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#2457412 11/23 GDT: Game 24 - Senators 4 @ Red Wings 2

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 23 November 2013 - 10:03 PM

Where the f*** is Tootoo?? Oh right he is with the Griffins because Samuelsson is so valuable...

#2457156 11/23 GDT: Game 24 - Senators 4 @ Red Wings 2

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 23 November 2013 - 08:36 PM

Smith got balls.

#2450083 11/2 GDT: Red Wings 5 at Oilers 0

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 02 November 2013 - 01:36 PM

I cannot believe Samuelsson is back in! It is like Babcock has the memory of a gold fish, and after each game he realizes "oh he still sucks, I better bench him next game".

#2450003 11/1 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Flames 3

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 02 November 2013 - 03:18 AM

give me a break.

Whatever you need, but it is time for people to realize that Abdelkader is much more important to this team than many want to acknowledge. You keep fooling yourself thinking he is easily replaced.

#2445820 stephen weiss

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 18 October 2013 - 09:22 AM

Weiss has been allright. He is on pace for a 20 goal season.

#2445010 Lineup Crunch: Who's going?

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 16 October 2013 - 02:40 PM

Just something to consider in the Eaves/ Tootoo debate.............Eaves can actually be used in the playoffs, Tootoo is strictly a regular season player.   So it comes down to whether you put more value in the regular season or the playoffs.

I think Tootoo would do just fine in the playoffs if given the chance. He has played lots of playoff games for Nashville. Saying he is not a playoff player because Babcock scratched him most games last year is like saying Tatar is not an NHL calibre player.

#2444504 10/14 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Bruins 2

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 14 October 2013 - 03:16 PM

Defense is looking better with Lashoff in the lineup. I hope Smith can step it up.

#2444090 Trade Proposal

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 14 October 2013 - 01:57 AM

Cant give up on Smith yet. But Red Wings need speed and work ethic more than defense in my opinion. Ryan Callahan or Brandon Dubinsky type players.

#2442936 10/5 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Bruins 4

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 10 October 2013 - 02:09 AM

In regard to the Filppula vs Weiss debate I think there are important aspects that will not show in the stats. I personally feel that Weiss is an upgrade because he crashes the net while Filppula circled away from the net. This will potentially make a huge difference in the post season when the game is more defensive.

#2442510 Laviolette out in Philly

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 07 October 2013 - 09:56 AM

The Chief, awesome!

#2441380 Baertschi and Zibanejad thrown under the bus publically

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 03 October 2013 - 03:30 PM

Holland should make a call for Zibanejad. Would be a nice addition to the team.

#2441378 Howard or Miller?

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 03 October 2013 - 03:23 PM

I really like Howard, he has developed into a very sound goalie that will carry any team deep into the postseason. No trade for me.

#2439746 Are teams going to "bait" us into fighting?

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 29 September 2013 - 09:51 AM

That's less a function of being "intimidated", more a function of our post-Lidstrom/Rafalski defence being unable to handle the puck under pressure.  Quincey, Lashoff and especially Smith were forechecked relentlessly in the playoffs because they kept making mistakes when pressured.

Red Wings have always been vulnerable to physically strong teams like The Ducks in 2003 and the Flames in 2004. They wouldnt allow the Red Wings to enter the slot but limited our forwards to perimeter shots. So did the Preds in 2012. I think that even during the Lidstrom era teams tried to forecheck high, only it was obviously more difficult then.

#2439743 Are teams going to "bait" us into fighting?

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 29 September 2013 - 09:35 AM

If there were a correlation between size, fighting, hitting, and winning then the biggest team with the most hits and fights would win the Cup almost every year.  That doesn't happen.  Wanna know what does have a high correlation to winning?  Special teams, and goal differential.  So when I say I'd rather have a good powerplay than George Parros or Colton Orr or some other garbage enforcer, it's actually supported by something other than whimsy.

Well naturally there will be a correlation between scoring and winning... But if we look at powerplay as arguably being the best enforcer you will find that the stanley cup winner from the last three years are all in the bottom half of the pp% stats by a fair margin, while at the same time being in the top half of PIM/GP. Not for being goons, but rather being teams with a strong physical presence. I guess the world is a pretty whimsy place...

#2439734 Are teams going to "bait" us into fighting?

Posted by RyanBarnes! on 29 September 2013 - 05:43 AM

When exactly are we "getting bullied"?  When was the last time an important Red Wing missed time because someone took a run at them?  Every team in the league knows the Wings don't fight, and they leave their enforcers in the press box when they play us because of it.  This whole, "we need to get tougher because we get bullied" argument is bologna, it's just a post hoc justification used by people who want to see more fights. 
I'll take a good powerplay because, ya know, we do that whole powerplay thing a few times a game.  You take your enforcers, and keep waiting for teams to "bully" us so that you can say "I told you so".
As bad as we've traditionally been 4 on 4, I don't know if there's anybody (who will actually fight) who's worth taking that penalty on.

They might leave their enforcer in the pressbox, but only because they know they have other players that can bully the Red Wings. Someone like Backes or Weber for example. It is not because they are thinking "oh they are the Red Wings, they cant be intimidated or physical play will not work against them". Every team know the way to win against the Red Wings is by playing physical and high forechecking. I often see the argument that enforcer's are a thing of the past and that they are not a deterrent etc, but most teams still carry one and they are quite appreciated by their teammates. Yzerman for example used to be quite vocal about having someone willing to drop the gloves. The same goes for Lidstrom. I guess it is nice to know that if s*** happens there is this guy that will always come to your aid no matter what. Teams will definitely try and take advantage of this team, because it is their best chance to beat us. Might not be a huge deal for a game or two, but it will be very tough deep into the season when players are usually banged up after 50-60 games alone not to mention being at a physical disadvantage. It will be even tougher playing a 7 games series against a team like Boston. I'm not so sure I buy the hype that Detroit will revolutionize the Eastern game, I think that Holland will eventually need to add some big bodies to this lineup to compete in the long run. As suggested by Holland himself. Meanwhile, the Red Wings must play tougher than they are and adding a good enforcer to the lineup will be like adding ten pounds and 2 inches to every player on this squad.