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#2672909 ECQF Game 5 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 1, Red Wings 0 (TB Wins, 4-1)

Posted by gcom007 on 22 April 2016 - 07:12 AM

One upside to this year in the playoffs is looking at Mrazek's performance. Ignoring the last play that partially lead to a goal, he looked good in his three games and had no drop off games like last year, despite getting less help than he did before. The guy is clearly a real deal playoff goalie. Imagine how good he'd be if he had a real defense in front of him...

#2670695 ECQF Game 3 Post-GDT: at Red Wings 2, Tampa Bay 0

Posted by gcom007 on 18 April 2016 - 06:03 AM

Smith can't keep it up. He almost made a boneheaded move that could have given Tampa momentum, but Mrazek physically restrained him because he knows how much of a hothead Smith is.

He did have a good game, I just seriously doubt he can keep it up.



Ha. That might have been Mrazek's best save of the night though.

#2670650 ECQF Game 3 Post-GDT: at Red Wings 2, Tampa Bay 0

Posted by gcom007 on 17 April 2016 - 09:17 PM

Just realized that in 8 NHL playoff games, Mrazek now has 3 shutouts. That's a playoff goalie.

#2670625 ECQF Game 3 Post-GDT: at Red Wings 2, Tampa Bay 0

Posted by gcom007 on 17 April 2016 - 09:00 PM

Really, really, really happy with Smith tonight. He really showed up and made his point. Let's hope he can keep it up. Mrazek didn't have to be outstanding but he was steady and made the saves he needed to. Whole team looked better tonight, sans power play, which is still profoundly miserable. They can't sit back on Tuesday though. It'll be a much harder game, no doubt, but there's no reason why they can't beat this team right now.

#2666585 25 YEARS BABY!

Posted by gcom007 on 09 April 2016 - 04:03 PM

I'm happy we're in and I'm obviously hoping for the best, but this doesn't feel like other years. I have a hard time saying honestly that I think this team belongs in the playoffs. Mrazek carried them for several months to a better record than they deserved as a whole, and when he slipped, the cracks became all the more clear. We'll see how it goes, but I hope they come out hard as a team and prove they belong there, because right now, they simply are lucky.

#2664487 HNIC Rumor: Datsyuk to return to Russia

Posted by gcom007 on 04 April 2016 - 09:33 PM

I wouldn't blame him, but I think he'll finish out his contract and retire. This rumor comes around every year. I seem to remember him not addressing it the last few times either. This year or next though, the sad reality is that time is ticking for us to witness the great talent that is Pavel Datsyuk wearing the winged wheel, and that is the saddest hockey thought I've had since it was near the end of Stevie's career. I don't say that to slight Lidstrom, but it's just a different sort of magic Pavel could conjure that no one will soon be able to do again.

#2662451 Goalie Battle

Posted by gcom007 on 27 March 2016 - 06:01 PM

Mrazek has not been consistent since the beginning of February. That's almost two months.

There's some games where he played really well but there others where he let in 5 goals. Got pulled twice etc.

It all started going downhill since his birthday. Remember when everyone thought he was hung over?



Ha. I was just thinking yesterday that it feels like that birthday hangover never ended. But neither goalie has gotten help from this abysmal defense we employ.

#2657536 Goalie Battle

Posted by gcom007 on 05 March 2016 - 10:11 AM

Mrazek will be an RFA, not UFA, so our likelihood of losing him is slim to none. I do think Howard is gone in the off-season, especially if the cap goes down. I don't see any way we can carry $9 million in goalies if the cap goes down, all the more so when you consider that Mrazek generally has been getting the brunt of the starts. You can't pay a guy $5 million to start maybe 20 games next year. And do we really think Howard will be content to stay as a backup at this point? If he is, then I don't know what that says about his confidence as a starter. If he believes he should be starting and Mrazek remains on this team, he's going to want out.

#2657534 Goalie Battle

Posted by gcom007 on 05 March 2016 - 09:51 AM

Mrazek is definitely off lately and Howard has looked better last few games, so he should and likely will get some more starts right now. Given that Mrazek is such an athletic goalie, I wouldn't be shocked at all if his groin tweak isn't affecting him right now. You've got to fully trust your body to play like he does, and if he's not 100% on that front right now, it's hard to imagine it not affecting his game. Give him a bit more rest right now to get it straight and get him going down the final stretch and I think he'll be fine come playoff time.

#2657002 Uh oh... Coreau called up... Mrazek injured?

Posted by gcom007 on 02 March 2016 - 02:31 PM

Yeah let him take as much time as he needs if Howard keeps playing well. Shouldn't rush back from a groin issue. Let him rest a bit more, and let Howard try and raise his trade value. All good.



The better Howard finishes, the easier he'll be to move this summer. Even those who don't like him should be cheering for him right now.

#2656901 Uh oh... Coreau called up... Mrazek injured?

Posted by gcom007 on 01 March 2016 - 09:42 PM

i would let jimmy play tomorrow.  give mraz a few more days to be safe.



One more game off won't hurt and Howard's had two great starts in a row. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

#2656769 2/29 GDT : Detroit Red Wings at Dallas Stars, 8:30PM EST

Posted by gcom007 on 29 February 2016 - 11:18 PM


I think Nyquist dove, but I'll take it. Really, really not a fan of Nyquist's embellishment.

Howard was fantastic tonight. Good to see him string a couple of solid starts together. Something good to build on.

#2650439 Goalie Battle

Posted by gcom007 on 28 January 2016 - 10:38 PM

I really have a sneaking suspicion that he'll end up in Buffalo at some point. It's one of the few places that seems to make sense for both parties. Be that as it may, it'll likely end up being something none of us even considered...

#2648772 Goalie Battle

Posted by gcom007 on 18 January 2016 - 06:22 AM

The nature of this thread needs to change. The battle with Howard is over. Mrazek's now battling for something else. His numbers are climbing every game, and he is playing about as close to lights out goal as you can. If he keeps this up, he's going to be leading the league in save percentage soon, and he stands to creep up on Holtby and Bishop in GAA soon as well. If he keeps up this play and keeps getting the majority of the starts, he stands to be neck and neck with Holtby for Vezina by the end of the season.

We are the luckiest.

#2648322 And your NHL All-Star Division Captains are....

Posted by gcom007 on 16 January 2016 - 10:40 PM



Joke or not, whether he "belongs" or not, the way that the NHL, Phoenix, and Montreal handled this situation is nothing short of despicable.


I will go out of my way to not watch the game at this point.