Projected OTT Lines Michalek-Fisher-Alfredsson Foligno-Kelly-Neil Ruutu-Smith-Kovalev Regin-Winchester-Shannon
Phillips-Karllson Campoli-Gonchar Kuba-Carkner
Jimmy Howard Record: 24-8-3, 2.81 GAA, .906 SV%, 2 SO
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Robin Lehner Record: 1-1-0, 2.35 GAA, .910V%, 0 SO
RED WINGS Tomas Holmstrom (broken hand) out, Brad Stuart (broken jaw) out, Chris Osgood (groin) out, Pavel Datsyuk (broken wrist) will not play, Mike Modano (severed tendon) out ---- SENATORS Jesse Winchester (personal) questionable, Jarkko Ruutu (groin) out, Jason Spezza (shoulder) out, Pascal Leclaire (groin) out
Martin Brodeur Record: 10-18-2, 2.86 GAA, .896 SV%, 4 SO
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Jimmy Howard Record: 23-8-3, 2.86 GAA, .904 SV%, 2 SO
DEVILS Vladimir Zharkov (illness) questionable, Nick Palmieri (lower body) questionable, Colin White (lower body) out, Matthew Corrente (shoulder) out, Matt Taormina (ankle) out, Jacob Josefson (ankle) out, Zach Parise (knee) out, Bryce Salvador (concussion) out ---- RED WINGS Tomas Holmstrom (broken hand) out, Brad Stuart (broken jaw) out, Chris Osgood (groin) out, Dan Cleary (broken ankle) out, Pavel Datsyuk (broken wrist) out, Mike Modano (severed tendon) out
By then Robo-clone Lidstrom will be complete, and he'll have laser-skates. Probably a hyper-quantum plasma stick too. Pre-programed with a cap-friendly atomic contract. Kenny is working on getting rules allowing laser-skate equipped Robo-clones with hyper-quantum plasma sticks into the next CBA. Shanny and Stevie are his allies so we're optimistic.
2014 will bring us 3-headed-Mechahudler and possibly Laserface-GhostOzzie to dominate the annual Moon Classic. Future Hockey is awesome.
When the wings win the cup every year, I'll be happy with the roster, but they are not and there is always some little thing that can be tweaked to make them better. Right now I think adding a Drake type player would only help this team.
Drake adding that element had a huge impact in 08.
Agree. I like the (healthy) lineup but still think we could benefit from a "playoff Drake" or a "regular season Prust".
the old wings had fighters that also contributed, and avoided the "stupid" penalties.
while i do enjoy the cup wins, i also favor the gritty edge a "smart" enforcer brings and would sacrifice a role player to fill this gap.
lucic, and konopka come to mind.
every year we get abused in the late season and playoffs, and this takes its toll. what if someone jumped malkin after his attack on Z and beat him down, causing the mandatory game suspension for both?
malkin had 2 goals in the game 6 that changed the momentum.
or what about the spearing of lidstrom during the blackhawk game?
enforcers change the game to a degree, they don't prevent injuries, but they keep the cheap shots at bay. players don't run goalies all game long if we have an enforcer watching over the herd.
would kostopolos have run stuart if he knew he was going to get run down later that game? who knows. but i think his mindset would have been slightly altered if D-mac was rotating shifts and collecting teeth.
i love the domination of our wings team, but i hate seeing cheap s*** hits to wear down or sideline our players for the long haul. checking is designed to wear players down by nature, but the little extra, needs to stop.
so, to summarize...the wings don't need a goon, they need a heart and soul with a big bag of knuckles and a knack for scoring more than once every 9 months.
these players don't grow on trees, i know, but they still exist, and we need to step up and get one.
Posted by Nicholonio
on 22 January 2011 - 03:39 PM
That's the problem with some of the posters on this forum, they don't understand discussion. Even if things are long ranged, it's a nice thought to talk about. Discussion is better than nothing.
Hedberg would be a nice thought, but Jonas Gustavsson I think I'd enjoy more. He's lost all his confidence while playing with the Leafs (in my opinion), and before he lost that, he was doing good. So why not boost your confidence while playing with the best Hockey team in the NHL? :-P