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#2603289 ECQF Game 7 GDT : at Lightning 2, Red Wings 0 (Tampa wins series, 4-3)

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 29 April 2015 - 11:05 AM

I don't know about the rest of you guys and gals, but I'm just going to assume that Kindl will be exceptionally good for one night only.  If not, this is going to be a depressing afternoon. 


As such, Wings 3-1.  Goals, Kindl, Tatar (Kindl assisted), Miller (empty net). 


The Jak is back!


Let's hope so. 


I hope Kindl gets the game winner.  Then the Wings can deal him in the offseason.  ;)

#2602716 At What Point Does Holland Deserve Blame?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 28 April 2015 - 12:36 PM


I would say that those people were much fewer than the ones who lauded the signing.  Me?  I thought it was a good signing as well.  Up until the point that Weiss hasn't performed up to snuff.


I just wish I saw him play in Florida so I had some idea the kind of player he used to be.  On paper it sure sounded good.  


As I've said many times before, I just don't understand how a guy who was a 2nd line center, and sometimes even a 1st, can be so easy to strip the puck from. 

#2602712 Predictions: Game 7 vs. TBL

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 28 April 2015 - 12:32 PM

My head says we've blown too many opportunities and not closing out last night on home ice was the death nail.

My heart says Wings win 11 - 1.

Gotta go with my heart on this one.


Oh please.  Even going with your heart at least try and be a little realistic in your predictions. 


Wings win 9-1.

#2602700 At What Point Does Holland Deserve Blame?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 28 April 2015 - 12:00 PM

Holland is a great GM overall.  The team has done a tremendous job in developing players without having any early draft picks and he has an impressive track record.


When it comes to free agent signings though Holland has made several uncharacteristically bad deals over the last few seasons.  And has looked desperate in his attempts to bolster the blueline in Lidstrom's absence, which was also uncharacteristic of him.  


I think my biggest worry with Holland is that the handful of bad deals he's made are indicating a trend rather than exceptions. 

#2602697 Kronwall suspended one game

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 28 April 2015 - 11:48 AM

I'm not actually worried about it.  If history is any indication, Kindl will come in and score a goal and an assist in Game 7. 


He will then be banished back into the nether realm...of course. 


Where he belongs.  Kindl is not an NHL defenseman.  I'd rather Marchenko or even XO play over Kindl.


With Kindl in the lineup he typically plays such sheltered minutes that everyone else has to pick up the slack. And our defensive core isn't good enough for that.  Especially without Kronwall.  So Kindl may look ok, but if you played Quincey 16 minutes a game starting in the offensive zone whenever humanly possible, he'd look like Shea Weber.


As for this hit, I have no idea if Kronwall will be suspended.  He probably should be, but the league has passed on several incidents that were suspension worthy. 


He did that "exploding up" garbage I thought he had taken out of his game, and even a favorable description would be a forearm shiver or clothesline.  Bottom line is it was a bad looking hit that involved head contact.  And he went airborne to make the hit. 


It's part of the problem with his penchant for coming in backwards.  It's hard to see where the guy your trying to hit is going and adjust. 

#2601645 Oilers hire Chiarelli for front-office position

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 27 April 2015 - 06:00 PM

Chiarelli keeping MacTavish around? 





Any role larger than running the alumni game seems like a mistake.  

#2601637 Tampa Bay Head Coach Jon Cooper Accuses Red Wings Of Cheating

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 27 April 2015 - 05:53 PM

Nervous about your job Jon? 


Outcoaching someone is not cheating.


You know a team is rattled when they're crying about something the other team is doing.  The potential downside is that the refs may actual believe the crying. 

#2600033 Knuckles vs Numbers - The death of the enforcer

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 24 April 2015 - 03:25 PM

Let's talk about the actual topic of the thread please.


Anymore comical posts about McGrattan will result in suspensions, bans, fines, etc.  


What he said.  


