The last time the Red Wings won a Stanley cup. we had a goalie tandem. Osgood and Hasek split 50/50 during the season.
Hasek was the starter in the playoffs. He didn't do well the first few games and we switched to Osgood. Osgood did really well. Turns out having 2 goalies with the ability to play at the NHL playoff level works out if one of them doesn't perform well.
Agreed! Whether it's a pure 50/50 split, 60/40, 55/45, 57/43 - no matter the ratio! - having two goalies that can play well night in and night out without needing six consecutive starts to "get in a groove" or whatever is great.
Sure, would it be nice to have Howard's cap space to go grab a top-flight defenseman and in the future, might it become necessary to move Jimmy once we need to increase Mrazek's pay, sure!
Should we complain about it now? Worry endlessly about "who's the starter?" Hell no.
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.