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#2495581 Is the Real Brendan Smith Finally Starting the Show Up?

Posted by Dabura on 16 March 2014 - 01:34 PM

Kronwall makes tons of mistakes, many of them boneheaded. But he makes up for it by being our best defenseman and one of the 20ish best defensemen in the league. You're getting a fair amount of bad, but you're also getting oceans of good.

 

Smith, you're mostly just getting bad. Well, that's not fair. He plays the game well. But is it anything that your average third-pairing defenseman couldn't give us?

 

Hopefully he grows into a good top-four defenseman who puts up enough points to make whatever mistakes he makes acceptable. He's got about a year to do that.




#2495519 A great scrap ends in....A high five and a hug?

Posted by Dabura on 15 March 2014 - 10:45 PM

One day it's gonna come out that the entire 3/26/97 game was staged. Like the moon landing.




#2495481 A great scrap ends in....A high five and a hug?

Posted by Dabura on 15 March 2014 - 01:45 PM

I'VE FORGOTTEN WHAT I STARTED FIGHTING FOR




#2495454 Red Wings have Recalled Pulkkinen from Grand Rapids

Posted by Dabura on 15 March 2014 - 10:53 AM

That's what I like about this kid. He's not straightforward, cookie-cutter. He surprises you.

 

I mean, what a statement. Tiny Euro sniper call-up steps onto our Big Men's League Roster and dishes one of the best hits we've put on all season. He looks like Kronwall there!




#2495450 Red Wings have Recalled Pulkkinen from Grand Rapids

Posted by Dabura on 15 March 2014 - 10:34 AM

Good. Play him asap. In fact, once Mantha, AA, and nastisauk's seasons are over in junior, bring them to Detroit for a bit as well.

 

Nice try, Anthony.




#2495084 1-13-2

Posted by Dabura on 14 March 2014 - 10:18 AM

The Wings D don't have another gear, so when the opposing team is starting to push we have nothing to push back with. I also think that the biggest culprit, aside from poor goal-tending late in games, has been the propensity to over commit on defense as well as offense. The Wings play a relatively structured game for two periods and then, as witnessed the last several games, start getting anxious and run completely out of position. Bad defense has become an epidemic even guys that are usually pretty solid are making boneheaded mistakes. 

 

One thing I really don't get is Babs' belief that we need to win games 2-1. Maybe that works for Team Canada (aka The Greatest Hockey Team Ever Assembled), but not for us. Not with our blue line and goaltending.




#2495076 The Leaders HAVE to step up

Posted by Dabura on 14 March 2014 - 08:13 AM

I'm glad you pointed out Quincey.  I don't think people realize (even despite all the hate) just how important Quincey was to us losing so much in the early part of the season.  There were some stats floating around the 25 game mark, I think, that showed he had been on the ice and directly the cause of a goal against a game (not an average, but an actual goal in each game) for something like 15 or 16 games.  A lot of those games were 1 goal games.  Not to excuse the poor play of everyone else, but if we had someone different in Quincey's spot, we could be well into the playoff standings right now.

 

Ah, Kyle Quincey.

 

On one hand, I feel I'm too hard on him. He's been playing like a legitimate #4, yet our blue line still kinda blows. Conclusion? The problem's bigger than Quincey. It's more our top three. And that's on Holland.

 

On the other hand, Quincey's boneheaded mistakes singlehandedly cost us goals and games and points. If we miss the playoffs by a few points, it's his fault more than anyone else's.

 

I wasn't implying any of that stuff. Just that "injuries" was much more appropriate for your analogy than any one team...

 

No worries, I wasn't attacking your post. Just a general point I wanted to get off my chest.

 

Dabura your stress level has risen noticeably since the Jarnkrok trade. lol

 

WHAT ARE YOU IMPLYING?!

 

(Part of it is that my back pain is flaring up. I fear the kidney stones are back. (Pun?) Everyone tells me that passing kidney stones can be as or more painful than giving birth. Being a guy, I can neither confirm nor deny this. But I can tell you it's the worst pain I know. So, just imagine that I'm giving birth as I'm posting here. My stress level should make more sense then.)

