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#2354684 2/13 GDT : St. Louis Blues 4 at Red Wings 3 (OT)

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 13 February 2013 - 01:31 PM

It seems like we play the Blues a couple times a week.  Man these shortened seasons are odd.

#2354029 2/10 GDT : Kings 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 10 February 2013 - 03:25 PM

agreed. what he said today about the wings being the best team in getting away with interference just reeks of a sour grapes blackhawks fan.


i still cannot believe that nbc lets this guy work national televised games involving the blackhawks either

Especially considering he talks about the Wings "subtle interference" every single game he announces when they're playing. 

#2354009 2/10 GDT : Kings 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 10 February 2013 - 03:16 PM

I think it's funny how Olczyk is so bad when he doesn't credit the wings, but then Pierre credits Cleary for hard work in the corner and people here are still irritated. Guess they can't win. :)


I'm not one to harp on announcers.  I think a lot of the perceived injustices are just because people are Wings fans and hear what they want to hear.  


But even on broadcasts for other teams, Olczyk is absolutely awful and unprofessional in his love for the Hawks and Pens and disdain for certain teams. 

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#2353967 2/10 GDT : Kings 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 10 February 2013 - 03:06 PM

That's a heartbreaker for the Kings.  They're struggling as a team and played great this game overall.  


Jimmy just wouldn't let them score. 

#2353958 2/10 GDT : Kings 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 10 February 2013 - 03:05 PM



Two points stolen by Jimmy Howard with some help from Dats and E.

#2353851 2/10 GDT : Kings 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 10 February 2013 - 02:35 PM

There it is!


Edzo with the "subtle interference."  He managed to hold out for so long...



Love Doc even making fun of Olczyk for it.

#2353463 Do We Really Need a New Stadium?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 09 February 2013 - 09:22 PM

JLA is only 30 years old. What exactly is inadequate about it? The problem with this throwaway society is that people always want a new toy. Look at the Silverdome. People were crazy about it; it recently sold for $500,000 or something like that. The Italians could somehow get 2000 years out of a stadium/structure, but we want a new one every few years.  Maybe we should replace Comerica Park, I mean it's more than 10 years old.

I have a lot of fond memories and nostalgia for the Joe, but the place is a dump.  It already wasn't great when I started going there in the mid 80s and certainly hasn't improved with age. 


What inadequate about it?  Virtually everything but the sight lines.  Location, appearance, getting in and out of the building, concessions, bathrooms...

#2352912 Franzen spear on Perron

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 08 February 2013 - 11:45 AM

Wings' Johan Franzen will face no disciplinary action for spearing Blues' David Perron last night, as NHL said no hearing scheduled.


Which is rightfully so. Perron boarded mule...mule speared perron...mule was kicked out of the game. And thats that.



As much as I didn't like the spear, the major and getting ejected seemed enough.  Unless it caught him right in the nards, Perron seemed to be playing it up. 


Still a crap move by Franzen, and not his first spearing incident.  

#2352896 The Code

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 08 February 2013 - 10:28 AM

Don't know if you guys caught the PHX/CHI game tonight, but Torres answered the bell and cleared his crappy decision from last year (when he hit Hossa late). Made me think back to the Moore incident. Sad to think a guy in the NHL doesn't know that he needs to take a few punches to atone for his actions and instead ends up with a ruined career. How do you all feel about hockey's unwritten rules?


Moore did answer the bell.  He fought Cooke in the first period of that game.  


Vancouver apparently didn't think it was enough.



 If people want to discuss the code, what they think it means, if it's still relevant, then have at it but we don't really need to rehash the Bertuzzi incident, which has been debated here countless times.  It happened 9 years ago.  I don't think anyone's opinion will be changed now.  

#2352798 2/7 GDT : Red Wings 5 at St. Louis Blues 1

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 07 February 2013 - 10:38 PM

Made Perron wish he hadn't hit mule from behind


I haven't seen the play yet but spearing is a gutless move, and worse than hitting from behind.  


Franzen is 6'3" 223 lbs to Perron's 6'0" 196 lbs.  It's a shame Franzen's gloves are glued on. 

#2352364 Isles acquire Tim Thomas to get to cap floor.

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 07 February 2013 - 05:26 PM

To get to the cap floor, Isles acquire Tim Thomas for conditional 2nd rounder in 2014 or 2015.



Reports out there are correct: #Isles have acquired G Tim Thomas for a conditional 2nd-rounder in either 2014 or 2015.



Just so people are clear, Tim Thomas still doesn't plan on playing this season. This a cap move by the Isles.



The question is, would theIslanders want to ``toll'' Thomas' contract for next season? Don't know that... that would be interesting





If there's a record for most money spent on goalies who don't play, it must be owned by the Islanders. 

#2352303 Sean Avery on OTR tonight.

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 07 February 2013 - 02:06 PM

Avery could've been a pretty great hockey player if it were anywhere near his number one priority in life. 


It's hard to believe the guy is only 32 and pretty much washed up because of his own doing. 

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#2352092 Stats Thus Far for Suter and Weber

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 06 February 2013 - 04:43 PM

I thought this was a pretty amusing analysis of one of Suter's recent breakdowns.


When you're in man-on-man coverage you should probably man your man



It also points out a problem that the Wings have been having.


That is both hilarious and great analysis of defensive breakdowns.  


It looks like on that play Suter was being lazy and was just hoping to circle around in coverage instead of having to stop and start to stay with his man.  


The announcers were talking about that for Jagr during the latest Stars game.  Apparently the coaches were pointing out how he was circling too much in his own end, trying to save energy, instead of stopping and staying with his man.  To his credit, Jagr apparently worked on it and joked about it being hard to break 20 years of bad habits.  



I love this one as well.  


"Analysis: maybe don't defend like this"

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#2352061 Howard = Average

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 06 February 2013 - 02:35 PM

The only reason I can think of as to why people are blaming any of the Wings' poor performance on Jimmy Howard is....ignorance. They simply don't understand the game, and can't recognize that this is the worst Defensive squad that this team has put together since...


Since the 80s? I'm too young to answer this one. 

Well, by simple virtue of not having Lids on the blueline any defensive corps is going to take a major step down so yeah, you'd have to go back to the days when #5 was Darren Veitch.  And right now Kindl is looking like another Yves Racine.  (i'm old :P)


But yeah, this is a very piecemeal looking collection.  A lot of middle pairing guys at best, many of whom aren't even playing like a middle pairing.   


Howard isn't anywhere near the top of the problems with the Wings right now.  He's not elite but very good.  And with the cap continuing to get ratcheted down it's probably better to have a value goaltender than having a ton of cap space tied up in one player.

#2351938 Toughness

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 06 February 2013 - 10:21 AM

If it were playoffs or even close to playoffs some of these guys would be in the lineup.


But 9 games into the season when guys play hurt they can end up injuring themselves more and missing even more of the season. 


The injury bug stinks.  I think the Wings as a team lack speed, size (forwards anyway) and dare I say it grit, but that's a separate issue than these injuries.