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#2585810 Petr Mrazek is the #1

Posted by gcom007 on Yesterday, 08:18 AM

No he isn't, the guy is reacting too fast and that makes him vulnerable for high accurate shots. Howard really hasn't been there same since getting hurt. Going to rewatch the game now but personally I'd give the monster a chance and if he is playing good against Tampa stick with him.

 

Not a bad call. We might get a good period or two out of him before he gets hurt again.




#2585784 Petr Mrazek is the #1

Posted by gcom007 on 26 March 2015 - 10:28 PM

"When you are playing from behind every shift is an emergency and that causes turnovers…we have to keep the puck out of our net. Petr will get a chance now." -Babcock

 

I don't disagree with the sentiment, but what about when turnovers lead to playing from behind? I don't think anyone's going to argue that Howard's been inconsistent and oftentimes lousy since returning from injury, but this team hasn't been helping their goalies at all lately. I think it's fair to call out Howard at this point, but you've got to be calling out Nyquist and Ericsson too, and you've certainly got to call out your team defense. Howard hasn't been great, but no one on this team has been much better lately.




#2585766 Petr Mrazek is the #1

Posted by gcom007 on 26 March 2015 - 09:45 PM

Who gives a sh*t who's in net. One of the worst and sorriest defenses in the league. This is more than just a slump. This team WAY overachieved and they're now back down to earth. But it is what it is. Going to have to start a complete rebuild soon. Wings need like 4-5 years of missing the playoffs.

 

Teed up for number9...




#2585764 Petr Mrazek is the #1

Posted by gcom007 on 26 March 2015 - 09:41 PM

Howard will still start in the playoffs unless Mrazek goes on an absolute tear to finish the season, but that's just not going to happen unless the team in front of him turns things around fast. I just don't really expect that to happen the way things are going. But I think the stage is clearly being set for Mrazek to have a chance to win the starting role next year. 




#2585749 3/26 GDT: Sharks 6 at Red Wings 4

Posted by gcom007 on 26 March 2015 - 09:18 PM

Too little too late. They played well in the third, but it has to be constantly deflating when you battle back and neither goalie can make a save in response. Mind you, the defense and turnovers deserve plenty of blame as well. 

 

Weiss and Pulkkinen both need to play more at even strength. I know Babs is stubborn, but when your team's season is on the line, you gotta make adjustments and find a way to maximize your chances at winning games. 

 

Pav has to come back on Saturday, but even then, he isn't going to suddenly fix everything that has gone wrong this past month. They have to collectively dig down and play 60 minutes of hockey that isn't marred by miscues and careless passes. 

 

The goaltending definitely hasn't been up to snuff, especially Howard, but yes, the defense has been as bad or worse than either guy at their worst this year. The turnovers and boneheaded changes are just mind-numbing. It's going to be real hard for Howard or Mrazek to get going consistently playing behind our clown squad, especially with all the help they're getting from the turnover twins up front.




#2585617 3/26 GDT: Sharks 6 at Red Wings 4

Posted by gcom007 on 26 March 2015 - 08:34 PM

Bench Weiss............




#2585558 3/26 GDT: Sharks 6 at Red Wings 4

Posted by gcom007 on 26 March 2015 - 08:26 PM

I think we're going to pull this one off. 




#2584970 3/24 GDT : Coyotes 5 at Red Wings 4 (OT)

Posted by gcom007 on 24 March 2015 - 09:34 PM

He's not as bad as people make him out to be, but for the sake of conversation, who cares? He played great in the 1st half. Anyone who disagrees with that is probably just a Howard hater. Since then? He's been pretty bad outside of a couple games, notably the one against the Rangers where he stole 2 points. I think people just want some consistency from Jimmy is all.


Well, he's consistently inconsistent...

We had much better team defense earlier in the year and Howard was sharper. The combination made both parties look better than they are. Now team defense isn't so solid and Howard's not as sharp, and both parties are looking worse than they are. It's tough to argue that Howard hasn't been weak down the stretch, but the team around him hasn't been good either. Howard's making top 10 money so you expect more out of him than you can from some of our other guys, but it doesn't change the fact that he really isn't getting much help right now.

Howard, like everyone else on this team right now, needs to get sharper fast, or it'll be another quick playoff exit.


#2584757 3/24 GDT : Coyotes 5 at Red Wings 4 (OT)

Posted by gcom007 on 24 March 2015 - 08:52 PM

Bleh. I thought for a second today that this game would go down easy. Then I thought, "Who am I kidding? It's a terrible team, we'll find a way to make it ugly…"

When is Datsyuk back? There is a Datsyuk-shaped hole in this team's heart right now. We're not a perfect team with him, but I feel infinitely better going into every game when Dats is in the lineup.


#2584605 3/24 GDT : Coyotes 5 at Red Wings 4 (OT)

Posted by gcom007 on 24 March 2015 - 08:21 PM

weiss or cleary. ive got a dollar on cleary


I forgot he was on the team for a minute. Ugh. If Cleary goes in over Weiss, I might lose my s***. They absolutely have to move him this summer. This situation is ridiculous. What a waste for Weiss and the team.

Flipped to Jurassic Park to avoid watching the replays. Damn you Newman


Clever girl...


#2583598 3/20 GDT : Red Wings 1 Tampa Bay Lightning 3

Posted by gcom007 on 20 March 2015 - 09:14 PM

Lousy. At least Howard looked good. He needs to string a few more starts like this together now and get some momentum going. And the way we're scoring lately, goaltending is going to have to be top notch if we're going to get some wins. Please come back next game, Datsyuk


#2583375 3/20 GDT : Red Wings 1 Tampa Bay Lightning 3

Posted by gcom007 on 20 March 2015 - 07:13 PM

Nice tribute for Matthew Wuest. Glad they gave him that moment.




#2583368 3/20 GDT : Red Wings 1 Tampa Bay Lightning 3

Posted by gcom007 on 20 March 2015 - 07:10 PM

I hate Game Center Live. I swear, half these games are blacked out. I have to have a second subscription to a proxy server to get the feed going on my MacBook, just so I can AirPlay it to an Apple TV. Half of the games is definitely extreme, but I wouldn't be shocked if a quarter of the games were blacked out. Ridiculous.




#2583226 Team next season?

Posted by gcom007 on 20 March 2015 - 09:34 AM

Unless Weiss really finds a way to turn it around in his tenure as a Red Wing, which is looking increasingly less likely to happen, I think you've got to find a way to move him this summer. I don't know if it's right that he's been given the role he has, but clearly something isn't working out the way it needs to be. It's too much money to be throwing at a guy you're unwilling to put in the top-6, who's now even a healthy scratch after Datsyuk goes out of the lineup. I've got nothing against Weiss, and if anything, I tend to think he's not getting a fair shot here. But something's gotta give at this point: he's either gotta get back into an important role and start producing or he should be moved.

I'd go so far as to say I don't even know if it's fair to keep him here the way things are going. It makes no sense to me that we've got a player of his caliber at that cap hit that we're willing to keep out of the lineup when healthy, even when our best player gets injured and is out of the lineup. Something is seriously not right with that situation.


#2583175 3/19 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Panthers 3

Posted by gcom007 on 19 March 2015 - 10:24 PM

I still just think it's weird that Weiss got benched for this game. That's my takeaway.