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#2591697 4/9/15 GDT Red Wings 3 @ Canadiens 4 *Warning post #888 & 906*

Posted by Nightfall on 09 April 2015 - 09:21 PM

 

Don't worry the rest of LGW will for you....unfortunately...

 

Yea, I know.  The one nice thing about playing/reffing hockey for the last 20 years is that I never turned into a "armchair fan".  I think a lot of fans critical of players, goaltending, or coaching would be a lot more understanding if they played the sport at least at the rec league level.




#2591638 4/9/15 GDT Red Wings 3 @ Canadiens 4 *Warning post #888 & 906*

Posted by Nightfall on 09 April 2015 - 09:16 PM

Deflection off Quincey's stick.  I can't fault Howard for that one.




#2590866 Is A First Round Exit Imminent?

Posted by Nightfall on 09 April 2015 - 08:09 AM

I think its funny that before the season started, everyone was propping the Kings up on the pedestal saying that they were the team to beat this year.  Now, if you look at the standings, the Kings have only a 21.6 percent chance to make it in.  If they make it in, are they still the favorites even if its by the skin of their ass?

 

What constitutes a favorite in the playoffs?  Past playoff performance?  Health of the team?  How hot they are coming into the playoffs?  Puck luck?

 

The Wings are banged up a bit with Dats obviously not playing at 100% and Abdelkader and Franzen out with injuries.  That doesn't play into their favor.  What does play into their favor is that for the first 3/4 of the season, the Wings were a great team.  Before the trade deadline, the Wings were sitting pretty.  Since then, they have struggled to put things together.

 

The keys to winning the Stanley Cup come down to the same things every year.

 

1.  Health - Is your team healthy?  I think Tampa Bay and Montreal learned this lesson last year when their goalies went down with injury last year.  Tampa Bay lost in 4 straight.

2.  Hot goaltending - Regular season doesn't mean a lot here.  Can your goalie make clutch saves when it counts?

3.  Puck luck - Can you get the puck to bounce favorably for you more often than it bounces against you?  If it bounces against you, do you have the mental fortitude to overcome it?

4.  Special teams - Can your team capitalize on the PP and keep the puck out of the net on the PK?

5.  The hero factor - Some players just step up at playoff time.  Does your team have a hero?

 

I don't know if the Wings are going to be a first round exit or not.  What I can say is that we have had lower seeded teams like the Kings winning the Cup or the Oilers going to the finals.  The cup teams last year were the 6th place Kings vrs the 5th place Rangers.

 

In short, if you get in, anything can happen.  Your team can catch fire, players find a whole new level, and with some luck you can win a series.  No one knows how a team is going to do and that is why I love the NHL playoffs.

 

The Wings may in fact be headed for a first round exit just based on the health of the overall team right now.  However, their PP has been lethal all year and their PK has been good as well.  I am really eager to see if players like Tatar will take another step and become a playoff beast this year.




#2590661 Team next season?

Posted by Nightfall on 08 April 2015 - 08:45 AM

No Phaneuf please.  Lets bring the kids up and keep promoting our prospects.  Phaneuf isn't worth 7 million a season.  You pay 7 million a season for an elite defenseman. 




#2588667 Opinion: Petr Mrazek should be starting Game 1

Posted by Nightfall on 03 April 2015 - 07:50 AM

 

Yeah and he's played not even one full game in the NHL.

 

One thing is for sure.  He isn't going to get a shot at playing in the NHL down in the AHL racking up great numbers.  If we don't give him that opportunity, he will get it elsewhere.




#2587953 Time to move Howard?

Posted by Nightfall on 02 April 2015 - 02:40 PM

Its time to give Mrazek a chance to carry the team, and its also time to see what happens when it comes to Howard.  He isn't a top 5 goalie in the league, but he is still a good netminder.  His career numbers carry a .916 save percentage and a 2.42 GAA.  I really believe that Mrazek can equal or exceed those numbers, but I am not willing to bet the farm on him until he gets a full season under his belt.  Keep Mrazek as the #1 through the playoffs this year and next year.  Keep Howard as the backup.  Have them compete against each other.  Evaluate as needed.




#2582148 3/15 GDT : Red Wings 5 at Penguins 1

Posted by Nightfall on 15 March 2015 - 12:54 PM

Wow Pens. Are you kidding me? Get control of this game refs FFS.

 

The refs are whistling the Pens for every infraction.  Can't ask for much more than this.




#2580556 TANK IT! 2014-2015 Season

Posted by Nightfall on 10 March 2015 - 09:02 AM

Damn, the Oilers were officially eliminated from playoff contention, by the Red Wings.  We should have #tankedit




#2578950 Pulkkinen sent back to GR

Posted by Nightfall on 05 March 2015 - 09:17 AM

Pulkkinen is a lot like where Nyquist was a couple years ago.  Nyquist was awesome in the year before the calder cup win.  Even the year they won the Calder Cup he was magnificent.  Pulkkinen is going to adjust and be a solid NHL player.




#2577376 Red Wings acquire Erik Cole, conditional 3rd from Stars

Posted by Nightfall on 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.




#2576496 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by Nightfall on 01 March 2015 - 11:40 AM

Mrazek with a 2nd straight shutout and 3rd in 4 games. Meile up to 3rd in AHL scoring, Ferraro tied for 2nd in goals (though he's played more games than the guys he's tied with). Griffins have won 8 in a row, 10-0-2 in their last 12. The team has really turned things around from the early season struggles.

 

I have been watching and going to a lot of Griffin games and I can tell you that chemistry was a big part of why the Griffins struggled.  This is why we need a great coach at the AHL level.  Blashill is not going to be down in Grand Rapids much longer, and his coaching has helped the Griffins get to where they are now.  This team is going to challenge for a Calder cup again this year.  Just watch.




#2575555 Looks like stand pat time for Kenny

Posted by Nightfall on 27 February 2015 - 09:08 AM

Kings seems to have traded their 1st (2015) for Sekera... well if that's the price for the rental - I hope that Kenny will not be trading... No need for Legwand 2.0 - no need for the panic moves

 

I agree.  Imagine what the price for Yandle is going to be.  It will most definitely be a 1st and a rostered player like Nyquist.  I would rather us stand pat and see how things go.  We are one of the youngest teams in the league and our success/failure in the playoffs this year is going to be a building block for the future.  Lets not get an expensive overpriced rental.




#2570985 Franson to Preds

Posted by Nightfall on 15 February 2015 - 04:32 PM

I don't think Franson is worth a 1st.  He is like Legwand last year, a pending UFA.  I would rather keep our 1st, especially this year when the draft is INCREDIBLY deep. 




#2565618 crazy hockey dad

Posted by Nightfall on 22 January 2015 - 07:44 PM

ok, since no one has mentioned it.....

 

How did this guy break a pane of glass just by hitting it?  I referee hockey and I have parents and fans hitting the glass at times.  That glass obviously had to be already flawed in some way.




#2565617 Ray Whitney announces retirement

Posted by Nightfall on 22 January 2015 - 07:43 PM

He got zero media attention because he worked his ass off and didn't say much outside of that.  The guys that get the huge media attention, like Evander "more money" Kane, usually are doing something outside of hockey that get attention.