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#2565846 NHL Player Tracking System

Posted by number9 on Yesterday, 10:39 PM

Can it track a bad pass by a goalie?

#2565866 2016 World Cup of Hockey

Posted by Ekmanc on Today, 03:41 AM

The young kid team is gonna get run over and this seems more like a jippo than anything else.


Give me the olympics instead.

#2565577 Mantha Still Hopes to Play in Detroit This Season

Posted by daniel1 on 22 January 2015 - 02:53 PM

Can't see it; unless we have 3 or 4 guys go down and even then I would think Callahan or Ferraro is ahead of him development wise. I would say patience is prudent with him. Coming off an injury, adapting to a league of men rather than boys, and his first real taste of pro hockey. Lots of adjustments; let's just leave him alone to find his game and when he starts leading his team/league in a couple years like Teemu has done then we can bring him up for a taste. This method has worked well for us in the past, (Tatar, Nyquist, Sheehan) so let's not break the mold or rush this kid. We need him to develop into a 1st line scorer, not a 3rd liner.

#2565734 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by Dabura on 23 January 2015 - 07:36 PM

Undrafted Giordano has some draft advice for NHL GMs [ProHockeyTalk]


“You’ve got to play a bunch of seasons before you really understand that it’s all about position and not running around and making bad reads,” he said. “For young guys to come in and be really effective defensemen, like [Drew Doughty and Aaron Ekblad], they’re pretty special players to be able to read the game the way they do at such a young age.”


Giordano was asked, if he were an NHL general manager with a late-round draft pick to use on a defenseman, what would he look for?


“The number one thing is hockey IQ,” he said. “Just look for a guy who reads the game well and sees the ice. At the end of the day, playing in your own zone is going to take a while. I think if you can look for guys who can move the puck and make plays, those are guys you can build around.”

#2565432 The Maple Leafs finally put a quality product on the ice...

Posted by Jedi on 21 January 2015 - 01:40 PM

From the 1/19/15 game vs. Carolina...



(h/t to FTW/USAToday).

#2565389 Great Read: Mastering the Weave: How the Soviet Hockey Documentary Re

Posted by Jersey Wing on 21 January 2015 - 10:43 AM

The website Grantland has done a wonderful behind the scenes write up of the Original Russian Five about a documentary, interviewing Larionov, Fetisov and others who grew up in the Russian system. Anyone want to guess who the young coach back in 1956 that became enamored with the Russian style the first time he saw it? Yep, he'd go on to use the Russian system to devastating effect as we all know.


Mastering the Weave: How the Soviet Hockey Documentary ‘Red Army’ Scored



#2564780 Jimmy Howard.......All-Star!

Posted by TheXym on 19 January 2015 - 06:02 PM

Most of the early Sabres goals on Mrazek were due to the players in front of him sucking hard. If you're going to blame the goalie for everything, then apply it equally. If you're actually going to criticize accurately, then again, apply it equally. If you're going to call out the D or Forwards for blowing coverage leaving the goalie out to dry, apply it equally.

And now, for a poem inspired by EuroTwins:

Roses are red,
violets are blue.
I'm schizophrenic
And so am I.

#2565372 Jimmy Howard.......All-Star!

Posted by number9 on 21 January 2015 - 08:41 AM



Well I won't lie thats true for the most part and I'll admit I'm guilty of it at times. But it does seem like if you like Howard you'll do the same thing. Like if goals are scored against Mrazek that were due to defensive breakdowns and bad giveaways someone will post something like...


Oh wait....


U mad bro?

#2565353 1/15 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Blues 2 (OT)

Posted by cprice12 on 21 January 2015 - 02:26 AM

I haven't see CPRICE12 around these parts for a LONG time! He was our resident Blues fan...maybe he got tired of getting beat all the time?



I haven't been here because there hasn't been much Blues-Wings stuff to discuss since you guys moved to the East.

