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#2097366 1/14 GDT: Red Wings 2 at Blue Jackets 3 (SO)

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 14 January 2011 - 08:04 PM

Howard is not used to actually making saves.

So he got hurt when the puck actually hit him for a change.

#2096331 Name Me a Better 2-Way Player Today than Henrik Zetterberg…

Posted by eva unit zero on 12 January 2011 - 01:09 PM

To me it depends on what exactly you consider a two-way player.

Dats is going to make more plays and get you more points, while still being great defensively. Zetterberg won't make quite as many plays or score as many points, but he's the better shutdown guy of the two.

Zetterberg was 3 points behind Datsyuk at the end of the night the last game Datsyuk played. 12-24-36 in 33 games for Z against 12-27-39 for Dats. Since Dats went down, Z has scored 4-9-13 in 10 games, which projects to 13-30-43 over 33 games.

Z has been making great offensive plays all season, no matter who he's with, no matter the situation. People were saying his scoring would drop without Datsyuk; instead it's increased by 20%. Z is Datsyuk's equal offensively, and better defensively. It's like the Yzerman/Fedorov situation. If the Wings never drafted Fedorov, Yzerman would have kept on scoring 100 points, even with an improved defensive game. Why? Because it would have been necessary for him to drive the offensive engine. In the 90s, the offense was shifted to Fedorov as the primary force. Yzerman was the secondary offensive force, and was used as a skilled matchup center in much the same fashion that Z is used by the Wings when the twins are split, or how Flip has been used this season. It took away from his offensive performance but his top-end skill, experience, and clutch play led to more wins for the team.

Realistically the best two-way player is Lidstrom, but this thread is really about forwards, so he doesn't really apply.

#2095829 Osgood Out 6-8 Weeks

Posted by Barrie on 11 January 2011 - 12:39 PM

Say what you want about Ozzie's last couple seasons, but I think this is a big loss. Ozzie was playing well this year.

#2096093 Red Wings asked NHL not to pick Zetterberg for all star game

Posted by esteef on 11 January 2011 - 06:31 PM

So little kids wouldn't see their poster boy get shut down all game!


#2092818 1/7 GDT: Red Wings 5 at Flames 4 (SO)

Posted by edicius on 07 January 2011 - 10:24 PM

Okay, deflection on that, I'll accept that. But we shouldn't have to score 4 or 5 goals EVERY GAME to win.

#2088511 12/31 GDT: Islanders 4 at Red Wings 3 OT)

Posted by WorkingOvertime on 01 January 2011 - 02:45 PM

I'm hoping Tatar has a long, productive career with the Wings, but I didn't like that celebration st all. It was a "me" display on a team that wins by playing a "we" game. I have never seen any of the current Wings try to draw attention to themselves the way he did last night.

How was that celebration about him? He grabbed the Winged Wheel- to me this symbolizes he was extremely excited to score his first NHL goal with the Wings team.

#2088325 12/31 GDT: Islanders 4 at Red Wings 3 OT)

Posted by gcom007 on 31 December 2010 - 09:56 PM

And with this and all the other outpouring of spoiled whining, I think I'll be done for tonight.

Probably a good idea, because the once irrational, knee-jerk reactions to Howard's play on nights like this are becoming more grounded in reality lately.

The guy is not playing horrible, but he sure as hell is not playing that well lately. He's had a lot more less than flattering games lately and a lot less great games.

His game log for the last 20 isn't the prettiest site...


9 games with sub-.900 save % over the last 20; some worse than others. He's definitely had some solid efforts in there too, but he hasn't been nearly as consistent this year as he was last year.

And I don't want to read too much into it, but the last minute goals at the end of periods thing is really just strange. Certainly not all were horrible goals on his end to give up, but I have to wonder if there's a focus issue there, not just for him though but for this whole team. 19 minutes a period just isn't enough and I can't help but believe that we're probably leading in giving up last minute goals.

With Osgood playing better this year and putting up some real solid games lately, I think it's getting to be about time to get a more equal rotation going on until one of them can prove that they can get a role going. Osgood hasn't had the chance to do it and Howard simply hasn't been doing it lately. With the injuries piling up again, we can't afford to have inconsistent goaltending. Howard will be fine long-run, he's still a real talented goalie, but Osgood's proving that he's got something left and if he can be the hot hand, we need to get him in more games.

#2088293 12/31 GDT: Islanders 4 at Red Wings 3 OT)

Posted by atodaso on 31 December 2010 - 09:45 PM

Jimmy "My team has to score five goals to win" Howard.

Seriously Babcock. Time to give Ozzie more than one start in a row. It can't be worse.

i know what you were trying to say but i think his name should be Jimmy "The Rebound" Howard

#2086086 Forsberg's last comeback attempt

Posted by cusimano_brothers on 28 December 2010 - 09:10 AM

...Mindfly... Jock Strap...

The jockstrap offers a lot more support.

#2085221 Cleary out 4 weeks w/fractured ankle

Posted by nate94gt on 27 December 2010 - 02:21 PM

I wish i was as optimistic as you are.

its pure entertainment, man. athletes are entertainers.

im not a player, coach, manager, etc. I watch the games (sports in general) to be entertained. If i start popping blood vessels in my neck cuz the wings are losing, i would have serious issues (unless im betting serious money on them, which i dont).

#2083452 Call up Ilari Filppula?

Posted by VM1138 on 23 December 2010 - 10:57 AM

All this talk about call-ups, have people forgotten we've got an extra player already called up? We rotate Eaves-Draper-Miller. Now they can all play. If someone does get called up they'll hardly ever play, if at all.

#2084189 Chicago fans last night

Posted by cusimano_brothers on 24 December 2010 - 09:34 AM

One Chicago fan calling out another Chicago about being a bandwagoner?; It's like watching two seagulls fight over a dead fish. Shouldn't they be doing it in their own backyard?

#2084212 Frederick Meyer levels Milan Lucic

Posted by Jesusberg on 24 December 2010 - 11:57 AM

Meyer can sure hit for a smaller guy. He's a good depth defenseman, and if Atlanta's defense wasn't working out so well I'm sure he'd play more.

As much as I like Lucic, I HATE when brawls happen after a clean hit. It's one of the changes to the game that I really dislike.

#2084148 12/23 GDT: Red Wings 3 at Blues 4

Posted by GoWings1905 on 24 December 2010 - 12:57 AM

I usually like "Winging It In Motown", but I came across that earlier and couldn't disagree more.

Jimmy Howard has been no better than Chris Osgood since the Red Wings struggles began. This team will improve when they decide to give a damn in their own zone again.

#2084045 12/23 GDT: Red Wings 3 at Blues 4

Posted by Heroes of Hockeytown on 23 December 2010 - 10:28 PM

I guess the moral of the story is, stop giving up four goals every single night.