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In Topic: Red Wings acquire Marek Zidlicky from NJ for Cond. 2016 3rd Round Pick

03 March 2015 - 10:40 AM

People saying Zidlicky is small and can't play defense, he can play defense. But that's not really why he is here. He is here because he can make the first pass out of the defensive zone, knows how to quarterback a powerplay, and has a right-handed shot. Not all of our defensemen need to be shut down defensmen. Sure it's great to get a guy that can do both but those guys aren't available without giving up the farm.

 

Exactly.

 

Zidlicky brings an element to our team that we're sorely - if not completely - lacking. Excellent puck-mover, passer, power play quarterback, shooter, scorer, point-producer. It's fitting that we got him from the Devils and that he'll be wearing #28, as he really is the first Rafalski type we've had since Rafalski called it quits.

 

With Zidlicky in our lineup, we'll be spending more time on the attack and we'll be scoring more goals.


In Topic: Red Wings acquire Marek Zidlicky from NJ for Cond. 2016 3rd Round Pick

02 March 2015 - 08:10 PM

So...who's the odd man out when all our defensemen are healthy - Smith or Marchenko?

 

Kronwall  Smith/Marchenko

DeKeyser  Quincey

Ericsson  Zidlicky

 

I guess it'd have to be Marchenko, but he's been so steady. This is what Babcock loves - competition, players having to "grab their cheese."

 

EDIT: Forgot about Ouellet. Though, I have to think Marchenko has surpassed him on the depth chart, if only by a little bit.


In Topic: Red Wings acquire Erik Cole, conditional 3rd from Stars

01 March 2015 - 09:38 PM

Pulkinen probably won't be in the playoff lineup either unless he really starts contributing. That's fine. He needs more time to get used to the NHL.

 

I dunno, Pulkkinen's matched Jurco's goal total (2) in far fewer games, and he's just getting warmed up. Cole is, at this time, basically a better Jurco (big, physical goal-scorer with good wheels). Pulkkinen gives us a dimension that no one else does.


In Topic: Red Wings acquire Erik Cole, conditional 3rd from Stars

01 March 2015 - 09:33 PM

This is a great add.


In Topic: 2/23 GDT : Red Wings 3 at Ducks 4 (SO)

24 February 2015 - 09:03 AM

Played a perfect road game for about 40 minutes. Our breakouts and transition game were fantastic.

 

We have to learn how to play with a lead, put a game on lockdown. Can't expect the opposition to play nice and on your terms. When they press, we need to raise our game in kind.