I think the team plays more relaxed in front of Mrazek because of how he handles the puck. He handles it with more confidence than Jimmy. He is also at times more confident and poised in the net. It is also true that sometimes Mrazek will really get a bit lost coming out too far and over-challenging. But, on balance, my opinion is that Jimmy has not played great since coming back from the groin tear (which by the way was caused by one of his horrific mishandles behind the net...resulting in him scrambling awkwardly back to the net). I think overall we played some of our best hockey when Mrazek was starting...perhaps his puck handling gets the offense rolling from the defensive end. I would let Jimmy sit and gather himself for an extended period of time...and go with Mrazek. This team needs a shake up and this would do it. Let Jimmy back up for awhile.
I also would get Marchenko back in there once he is healed and perhaps sit Ericsson for awhile...he makes way too many mistakes and needs a bit of a break.
Weiss should sit as well...he is inconsequential on a team that needs difference makers.
I think players go thru funks and when they are in a funk, just sit them. Rest them for awhile. Don't grind the same guys out there who are having problems.
i say yes to marchenko and to mrazek. i really think we should give weiss a shot at the job he came here for. let him centre the 2nd line for the rest of the season and see how he handles it. it can't be any worse than what is happening right now anyway.
howard is not consistent but this game was in no way on him. first and second goals he had zero chance on. the third he might have been slightly more prepared but was not expecting a guy to split ericsson and miller untouched. still a good shot on that goal.
I hate to agree with this, but you're absolutely right. With the way they are playing, the result will be the same.
Even if we're playing well i still don't think it'll matter. If and that's a big if we play well we can beat anyone in the east. Our D has to be lights out though. Still too flustered and just plain bad at moving the puck.
sorry folks, i'm going to this game tonight and detroit has never won when i've been there.
blame it on me.
Here's to a win and bucking that trend! Wings need to come up huge here, Toronto is due for a win and it isn't going to come easy. -Nyquist & Tatar I hope continue their surge here LGW
well, they finally won when i was on hand....good but nervous game. howard made a couple of huge saves. franzen was slightly better but still pretty useless. the leafs fans booing at the end of the game was priceless. on talk radio after the game every fan is ready to blow it all up.