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#2472748 1/12 GDT: Red Wings 0 @ Ducks 1

Posted by Dabura on 13 January 2014 - 02:13 PM

lost came down to the following....


A) 0 for whatever on the PP

B) no finishing work from any of our forwards there were many good chances

C) ducks mighty difficult to beat at home

D) all the above


I'm actually tempted to blame the whole thing on Smith's brain fart. Many nights this season it's been a case of us playing a good overall game and battling hard and doing the things we set out to do - but then someone makes a boneheaded mistake and the puck ends up in our net, and that ends up more or less deciding the game. Often there are multiple such lapses. I mean, I'm not saying the PP didn't kill us. And I'm not saying we're not missing our injured players. It's just, on the whole, I think simple, stupid mistakes have cost us an incredible number of points in the standings this season. Clean that oh-whoops-my-stick-should've-been-on-the-ice-my-bad s*** up and maybe we get a point out of this game.


Then again, shoot the puck a millimeter to the right and it doesn't hit the post and maybe we get a point out of the game. Or bury any of our countless chances right in front of Hiller and maybe we get a point out of the game. So, I dunno, ignore me.

Now we have something to build on, with the prospect of getting 3 to 4 guys back Thursday in New York.


Though we'll be without Tatar.

#2472577 1/12 GDT: Red Wings 0 @ Ducks 1

Posted by Dabura on 12 January 2014 - 10:00 PM

Not to take anything away from Monster and what he's done so far this season, but I'd be ok with Mrazek being the backup next season. Hell, I might even be ok with him as the #1.

#2472558 1/12 GDT: Red Wings 0 @ Ducks 1

Posted by Dabura on 12 January 2014 - 09:37 PM

Outshoot them, outchance them, outplay them, get lots of juicy PP opportunities, fail to convert on all God-given chances, give up a lame goal, wilt. Wings hockey.

#2472537 1/12 GDT: Red Wings 0 @ Ducks 1

Posted by Dabura on 12 January 2014 - 09:30 PM

I hate Sammy.

#2472494 1/12 GDT: Red Wings 0 @ Ducks 1

Posted by Dabura on 12 January 2014 - 08:58 PM

If Bert's injured, does Jurco get called up? Cuz I'd be ok with that.

#2472354 1/11 GDT: Red Wings 3 @ Kings 1

Posted by Dabura on 12 January 2014 - 10:47 AM

He can't deke and his passing is subpar.  I like that he shoots a lot, which is the main reason he scores a decent amount. but he's also only had the one 30 goal season.  He has a wild shot and he misses high all the time cause of his banana curve.  I wouldn't complain if he were a Wing, but he'd get ripped apart here for bad penalties, attitude and missing the net 7 out of 10 times.  And this year, he's been taking a lot of games off.


I'd take him. We have enough well-behaved, 200-foot, defense-first, "Aw shucks, ma'am" forwards. We need a power forward, especially with Franzen being 34, Bertuzzi being 98, and Jurco being 12. Wheeler would be great, but he won't be traded under any circumstances (part of their core, wants to be in Winnipeg). Wayne Simmonds has been my pick for awhile, but they really love him here in Philly. I wouldn't mind Pacioretty, maybe for Franzen, Nyquist, and Pulkkinen, or something along those lines. We need more size and speed and gamebreaking scoring ability in our top six. But then, the Habs would say the same.

#2472328 1/11 GDT: Red Wings 3 @ Kings 1

Posted by Dabura on 12 January 2014 - 02:20 AM

Wait, Howard is injured? Hip flexor?


Speechless. Utterly speechless.

#2472301 1/11 GDT: Red Wings 3 @ Kings 1

Posted by Dabura on 12 January 2014 - 01:32 AM

Tatar 4 President.

#2472014 What is going on in Edmonton?

Posted by Dabura on 11 January 2014 - 09:35 AM

Ilya Bryzgalov is their goalie. They have no defense, and no conception of how to play it. They have no bottom six. They have a high-powered but young and one-dimensional top six. They have no veteran leadership. They have no size. They have no edge. Their GM is a proud, stubborn, narcissistic dinosaur. Etc.

Clarification: by "GM" I mean Kevin Lowe. I don't know what his Official Title is.

#2471859 Franzen having trouble processing information

Posted by Dabura on 10 January 2014 - 10:03 AM

Anyone remember that bit from training camp about him struggling greatly with a particular drill? Makes me wonder.

#2471468 Pissed off: JJ speaking out

Posted by Dabura on 09 January 2014 - 11:04 AM


#2471388 THN came up with the All-Snubs Olympic rosters

Posted by Dabura on 08 January 2014 - 05:52 PM

And I mean seriously, Petr Nedved makes it?


Everyone wants to get with his wife.

It's actually pretty funny, he's not even being talked about at all as having even been close.  This is a guy that was on the  2010 team and is actually having the best statistical season of his career.


Clearly, everyone is taking his post-season collapses very seriously and won't trust him until he proves he's past that.


Probably for the best. Can you imagine what'd happen if he were to singlehandedly submarine Team Canada? I'd fear for his life.

#2471338 Team Sweden roster announced

Posted by Dabura on 08 January 2014 - 12:10 PM

Like pretty much all of my fellow American LGWers, I'll be rooting for the US of A, but my heart is kinda with Team Zetterberg.

#2471051 If we become sellers...

Posted by Dabura on 06 January 2014 - 01:54 PM

Holland woud stand pat, say, "We like our team," and blame it all on our injuries and the move to the Eastern Conference. "Can't make the playoffs every season!" etc.


But I could absolutely see him doing the classy thing for Alfie (i.e. talking to him about it, asking him what he wants, and acting accordingly).

#2471023 Seasons half way, thoughts?

Posted by Dabura on 06 January 2014 - 12:33 PM

I didn't make any really specific predictions. Well, ok - I thought we'd be better. Much better. Actually, I predicted we'd face the Kings in the SCF.


So much trouble in our own end. Many nights, you'd think half our team had never had to play in the d-zone prior to this season. We have this strange compulsion to be fancy and complex and make nine passes, or try to carry the puck from behind the net and around nine forecheckers just to gain the n-zone. What happened to smooth, simple, safe, set outlet plays? What happened to crisp, concise first passes? Where'd all that go? Rhetorical questions, I suppose. Lidstrom and Rafalski are gone and our D is young and jumpy and injury prone. And we have Kyle Quincey.


Add to that the injury woes, the scoring woes, the Jimmy Howard woes, the shootout woes, the two-goal lead woes, the two-goal deficit woes, the taking-too-many-stupid penalties woes, the lineup woes (see: Cleary, Dan/Daniel/Danny/Dammit), the we-don't-do-well-with-cameras woes, the we-don't-do-well-with-NBC-broadcasts woes, and, of course, the we-hate-playing-in-our-own-barn woes, and I think it's safe to say that this first half has left a lot to be desired.


The really frustrating thing about it all is that we're a great team when we want to be. Actually, the really frustrating thing is how many points we've left on the table with our TEN shootout losses. If we were merely bad in the shootout, as opposed to mindblowingly godawful, we might be challenging for first in the East right now. If only we were one of those teams that gets by on skill....