With our top 2 D-men out, i dont have high hopes for this game. Id be surprised if we make it a game. That being said our upcoming oponnents are OTT, NYR, VAN, CAL, EDM, WINN. So even if we drop tns game and endup 6-4, those next 6 games should be wins. In a perfect world putting us at 12-4. More realistically 10-6 or 11-5.
Anything goes when it's the Wings. We could win this one 7-0 then lose the next six.
Howard stopped the penalty shot and gave up a breakaway goal. If I remember right, Ribiero scored a couple of goals after the puck had bounced around in the slot and he pretty much had open net to shoot at both times. Loss wasn't on Howard. Howard didn't give up any weak goals. Defensive zone faceoff losses are more to blame.
Ultimately, it doesn't matter who gets the nod in net last night - either way, we lose. But I think we had something kinda good going with Monster. If you read some of the press from the games we won with him in net, especialy the Avs game, he's refered to a number of times - directly and indirectly - as One of Those Hot Goalies, the kind who comes out of nowhere and plays out of his mind. That's something pretty special, especially when you consider how much hand-wringing was happening re: our once-non-existent "tandem."
And maybe it was just me, but I thought we sort of elevated our d-game (e.g. blocking shots) and maybe even our o-game to sort of help the hot backup goalie out. I think we have a bit of a tendency to fall asleep in front of Jimmy, because he's Jimmy.
Tootoo's given us some real good shifts, a lot of energy. We swap him out for a sixty-year-old - because, zomg, our second power play unit will crumble without him! - and we all play like it's our fifteenth game in seven days, i.e. like a team of sixty-year-olds. And we only get one power play.
I really like Babs - but I do think he's a bit overrated. People act like he can do absolutely no wrong. Here he had something already done the right way - a winning team - and he had to go and change it. I can understand putting Smith in, but beyond that, we did beat the Avs with Gusty in net and Sammy in the press box. And, I mean, if you're gonna mess with a winning formula, why not put Nyquist and Tatar in?
Yes, I'm really ticked off about the loss. Granted, it was mostly on the players (who mostly sucked), but still.
We did. And for some reason after a 2 goal lead tonight that was it from us. I'm not blaming the schedule on this one or anyone else. We just didn't get it done tonight. Shameful. Questionable calls through out the game but still....
Quincey's penalty destroyed all of our momentum. It had been one of the best starts I've ever seen from the Wings.
But you're right - another shameful performance against a team that really, really has us figured out.
******* get Nyquist and Tatar in. We need their hunger and wheels.
I'm not sure why anyone would be surprised about bad officiating in this game. It's the Coyotes, Gary Bettman's baby, and we're the Red Wings. And a mere two games means it's way easy to - zomg! - sweep the "season series." Hockey in Glendale: it works! Hurray!
Conspiracy theory? Maybe. But don't act like you weren't thinking it.
So will it be Alfie or Bert on the first line? Or are they going to swap at some point, or several points, in the game? Alfie has looked pretty good on the third line, but he also looked good with Z and D. And Bert gives the third line a little more sandpaper, which it needs, IMHO. Also, come on, Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Alfredsson. That's one of the sickest things I've ever read.
It was a dirty hit. It's exactly the sort of hit The Powers That Be want out of the game.
What I really dislike about it is he doesn't let up, follows through with and finishes his check. He had short notice, yes, but he had enough time to stop himself from driving Kronwall('s head) into the boards with force.
This guy just doesn't bring it.. I don't think he will be any better at 40 games let alone playoffs. He's just too too soft for my liking... And he doesn't have any other skill that stands out, no hands, speed, forechecking etc... What's he good for??? Flip was better for me.
You're going on eight games. I and others have already brought up the adjustment angle - a decade in a completely different system, completely different team and organization and all that stuff. But, again, he was very good as a Panther. How many Panthers games have you caught over the past ten years or so? Because I've seen my fair share (I like them. Not exactly a fan, but I do like them. If that makes any sense), and I feel totally justified in saying Weiss was a great add. He just needs time. Almost any guy in his situation would.