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#2590577 4/7 GDT : Carolina Hurricanes 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by gcom007 on 07 April 2015 - 09:32 PM

I barely even care if they make it in or not at this point. It's pretty pathetic that it has to come to this the way this team played most of the season. We looked lousy against a terrible team for too much of the game tonight, and it's fitting that we're in no better shape than we were before the game started. When you can't come out with a better effort against a team like the Hurricanes at this point in the season when we're in the position we're in, it's just sad.

What a frustrating finish to what should've been a much better season. I obviously want to make the playoffs, but the way this team is playing lately, I really don't expect much out of this team. It's funny that a win is about the low point of the season for me, but it's just been such a lousy stretch lately and this team found a way to still look terrible for far too much of a game against a terrible team. It's pathetic any way you shake it.


#2588633 Is Hank too slow and ineffective to play center?

Posted by gcom007 on 02 April 2015 - 10:58 PM

He's not done. That's absurdity. He's just not going to be an elite force on anything close to a consistent basis anymore. Doesn't mean he doesn't still bring value. Doesn't mean he doesn't have heart. Doesn't mean he's not a great leader. He's just been through too much at this stage in his career to continue to be a dominant force for this team at either end of the ice. It is what it is. Newer, younger guys need to rise up and help carry the load.

 

Edit: As far as I'm concerned, the most important player on this team at this point is without a doubt Datsyuk. He can still turn a game on it's head almost singlehandedly, and you can count on him to do so far more often than Z. He's not the type to wear the C, but from a heart and soul and "engine" standpoint, Dats is the leader of this team.




#2588626 4/2 GDT : Bruins 3 at Red Wings 2

Posted by gcom007 on 02 April 2015 - 10:48 PM

 

As I said in another thread, when Zetterberg plays like crap, people always blame it on his back injury.  When he plays well, the back is miraculously cured.  

 

He has too much immunity here.  He's playing uninspired and doing a poor job of leading by example.  

 

Z is a shell of his former self, that's just the reality. To suggest he's not trying though I think is absurd. Given all that he's gone through, he's just not going to be able to be the player he was before his ongoing back issues really dug their claws into him. It's sad, it's unfortunate, it flat out sucks, but I can't run off and drop the "he's playing uninspired and doing a poor job of leading by example." I would bet he's doing all he can, but I would bet that just isn't close to what we're used to from him, and it likely never will be again. I don't like it, I wish it were different, but I'm not going to sit here and s*** on the guy. There's way too many guys on this team who are in far better shape who aren't kicking into another gear. That's the problem right now.




#2588009 4/2 GDT : Bruins 3 at Red Wings 2

Posted by gcom007 on 02 April 2015 - 05:58 PM

I'll never criticize Dats. No one gives more on this team than him if you ask me. If he's not playing, there's probably a damn good reason.


#2587669 3/31 GDT : Senators 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by gcom007 on 31 March 2015 - 09:28 PM

Did everyone miss the fact that Ottawa has been one of the best two or three teams over the last couple months? I'm not saying I like how we played tonight at all, but it's not like we lost to the Oilers or Sabers here, and we got a point out of it. This team has problems, no doubt, but it's important to have some perspective.




#2587652 3/31 GDT : Senators 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by gcom007 on 31 March 2015 - 09:23 PM

Can we be done with the Mrazek is the savior stuff now?

 

I don't think Mrazek is the savior of this broken team, but on a night when he basically singlehandedly earned us the point we got, this seems like a very silly comment to be making.




#2587248 3/31 GDT : Senators 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by gcom007 on 31 March 2015 - 07:40 PM

Sometimes it feels like our defense isn't used to a goalie who can play the puck.




#2587208 3/31 GDT : Senators 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by gcom007 on 31 March 2015 - 07:12 PM

Any mule news?

 

Apparently he still exists.




#2587152 3/31 GDT : Senators 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by gcom007 on 31 March 2015 - 06:51 PM

Sad that getting out of the first 5-6 minutes without giving up a goal feels like a big victory lately.




#2587140 3/31 GDT : Senators 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by gcom007 on 31 March 2015 - 06:45 PM

Skate to the face...the mirror neurons are rapid firing at the site of that.




#2587037 Opinion: Petr Mrazek should be starting Game 1

Posted by gcom007 on 31 March 2015 - 10:51 AM


That's mildly shocking. Nothing against Mrazek, but I would've thought Babcock would take almost any reason to ride Jimmy into the playoffs, slump or not. I like Mrazek, and I think he's taking Jimmy's job next year or the year after, but I just don't know how I feel about this being the year.

The one thing I thought that could be working in Mrazek's favor is the puck-moving ability and the fact that we tend to score a lot of goals when he's in net. When he's on, we're scoring and not giving up much. When he's off, we may give up more goals, but we're still scoring a lot of goals. Unless Howard is a far bigger mess than he seems, this is about the only reason I can see for really riding Mrazek into the playoffs.


#2586963 Opinion: Petr Mrazek should be starting Game 1

Posted by gcom007 on 30 March 2015 - 11:12 AM

Will tell everyone one thing, we currently don't have a number one who goalie who can steal games on a consistent basis. Of course, turnovers and the defense has helped much either

 

This is the unfortunate truth right now. Howard doesn't have his head screwed on straight lately and Mrazek is a promising rookie with plenty of rookie problems. Either way we go is likely to lead to issues, especially with the way the D has been playing. This team is going to have to really tighten up around their goalies if anything good is going to happen in the playoffs. But I'm not holding my breath. We shouldn't be disappointed if this turns into another learning year for this young team. There's no shame in that.




#2586437 TANK IT! 2014-2015 Season

Posted by gcom007 on 29 March 2015 - 12:30 PM

#tanktothefuture




#2586317 Opinion: Petr Mrazek should be starting Game 1

Posted by gcom007 on 28 March 2015 - 06:07 PM

Howard was sick, but he was playing fine. The team sucked


The team was terrible, but Howard wasn't quite "fine." He was about as lousy as the others. Maybe because he was sick, maybe not, but he really wasn't too good.


#2586271 3/28 GDT : Lightning 0 at Red Wings 4

Posted by gcom007 on 28 March 2015 - 03:38 PM

Hell of a game. They needed to make a statement and they did. Something to build off of to finish this season strong.