There are spaces all around a goalie that it could have went through. I suppose if it went upstairs on him you would have asked why he wasn't standing up. Either that or if it deflected far side you would have asked why he didn't come out more. Or if it deflected short side and beat him you would have asked why he wasn't flush to the post. So many possibilities.
Two former NHL goaltenders on FSN disagree with you
Ah right, my bad. But still...they are going to beat the Sabres!
I can guarantee you if an injured Pens team has to play a young Sabres team with a playoff spot on the line, the Sabres will absolutely not be an easy loss on that night. That is a team that would LOVE to end their season knocking the Pens out of the playoffs.
Agreed. I'm happy they won too, but I'm not sure that formula really maximizes the Wings chances of winning games against teams that aren't Carolina. Having your 4th line play more minutes than anyone else is really pushing your luck. Realistically, what other coach would do that in a playoff race? They might be fine defensively, though the Red Wings struggle to score goals at even strength, so why should Miller be out there more than Pavel Datsyuk?
It might be a slight aberration of nearly 19 minutes, but again the Wings only took one penalty last night and Glendening's line still ended up with that much ice time. They are still fairly consistently around 15 minutes otherwise most games. Just another curious personnel decision by Babcock -- he continuously has these obsessions with certain players.
Pavel had a great night, but he's obviously injured since he was a game-time decision. They were probably managing his minutes so that he didn't play too much.
We've been pretty sloppy with turnovers and defensive lapses. Miller and Glendening are great on the defensive side. 1st line was full of injuries, 2nd line (Tats, Nyquist) have players that have caused a lot of recent turnovers. 3rd line wasn't great last night (though Weiss had that amazing setup to Z on the PP). With all that in mind, 4th line played basic, defensively sound hockey (what we've needed recently) and were really solid so they played more than usual.
Stop it. This team has regressed for years under Babcock. This year they might miss the playoffs completely. The last five weeks are a microcosm of the end of his coaching career in Detroit.
This team has regressed because its core has gotten old. That's what happens to every hockey team on the planet - Detroit fans are just too spoiled to recognize that it has to happen to them eventually, too.
The best player on our team is on the wrong side of 35 and dealing with nagging injuries. Our captain is getting there and has even worse back problems. We're also down Franzen, as well as our two big guys (Cole/Abby).
What part of "this team is in the middle of a rebuild" don't you understand? This team isn't supposed to make the playoffs, let alone contend for the Cup. It's only because of Babcock and our incredible farm system that we're even in the race at all. If you feel fine throwing that away, then fine. But there's a reason that Babcock would be the biggest FA in the NHL this off-season, and a reason you're not a GM. And thank god for that.
And put in the guy who has done the exact same? Might as well see what you have in Mrazek so you can make a decision in the offseason. Team isn't doing any damage this post season anyways.
He's done the exact same but with 5 games left it seems like the best thing is to get your starter going and hope he finds his game, rather than relying on a 23 year old who hasn't shown consistency in the NHL yet.
I like Mrazek, but the kid is showing he's not ready yet.