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#2562673 MLive : Howard out at least 2-4 weeks with "slight groin tear"

Posted by gcom007 on 12 January 2015 - 01:47 PM

This is pretty damn bad. Howard was having a Vezina season and now we need to rely on Mrazek for at least a month?? (Howard will be longer than 2 weeks trust me). Were you guys watching the game on Saturday? The book is already out on Mrazek, The guy is so incredibly aggresive other teams know to wait him out and be patient. This is really horrible news. Where the hell is Gustavsson?


And that's not something they can rather easily fix? He'll mature. Relax. There's a reason why a lot of smart people believe he's our goalie of the future.

#2562558 Jimmy Howard.......All-Star!

Posted by gcom007 on 11 January 2015 - 09:44 PM

For the record, I have total faith in Mrazek.


I'm honestly really excited about Mrazek getting an opportunity to be the starter. I was honestly hoping he would get a chance at some point this season in some ways. That's not to say I hoped Howard got injured, but injuries happen, and if it did, I was hoping they would use it as an opportunity to really give Mrazek more of an opportunity. I also figured that might be likely because Gus isn't always healthy either, so it just seemed like it was a reasonable possibility...


And what do you know...


But yeah, I'm pretty excited. I think Mrazek is likely to surprise some people, and as I said before, I don't think the quality of goaltending is going to drop severely. Howard's been having a great year, but Mrazek is more than capable of winning games and will no doubt continue to improve the more starts he gets. He's clearly a confident goalie, if anything maybe too confident at times, but ultimately, that'll serve him well. This is a great opportunity for him and for the team to see where he's really at.

#2562031 Osgood circa 2008 *Mod Advisory @ #18*

Posted by gcom007 on 09 January 2015 - 02:29 PM

When you've been a member of this site for almost 10 years, you can just sniff this stuff out. Plus LGW is just part of my daily routine. I just don't feel compelled to post very often.


I wouldn't either if I was stuck with your user name next to everything I wrote.

#2561803 Osgood circa 2008 *Mod Advisory @ #18*

Posted by gcom007 on 08 January 2015 - 12:36 PM

He was absolutely great in 2008. Two shutouts to start the finals against that Pittsburgh offense speaks for itself, great team in front of him or not. 


But I actually thought he was better on an individual level in the 2009 playoffs, despite putting up worse stats. When you consider how well he played despite having to play behind a very battered team that even lost Lidstrom for some games, I think there's no way he wouldn't have won the Conn Smythe had we beaten Pittsburgh. 

#2561793 Nyquist Fined for Diving/Embellishment

Posted by gcom007 on 08 January 2015 - 12:21 PM


Agreed.  We're not talking about someone like Maltby who would try to get people to punch him in the face.  This is some of the Wings top players who are diving. 


Man, I miss Maltby sometimes...sometimes I think Kirk Maltby is my spirit animal.

#2556342 12/12 GDT : Panthers 3 at Red Wings 2 (SO)

Posted by gcom007 on 12 December 2014 - 11:52 PM

just to be clear, thru December last season they were no more than 9 points out of 1st overall. Even though there were about 10 teams bunched together, it doesn't mean they weren't at or near the top. When you are 9 points or less from #1, you are at or near the top.


I get it, but they are a much, much, much better looking team this year than any of the last few years. Not saying there won't be some slumps along the way, but comparing last years team to this years team is an apples and oranges scenario if there ever was one.

#2555878 Babcock "I don't think it will be my final year here"

Posted by gcom007 on 11 December 2014 - 06:55 PM

I didn't think Babcock was going anywhere before, and I'm more convinced of that now. I still wouldn't be utterly shocked if he left, all things considered. But the way the team is playing this year so far, and that he does seem to like being here, as he's said numerous times, I think a better man would be wise to put money on him staying with the Wings next year. I do think it's highly likely that he sticks to the one-year contracts he keeps talking about though.

#2555876 Jimmy sucks in a shootout Howard

Posted by gcom007 on 11 December 2014 - 06:50 PM

I can't believe this thread made it through the night.

#2555746 Jimmy sucks in a shootout Howard

Posted by gcom007 on 11 December 2014 - 01:18 AM

The sky is falling and stuff.

#2555692 12/10 GDT - Maple Leafs 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by gcom007 on 10 December 2014 - 10:58 PM

I'm just going to blame NBC for everything that went wrong tonight, namely Reimer.


