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#2590774 3 point advantage games need to be eliminated

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 08 April 2015 - 07:01 PM

Close playoff races are exciting.  Am I missing something?  Do you think any of us would give a s*** about game 75-79 of an 82 game season if it weren't close? 
 
Everyone ******* about parity, but it's way more exciting.  Kinda like how close games that go down to the wire are more fun than blowouts.


Because it encourages teams to play for OT in the third period. So the tradeoff for the excitement of an artificially close playoff race at the end of the season is to have less exciting third periods throughout the season.

Also, it's seems contrary to competitive sport that teams get a point for losing. And that a league hands out points in the standings before a game is even finished.


#2590446 4/7 GDT : Carolina Hurricanes 2 at Red Wings 3

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 07 April 2015 - 09:03 PM

I'm liking this regulation win thing. They should do it more often.


#2589882 Redwings recall Ferraro

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 06 April 2015 - 05:22 PM

Not looking good for Abby, I guess?

 

 

Ken Holland said he thinks Justin Abdelkader is out tomorrow but possible to play before end of regular season (one or both of final games).




#2589878 Losing Streak affecting Babcock's Decision?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 06 April 2015 - 05:08 PM

 

I don't think anybody EVER said Babcock was a bad coach.  It's just a straw man argument that guys like you use to defend him whenever he's criticized.  Because if we don't think he's the best coach in hockey, then we must automatically think he's bad.  Of course. 

 

Guys like me?? :lol:  Kind of like you claiming Babcock is regularly referred to as a genius around here?

 

It's not a straw man.  Try checking a GDT virtually every time the team is losing.  I don't know if Babcock has lost the lockerroom but he's certainly lost a chunk of the fanbase.  When the team goes on a hot streak it's in spite of him.  When the team goes on a losing streak, it's his fault. He's certainly not perfect but with some of the things people blame Babcock for, the underlying explanation is he must be a bad coach.  Because no good, or even ok coach would do these things.

 

But I forgot, you only fixate on how bad Babcock is to bait me, right?   So I'm sure you must not have complained about him the couple months I was gone.  

 

I'll just keep silent again and I'm sure your fixation on Babcock will stop. ;)




#2589613 4/5 GDT : Washington Capitals 2 at Red Wings 1

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 05 April 2015 - 06:46 PM

 

When did we used to do it?  Seems like this team is always around the bottom of the league in shots blocked.  

 

I don't think they were ever near the top of the league at it, but I feel like it wasn't the rarity it is now. 

 

And there was this one guy, a big Swedish defenseman who used to be really good at it.  Hmm... his name escapes me though.  :P




#2589606 4/5 GDT : Washington Capitals 2 at Red Wings 1

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 05 April 2015 - 06:45 PM

 

I'd rather have Dave "Hitler" Lewis back next year at this point.  

 

Don't even joke about that. 




#2589535 4/5 GDT : Washington Capitals 2 at Red Wings 1

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 05 April 2015 - 06:12 PM

I actually think Trotz is the best intellectual coach in the NHL. His moves and line changes are usually spot on.

 

I think Trotz is a great coach but I'm just surprised he's using a 1-4 trap at the start of the 3rd.  Especially given the firepower of the Caps. 




#2589530 4/5 GDT : Washington Capitals 2 at Red Wings 1

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 05 April 2015 - 06:08 PM

 

I thought the same. Let's hope it bites them back.

 

At first I thought it was just a fluke formation as they were changing guys or something.  But it's been a lot of one forechecker with the other four back in a box.  

 

I guess they're content to try and counterattack. 




#2589500 4/5 GDT : Washington Capitals 2 at Red Wings 1

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 05 April 2015 - 05:36 PM

Stupid play by Brower.  He could've at least tried to make that less obvious.


This is must score for Detroit. 




#2589485 4/5 GDT : Washington Capitals 2 at Red Wings 1

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 05 April 2015 - 05:27 PM

Nice pass by Datsyuk. Knowing to give it to Helm rather than try and blast it through bodies. 




#2589467 4/5 GDT : Washington Capitals 2 at Red Wings 1

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 05 April 2015 - 05:21 PM

So Wilson hits Zidlicky in the head, no penalty.  

 

Zidlicky answers with a hip check and they call that? 




#2589446 4/5 GDT : Washington Capitals 2 at Red Wings 1

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 05 April 2015 - 05:12 PM

I didn't see a deflection. 

 

And also is this the third straight game with too many men penalty for us??

 

yup. 

 

Though I'd like to see a replay of this one.  The last games were idiotic penalties. This time the puck got fired right by the Wings bench and someone played it as they were about to head off.  

 

I'd be curious how tight the refs called it or if they should've let it go.  




#2589295 Hudler Has 72 Points

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 05 April 2015 - 12:09 PM

Hudler: another causality of Babcock's size fetish.

 

That must be why Babcock keeps Nyquist and Tatar glued to the bench.  

 

Babs had said Hudler could be a 70 point player. 

 

 

May 10, Windsor Star: “It’s 70 points we didn’t have,” Babcock said of Hudler. “That’s a second power play unit that can score.  It’s more goals for everyone because of the plays he can make. We’re going to give him an opportunity to be a top six forward. He’s got to show he can be one.”

 

 

http://blog.mlive.co...dlers_retu.html

 

He's talking about Hudler's return from the KHL, which is another big factor in his time in Detroit.  Don't forget that Huds left the Wings for more money in the KHL.  

 

I don't know that it permanently soured things with anyone, but I think it changed his relationship with the team and possibly his longevity here. 

 

 

 


Hudler was always underrated and underappreciated when he played here. 

 

He has some of the best passing skills ive seen, but he was a definate liability on defence. In our system that just never worked out

 

The last couple seasons I felt like he was working hard and being aggressive defensively, he was just soooo slow so it only could do so much. 

 

Still, I always liked Hudler.  Talented and funny dude.




#2589188 4/4 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Wild 2 (SO)

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 04 April 2015 - 08:51 PM

Great job by Howard in the shootout. 




#2589110 4/4 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Wild 2 (SO)

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 04 April 2015 - 08:31 PM

When someone pins the puck to the boards like that trying to kill the clock, crosscheck the s*** out of them.