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#2652109 '16-'17 The Joe's Farewell Season

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 11 February 2016 - 03:36 PM

Me too. My perfect plan would be to go to Detroit, watch a couple of Wings games, a Lions game, then head to Grand Rapids and watch the Griffins. But I have to attend at least 1 game at the Joe. 

Do yourself a favor while in Grand Rapids area....remain (or become) a fan of awesome beer and breweries, and you'll be in heaven.  Ohhh my are they spoiled in that regard.




#2650461 2016 Trade Deadline Thread

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 29 January 2016 - 10:36 AM

Why would they be scary to play against in the playoffs? I hate to be negative but I haven't seen anything in this team to make me think they can overpower anyone. A good chunk of their wins were thanks to Mrazek keeping them in or playing against backups it seems. I don't think many teams really bring their A game against us anymore, except for maybe Ottawa and Toronto. Maybe Tampa.

Not to mention our scoring is anemic. If a team really goes into shutdown mode there aren't so many "gimme goals," which the Wings sort of depend on.

IMO...First off, our Goaltender.  We have an outstanding goaltender in Peter.  I firmly believe he could "steal" a series.  I wanted to say elite, but I can't bring myself to say that (yet).  As stated already in this thread, that right there makes any team scary.

But to go further on this....They roll a lot of young and fast, but have veteran leadership who have won Cups (Pav, Z, Kronner).  They have a player in Larkin that could potentially be Calder Cup winner.  They shown this year that they can win tight games, play strong 3rd periods, and find ways to win.  Also, intangibles such as....the Wings have more playoff experience as an organization than any other team, playoff hockey.  The Joe is not easy on the opposition as other atmospheres to play in (recently read an older article from former Avs players stating how the Joe was a nightmare...have heard this a bunch, Scott Niedermayer loathed playing at the Joe), Ummm....and because they are the F@#$%#*&^ Detroit Red Wings. 

 

Yes, we have weaknesses and needs.  Can you make a case for every playoff team and how they are scary, yes.  But this year more than in the past 3-4 years, something about this team would scare me if played against in the playoffs.  My glass on this team is HALF FULL!! 




#2643803 Mike Green

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 21 December 2015 - 10:55 AM

This D group is working through issues.  No one in the group has been great.  In fact, just a few that have been good.  I'd say Mike Green is one of those guys that has been good.  He'll get better as the season rolls on.  Not even at the half way point of his first season with a new coach to him, and new coach to the team.

 

Fact is, we need him.  His cap hit isn't crazy, and we've been screaming about a RH D man for years. 

 

He's the type of veteran player that is a difference maker in big games (playoff's, etc...). 




#2641249 12/3 GDT : Arizona Coyotes at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 04 December 2015 - 12:41 PM

I for one have been critical of this teams sloppy play at times, and much of that is on Blashill - however I do like the fact that he made the public statement that he doesn't mind seeing the players standing up for themselves, or a teammate.

 

Babs always came across as the type that didn't want the players to drop their gloves - which makes sense seeing how he treated guys like Commodore, and Tootoo.

I remember on several occasions when we'd sign a guy that could drop the gloves (Tootoo, Comodore) Babs would seem to commit to some value of having this type of player on the team by stating his usual term of ..... "someone to keep the flies away".  Almost like clockwork, that said player would play game 1 of the regular season and get into a fight (of course...right??).  As Wings fans we'd be pumped that we have a player who will stand up and throw down....then all of a sudden, that player would play less and less and eventually not get any ice time.  I never understood this.  Why'd Babs seem to support this type of player/grit signing (he and Kenny assuredly conferred on player acquisition) then when they played like they've ALWAYS played, he'd rarely use them.  People have always claimed that some of these guys got into Babs "dog house", but it seemed like more of a pattern and bias against their style of play.  I mean, part of Tootoo's value is his toughness...not all, but if you were going for a pure point producer there were other options (in this particular case, especially considering some perceived off-ice baggage that Tootoo carried - Not my opinion, but he does come with a stigma of some things that have happened in his past).  Just never got that about Babs.




#2636641 11/10 GDT : Washington Capitals at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 12 November 2015 - 03:37 PM

 

What's wrong with the strategy?  If you haven't notice, no other strategies seem to stop him from scoring either, so at the very least it's a wash. 

 

It's Ovechkin, there's really not much that can be done with him.  We shut him out, once, so for the time being I'd say we handled him just fine.

We got lucky that he didn't have at least two goals...that's what's wrong with it.  PM stood on his head and that's the only reason he didn't score...that was an unbelievable performance by PM the other night.  PM is really, really good...but expecting him to play like that every night is unrealistic.  Most goalies on most nights, don't stop all of those.  I would have like to have seen a body on him.  I'll risk putting a shadow on him and take my chances on their other players beating us.  He's that good.  Also, notice that's a pretty common strategy for teams who play against Pav.  They'd rather take their chances on e.g. Abby beating them than on letting Pav roam free or go uncontested. 

No one could ever convince me letting Ovie take 8+ uncontested shots from 20 feet away is a good strategy.  40 footers, 60 footers (blue line)....maybe??.  Not from the middle of the face-off circle!!!  Ask Brett Hull or Shanahan if that's a good strategy...they'd kill teams....they made a living off of getting open at 20 feet out.




