Just a sore groin, guys. These things tend to happen when you don't play for a long time. Remember when Helm finally came back and he went out with a sore groin almost instantly? Nothing to worry about as far as I'm concerned. This is basically the reason why he was sent to GR to begin with.
Let's hope so. But we're talking about a guy who had sports hernia surgery, so I don't think concern is completely unfounded here.
I hope it's routine "sore groin while getting back into game shape" and not a sore groin from the persistent problems he's had over the last year.
1 Stanley cup. I've mentioned his questionable moves, whether or not you agree is your opinion. I just think a change of scenery would be good for both parties. His Stanley cup and Olympic teams were stacked btw.
No matter how often that gets repeated, that doesn't diminish the accomplishment. Who was the last coach to win the Stanley Cup without a very good team?
Not to mention Babcock made it to the finals in 2003 with what was far from a stacked team. And it wasn't just because of goaltending.
I can understand not agreeing with his coaching decisions, but the downplaying of his accomplishments here has gotten a little silly.
In the NHL he's won 1 Stanley Cup, made the Finals two other times (with two different teams), and made the conference finals once. Not bad in 11 years as head coach.
The reluctance to use Smith on the PP is a little frustrating given how bad it is right now. Not that he'll necessarily be the solution, but could it hurt?
Babcock used to put Hudler out on the PP at the point. While Hudler may have been more responsible with the puck, him being the last guy back meant if the Wings turn the puck over near the blueline it's a guaranteed breakaway because Huds is so slow. Could Smith really be that much worse?
Smith did average over a minute per game on the PP in his 34 games in 2013 so it's not like Babcock has never put him out there. Whatever the reservations are I'd hope that at some point he gives Smith a chance to prove him wrong.
I've said before he's not a good defenseman. I said it in the offseason and I said it last season. He's overrated because he's big.
It's not just because he's big. Kindl and Lashoff are almost as big as Ericsson but don't exactly get a lot of love here.
Ericsson is a good shut down defenseman. He'd probably be best suited for middle pairing minutes but given the current state of Detroit's defense it doesn't really shake out that way.
Do you remember how the PK suffered last season when he was out? He is big, I still don't think he's physical enough but he's the most physical defenseman on the team. He has a great first pass, and he's become less prone to brain farts and is generally poised under pressure.
He hasn't been as good so far this season but I have to wonder if the finger injury has set him back. He said himself it hindered his training, so he's probably not in as good of game shape and as strong. Not to mention getting your puck handling back.
Point being, of the defensive problems on this team, Ericsson is not high on the list. They need to cut dead weight in Kindl, and keep looking for a legit offensive threat from the blue line, preferably a right hander. Then there's the question of how long it will be before Quincey goes through one of his stretches where he forgets how to play hockey.
I think Tatar looked terrible last night. Aside from turnovers he was pretty much invisible. That wasn't the case in the games before that but his and Helms goal drought are one big reason the Wings have so few goals for. Maybe I expect to much from Tatar, but he has to get better this season than he his now.
Who looked great last night however was Kindl. Aside from his neutral zone gaffe (which he impressively made up for with his defensive play afterwards) he made a good impression out there. Especially that long pass on Miller during the 2nd (?) was very impressive. More of that please.
Then hopefully the Wings will be able to trade him.
He's looked decent but he's a $2.4 million defenseman playing under 15 minutes a night. I'd much rather see XO in that spot.