But I'll blame Howard for the shootout. The guy's been really damn good this year, no doubt, but for the love, it just seems like he is about as bad as they come in the shootout. I could be wrong, as I don't pay much attention to shootout stats for him and other goalies, but we sure seem to get the short end of the stick in the shootout when he's in net more often than not.

#2555170 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by gcom007 on 09 December 2014 - 11:16 PM

"I know some (people) were saying that we don't have a shot for a playoff (spot), but I'm surprised you can say it with the big names in this locker room," Tatar said. "If we stay healthy we might actually have a shot at the (Stanley) Cup."


How do you not like this guy?


******* love it. That's the kind of confidence we need. Here's to hoping a full year up for some of these guys and a 2nd year for others will help them become more ready for the playoffs, but they've got to be feeling great about their chances right now. More often than not thus far, they've gone out every night and given themselves a chance to win against any team and done so. This is not the sputtering Red Wings of the last few years. This team has swagger, and this team is learning how to finish. This is why I like our chances and why I don't want to rock the boat with trades.

#2554845 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by gcom007 on 08 December 2014 - 12:45 PM


Yeah, I definitely don't want to make it seem like we NEED to trade or anything.  I'm just saying we've got the pieces to make something happen if we decide to make a push for a Cup.  And as good as this team is playing, I'm not sure why you wouldn't make that push.  There's no telling whether you're going to get this kind of play out of Dats, Z, Franzen, Kronwall, going forward.  It seems like we've got the absolutely perfect mix of youth and veteran presence.  A little tweaking and we're elite.  I'd upgrade that Helm wing position, and get that right shot d-man (who's also a powerplay QB), and I think we're dominant. 


But, it would be hard to blame Holland for sitting tight.  This team is pretty good without any moves at all.  Although, sooner or later we're going to lose some of these prospects anyway, so why not use them to make a push?


We've still got a lot more offensive power than defensive. If we're going to make a move, we really ought to save the pieces for a defenseman. Dats and Tats might slow down, but maybe Nyqvist, Z, and Franzen will pick up then, for example. Weiss is getting things going fast now that he's a regular. And hell, we've still got a few tricks we could potentially pull out of GR if things get really rough. I think we're fine on offense. Not worth tinkering with.

#2554761 Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

Posted by gcom007 on 08 December 2014 - 12:51 AM

Why bother right now? We're tied for 2nd in the league. The team for the most part looks great. Sure, it may be reasonable to say we're operating on a best case scenario trajectory, but right now, it's working. If it keeps up, we'll be a destination at the deadline and the fact that we don't really need to make any major moves will give us a bit of leverage. Maybe then we find a halfway-decent 3/4 defenseman to tighten up the pairings. That's about all we really need at this point. Sure, some of the kids could dry up, it wouldn't be the first time, but we've got more of them who could come up and perhaps play well.


But all in all, I just don't think offense is or is going to be our problem, and I think we should wait and see what opportunities arise closer to the deadline now that we might actually make it on to a few guy's lists. Otherwise, there's just no compelling reason to shake things up right now.

#2554740 Tomas Tatar Appreciation Thread

Posted by gcom007 on 07 December 2014 - 10:21 PM

Maybe, but Datsyuk has 11 goals in 16 games??!!! Would love to see him give them a run for it.


Tatar's been great. Love the mix of this team. I think one great thing is that we're now mixing the generations and it's working. What I mean is that we had "the kid line" that's been usually separate on their own and on the PP. I hadn't always worked last year when we mixed and matched, but now we have a lot of combinations that seem to be finding chemistry.   


Datsyuk is having an unbelievable year. If we're going by points per game, he's up there with Seguin and Crosby, literally. I think Dats and Tatar are going to really run away with the scoring for the Wings this year. Nyquist still seems to be a bit streaky thus far.


But to be as thread-centric as possible, you've got to love what Tats has been doing lately. He's really turned it on. All that pushing they've been doing seems to be paying off. If he can keep his head straight, he should be able to keep it up. Him and Datsyuk seem to really be developing some solid chemistry and that should be a lot of fun to watch as the season goes on. 

#2554739 12/7 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Hurricanes 1

Posted by gcom007 on 07 December 2014 - 10:13 PM

Datsyuk is really killing it this year in the points department. He hasn't played as many games, but he's putting up points at the same rate as Seguin and Crosby right now. If he keeps it up, I really hope he gets some serious Hart consideration this year. The guy has really just been putting on a show so far, despite having to battle injuries and having a few rough games coming off sitting a couple times. This year is clearly about the youth movement, but Datsyuk's proving why he's still one of the best hockey players in the world even at age 36. Just another thing to cherish about this season.