But I was bored so I decided to jump over and see what you guys had to say about the game.  I haven't even visited in a while.


My generalized and overall obvious take on the game...

The Blues deserved better.  They really controlled play the first half of the game and didn't let Detroit do anything, but Mrazek played really, really well.  He made some huge saves.  Including a great blocker save in OT.  That was impressive.


Wings came on in the 2nd half of the game and played much better than they did early.

Elliott gave up a softy to Datsyuk in OT.  Unless he was partially screened, he really should have had that one.  That kind of goal is uncharacteristic of him as he's been great this year.  Had the game gotten to the shootout (which it almost did)...I liked our chances with how well the Blues have done in shootouts and how poorly Detroit has done.


But I had a bad feeling when the clock ticked down under 10 seconds in OT.  I just had a feeling Detroit was going to score.  


I can't complain too much though, as we did score with less than a minute to go to force OT, so we came real close to coming away with nothing.  With how tough the Central is, I'll take it and move on.


Congrats on the win.  Maybe we'll even the score in Detroit later in the season.  Maybe a nice 10-3 Blues win like the one a few years ago in Detroit?  I'll take one of those.   ;)

#2565102 Jimmy Howard.......All-Star!

Posted by number9 on 20 January 2015 - 09:02 PM

I would like to point out if Howard had let in 3 goals on 7 shots everyone would crucify him. Mrazek does and it's not his fault.


Mrazek has a shutout = Next Hasek


Howard has a shutout = Defense showed up tonight

#2564976 Jimmy Howard.......All-Star!

Posted by Euro_Twins on 20 January 2015 - 07:42 PM

I would like to point out if Howard had let in 3 goals on 7 shots everyone would crucify him. Mrazek does and it's not his fault.

#2565332 1/20 GDT: Wild 4 @ Red Wings 5 (SO)

Posted by jimmyemeryhunter on 20 January 2015 - 11:47 PM


#2565269 1/20 GDT: Wild 4 @ Red Wings 5 (SO)

Posted by BottleOfSmoke on 20 January 2015 - 10:20 PM

Thank f***.

*unenthusiastically pats butts*


#2565259 1/20 GDT: Wild 4 @ Red Wings 5 (SO)

Posted by Hockeytown0001 on 20 January 2015 - 10:19 PM


#2565308 1/20 GDT: Wild 4 @ Red Wings 5 (SO)

Posted by Echolalia on 20 January 2015 - 10:44 PM

Again let me hit a hard knee high pass by you then and we'll see if you can bat it down? or we can watch a couple games and see how often that exact play happens and how it's almost never batted down like that. Maybe then you'll understand the risk involved a bit better.

He willfully misrepresents everything I said and I'm supposed to take it seriously? come on now...


Ok my issue here is that I don't care how good or bad Ericsson is at passing, and I don't care how good or bad Parise is at intercepting passes, or how common or rare it is (and I'm under the impression that this actually happens more than you realize, but that's neither here nor there).  What I care about, and what this whole play boils down to, is that Ericsson gave Parise the chance to intercept the pass.  Which is stupid at any point in the game, with anyone right in front of the net. But well into the third, with Parise on the other side of the net, very, very, stupid.  And its also why that goal rests entirely on Ericsson's shoulders.  No Smith's.  Not Mrazek's.  Ericsson.  Because he was the one to make a stupid decision which resulted in putting his teammates in a bind, and ultimately the puck in the net.

Now if you're willing to look at the play as some freak accident, that's all fine and dandy.  But personally, I get more out of the game when I can break down plays and understand exactly what went wrong, why, and what players can do and should do to prevent it from happening in the future.  Its how I assess whether players are difference-makers on the team, or whether they're holding the team back.  Thankfully most coaches share my philosophy, and prefer to identify responsibility and preach what can be improved instead of tossing their shoulders and saying "oh well Parise is elite.  I bet he can't do that again next time we play them."