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#2591939 4/9/15 GDT Red Wings 3 @ Canadiens 4 *Warning post #888 & 906*

Posted by Playmaker on 10 April 2015 - 07:11 AM

For me, the disappointment comes with the increased expectations.  With the infusion of youth last season, who have mostly proven to be solid NHL players, the shedding of the dead old veteran weight, relative health of the stars, Weiss ready to go,a supposed bounce back season for Howard, hanging on for a tie and hoping for someone else to lose in game 81 took a little bit of the luster off.  Kind of like if you're down 4-0 and come back to tie it, it feels more like a victory.  If you're up by 3 and you lose in OT, it feels more like a loss, that getting a point.

 

The Wings aren't lacking talent.  What has killed me all season is the mental mistakes.  Not just last night.  The constant giveaways, bad penalties, horrible line changes, giving up leads late in games.  Not that I had any grand illusions of this team being a solid Cup contender, but when you lose games night after night on mental mistakes, that's a tough pill to swallow.  That's not being negative or not a fan, that's just reality.

 

That said, when you see teams like LA out, Boston or Pittsburgh likely on the outside looking in, it does make you appreciate the accomplishment of just making the playoffs. 

 

On a related note, did anyone catch Babcock on the postgame taking what seemed to me to be a backhanded slam at Holland?  He said something to the effect of when I saw what we had on July 5th (meaning we got no free agent help) I didn't think this was a playoff team.  I found that interesting.




#2591936 Defending Champs Eliminated

Posted by Playmaker on 10 April 2015 - 06:52 AM

It would be kind of ironic if they got the top pick.

 

It does drive home the point that you can do everything right, have a ton of talent, but stuff happens and you don't win. 

 

It makes the 24 straight years in the playoffs all the more impressive, despite the disappointing way it came about.




#2591785 4/9/15 GDT Red Wings 3 @ Canadiens 4 *Warning post #888 & 906*

Posted by Playmaker on 09 April 2015 - 09:43 PM

There are more positive things being said about the Wings in opposing teams' subreddits. I love this forum, I think there are a lot of intelligent people and the moderation is on point but lately, it's been so negative. Do you guys realize that we at currently complaining that we don't like the WAY that our team clinched for the 24th year in a row? That's ridiculous and entitled and spoiled. This team is not "average at best" they are better than average as proven by their record this year. I have not been alive long enough to see them miss the playoffs. Think about that and then put yourselves in the shoes of literally ever other team and try to imagine behaving the same way as you are now.
It is 100% understandable to be critical of aspects of the team play, but to claim the sky is falling after every loss or bad goal is completely absurd. I'm sorry, I love you guys but it's disheartening to see so many "fans" express more hatred toward their own players than they do to the Hawks. We're better than this.
/endrant

I get what you're saying.  But you're up by one on a ridiculously sweet SHG.  You take one bad penalty, then have a total brain fart on the bench by Smith.  Howard lets in 2 soft goals.  Montreal was not on top of their game tonight.  Three goals on Price and numerous close calls. Then you have to sit and hope thef****** Florida Panthers win.  I'm sure I'll appreciate it later, but right now, doesn't feel like an accomplishment to lose our way in.

 

Jimmy says he just missed the goal because he was cheating.  




#2591726 4/9/15 GDT Red Wings 3 @ Canadiens 4 *Warning post #888 & 906*

Posted by Playmaker on 09 April 2015 - 09:26 PM

Being in the playoffs for the 24th consecutive year should feel better than this.




#2591368 4/9/15 GDT Red Wings 3 @ Canadiens 4 *Warning post #888 & 906*

Posted by Playmaker on 09 April 2015 - 08:43 PM

I think the clock is slow




#2590750 Erik Cole out for season, playoffs due to spinal cord contusion

Posted by Playmaker on 08 April 2015 - 04:41 PM

His speed was really a surprise to me.  As much as it sucks for the fans, can't imagine how he's feeling.

 

 

Interrupting this post for a brief grammar pet peeve...

 

Could HAVE, not could "of".

 

Now back to your previously scheduled programming.




#2590546 4/7 GDT : Carolina Hurricanes 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by Playmaker on 07 April 2015 - 09:20 PM

No one to be mad at but the Red Wings for not having already clinched a spot.  Get over the Pens already.




#2590514 4/7 GDT : Carolina Hurricanes 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by Playmaker on 07 April 2015 - 09:14 PM

Why does anyone care what Crosby does?




#2590485 4/7 GDT : Carolina Hurricanes 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by Playmaker on 07 April 2015 - 09:09 PM

But the Pens got a new coach and GM this year.  Doesn't a new coach change everything?




#2590394 4/7 GDT : Carolina Hurricanes 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by Playmaker on 07 April 2015 - 08:48 PM

It's just about that time.  With around 5 minutes or less, a penalty will be called on the Wings.




#2589304 If you don't live in FL... You're not invited to the party

Posted by Playmaker on 05 April 2015 - 01:09 PM

 

I knew I didn't like you, but couldn't put my finger on it till now...

She understands your jealousy and inferiority complex and forgives you.  Michigan grads aren't only better academically.  ;)




#2589238 If you don't live in FL... You're not invited to the party

Posted by Playmaker on 04 April 2015 - 10:04 PM

StoryTime with BoS (STwBoS)/

I have a great memory from freshman year of college at U of M. It was the UM/MSU game, and our student tix were waaaaay up in the nosebleeds of the student section (like row 92 or something). It was all UM fans and there was a great atmosphere (because this was moons ago when UM football was awesome), and about halfway through the first quarter this guy stands up and rips off his UM shirt to reveal an MSU shirt underneath. Everyone starts hootin' and hollerin', good times were had, then it quiets down. A voice comes out of the stillness, and confidently asks: "Hey bud, do you want all of our scholarships to State? We're not using them." Much raucous laughter ensued, as everyone looked to the person next to them "did you get a scholarship to State? SO DID I!" And the infiltrator snuck out, never to be seen again.

So that's what I imagine it will be like at Bolts games, only with a mass of away fans absolutely DRAGGING the home crowd.

/end STwBoS

Oh, the good old days, when students actually went to games, UM dominated MSU and we had good reason to be arrogant asses  ;) 




#2589218 4/4 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Wild 2 (SO)

Posted by Playmaker on 04 April 2015 - 08:58 PM

We're just treading water folks.  

As long as they don't sink, we're good.




#2588956 4/4 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Wild 2 (SO)

Posted by Playmaker on 04 April 2015 - 07:07 PM

 

Only 8 of his 24 points came on the PP.  So it's not like that's inflating his stats.  He scores 5 on 5 despite not spending a lot of time there.  Which was my point.  And I think it's relevant considering our team is awful at scoring 5 on 

He did pull a Franzen earlier this season in between his injuries when he put up a good portion of his goals/points.  I want Weiss to do well, and if he's the guy that can help get the offense going, I'm all for it.  But he came in here touted as solid defensively and as an offensive upgrade to Filppula, the #2 center the Wings have needed.  

 

As I was saying in another thread, once you get in Babcock's dog house, it seems nearly impossible to get out.  




#2588945 4/4 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Wild 2 (SO)

Posted by Playmaker on 04 April 2015 - 06:48 PM

Weiss is scoring at a 40+ point pace, despite playing fewer 5 on 5 minutes than anybody (except Cleary) on the team.  Too bad he hasn't "earned" more icetime. 

Defense matters, especially to Babs.  He's had some cringe worthy giveaways, including one earlier in the game.  He's not a kid and doesn't put up enough points on a consistent basis to overlook that.