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#2512870 Howard = Average

Posted by gcom007 on 21 April 2014 - 11:38 AM

So it's too late to treat an old dog new tricks? There is no way Howard could actually try to improve his puck handling skills? After all he is a highly skilled athlete. Or are you saying his genetic makeup makes it impossible to learn how to handle the puck well enough to make a bantam league moronic mistake in a major NHL playoff game? Obviously I am being sarcastic. In 2001 Datsyuk was easy to push around and made too many moves. Were those his weaknesses he had to accept for the rest of his career? Every single year he has modified and improved his training and skills. He is constantly evolving. Howard isn't close to the level of Datsyuk, but he can take a cue and do real work to improve his weaknesses.

I never said that I don't think he should improve that area of his game. I said it shouldn't be surprising because thus far, he's not been a good puck handler. A bonehead play like this was just waiting to happen given his ability or lack thereof. Frankly, it's why his little Mrazak comment from game 1 was a little alarming to me, because the playoffs is not the time to shake things up, especially in a part of your game that has been notoriously weak.

But I'd love it if Howard worked as hard in he the summer on his weaknesses like Dats and the other greats do. That's why they get paid. Jimmy gets paid like them to. I was saying he should do this years ago if you were to go back and look at some old posts. He's got a solid skill set but he has clear areas that need improvement, and improving in those areas could really help him reach those highs more consistently and authoritatively.

#2512806 Howard = Average

Posted by gcom007 on 21 April 2014 - 12:36 AM

I've liked Howard...in the past...before today's game...where he assisted on Boston's goal. What a dumbass move that was! It's like he went into complete panic mode. He could have pushed that puck up centre ice, slightly to his left, and he would have been fine. Time to retire, Jimmy.


Howard's never been very good at handling the puck, so a play like this shouldn't be entirely too surprising, like the guy or not. It's a weakness of his game, and all goalies have weaknesses. It was a terrible play and utterly atrocious timing for such a play, but if you liked the guy before and this is the only reason you're bent out of shape now, you either haven't been paying too close of attention or you'll get over it. I suspect the latter.


As said, he's never been known to be too hot at handling the puck, but he does many other things well a lot of the time. He's not perfect as we've seen through this regular season, but he was great in game 1, had some great moments in this game, and in the end, we absolutely didn't lose this game because of that play. I wouldn't even call it momentum turning. What was momentum turning, if you can even call it that this early, is when we kept taking stupid penalties and getting rattled by Boston's physical game. That is what lost this game for us.


If we can stay composed and stay out of the box and use our speed against Boston to draw penalties, we can beat them. If we lose our cool and give Boston too many power play opportunities, we're toast, and bad or great, Howard's play won't end up being the factor that changes the outcome of the series. Don't get me wrong, he needs to be on his A-Game no doubt to keep us in it, but it won't be enough to overcome Boston if the rest of the guys lose their cool and play into Boston's game.

#2512259 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Bruins 4 - Series tied 1-1

Posted by gcom007 on 20 April 2014 - 03:15 PM

How about we forget about Chara and everyone else and target thef****** net??? There's an idea! How many shots did we have in that period? How about on the power play?!?


Goals win the game. Let them goon it up. We don't have the team that can win that kind of war. We can win on the scoresheet though and we need to focus on that game.

#2512243 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Bruins 4 - Series tied 1-1

Posted by gcom007 on 20 April 2014 - 03:11 PM

Seriously, little Tatar can 'haul down' that giant ******* of a hockey player? Bulls***. I really wish Smith had fought Chara, seemed like he was willing but that tree wouldn't even put his stick down.


Chara grabbed his stick, pulled it tight and went down.

#2512218 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Bruins 4 - Series tied 1-1

Posted by gcom007 on 20 April 2014 - 03:05 PM

The Wings need to regroup big time. They're playing into the Bruins all over the ice and Chara laughing at Smith was symbolic of the team laughing at the Wings after that period. They need to get it together and punish them by putting thef****** puck in the net. 

#2511220 4/18 ECQF Game 1 GDT: Red Wings 1 @ Bruins 0. DET leads series 1-0

Posted by gcom007 on 18 April 2014 - 09:03 PM

I'm still shaking. Holy s***, what a game. Pavel Datsyuk doing what the greats do and rising up with a spectacular play to win it. Brilliant. Outstanding. Marvelous. Phenomenally great. Superlatives run amuck to describe my love, appreciation and respect for Pavel Datsyuk.

#2508303 4/9 GDT - Red Wings 3 @ Pens 4 (SO). Wings clinch playoff spot!

Posted by gcom007 on 09 April 2014 - 09:55 PM


Let's raid Linus's closet tomorrow tonight.


Pull the magic cork.

#2508205 4/9 GDT - Red Wings 3 @ Pens 4 (SO). Wings clinch playoff spot!

Posted by gcom007 on 09 April 2014 - 09:37 PM


I can't stand that idiot.  But yes, I really want to hear what he has to say.


I don't know why I like him, maybe it's just that he's blunt and finds a way to be mildly entertaining instead of just coming off as a total ass like some of the other NBC guys. Maybe it's just that he irritates me the least typically on these NBC broadcasts. 

