You are right, defense is key, but in previous years the lack of offense is what killed Detroit in the playoffs.
The Wings are in the top tier but they just don't seem that threatening, even when they are winning. You never hear teams or commentators talk about how dangerous the Wings are anymore, or how amazing their game is. We've slipped into the upper end of average it seems like, even though we'll have another 100+ point season. Good enough for the regular season but we need some sort of killer instinct to go far in the playoffs.
Basically, we need to prepare to face San Jose and Boston in the playoffs. I feel like we can handle any other team but facing San Jose is basically a certainty if we can get out of the first round.
People are quick to forget that certain teams owned us in the 90s and solving those teams led to the cup. Remember Colorado in 1995-1997 when they beat us in the playoffs and the regular season? It took the final regular season game in 1997 and a tough playoff series to eliminate the Avs. No team sits on top forever. The Wings will solve the Sharks, and I dare to say that will happen this year. As for that killer instinct, you won't see much of that during the regular season from any team.
I think people need to temper their expectations a bit. The Islanders are not the worst team in the league or some punk rec league team for that matter. The parity in the NHL really is apparent by the standings. Conklin played well against Chicago, but as normal, the Wings winning or losing will depend on their desire to win the game and some puck luck. Nabokov is no slouch goalie even though he has only one 5 times this season. This is a game the Wings should win, but anyone can win a single game.
I firmly believe the Wings are going to be ready to play tonight and are going to bring it against the Islanders.
Posted by Nightfall
on 22 December 2011 - 09:57 PM
Good to hear the NHL director of officials come out and say that the refs didn't make the right call. Just another step away from the "our refs never make mistakes" hard line that Bettman keeps spouting.
Posted by Nightfall
on 22 December 2011 - 08:31 AM
Just got back from game. The Canucks got a few lucky bounces, we had none. Luongo was sharp ... we had a few boneheaded plays that resulted in early goals. That hit on Kesler was dope ...
Can't win them all. Still awesome to see them live.
I have to agree here. I DVRed the game last night and watched it this morning while I worked out. The Wings really didn't deserve to win this game the way they played in the 1st period. The only goal I saw that Howard maybe should have had was the 2nd goal, but that was a hell of a shot that hit far post and went in. Not like I haven't been scored on like that before. So I am willing to give him a pass on that one. The other three he didn't stand a chance on, especially the 4th where someone went into him.
I can also see how the ref determined that the vancouver player was pushed into Howard on that 4th goal. I have called goals like that before, but I have to be 100% sure the player was pushed into the goalie and didn't just fall into him. Its all perspective.
In the end, the Wings picked it up after a crappy 1st period and got within 1 goal with some hard work. Luongo played solid and deserved to win the game.
Can't win them all. I am sure Babcock told the boys to just forget this one and concentrate on Calgary today. If I know the Wings, Calgary is in trouble tonight. I think the Wings are going to be looking to avenge the loss last night.