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In Topic: Is East just as good or better than West this year?

02 March 2015 - 03:04 PM

Wings are 16-3-3 against the West, Rangers are 13-3-5 and Pens are 12-4-2.


The simple fact of the matter is that when the playoffs start, regular season stats go out the window.  I believe any team can win come playoff time.  Upsets are more common in the new NHL.  Look at last years top regular season teams in the east and west.  Boston was out in the 2nd round.  Colorado went out in the first round.  When the playoffs hit, I think you are going to see some teams do very well and others do poorly.


Nashville is going to make some noise, but I don't see them advancing past the 2nd round.  I see the Hawks and Kings squaring off in the conference finals again.  Playoffs are all about experience and seasoning.  In the east, I see Tampa and Detroit taking another step while Boston and Pittsburgh are taking a step backwards.  Detroit's young core got a taste of that last year and I believe this year they will do much better.  I think a conference finals appearance is in the cards for this year for the Wings.


In the new NHL, getting into the playoffs really is the first step.  I believe any one of the sixteen teams that make it in can win the cup.

In Topic: Red Wings acquire Marek Zidlicky from NJ for Cond. 2016 3rd Round Pick

02 March 2015 - 01:19 PM

Where does he slide in?


Probably in on the 2nd or 3rd pairing.  I wouldn't be surprised to see him on the 1st pairing with Kronwall if Babcock wants to try it during the regular season.

In Topic: Red Wings acquire Erik Cole, conditional 3rd from Stars

02 March 2015 - 11:53 AM

I gotta give props to Mickey Redmond on calling this trade; he predicted that the Wings would add some depth at forward which is exactly what Holland did...Time to eat my crow.

The way I see it - how many years does Hank/Dats/Kronner have left in their 'prime'?


All 3 are well in their 30's, and are starting to show wear...I feel it's gonna be now, and/or next year.


I disagree.  The franchise as a whole has given these three players many opportunities to win championships.  They should have repeated in 2009 but the Penguins had different plans.  In 2013 they had a 3-1 series lead on the Hawks and lost 3 straight.  There are other examples I could throw out there, but my point is that its not like they have been toiling in hell with no chance to win a cup like many other great players who retired without a championship.


All 3 are going to be retiring with at least 1 championship.  I don't believe that this year or next year is a "all in" kind of season for the Wings because the health of the franchise is more important.  Holland won't mortgage the future to give 3 players another crack at the cup.  What he will do is give the team as a whole an opportunity to compete for a cup like he is this year.  He will set the team up for future success so the next wave of stars like Nyquist and Tatar will be able to captain a team to a championship of their own.


Keep in mind when the season started, many members on this forum thought this team was a fringe playoff team at best.  Some wanted to just "tank" the season for a high draft pick.  Oh how quickly we forget these facts.

In Topic: Red Wings acquire Erik Cole, conditional 3rd from Stars

02 March 2015 - 11:42 AM


They actually made it to the Conference Finals that year, but nevertheless didn't accomplish their goal.  I think in the Wings case, a big trade would hurt more than help.  This team has a solid young core with good chemistry.  I don't want to rock that boat.


Doh!  My bad.  I looked at the wrong year.  :P


I do agree with what you are saying though.  We are one of the youngest teams in the league.  I don't want to rock the boat.

In Topic: Red Wings acquire Erik Cole, conditional 3rd from Stars

02 March 2015 - 09:56 AM

Umm which defender other than Petry is still available? This is not an all in year for the Wings


I agree.  This is not an all in year for the Wings.  Typically, these "all in" years don't work anyway.  Look at when the Pens traded for Iglina and Morrow back in 13.  People thought they were going to go all the way, and they got stuffed in the conference finals.  These killer trades usually don't result in a cup win.


The Wings are a great team with an opportunity to compete for the cup this year.  They won't be the favorites, but they weren't the favorites in 1997 when they finished 3rd in the Western Conference and won the cup. 


I believe that any team that gets in can win the cup.  Getting in is the key. 


EDIT:  I said the pens got stuffed in the 1st round and that was incorrect.  They made it to the conference finals that year.