys take a while to be more assertive. You really have to drill it into their heads that they have this huge advantage that they haven't had to utilize in the minor league. Some players figure it out and some don't sadly. A guy like Blake Wheeler is just in the last couple years putting it all together and using his size and being assertive, a lot of people weren't happy with his play style when he came into the league. Learning the hard way will benefit him just got to keep driving it into his brain I think the Q is a bad league to adjust from. Unless you're a super star in the making theirs going to be a big adjustment period
Dats line needs more speed. Helm is a very fast skater but he's not as quick a stop and go skater as Nyquist or Larkin. He's great to hit with the outlet but not as effective jumping on loose pucks or beating defenders. This team is one high end winger from being one of the better teams in the league. We don't have a back end like the Caps or Predators but our forwards are close to being one of deepest groups in the NHL
Welp, probably had no business getting two points in that one so theirs that. We pretty much have to settle with Jimmy being the worst shootout goalie in the league, it is what it is. He played great otherwise, first star.
Isn't it legal to put your backup goalie in net to take the shootout? I would seriously consider this as Mrazek has been a very good goalie in shootouts despite his minimal attempts
I think the Caps are likely to be one of, if not the very best team in hockey all year. They look great, mostly their defensemen. Probably the best puck movement up ice I've seen this year. They are very good
I liked Pierre's commentary, you can really tell he respects the Wings organization so much. Almost came across as a suck up, but he knows the ins and out of the team that's for sure.
WiiM thinks Glendening is the worst player in the NHL based on analytics, which he's not. Just shows you can't make reasonable judgements based solely on analytics. Another analytic peice a week ago said the wings will miss the playoffs based on their play in the first 22 games. Sometimes analytics go way overboard and are just ridiculous
There's some definite message sending to Jurco. If he doesn't come out balls to the wall tomorrow then idk about his compete level. I wish he would commit to being a physical presence then just go from there.
I'm not counting on him for offence, but his breakout passes and defensive play is great. Definitely a good NHLer at this point and he should stay in the lineup. He'll be a good replacement for Q and he's cheap with a lot of upside. With more experience we could see him get more physical. You could see he reads the play well and will step and break up a lot of plays in the neutral zone.
I don't hate him, but I hate the idea we're designing our offence around him and we wonder why we're struggling to score. We have two proven 30 goal scorers (pretty much) and they're moved down the lineup in favour of a rookie who still has less goals than them both
That's why there was the push by management to have Z on Datsyuk's wing in recent history. The extra demands of playing center do seem to take away from his goal production and many say it wears him out for the playoffs.
I think he's looked really good this year. I'm not too worried about him not scoring as long as Larkin's there to finish. He's still leading the team in points. If Larkin looks able to center the 2nd line, it could be good to reunite Dats and Z if we want Z to score.
I think Larkin would be centering his own line already if he was decent at face offs
I think Datsyuk and Richards have the right idea on offense. Not too cute but quick bang bang plays. And what ever happened to us scoring on deflections and screens, rebound goals even. There's been a handful all year. Have we scored from the point all year?
And Z has scored 2 goals in like 45 games. That is ridiculous. He has stopped making a conscious effort to get pucks to the net and it's showing statistically. We're counting on a rookie and a grinder to consistently score on our first line
the A is a complete different monster. Everytime Pulk went down last season it seemed like he scored 100 goals, then up here he had a hard time bringing that with him. Jurco will be the same. Right now he is too good for the A, and scoring at will, but when he comes back, even with Larkin type minutes, it just won't translate...i hope I'm wrong though.
Pulkinnen is putting up decent numbers in the NHL but he's not a top six forward yet. Both him and Jurco should be able to produce on the third line. Now if only we had two proven goal scoring wingers to put in the top six