I would love to see his stats against the wings compared to other teams he plays. It seems like he always gets shut down or isn't his normal dominating self when playing the wings. I love it!! You know he was pissed! It may just be my rose colored glasses on but I feel the wings are one of his teams that he just hates to play.
your wish Hillbilly 4G 4A 8 points all together vs Wings
It may just be October but this was one of the harder schedules for us all year. We played mostly all top tier teams and are hanging at the top. Definitely a good sign but obviously no one is planning the parade yet.
Seriously. Go Toots. He won me over during his brief stay in Detroit, and with his class and dignity in GR. That clip of him giving the kid his stick was top notch. I hope he has a career year and wrecks shop in a big way (except against us).
And Gelinas should give him the 22 jersey already, FFS.
That video is the most upvoted hockey video on reddit, by far I believe.
His back story really won me over. First pro Inuit. Inuit name translates to "Thunder". Eats like an only meat diet or something (I believe many inuits do). Overcame his brothers suicide. Overcame his own drug problems. Classy as all heck and fearless as all heck at just 5'9'.
Posted by Mckinley25
on 16 October 2014 - 03:38 PM
It's also not like your standing for virtue here. All of us have seen post after post after post of unfounded criticisms of Holland and I don't see you saying "it's easy to criticize in hindsight" or "you don't know what happens behind the scenes". I've literally seen people on here explicitly speculate on whether Holland is a drunk, has dementia, or has vaguely "lost it" without ever such an ardent defense as you're giving Babs right now despite his decision being mathematically (using statistical probability) bad BEFORE he made it.
I think you're responding to Harold but I do defend Holland when people say those things and point out there's more to it. I think it's a valid discussion point, certainly more valid than claiming Holland is an idiot.
Posted by Mckinley25
on 16 October 2014 - 03:35 PM
Did I say that Babs was a "terrible coach" or an "awful coach" because he screwed the pooch on the shootout last night? I don't remember that. I did say he made an awful decision which cost us a point. He's a good coach, he was just stupid last night.
Here's another reason why. His best statistical shootout performers on the team (last night) are Tatar, Zetterberg, and Franzen. Tatar's probably the best of the bunch (or was last year). Now, even if he was slated to shoot last (as some have speculated) it's still a bad decision by Babcock because there's a 100% chance your first and second shooters will get to shoot. There a less than 100% chance your third shooter will get to shoot. By putting your best shooter (from a year ago) in the third spot you're reducing the likelihood he can contribute in a positive way. There's a reason Datyuk ALWAYS shoots first and not third...they don't want to take the stick out of his hands (so to speak). So even IF you're going to experiment with a rookie third liner in the shootout (which you shouldn't if you've got better choices)...you should have him shoot third, not first.
Why is what I'm saying sof****** controversial? Oh, because I'm criticizing Babcock, that's why.
I never claimed you said those things. I was pointing out my original comments that started this tangent were in response to others making what amounted to those claims. I felt that your response was artificially injected with implications of unwarranted defense of Babcock when I was only pointing out his decision may have been based on other information. As you aptly brought up, he has good reasons for using Datsyuk first normally, so he's clearly not an imbecile, maybe he knows something about Nestrail we don't. He may have been wrong or he may have been right and it just didn't work out in his favor but I wasnt defending Babcock just because he's "Babcock"
And Nyquist didn't have a point in the preseason. Who cares? It's the preseason. It's not an indicator of anything.
That doesn't make sense. Preseason or not, a SO is a SO. It's an indicator that on a 1-on-1 situation Nestrasil has the capability to score on Rask. It also probably didn't hurt he actually scored a legit goal that same game too.