where is that Bill guy anyhow, interested in his take on the PK he said would be great without Miller...oh well.
To Bill's credit, he doesn't seem like a guy who only shows up when he can prove his point. (like that Simon guy)
If so, wouldn't he be harping about how Smith was in the game and we won?! ...and to Smith's credit, he's been putting together some pretty good play of late.
Sure its exciting, but its still bogus hockey
DEATH TO FALSE HOCKEY!
... a player might actually die of a massive heart attack.
DEATH BY REAL HOCKEY!
Our stars are 35+. You want them shooting out, not getting heart attacks.
DEATH BY BOREDOM!
I'm going to attribute the 3 pp goals against to nobody wanted to stand in front of Weber's 110 mph slap shots. I expect them to be better tomorrow.
Miller would have.
To the game: I was able to DVR the replay from FSD. Pretty complete game by the boys. That fourth line is plain U-G-L-Y and the PK as mentioned previously wasn't great. Nobody willing to go down in front those Weber bombs. Mrazek didn't have the best of games, but all in all, the skaters in front of him looked to have their s*** together and things were clicking well. Good to see us get another come from behind point and then to finish it off in OT.
Also, seeing Ellis in the box after that nasty/unnecessary hit on Helm and have it lead to the tying goal was so gratifying. As mentioned above, he was really pushing it. I get that the hit was up high and Ellis didn't like it, but Helm was rightfully penalized. I really think Ellis should have gotten a bench minor for unsportsmanlike for complaining/water squirting. You let the league deal out the further punishment if necessary...
Funny. It's as if someone thought you could just remove one coach (or almost the entire coaching staff,) plug in a new one and everything would just continue on as it had or immediately improve without having to work out some kinks.
I'd say we've got the makings of a pretty solid team with a coaching staff that's implementing it's "process" really well.
Some adjustments are clicking in and the rest will follow. For me, I think we're just beginning to see the firepower of this fully armed and operational battle station.
I did not get a chance to watch the game last night except for the last few minutes of the third.
Looks like we had a pretty good game despite losing a couple forwards.
I am aware of Drew Miller's status insomuch that I heard he went out of the game early, but don't worry, I'm holding it together.
...and holy s***. Actually went to hockeyfights to see the Smith/Chippy fight. As Mickey said, that's as good a fight as I've seen with someone wearing a Wings jersey in years. Early right tagged Chipchura nicely. Chipchura, the obviously better fighter, got a few in on Riley's brother, then a couple sneaky rights underneath from Brendan. Wild right that misses from Smith. They both go down.
Two consecutive games with fights... who is this team?
The problem I had with the game was letting a team like Buffalo, who we were handling, to get back into the game.
Sure, some of it was bad officiating and there's puck luck and whatnot, but the fact that our PK and goaltending were a bit off during regulation last night made it tough to see the bright spots.
Thankfully, some tenacity on the PK in OT and a shootout win really clears things up. Good to see them fight through some adversity and get that win.
Why does it have to "problem" defensemen?
Why does everything have to be so negative all of the time?
...and why pick on Ericsson? Sure, you might see it as him having an off game last night, but it wasn't as if Kronner played a stellar game either?
Also, why do Red Wings fans think that our defensemen are more prone to defensive gaffes than any other team? I sometimes wonder if you guys regularly watch any other games or follow any other teams than the Wings.
I'll be honest. I never "played the game" so I don't have a great understanding of defensive systems, etc. but feel like I watch enough games around the league to know that the Wings aren't too far off from other teams defensive play. Certainly, there are teams in the league that outshine us on defense, but we're not as terrible as imagined by some.
As far as "problem" defensemen, go I will say this:
When Quincey is ready to return, one of Kindl or Smith are in trouble.
Marchenko is far and away a more solid defenseman and than either and has earned that seventh sixth spot! (thanks Zombo)
Younger, cheaper, and more reliable.
Kronner - Green
DeKeyser - Quincey
Machenko - Ericsson
OMG. I just claimed "Ye Olde Eyeball Test" for myself.