 

(Not that this whole trading our best prospect to help us keep the streak alive only to give away two must-win games and drop to a 39% chance of making the playoffs because a team of professional millionaire athletes can't be bothered to stay healthy or play a 60-minute game business isn't stressing me.)




#2495006 The Leaders HAVE to step up

Posted by Dabura on 13 March 2014 - 02:27 PM

Have we sucked in the shootout because of injuries? Have we sucked at home because of injuries? Have we been unable to hold a lead because of injuries? Has Quincey singlehandedly cost us 20 goals because of injuries? Was Nyquist held off the roster for the oh-so-valuable Cleary because of injuries? Have we failed to play more than a couple 60-minute games this season because of injuries? Howard hasn't been anything close to what we need him to be, but is that simply because of his injuries and injuries to the guys in front of him?

 

Injuries have hurt us. (Pun.) But there's more than that to our struggles.




#2494901 Pulkkinen called up - Jurco out with rib injury

Posted by Dabura on 12 March 2014 - 07:52 PM

Just friggin' put Pulkkinen in the lineup already. Babs is always complaining that the kids line doesn't shoot enough. And, hey, remember when Pulkkinen got suspended for running that Blackhawk from behind? He can score and be our enforcer. Like Shanahan. Same exact thing.




#2494874 3/11 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Blue Jackets 4

Posted by Dabura on 12 March 2014 - 06:18 PM

Also, we moved on from Flip. I can't believe we didn't see his replacement being injured for the whole season coming. And, also, we bought out Colaiacovo because he's so...injury-prone.




#2494705 3/11 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Blue Jackets 4

Posted by Dabura on 11 March 2014 - 10:06 PM

Even with a healthy roster, winning a regular season game against a team that isn't a bottom-feeder has been a monumental challenge. I've had to pray to God for two points against the Washington f****** Capitals. Every game is a Game 7. Every lead is blown. Every shootout is a choke job. Pride, heart, will, a chip on the shoulder, something to prove - nope, none of the above. We're made of glass, and we take it up the ass.


#2494152 Is the Real Brendan Smith Finally Starting the Show Up?

Posted by Dabura on 10 March 2014 - 08:43 PM

I don't think Smith's behind schedule, development-wise. I think we'd just set our expectations too high.

 

Pairing him with Quincey for so long probably didn't help.

 

Edit: Reply #27. Of course. :glare:




#2494062 Andersson breaks foot - down another center

Posted by Dabura on 10 March 2014 - 01:47 PM

Ha Emmerton recalled and pulkkinen stays put .... Another predictable move ....we gotta hope for a Emmerton pulled groin now?

 

Emmerton's a center. Pulkkinen's a winger. Andersson's a center.

 

I'm blaming Emmerton for all these injuries, or at least our situation down the middle. We joked about voodoo dolls earlier in the season, but, at this point, that's about as reasonable an explanation as any.




#2493876 3/9 GDT: Red Wings at Rangers

Posted by Dabura on 09 March 2014 - 02:07 PM

Again, nothing is ever on Howard. I don't understand this. Like, I get that he's a convenient scapegoat and that that's bulls***. But, at the same time, he's letting us down, hardcore. I'm not talking about this goal or that goal or this game or that game. I'm talking about a losing record and a mountain of suck in a season where we need him to be a superstar more than we've ever needed our #1 goalie to be a superstar. The fact that the team in front of him sucks makes it that much more essential that he not suck. He needs to be our best player. As Babs has said, we go as far as Jimmy Howard takes us. That's why people are going apes***. Because an underperforming Howard means we have no shot at anything, as nice as an overperforming Gustavsson is.


We need Dan Boyle this summer. I can't stress this enough.




#2493833 3/9 GDT: Red Wings at Rangers

Posted by Dabura on 09 March 2014 - 01:47 PM

He's getting paid like a top goalie. He's getting paid to do for us what Price did for Babcock's Other Team. And he can't even put together a winning record. He sucks this season.