(Though if you're gonna do my job for me you should've also cited the forum rules, specifically the thread derailment portion.  Also try to provide a link to the rules next time.  I'll check in to see how you're doing while I'm on vacation)

#2598422 WCQF : (4) Nashville Predators vs. (5) Chicago Ham Hocks

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 22 April 2015 - 11:57 PM




We all have our personal reasons, I do hope Hawks get eliminated in the next round if they advance.  

I just hate Preds more than Hawks, probably cuz of what Weber did to Z in 2012 and the fact that nothing was done about it in terms of discipline.  Maybe it is the lesser of 2 evils.  



Honestly the lack of punishment is what pissed me off about that whole thing.  Much more than the event itself.  


And as much as I hated Weber in that moment, I'd still take him on the Wings in a heartbeat.

#2598349 Carcillo speaks out on Montador's death and mental health issues

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 22 April 2015 - 05:27 PM

Honestly, all the league would have to do to take this seriously is stop penalizing the result of things like hits and start penalizing attempts to hit the head consistently. Fighting is another issue, tough.


I agree about the attempts.  Injury should certainly factor in to the length of punishment but right now it plays way too big of a rule.  If a guy is luckily enough not to get concussed (or if the symptoms of that concussion have not manifested themselves yet), that doesn't make the play that caused it less dangerous. 


It's why I think elbows and attempted elbows to the head should be punished severely.  That's not a hockey play gone bad.  It's a deliberate attempt at a headshot. 



I'm also surprised that the NHL doesn't have a more established support system for former hockey players.  Most of these guys didn't go to college and even lived away from home as teenagers so they could play hockey.  It's been the basis of their entire life.  Whether you leave the game as a 27 year-old retiring due to concussions or a relatively healthy 40 year-old who just won the Stanley Cup, it has to be a massive adjustment.  

#2598318 Carcillo speaks out on Montador's death and mental health issues

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 22 April 2015 - 03:21 PM


I hate the way he plays the game, but I have a lot of respect for Carcillo for doing that. 




EDIT: I thought this warranted it's own topic so I split the thread. 

#2598093 ECQF Game 3 GDT : Lightning 0 at Red Wings 3 - DET Leads series 2-1

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 21 April 2015 - 08:58 PM

The Wings win to go up in the series. Mrazek plays great and gets a shutout. Yet people are fixated on Howard??   :eh:


I will never, ever understand the desperate need for goalie wars here.

#2596614 J Ericsson - really?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 19 April 2015 - 01:35 PM

You know what Ericsson is? The old saying, addition by subtraction. Get rid of him and we get better.


By giving his 20 minutes a game to who exactly? 

#2596479 J Ericsson - really?

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 18 April 2015 - 10:44 PM

He was good back in the late 00's, but it seems that he plateaued after a few years and has been regressing ever since.  Sucks that it coincided with him signing that long contract....


I don't think he was good and regressed so much as he seemed decent and people projected an improvement in his play that was unrealistic for a converted forward picked last overall in the draft.


If the Wings had a decent blueline, Ericsson would not be on the top pair and he'd look much better.  He should probably be a #4 guy who also plays on the PK.  But he has great size and actually uses it, not as much as I like but he's our most physical defenseman.  He's one of the few guys who can actually clear the crease.  Generally he has a good first pass, especially for a defensive d-man, though this  year his decision making some games has been suspect.


He hasn't been a stabilizing force for the defense like you'd like him to be, but I wouldn't put him at the top of the list of the Wings defensive problems. 

#2596477 Oilers win the Draft Lottery

Posted by haroldsnepsts on 18 April 2015 - 10:31 PM

As a Lions fan, I feel bad for Oilers fans having to watch that disaster of a franchise.  


That being said, I can't believe the Oilers get 1st overall again.  Four 1st overall picks in six years is nuts.  Somewhere built into the playoff lottery system should be a factor that accounts for when you last had the 1st overall pick.   And how many times that's happened.