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#2447102 Brendan Smith

Posted by Dabura on 22 October 2013 - 04:45 PM

When it comes down to it, fast forward a couple years and so many people here will be pretty full from eating all that crow.


I've little doubt that he's going to become a dominant defenseman in this league. My concern is the time it will take for him to get there relative to the time we have left with Z and D as true forces to be reckoned with. He is (or was) one of our more attractive assets outside the core group, and if he could be packaged away for, say, a defenseman who's already dominant, I might be very tempted to pull that trigger. That's my big thing in this discussion.


Making it a bit easier to pull that trigger would be the depth of our blue line prospects pool. Sproul, Ouellet, Almqvist, The Rise of DeKeyser....

#2447055 Ericsson out 2-3 weeks

Posted by Dabura on 22 October 2013 - 11:55 AM

Really?  What was all that mumbo jumbo about him not missing last night's game because of an injury?



#2446953 10/21 GDT: Sharks 1 @ Red Wings 0 (SO)

Posted by Dabura on 21 October 2013 - 09:43 PM

Also, our fourth line looked really good. I want Tootoo to stay.

#2446676 10/21 GDT: Sharks 1 @ Red Wings 0 (SO)

Posted by Dabura on 21 October 2013 - 01:46 PM

Y'know, scary though the Sharks are...if you take out Burns, their forward unit doesn't exactly jump off the paper and smack you in the face...


Hertl  Thornton  Hamilton

Kennedy  Couture  Marleau

Nieto  Pavelski  Wingels

Sheppard  Desjardins  McCarthy


And they're also missing Boyle on the back end.


So we should at least make a game of it tonight.

#2446644 10/21 GDT: Sharks 1 @ Red Wings 0 (SO)

Posted by Dabura on 21 October 2013 - 12:07 PM

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.

#2446522 Brendan Smith

Posted by Dabura on 20 October 2013 - 03:51 PM

What we really need is for Lids to sit him down and punch him in the face, repeatedly.

#2446513 Coaching Error

Posted by Dabura on 20 October 2013 - 03:08 PM

We are extraordinarily good at killing our own momentum.

#2446511 Coaching Error

Posted by Dabura on 20 October 2013 - 03:07 PM

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.

#2446442 Coaching Error

Posted by Dabura on 20 October 2013 - 09:12 AM

Sort of the same idea wih Tootoo/Samuelsson.


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.

#2446378 10/19 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Coyotes 5

Posted by Dabura on 19 October 2013 - 10:49 PM

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.

#2446336 10/19 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Coyotes 5

Posted by Dabura on 19 October 2013 - 10:35 PM

On the bright side: the Leafs lost tonight, so we're still tied with them for first in the Atlantic, I believe.

If we bench Smith, who will take his place with Kronwall out?   



#2446313 10/19 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Coyotes 5

Posted by Dabura on 19 October 2013 - 10:25 PM

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.

#2446045 10/19 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Coyotes 5

Posted by Dabura on 19 October 2013 - 01:56 PM

Happy birthday, ET!


I like how this is now a birthday thread.

#2446006 10/19 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Coyotes 5

Posted by Dabura on 19 October 2013 - 12:47 PM

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.

#2445978 Kronwall Injury Update

Posted by Dabura on 19 October 2013 - 04:51 AM

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.