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#2543383 10/21 GDT - Red Wings 1 at Canadiens 2 (OT)

Posted by Echolalia on Yesterday, 10:21 AM


All I can figure is that zone entries are a problem. They were an issue last season as well. That plus the insane fact that there is only one right-handed shot on the team and his name sure as hell isn't Alexander Ovechkin.  


This, and I'm surprised that zone entries are an issue with this team, and I disagree with the way that our coaches are trying to establish the offensive zone on the power play. 


The past decade or so, the Wings' identity has been all about meticulous puck possession, and precision-passing, and being very patient with the puck and waiting for a hole to briefly open up somewhere and exploit it.  We had the personnel to thread the needle on every play, and the intelligence to position ourselves one step ahead of the opposition.  That's how the Wings dominated the previous decade.  The past few years, while our roster has been largely the same, some key players retired, others got older and more broken-down, and all of a sudden the "well-oiled-machine" that was the Red Wings wasn't functioning like we expect it to.  Thankfully the kids came in last year and the team was able to keep the playoff streak alive, but wait, these kids are a whole different breed of hockey player than we're used to.  They're all fast and aggressive, and force the tempo of the game up on opposition.  This year the Wings look very different, and its not just the roster.  Its the way the team is approaching the game.  Instead of relying on precision passing, and superior hockey IQ, and patience, this team is playing hard and fast (like Brannigan's love), quick on the forecheck, quick on the backcheck, playing what can almost equate to an offensive swarm.  Even the defense have been getting involved, forcing the play at both blue-lines, and carrying the puck up more, instead of playing more passive and patient.  It has been awesome to watch at even-strength, and even if the Wings don't necessarily have the goals to show for their work, they certainly have created chances, power play opportunities, and limited the opposition from properly setting up their game plan.

So WHY is it that our team is still holding onto this "patience, and precision-passing and higher hockey IQ" identity on the powerplay?  I could understand it for a line that had Zetterberg, Datsyuk, and Franzen, because they can still play that way.  But Tatar, Sheahan, Jurco, Helm (if he gets another crack at the PP), Smith (if he ever gets a crack at the PP), Dekeyser.  These kids are about speed.  Let's play to their strength and attack the neutral zone on the power play with speed and numbers.  If we have to chip the puck deep, lets continue to swarm the play and choke off the opposition.  They haven't been doing that.  They've been playing the patient game that isn't best suited for their skill-set.  And I think if the coaching staff gave them the green-light, we would see more zones established, more scoring chances, and more goals on the power play, at least from their line.  I'm willing to keep the old identity for the first power play line now that Datsyuk is back in the mold, but if line one is a change-up, line two needs to be a fastball.

#2542793 Toronto Radio: Illitch is selling everything and Babs will be Leafs GM

Posted by toby91_ca on 21 October 2014 - 11:01 AM

I'm not ready to give Yzerman too much credit yet for any of Tampa's success.  He's been there for 4 years, the first year they went to the conference finals, but not much of that was due to anything Yzerman did, it was mostly due to the play of St. Louis and Stamkos.  The second year he was there they missed the playoffs.  The third year he was there they missed the playoffs.  The fourth year he was there they were eliminated in the first round.


I think they are starting to come around now, but again, that's more to do with Stamkos' maturation as well as Hedman starting to come into his own as well (both of whom were drafted before Yzerman came around).

#2542744 Weiss

Posted by LidstromIsASuperhero on 20 October 2014 - 10:40 PM

I'm really starting to think that abdominal injury he was stuck with last year  could have destroyed his career. I say this because i merely tweaked a groin muscle  at work probably a year ago, and it was never the same. It makes you feel like you can't move in directions or ways you once could, and that strength you relied on to be agile is greatly reduced... jonathan cheecho I think had sports hernia surgies, and iirc Osgood did too. Neither of those guys were the same after.

#2542739 Franzen to 7-day IR

Posted by Mckinley25 on 20 October 2014 - 09:23 PM

Lol most accurate post in here.

Right?! Girls are inferior! Crosby's a whiner so let's call him Cindy! Guys club!

Seriously though, it sucks but we actually have some depth right now.

#2542004 10/17 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Maple Leafs 1

Posted by BottleOfSmoke on 17 October 2014 - 09:21 PM

Unsuccessfully tracking made up stats for Howard.

Pucks That Were Shot Off A Broken Stick That Led To A Bad Line Change And Someone Getting Yelled At (PTWSOABSTLTABLCASGYA).

#2541937 10/17 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Maple Leafs 1

Posted by Ekmanc on 17 October 2014 - 08:21 PM


#2541853 10/17 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Maple Leafs 1

Posted by frankgrimes on 17 October 2014 - 07:38 PM

Even if Babcock leaves he has much better options than the shark tank in Toronto...

#2541844 Toronto Radio: Illitch is selling everything and Babs will be Leafs GM

Posted by evilmrt on 17 October 2014 - 07:31 PM

Wow so read day th tree quality we can expect from sn f*** Rogers Would be said of the best owner sells the Wings

Are you OK? Lol

#2541833 10/17 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Maple Leafs 1

Posted by VM1138 on 17 October 2014 - 07:20 PM

Franzen looks fine. 

#2541840 10/17 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Maple Leafs 1

Posted by Echolalia on 17 October 2014 - 07:28 PM

Where is all this Franzen sucks talk coming from? He's been engaged, making plays, protecting the puck, and taking the puck to the net, which is everything LGW ******* that he doesn't do enough. Or does the one turnover where the puck bounced over his stick and subsequent penalty cancel all that out?

#2541812 10/17 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Maple Leafs 1

Posted by kook_10 on 17 October 2014 - 07:10 PM

Glendening has such hands of stone he tips away from the net.

#2541683 Lucic has a meltdown as Bruins get smacked by Habs...again

Posted by kipwinger on 17 October 2014 - 10:42 AM


The big bad beaslty Bruins are big and bad and beasts of the east. And man, that LOOCH guy? He's big AND bad AND tough. Boy oh boy I wouldn't want to mess with that team.





#2541670 Lucic has a meltdown as Bruins get smacked by Habs...again

Posted by kipwinger on 17 October 2014 - 09:07 AM

Lucic had such great timing with making a physical impact in the game. 1:40 left when your team is down a goal??

Taunting the Habs fans. Then gets tossed for yelling at the refs. Nice going big boy. You so smart.


He needs to grow up and not let his emotions get the best of him, make an impact in the game on the ice when it matters most.



In other news: Loved seeing him get bodied down by Emelin early in the game.



I love Emelin.  Dude hits like a ton of bricks.  What are the odds Marchenko is his cousin or something?  That'd be nice. 

Could have used Thornton and Boychuk for that game. Habs are a bunch of ******* and as always Price has to bail them out. What happened to the big bad Bruins? If you lose against a hatred rival at least do it in style, fight Weise or but everything that moves. Also laser pointers at a hockey game? Just stupid


Yes, drag Dale Weise out of the press box and KILL HIM!!!!  Who cares if he didn't dress for the game, gotta show the league what Boston Strong really means bro!

#2541433 10/15 GDT : Bruins 3 at Red Wings 2 (SO)

Posted by kipwinger on 15 October 2014 - 11:04 PM

Anybody remember that movie "Rudy" about hard working, diminutive, and semi skilled, Notre Dame defenisive lineman Rudy Ruettiger?


Rudy would start every game for Mike Babcock. 

#2541287 10/15 GDT : Bruins 3 at Red Wings 2 (SO)

Posted by Echolalia on 15 October 2014 - 09:37 PM

Sure but how's his bad-pass goals against