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#2244367 Losing: a reoccuring theme

Posted by Nightfall on 11 January 2012 - 04:24 PM

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.


#2244258 1/10 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Islanders 5

Posted by Nightfall on 11 January 2012 - 08:56 AM

Guess I didn't miss much.

Yikes.

If you are talking about the game, no.

If you are talking about the LGW forum members hitting the panic button and laying blame on the lazy forwards, horrible goalie, coach, etc, that is also a no.

Surprised? I'm not. :D


#2243795 1/10 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Islanders 5

Posted by Nightfall on 10 January 2012 - 11:54 AM

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.


#2241841 Jiri Hudler Appreciation Thread

Posted by Nightfall on 05 January 2012 - 07:28 PM

I'm glad he has picked things up and in turn upped his trade value. I hope he is used in a trade before Invisible Jiri Hudler takes to the ice in the play offs again.

31 points in 61 playoff games is pretty good for a 2nd/3rd line player.


#2241664 Jiri Hudler Appreciation Thread

Posted by Nightfall on 04 January 2012 - 08:55 PM

I guess if Hudler isn't sucking, then no one wants to talk about it. Ah well.


#2241529 Holland saving $ to make a push for Weber?

Posted by Nightfall on 04 January 2012 - 12:34 PM

I don't mean to sound like a dick, but why do you pay for an ESPN account? I never got how they can get away with demanding money for that stuff.

I get ESPN the magazine and I get insider for free as part of my subscription. My ESPN Magazine subscription costs me less than $10 for a year.


#2241527 Jiri Hudler Appreciation Thread

Posted by Nightfall on 04 January 2012 - 12:31 PM

Hudler so far has 11 goals and 14 assists in 38 games. Not bad at all.


#2239299 12/27 GDT : Blues 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by Nightfall on 27 December 2011 - 09:10 PM

What's with all the whining about the refs.

We've given up a million odd man rushes and are getting outworked. The refs aren't to blame for our losing this game.

I want to note this is the second time in LGW forum history that I am agreeing with GMRwings1983.


#2239269 12/27 GDT : Blues 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by Nightfall on 27 December 2011 - 09:00 PM

f*** this s***. Refs have beenf****** garbage for weeks. I'm done NHL you support sopa and have s*** refs.

I have to agree with Mick on this goal. He is in the right position and Howard didn't have it covered. You have to give the ref credit for being in the right position to make that call.


#2238468 12/22 GDT : Red Wings at Calgary Flames

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.


#2238231 12/21 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Canucks 4

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 ... :rolleyes:

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.


#2236180 Shana-ban Bans himself

Posted by Nightfall on 15 December 2011 - 07:29 PM

That voice he uses to try to imitate Shanahan is just hilarious. It doesn't even sound like him, but I love how it sounds.


#2234820 12/10 GDT : Jets 1 at Red Wings 7

Posted by Nightfall on 10 December 2011 - 09:52 PM

How can an absolute dominant performance only get 10 pages?! :confused:

Easy question. The Wings are winning. So the critics are happy.


#2234215 12/8 GDT : Coyotes 2 at Red Wings 5

Posted by Nightfall on 08 December 2011 - 07:42 PM

Wings continue to lose another 2-3 games, bet on it.

Care to change your prediction?

Wings are flying high early!


#2233857 12/6 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Blues 3

Posted by Nightfall on 07 December 2011 - 09:42 AM

Let's recap. The Wings wing their first 5 then go 0-5-1 and LGW melts down. So what do they do next. They go 11-2. Yes, eleven wins, two losses. They follow that with 2 close losses to Colorado and St. Louis, both on the road.

They are in the top 5 in the league in GFA, GAA, Shots, Shots Against, points, and win percentage. Jimmy is near the top of the league in wins, GAA, and save %.

But still, the two losses result in a meltdown on LGW....

Dump Z and bring up Nyquist.

Unbelievable

I agree with this thread. Excellent post.