#2636463 11/10 GDT : Washington Capitals at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 11 November 2015 - 02:24 PM

I think the defense was fine. I think on the PP leaving the one time shot to Ovie was a strategy to give Mrazek a clear look and he was prepared for it everytime. Ovie had chances on the PP and the one time shot late in the game that were the only dangerous chances. Defensively they played one of their best games imo but their is still a lot of room for improvement moving the puck up ice and offensively
Honestly Kronner was the only guy last night on the defense that I thought could have played better

 

Maybe.  But if the strategy is to let one of the most deadly shooters in the game take 8+ uncontested one-timers from 20 feet away....your strategy is broken.  I get giving the goalie a good look at shots, but let's be real, on most normal nights when Ovie has that many shots, he usually has two goals. 




#2626994 9/23 Exhibition GDT : at Red Wings 4, Chicago Blackhawks 1

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 24 September 2015 - 10:37 AM

I love me some Z...but the fact of the matter is that Z has never had great speed.  At the beginning of his career he was a tad above average (NHL standards), but not so much anymore.  I saw that he looked a little sluggish last night, but I'm not reading into it at all.  He's matching up in the pre-season against much younger guys, whom a lot are headed back to the AHL soon, he tends to look slow(er).  He's playing against guys who are fighting for a job, and this is playoff hockey to them.  Some of these guys will actually never make it full time to the NHL and they realize this, so they are pushing as hard as they possible can.  Z is likely to be int he mindset of getting in game shape, getting his timing back, working on line communication,....just another day of preparation for whent he real season starts.

 

Elite players aren't neccesarrily the fastest players on the ice, nor are he fastest players on the ice neccesarrily elite.  Z is absoltuley and elite player and I don't use the word "elite" lightly.

 

Z brings so much more in terms of hard work, determination, hockey smarts, and both underrated passing and hands. At least he's not Larry Murphy (toward end of career) slow, or Homer (toward end of career) slow,...now they looked like they were skating in slow motion.




#2623791 Adidas Gets NHL Jersey Deal

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 24 August 2015 - 12:58 PM

I'll dedicate my loyalty as a consumer for life...to any company that buys all the Wings jersey sponsorship slots and makes them blank, and matches the same color jersey as they are wearing on any given night. Unless feminine/lady products, I will swear my financial alliance to this company. God help me if the company that did this is a horrible tasting beer...I guess I'd be drinking many for the "the team".


#2613896 Jeff Blashill named 27th head coach in Red Wings history

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 10 June 2015 - 03:21 PM

What's to stop Chelios from being a great coach?

Didn't you know!! Every great coach in history came out of the womb with NHL coaching experience and never had to get behind the bench as a rookie. "We all got a break and started somewhere"...that's not true for great coaches though. It's a genetically tested for trait. "Learning the ropes"...nah, not great coaches...these guys were SURE THINGS. Duh!!


#2607495 Babcock granted permission to talk to other teams

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 13 May 2015 - 11:43 AM

My sisters ex boyfriend lives comfortably on welfare and playing video games all day. That's how messed up taxes are in Canada, we pay for those people to do that.

What???!!!! Can you give me step-by-step, very detailed instructions on how he pulls this off? Just out of ....curiosity


#2603357 ECQF Game 7 GDT : at Lightning 2, Red Wings 0 (Tampa wins series, 4-3)

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 29 April 2015 - 12:22 PM

Per Ken Kal's Tweat:
Babs comment, "there's a deli in MTL that he's dying to have a sandwich from" prompted me to make a dinner reservation there tomorrow night.

I love the swagger in the face of huge adversity.


#2602703 Predictions: Game 7 vs. TBL

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 28 April 2015 - 12:10 PM

My head says we've blown too many opportunities and not closing out last night on home ice was the death nail.

My heart says Wings win 11 - 1.

Gotta go with my heart on this one.


#2571165 Next Number to be retired

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 16 February 2015 - 04:29 PM

Being in the rafters is very, very rarefied air.  And I would hope to keep it that way.  I wouldn't have any considerations of anyone as of right now.  The only possibilities are with Dats and Z depending how long and how prosperous their careers carry on-and it looks doubtful right now.  IMO...it's a slippery slope to start making stretches on players being in the rafters if it's not a dead on LOCK.  The criteria, the numbers, the intangibles, fan perception, etc.. then become relevant arguments.  If it's not a "no brainer", then the answers NO.  If you put Fedorov up there, then you'll have people asking why Shanny isn't up there, or Ozzy...and on-and-on it will go.

 

btw...I have hopes that this organization will be around in 50-100 years from now, so is there a rush to start filling the rafters??




#2558531 12/21 GDT : Avalanche 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 22 December 2014 - 12:29 PM

I've held off on promoting this in the past, but I think it's now viable to discuss replacing Franzen.  Why is viable now...because he is not in our top 3 offensive group anymore.  Yes, he has 19 points thus far and an assist machine.  However, at a cap hit of $4M...I think his offensive numbers actually make him trade-able at this cap hit. 

1.  I'd replace him with someone younger who can produce for us for the next five years.

2.  He's 34, and a big boy, father time and father injury are not in his favor.

3.  The assists are great, but we need goal scorers.




#2555794 Babcock "I don't think it will be my final year here"

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 11 December 2014 - 11:41 AM

I've always thought that top coaches are well worth the big money.  They don't count against the salary cap.  So why wouldn't a team pay a extra for an advantage that doesn't go against the cap??  Coaches salaries are a drop in the overall budget when your looking at 70 Million $ player payrolls annually.