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#2494864 3/11 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Blue Jackets 4

Posted by Son of a Wing on 12 March 2014 - 05:57 PM


Zetterberg and Howard willed us into the playoffs last season. We're missing our top two players (one of whom is Zetterberg), top 20 centers, one third of our most exciting line (Jurco), our backup goalie (who's been better than our #1), and Howard's mojo. Also, the shootout issues and our goal differential mean we won't win a tiebreaker.


Soooo you're saying there's a chance.....

#2494102 Is the Real Brendan Smith Finally Starting the Show Up?

Posted by NYC Wings Fanatic on 10 March 2014 - 04:28 PM

Smith is an offensive defensman; I think we can all see that in his game. I agree with Kip though, that Babs cares about defense before offense, so Smith needs to learn to take care of things on the defensive side of the puck, and adapt his offensive game without sacrificing scoring opportunities against us. He's getting better every week at this. Last year most of LGW wanted him off the team, earlier this year more folks started believing that he could be solid for us, and now we have a thread dedicated to "the real Brendan Smith" finally showing up. I still believe he has a ways to go, and ultimately see him being the Brian Rafalski that we've been missing in a couple years. Time will tell if he reaches that potential or not, but he's trending in the right direction.


I also think that "he is trending in the right direction", and I think that is a good way to phrase it. I think that with his skills, at all lower levels of hockey that he has played until the NHL, he thought of himself as somewhat of a badass - a hockey player being like a gunslinger that hasn't met his match to date. He was always mostly a big fish in a small pond, but now, he can't out maneuver the opposition based on his above average physical skills alone (skating, stick handling, etc).


The complete opposite was Nick Lidstrom, who despite a laser slapshot, relied mostly on smarts, and I think that we can all agree that he flourished this way. He wasn't Coffey fast, Weber physical, etc., but his positioning and anticipation were superhuman, and hopefully, Mr. Smith will take some of that to heart one day soon, and combine his God-given abilities with intelligent hockey. I think you can tell from interviews that he is not just plain dumb, so it must be that he still hasn't accepted the fact that the skills that allowed him to dominate at lower levels are not so unusual in the pro game. I think that (hopefully) if and when he ever catches on and buys into the program, watch out!

#2494072 Andersson breaks foot - down another center

Posted by Datsyukian-Deke on 10 March 2014 - 02:21 PM

At least we can call Jarnkrok up......wait

#2494071 Legwand to Detroit for Eaves, Jarnkrok + cond 3rd/2nd

Posted by kipwinger on 10 March 2014 - 02:17 PM

Yeah because the trade didn't finish and submit to the league within 1 minute of the dead line.


At base case scenario he becomes as good as Legwand is now? Yeah we really lost that one.

No I'm judging him because he didn't perform at the world cup and was a 4th line player. You know that thing were all great NHL players performed well at? That's where you get a look at your players for the first time and how they compete with and against other highly praised NHL prospects. That's where Jarnkrok lost value and its for good reason.


He didn't perform well in 19 games in the World Championships (which is made up of junior players) but did perform well in more than 19 games in the AHL (made up of professionals).  I'm not sure what your point is here?  That a couple years ago, in a small sub-sample, he didn't perform well?  Agreed.  But it's equally true that he's now playing much better hockey in a much more difficult league.


Any value he lost (not sure he did), he regained by being a stud over his last 36 games with the Griffins.

#2493751 3/9 GDT: Red Wings at Rangers

Posted by ShanahanMan on 09 March 2014 - 01:21 PM

We are generating ZERO offense.


Guess it's what happens when you play good teams. There's no way we have a chance in hell in the playoffs. 

#2493460 3/9 GDT: Red Wings at Rangers

Posted by RedWang on 09 March 2014 - 11:42 AM

Im sorry but jimmy howard is dogs*** useless.

#2493356 Next Seasons Needs/Team Future

Posted by number9 on 09 March 2014 - 01:18 AM

I think we all agree the team needs a big time D-man. Especially a guy who can move the puck up the ice and put some points on the board.

Looking at SJ's contracts, I think they're going to have a real hard-time re-signing Boyle. He could be a good 1-year Alfredsson type stop gap player. Would take some pressure off Smith, Kindl, D, Lashoff, and the upcoming youngens for a year. Did I mention he's RH

#2493328 Legwand to Detroit for Eaves, Jarnkrok + cond 3rd/2nd

Posted by Nevermind on 08 March 2014 - 10:26 PM



I fully support a conservative trading philosophy. But lately, it's not like we're holding out for very good trades.


Giving up a first round pick was overpayment for Quincey even before he played a single awful game for us. And I still think Poile strongarmed Holland for Jarnkrok; we probably could have gotten away with less since Nashville didn't want to lose Legwand for nothing and he had a NTC.

#2493024 3/7 GDT: Devils 4 at Red Wings 7

Posted by themcityblues on 07 March 2014 - 11:31 PM

This team could plausibly be #2 in the division and #3 in the conference come playoff time.

#2492947 3/7 GDT: Devils 4 at Red Wings 7

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 07 March 2014 - 10:04 PM

Another win for Gustavsson.


He may suck, but this team scores more goals for him and he keeps winning.  I say keep him as starter.  

#2492906 3/7 GDT: Devils 4 at Red Wings 7

Posted by BottleOfSmoke on 07 March 2014 - 09:53 PM


Edit: likes for everyone on this page we've just seen a unicorn!!!!!

#2492883 3/7 GDT: Devils 4 at Red Wings 7

Posted by CaliforniaWingsFan on 07 March 2014 - 09:44 PM

Whoever said the Wings score more goals with Gus in net for whatever reason in the last GDT was absolutely right

#2492778 3/7 GDT: Devils 4 at Red Wings 7

Posted by brett on 07 March 2014 - 09:07 PM

now i know its bs when quincey scores. just a dream

#2492712 3/7 GDT: Devils 4 at Red Wings 7

Posted by GMRwings1983 on 07 March 2014 - 08:59 PM

Zetterberg playes one game, you really think he would have made it through the rest of the season not playing the Olympics? Somethig floating in your back doesn't heal it's self.


I think sitting home for 3 weeks may have helped.  

#2492448 Injury Updates

Posted by Wings10 on 07 March 2014 - 01:51 PM

Time to move on from Helm, can never count on him being healthy.