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#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.

#2588748 4/2 GDT : Bruins 3 at Red Wings 2

Posted by Playmaker on 03 April 2015 - 02:00 PM

I am just saying, heart and inspiration wins games.  Bad ankle? Super, Yzerman needed injections in his knee to even walk on to the ice, but guess what? HE DID IT!  I am not bashing Dats in the way I bash Franzen, but the player of today is in NO comparison to the player of yesterday.  Todays player wouldn't even think about taking injections and playing for the good of the team.  Guarantee, Yzerman would have been on that ice both yesterday and Tuesday...and he would have been a factor and he would have inspired a team that, right now, needs its leaders to inspire them!


I am sure the team is not calling Dats out for not playing, but man, if they saw him get in there, like Steve used to do, they'd be like, look at Pav playing through that pain, WTF is my excuse for not pushing a bit harder? I am just saying, in probably the two most important games of the season, the team really needed more than locker room presence, they needed to be pushed to the brink of elimination.


Also, don't EVER question my passion and fandom for this team, I am just not a rosey glass wearing fool who thinks everything is awesome because its the Wings...if you think this team is good and if you think the leaders are leading, then you sir, need to ask yourself if you understand how this works...

Clearly, you've forgotten how many games Yzerman missed throughout his career.  He wasn't "in there" every game, no matter what. Yzerman didn't have to fight for the playoffs in his later years because, oh yeah, he had future superstars in Datsyuk and Zetterberg to pick up the slack, not to mention the best defenseman of all time still in his prime on the blue line. As no one really knows what's wrong with Datsyuk, I'm not sure how anyone can sit in judgement of him not playing.  We saw Datsyuk just last year play on a severely injured knee for weeks for nothing but the pure honor of playing for his country.  So kiss his Dangling Russian Ass.


No, you're not a "rosey" glass wearing fool, you're just an unrealistic geezer who clearly has no accurate recollection of how the "good old days" actually were.  

#2588613 4/2 GDT : Bruins 3 at Red Wings 2

Posted by Playmaker on 02 April 2015 - 10:15 PM

The Wings have made the playoffs for 23 years and won 4 Cups by sticking by the formula of playing veterans at critical times and letting young players overripen.  Like it or not, it's been relatively successful.  Continuing to play Mrazek when he's clearly not ready for prime time is just Babcock cutting off his nose to spite his face.  Seems like when someone gets on his s*** list or his "pet project" list, it's almost impossible to get off it. 

#2587840 3/31 GDT : Senators 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by Playmaker on 01 April 2015 - 03:29 PM

Yeah, if only the Wings could be like the LA Kings, you know, they win every year and never are in danger of missing the playoffs. Or maybe the Blackhawks.  A team like that wouldn't fall into a wildcard spot.  I mean, really, Holland should've had the foresight to get a star goaltender like Devan Dubnyk.


I can't imagine how exhausting it must be to have such unrealistic expectations and the constant negativity as a result.  I don't love the Wings losing, but I think there are fan bases of twenty or so other teams who wouldn't mind having a team like the Red Wings.

#2587696 3/31 GDT : Senators 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by Playmaker on 31 March 2015 - 09:44 PM

The backup goalie, the guys in the minors, the guys from the other team.  They're always better.

#2587687 3/31 GDT : Senators 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by Playmaker on 31 March 2015 - 09:38 PM

You don't know if Howard "would of" gotten a shut out or not. He didn't play.  How did Mrazek play against the Islanders?  He's been good at times and bad at times.  Just like Howard.

#2587638 3/31 GDT : Senators 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by Playmaker on 31 March 2015 - 09:21 PM

Can we be done with the Mrazek is the savior stuff now?

#2586340 3/28 GDT : Lightning 0 at Red Wings 4

Posted by Playmaker on 28 March 2015 - 07:18 PM

What the hell?  Just got back from the store and saw the score.  What happened?  

They signed McGrattan and Parros this morning to replace Cole and Sheahan in the lineup.  There were multiple fights, 2 bench clearing brawls, and half the Tampa lineup is out for the season after they got their asses handed to them.  The tough guys even scared the s*** out of the puck.  They just looked at it and it jumped over the goal line 4 times out of fear. 

#2586309 3/28 GDT : Lightning 0 at Red Wings 4

Posted by Playmaker on 28 March 2015 - 05:40 PM


Go read some of the comments about abbeys boarding call

I get where some of the TB fans are coming from.  I think he was already losing an edge, but the Abdelkader hit probably contributed to the injury.  They're not playing well, the injuries are piling up and they're getting frustrated.  I'm sure the Wings fan wouldn't be upset at all if the situation were reversed.

#2586298 3/28 GDT : Lightning 0 at Red Wings 4

Posted by Playmaker on 28 March 2015 - 04:40 PM

10 goals in March for Abby now

Johan who?

#2585093 Helmer's baby is as fast as his daddy

Posted by Playmaker on 25 March 2015 - 12:25 PM

Come on, Helmer, 2 kids by a baby mama.  That's so NBA. 

#2584135 3/22 GDT : Blues 1 at Red Wings 2 (OT)

Posted by Playmaker on 22 March 2015 - 01:51 PM

Abdelkader did realize it.  That's why he dropped it like a hot potato after it went in the net and had the guilty look on his face and kept looking up at the scoreboard and hoping no one else saw it.  Clearly the refs favor the Wings.

#2581968 3/15 GDT : Red Wings 5 at Penguins 1

Posted by Playmaker on 15 March 2015 - 11:51 AM

Why not start a separate thread on the unhealthy obsession with Olczyk?

#2580645 Franzen on IR

Posted by Playmaker on 11 March 2015 - 06:58 AM

I didn't say Helm would have won us those two games.  I said the lineup has a completely different feel to it when Helm is out.  While most people I talk to are like oh yeah, I forgot about Franzen.  I used to spout all the stats about Franzen, too.  But with him, they just don't tell the story.  I think a good part of the stats that Franzen puts up are due to the fact he gets top 6 minutes and PP time.  He's usually playing with either Datsyuk or Zetterberg and that will increase anyone's numbers.  Look at Abdelkader.  The guy is a 4th liner.  He really doesn't have offensive skills, but playing on the top 6 with D and Z has made him a 20 goal scorer.  Now if he can get 20 with no skills, Franzen should be able to double that with his shot and size.  Franzen will also have the 5 goal game or the 8 goals in 3 games and then go scoreless in 20. Which is fine if you're someone like Pav or Hank who still bring in every night.  Another annoyance of his game are the stupid penalties and cheap shots he takes. 


Could he come back and contribute this season or in the future?  It's possible, and if it happens, great.  I just don't expect it to happen anymore.  He is what he is.  I give those credit who are still sticking with him and still think he's going to return to his 2008 playoff form.