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#2498688 3/20 GDT - Penguins 4 at Red Wings 5 (OT)

Posted by Playmaker on 21 March 2014 - 02:16 PM


To an extent I agree with you, in the sense that I REALLY WANT Howard to stand on his head.  It would be super nice if he did.  But there's no substitute for quality play in front of the goalie.  Look at Ryan Miller.  The guy's a stud, a veteran, a guy that can steal games for you, etc. etc. etc.  Except he wasn't stealing games for Buffalo, he was getting murdered.  You could say the same things about him as we currently do about Howard.  Then, all of a sudden, he goes and plays on a real team with real hockey players and he's a superstar again.  And it's not just that he's benefiting from St. Louis' system, because he's playing better than Halak or Elliot did with the same team. 


When we talk about goalies "stealing games" it's easy to think that top flight goalies can play behind HORRIBLE defenses and win games all by their lonesome.  That rarely happens.  Usually when a goalie steals a game it's because either two very good teams, or two very bad teams are playing and the goalie ends up being the difference.  When it's a bad vs. a good team the goalie rarely overcomes that.

Ryan Miller became a "stud" goalie because he did steal games for a really subpar team for a lot of years.  I think the only difference now is that he's older and isn't able to do it as much.  I don't think Buffalo was giving up a ton of goals, they just weren't scoring many.  Goaltending is also as much about when you give up goals as it is how many.  Howard has the tendency to let those weak ones in just when the Wings need him to make a big save late in the period or right after they score.  No, it's not always his fault and yes our defense is weak, and missing two of the best defensive forwards in the game doesn't help either. Most every goalie makes a few good saves every game.


I'm not saying Jimmy has to have a shut out every game, but there's got to be some games down the stretch where we say, wow, we should not have won that game, Howard stole that one for us.  There haven't been many like that this year.

#2498374 3/20 GDT - Penguins 4 at Red Wings 5 (OT)

Posted by Playmaker on 20 March 2014 - 09:26 PM

I have one thing to add :It's all Howards fault.

They didn't win because of Howard, they won in spite of him.

#2497910 3/20 GDT - Penguins 4 at Red Wings 5 (OT)

Posted by Playmaker on 20 March 2014 - 08:13 PM

I'm not a blame the goalie type, but he is the one guy who can step it up and lead us and has been a total let down.  You can argue that goals aren't "his fault", but come on, make a big timely save, steal a game for us, do something.

#2497074 Maple Leafs 2 @ Red Wings 3

Posted by Playmaker on 18 March 2014 - 09:13 PM

O'Halloran clearly hates the Wings.

#2497039 Maple Leafs 2 @ Red Wings 3

Posted by Playmaker on 18 March 2014 - 09:06 PM

This SHOULD be over, but with the Wings this season, you never know.

#2495532 Finally-TooToo called up

Posted by Playmaker on 16 March 2014 - 07:21 AM

Bertuzzi took the shootout goal but now is "injured"?  Am I the only one thinking it's somewhat coincidental that Cleary, Samuelsson and Bertuzzi all have these "injuries" after extended lackluster performances?

#2494743 3/11 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Blue Jackets 4

Posted by Playmaker on 12 March 2014 - 07:44 AM

I get being disappointed, but come on.  Fans are really expecting the Wings to dominate with a lineup that is mostly made up of Grand Rapids Griffins?  Injuries are hardly an excuse this season.  Holland has made his mistakes, to be sure, but he's hardly to blame for the Wings play this year.  While things certainly don't look positive for the Wings, fans are throwing in the towel with a month left in the season and 2 points out of a playoff spot?  Really?  Forgotten about last season already? 

#2493373 If Kronwall isn't a #1

Posted by Playmaker on 09 March 2014 - 07:50 AM

I think what works against Kronwall is that he does a lot of things really well, but he isn't dominant in any aspect of his game.  He isn't a shut down type defenseman, he isn't a game changer offensively, the occasionally "Krowalling" is entertaining, but his overall physical game is lacking, and what GMP said about his shot.  It isn't to say I'm not a Kronwall fan, but I think the fact he's decent at most things, but not great at any one thing is what gives the impression he's not a #1 type defenseman.

#2491370 Legwand to Detroit for Eaves, Jarnkrok + cond 3rd/2nd

Posted by Playmaker on 05 March 2014 - 08:55 PM

There's no guarantee that even if he played in the NHL that he'd stay in NA.  I think there's a perception by North Americans that everyone else in the world wants to be here.  If he can play at home, still make a good living, play a lot less games, in a much less physical environment, why not? 

#2491273 Legwand to Detroit for Eaves, Jarnkrok + cond 3rd/2nd

Posted by Playmaker on 05 March 2014 - 07:45 PM

As far as making the playoffs, it's not just a record thing, it's a business thing.  The players make no more money in the playoffs, yet the owners do.  Even if they got swept in the first round, two home games is 2+ million dollars for the organization. 

#2490822 Legwand to Detroit for Eaves, Jarnkrok + cond 3rd/2nd

Posted by Playmaker on 05 March 2014 - 04:21 PM

I can't believe David Legwand went for anything other than a pick.  This was a save the playoff streak move.  I wouldn't have minded parting with Jarnkrok for a decent defenseman or Moulson or Vanek.  But David Legwand?  I'm dumbfounded. 

#2490732 Legwand to Detroit for Eaves, Jarnkrok + cond 3rd/2nd

Posted by Playmaker on 05 March 2014 - 04:05 PM

Is Shea Weber part of the deal? 

#2488253 Edler-Kesler Vs. Ehrhoff-Stewart

Posted by Playmaker on 01 March 2014 - 09:49 AM

Given Ken Holland's trade history, I don't think either are possible or plausible.  It's just not how Holland does things.  I don't see any trades happening, unless there's some offensive RH D-Man who is over 35 on an expiring contract that he can get for a draft pick. 

#2486056 Reddit AMA: I used to work at Joe Louis w/Red Wings

Posted by Playmaker on 21 February 2014 - 08:27 PM

"Politics has a lot to do with player selection, but its mostly in a sense pertaining to comradery. A very notable russian was considered in trades back in 2012, but it was going to be Datsyuk's responsibility to keep an eye on the (very arrogant) guy. Datsyuk didn't want the hassle, so they scrapped it completely. Skill was rarely the most important quality in management's minds."



He might get a little more credibility if he could spell "comradery".  In any case, I'm not going to form an opinion either way based on these posts.  I mean, I know everything on the internet is true of course, but......a guy who works in catering has inside info on trades and personnel decisions?   Datsyuk is shy, Huds is a partier, Management likes character guys over skill (well, besides Dan Cleary of course).  Just seems like fairly basic information.

#2483918 Zetterberg out with herniated disc

Posted by Playmaker on 14 February 2014 - 03:46 PM


I think people are assuming this because he has months off after each season and ends up with back issues 30 games into the season. Sitting out 2 weeks wasn't going to do anything for him. He might have been able to play for another couple of games without issue, but there is no telling.

Resting a herniated disc is never worse than playing with it. Would it have cured him?  Of course not, but it absolutely would not have made things worse.  Playing would and it did.  The travel could have had an impact also.  Nothing worse for a bad back than a long plane ride where you can't move around.