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larionov_8

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In Topic: 4/9 GDT : at Rangers 3, Red Wings 2

09 April 2016 - 01:21 PM

Certainly glad to see the wings go into the 3rd tied rather than losing.

Ps - I normally watch games on NHL gamecentre but am currently in Austria and can't seem to get it to work on my phone. If anyone knows a stream that would work, I'd be very grateful for the opportunity to watch the third! Should be a good one!

In Topic: 3/22 GDT : Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30PM ET

22 March 2016 - 09:49 PM

I have to assume that the coach understands the tendencies of the players, especially the ones he coached in GR, and thus some of the line combinations. But tonight's game highlights that some of the "current lines" are not working. What makes sense to me as a fan is :

​AA - Pavel - Mantha
​Abby - Z - Nyquist
​Tatar - Larkin - Sheahan
​Helm - Glendening - Richards

​Perhaps rotating Sheahan / Helm / Richards on that "3rd line" and working in Datsyuk to get him a few more shifts than he'd see with his linemates alone. I think these lines offer a good combination of speed, size, skill and each one should be able to score goals and play decent D.

​On D, what makes sense to me:

Dekeyser - Green
​Kronwall - Marchenko
​Quincey - Smith

I don't think the system of like-with-like is working, so these represent an attempt at more "balanced" pairings.

And something is seriously wrong with Ericsson (perhaps permanently) so I think that's addition by subtraction right there. If only they can find a way to get him off of the roster....buy out? expansion draft?...I can't imagine they could find a trade partner, but maybe they can find a D upgrade by moving Smith and one of Jurco or Teemu.   

Looking forward to seeing when they can do against MTL!   
  


In Topic: 3/15 GDT : Red Wings at Philadelphia Flyers, 7:30 ET

15 March 2016 - 10:11 PM

The problem is, those same guys you are referring to weren't awarded a nearly $5M per year contract to take a s***.

 

Touche!

 

I don't mean to defend Nyquist's play, that's for sure. You could argue that his inability to score is one of the major reasons the PP is struggling. I only mean to say that if the PP was doing well, he'd likely be factoring in on more goals (as was the case last year, where he scored many of his) and therefore it would be easier to see past his obvious shortcomings as a player.

​And so, perhaps if the Wings can find a way to generate on the PP, it would look less appealing to see Nyquist gone.

In the same breathe, there are guys that I don't see turning the corner. I'd be quite happy if Smith and Ericsson played their last games as Wings. I suppose it's more likely that Quincey will leave as a free agent and perhaps Smith gets dealt next year at some stage too. Can't imagine anyone taking Ericsson and his contract. And the doubt has really got to be creeping in for guys like Jurco and Pulkkinen.   


In Topic: 3/15 GDT : Red Wings at Philadelphia Flyers, 7:30 ET

15 March 2016 - 09:52 PM

Nyquist's regression in such a short period of time is Hudler-esque. 

 

Very true, but a lot of guys are having down years, stats-wise. Riley Sheahan has scored about a half point per game in the two last seasons while this year he's at half that rate. I think the biggest challenge is the dramatic drop in the powerplay. Whether that's the result of subtractions (e.g. coaches/systems), additions (e.g. Green) or just the same guys not playing well, who knows....I wish we had the solution to get it back where it was.

​One would have to think that if their PP was producing at the rate of last year, the Wings place in the standings would be a little less precarious than they are today.