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#2564745 Are the Wings a Contender?

Posted by derblaueClaus on 19 January 2015 - 02:15 PM

Smith is 25 and has played over 150 games.  He's not exactly inexperienced.  And he was a first rounder, so he doesn't exactly get the kind of leeway that Ericsson did either. He had proper development in the AHL (perhaps even overripened) too.  By all accounts, for a first rounder with his pedigree (Hoby Baker finalist, 1st round pick, AHL stud), he's developing at a snail's pace. 

 

At what point do we say Smith is garbage?  Seriously, how old and how many games before we stop using the "he's inexperienced" excuse for his f*** ups and lack of production?

 

You're right, he isn't inexperienced but he is also not in his prime yet. As Dickie pointed out defensive players need more time to get good. Give him 2 years or so more and then we will see how far his talent will carry him. And even if he's stuck at this level and won't improve I wouldn't call him garbage. He's now a more or less steady #4-#6 D-Man, not exceptionally good, but also not exceptionally bad. A better version of Lashoff so to speak. Thats not what the Wings are expecting him to be but it's far from being garbage.




#2564733 Are the Wings a Contender?

Posted by derblaueClaus on 19 January 2015 - 01:01 PM

I wouldn't call it glaring hole but I agree, our D lacks offensive firepower. Just keep in mind D is still very young.  What was our third pairing last night ? Oullet and Smith ? There are rookie-forward lines with a higher average age. Therefore we probably see more contribution from those guys in the years to come.

I'm all for getting a guy like Green, but only for the right price. We don't need to overpay just make a deep run this year.




#2564359 1/18 GDT : Sabres 4 at Red Wings 6 (Z w/Hat Trick)

Posted by derblaueClaus on 18 January 2015 - 09:03 PM

 

Do I look like I'm joking?  

 

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Well, you look like a soft Russian to me.




#2564328 1/18 GDT : Sabres 4 at Red Wings 6 (Z w/Hat Trick)

Posted by derblaueClaus on 18 January 2015 - 08:38 PM

Good luck Thomas McCollum, may this NHL game play out better than your last one.




#2564272 1/18 GDT : Sabres 4 at Red Wings 6 (Z w/Hat Trick)

Posted by derblaueClaus on 18 January 2015 - 08:05 PM

But fortunately not Edzo. ;)




#2564113 1/17 GDT : Predators 2 at Red Wings 5

Posted by derblaueClaus on 17 January 2015 - 09:34 PM

Great win. And flying under the radar a great game by Mrazek again. Howard played strong this season but so far I don't miss him a bit.




#2564045 1/17 GDT : Predators 2 at Red Wings 5

Posted by derblaueClaus on 17 January 2015 - 08:26 PM

Someone post the Olli Jokinen gif to make me feel better, por favor.

 

Given your current health status I thought something with food is the right choice.

 

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#2564019 1/17 GDT : Predators 2 at Red Wings 5

Posted by derblaueClaus on 17 January 2015 - 08:06 PM

Z for BoS hangover bunghole.




#2564006 1/17 GDT : Predators 2 at Red Wings 5

Posted by derblaueClaus on 17 January 2015 - 07:48 PM

With the exception of the last two minutes a very civilized first.




#2564002 1/17 GDT : Predators 2 at Red Wings 5

Posted by derblaueClaus on 17 January 2015 - 07:41 PM

That was unlucky but also unnecessary.




#2563964 1/17 GDT : Predators 2 at Red Wings 5

Posted by derblaueClaus on 17 January 2015 - 07:20 PM

Drank. A lot. More than usual. Can't keep anything down, so wouldn't want to waste good whiskey by trying to hair of the dog it :lol:

 

 :D I feel you. Always keep your head up and a bucket by your bed. :P




#2563954 1/17 GDT : Predators 2 at Red Wings 5

Posted by derblaueClaus on 17 January 2015 - 07:10 PM

LGW! I will be participating sober and from bed this evening on account of the hangover from hell.

 

What did you do last night ? BTW, the only remedy to a hangover is to resume drinking. ;)




#2563944 1/17 GDT : Predators 2 at Red Wings 5

Posted by derblaueClaus on 17 January 2015 - 07:02 PM

Home Sweet Home. LGW !




#2563827 Franzen on IR

Posted by derblaueClaus on 16 January 2015 - 08:45 PM

I am picking up on the fact that you enjoy being an ass.

 

If I had to describe kip in one sentence this would be it. :D




#2563826 1/15 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Blues 2 (OT)

Posted by derblaueClaus on 16 January 2015 - 08:42 PM

 

I could've sworn we just went 4-2 on a road trip.  We are on a par with, or within touching distance of, every good team in the league.  We're over halfway through the season, there's only 6 points separating the top-10 teams, and we are in that grouping.  We're top-10 in points, PP, PK, Face-offs, SA and GA. 12th and 13th in GF and SF which some will no doubt see as evidence of our weakness, but still places us in the top half.  Whichever way you look at it, we're a good team.  The Toronto's and Colorado's of this world, every other team in the NHL gets to play them too, and guess what?  They haven't managed to separate themselves from us by beating up on this supposed trash that we couldn't beat.

 

And I'm not blaming anything on the SO, but it is a fact that some teams points totals are flattered by it, and others aren't.  We are in the latter category.

 

Good post. To add some more of those new and shiny fancy stats to support it :  Our PDO is 1.005, so we're not very lucky nor unlucky. Our Corsi% is 54.4 which makes us third in the league atm. This is not a fluke, this is real.

 

And kip of course a lot can happen. Maybe Z back will get bad again, maybe Datsyuk gets injured, pick what you want. But is it so hard to admit that we played a good season so far and deserve our spot in the standings because we are a good, arguably even a top team in the East ?