#2508182 4/9 GDT - Red Wings 3 @ Pens 4 (SO). Wings clinch playoff spot!

Posted by gcom007 on 09 April 2014 - 09:32 PM

I like Jeremy Roenick, I really do, call me crazy, but I really want to hear what he has to say after emphatically saying it was all over for us a month ago.

#2508168 4/9 GDT - Red Wings 3 @ Pens 4 (SO). Wings clinch playoff spot!

Posted by gcom007 on 09 April 2014 - 09:29 PM

PLAYOFFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE ARE IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I cannot believe I'm writing that. As much as I believed it, it's still shocking given all we've been through this year. Wow. Never been so excited for a tie!!!


Oh yeah, there's still OT left...

#2507663 bashing skid the kid

Posted by gcom007 on 09 April 2014 - 01:36 PM

Can some of us get carried away? Sure.


Does he get more attention than other guys because he's as good as he is? Sure.


But even as he's improved in these areas, does he still whine and dive far more than most players, let alone players of his class? Absolutely.


He may not be as bad as he was, but he still carries himself on the ice like an entitled little punk. But as pissed as we are at Crosby about it, the league's lack of willingness to send him a message about some of these issues is just as bad if not worse. If the league weren't so desperate to have a star to parade around, he might've developed into a respectable competitor instead of simply being known as a whiny brat with skills.

#2506510 4/5 GDT - Canadiens 5 vs Red Wings 3

Posted by gcom007 on 05 April 2014 - 08:00 PM

that's also the reason we need Ryan Miller. Jimmy Howard is nowhere near the talent of any of those guys you listed. You just made it crystal clear for anyone who believes Howard can carry us to glory. +1,000,000 for you!


So long as Howard can play better than he has this year and our D gets better, we would be fine with Howard. I hope this year was an anomaly for Howard, and a stronger D is going to help him in any event. If the D gets stronger and he still struggles, then yeah, he's got to go given how much we're paying him. But I think those are still big "ifs" right now.

#2506508 4/5 GDT - Canadiens 5 vs Red Wings 3

Posted by gcom007 on 05 April 2014 - 07:58 PM

There are days when our defense looks way better than it should, and then there are days where they look like a box of factory reject dildos. I still just can't believe how many forwards we've added in the last few years considering how many quality defensemen we lost. It shouldn't be so easy for the D to be this useless. The defense absolutely needs to get stronger so they can stop having to rely on luck and can just start being good.

I think we look exactly like we did against Buffalo the last 2 periods. Creating some chances offensively, but overall being really sloppy with the puck and getting out of position defensively. 


Franzen has to get going, he's been pretty bad lately. It's painfully obvious that we're struggling to find scoring if Nyquist isn't acting like Stamkos. 


Maybe someone on the team should call out Franzen...

#2505403 4/2 GDT - Bruins 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by gcom007 on 02 April 2014 - 11:40 PM

You know he was sitting up there pouting, getting a back rub and eating a big slice of cake on a paper plate to feed his depression. :lol:


What's really funny to me though is that when I was searching for perhaps some more perspective on Edzo's apparent distaste for Detroit, the autofill came up with when typing "Ed Olczyk ha" was "Ed Olczyk hates the Bruins." It seems as if Bruins fans feel very strongly about him to, and might have as good of a case as we do. If true, he really must not have known what to do with himself tonight. I read that the guy wants to get back into coaching again, so here's hoping. It'd be way more fun to just beat his team and not have to hear him yammering on during national broadcasts.

#2505322 4/2 GDT - Bruins 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by gcom007 on 02 April 2014 - 09:52 PM

You know, I was a believer longer than most that we'd still pull off making the playoffs, but when that last round of injuries hit, I was ready to throw in the towel. It was so bad it was to the point where the little part of me that even believed it was possible wondered if it was worth it to rush such a hurt group of guys back when we're just so physically beat up as a team. As in, mostly is it worth it to make the playoffs and get knocked out in the 1st or 2nd round even but have Datsyuk come back and hurt his knee more or have Zetterberg not have more time to properly get healthy? But either way, it was still just so bad that the idea that we'd really find a way to pull it off just seemed exceedingly unlikely, especially with Howard continuing to struggle.


But s***.


Howard might've had his best game of the season tonight and it was just a big, big, big "best game of the season" by any measure for this team. I've never bought into the idea of building off a couple wins this season because his better play this year was still below the level we know he's capable of. But this is the kind of game at the point in the season that really has potential to keep him going. This was a hard fought win and big statement for Howard at the right time for him to start making big statements.


And to be totally honest, there's still a part of me that's really worried about Datsyuk and Zetterberg coming back this year given the apparent severity of their injuries, but there are so many good things happening with this team that it's hard to not be excited. I've long believed that a relatively healthy version of this team is fully capable of making a stink in the playoffs, and in many ways, I believe that all the more so now. 


Any way it goes, what these kids and the few old guys not hurt are doing is really, truly special and it's been a hell of a lot of fun to watch. Miss the playoffs or make the playoffs, go far in the playoffs or get swept in the first round, again, any way it goes, what this team is doing right now is special, and they should all be incredibly proud of the way they're beating every reasonable odd to make this push.