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In Topic: Anyone attended a game in Nashville?

23 October 2014 - 09:29 PM

I just moved down here to Nashville, but I can tell you that it's a good atmosphere at the games, and people are pretty good sports about everything. The good hockey fans are good hockey fans. One thing though is that from what I've heard, if you buy tickets through official channels, they make you buy tickets to two games when you want to buy tickets against teams like the Wings. Lame. I'd try finding tickets through a 3rd party if I were you.

In Topic: 10/23 GDT : Penguins 3 at Red Wings 4 (OT)

23 October 2014 - 09:25 PM

What a terrible 58 minutes only to be followed by an insanely awesome 7 or so minutes of hockey. I really wrote this game off before the 3rd started the way the team looked tonight. I can't believe we pulled off the win. We didn't deserve it, but we're getting a few points back from the two games we were robbed of points, so I won't complain.

In Topic: Rating the Defense through 6 games

23 October 2014 - 09:24 PM

They have 3 2nd pair guys now, they need a top pair d or nothing.


Why? We don't need to have a world class defense if we're solid front to back. Howard and Mrazak are going to be good enough for some years to come to keep this team competitive in most games with a solid defense. I'm not saying I wouldn't love a top-pair guy, but it's a lot more reasonable to expect us to be able to pick up a solid 2nd pair guy and it wouldn't cost as much. 

2 pages and no one has mentioned our best defender yet: Howard. He is back to his steady solid self. Being healthy helps a lot. DD continues to develop. he was already our best defensive Dman and you see the signs of development on O. Smith is also continuing to grow. These 2 should be paired together and by the end of the year they will be a legit top pair in the NHL. Cheap too!


I said we have nothing to complain about in goal or defense, thank you very much. Howard has been largely great and Gus was fantastic in his first outing.

In Topic: Rating the Defense through 6 games

23 October 2014 - 12:20 AM

Our zone coverage has been really good.  Our passing and transition game from the back end has been horrible, to the extent that our beat writers were discussing our "turnover problem" by about game 3 of the season.  Two of our loses are directly attributable to massive defenseman turnovers that led to goals.  Also our defense has produced a combined 7 points, so anybody ready to pat them on the back for "creating offense" should think again.  So let's not sing kumbaya just yet eh boys?


But look at the defense we have!


Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I think we have great defense, but relative to what seems reasonable to expect from this squad, they've done a pretty good job of keeping the other team from scoring goals. The games have been tight and we've been in nearly all of them.


And we still have Kindl in the lineup, who hasn't been good, but he's hardly been terrible.


If we can find a way to add a solid 3-4 d-man via trade at some point this season, we're going to be in pretty damn good shape in the grand scheme of things. It's not going to be great anytime soon barring something dramatic, so again, I'm going to try to judge them relative to what's reasonable to expect out of this specific squad.


It could be a lot worse.

In Topic: Rating the Defense through 6 games

22 October 2014 - 09:03 PM

I've never been as sold on Ericsson as some. I think he's overachieved at times. I'd be all for him playing as well as we've seen him, but I wouldn't be shocked if he struggled to do that consistently.


Overall, we can't complain about the D or goaltending for that matter too much at this point. The system is working pretty well and they're holding their own for the most part.