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#2685025 5 Questions with Ken Holland

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 24 August 2016 - 02:42 PM

He's being very realistic about the situation/problem he created.  Wow...what a luxury that must be. 


I'm going to go tell our CEO that I'm going to be average...maybe above average (we'll see...fingers crossed!) in today's meeting with our major client.... because I got wasted last night and didn't get home until 4 am.  I'm sure he'll appreciate me being realistic and calling a spade a spade.

#2674240 Official - Little Caesars Arena

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 28 April 2016 - 03:19 PM

That's sports in 2016.  It will only get worse with increased sponsorship involvement (e.g. sponsor logos on jerseys, etc.).  I guess i don't really care.  If this helps our ownership continue to remain financially solid and able to provide this team with all the financial backing/resources needed to continue to run one of the best organizations in all of sports....then I'm okay with it.  I do like the above suggestion of just calling it the Caesars Center though.

#2672939 I Hate Jeff Blashill because ...

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 22 April 2016 - 09:53 AM

because he tries to sound like Mike Babcock when he talks

#2672090 ECQF Game 5 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 21 April 2016 - 12:59 PM

Please win for Pasha and little crushed by the news of Prince. Absolute legend here in Minnesota. Just win, please.

Terrible and sad news.  Yeah, he's pretty much a ...planet Earth legend as well.


Someone queue up "Baby, I'm A Star" for all of the young Wings pregame.  See if that gets anything going.  For any of the younger LGW peeps who weren't around when Prince was in his prime...move on...You might not get it...it's music with artists who play musical instruments.


Let's do this tonight Wings...come back home and take it "game by game"!!

#2668490 ECQF Game 1 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 3, Red Wings 2

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 14 April 2016 - 01:10 PM

IF....IF....we lose on Friday, I'd say it's time to give all of the young guys that we played at times during the regular season but now are refusing the play them, a shot.  Significant minutes.  Give Tampa a different look, give the young guys a chance to turn this around, and most importantly, get them some playoff experience which will be valuable down the road.


I'm thinking we'll win on Friday, but IF we lose it's time to start getting long term value out of this series.  I realize we'd be coming back to home ice, only down 0-2, "lots of hockey left", "it takes 4 games to win a series"', "anything can happen", etc... Although much stranger things have happened, I just don't see this team (the team that was on the ice last night) pulling out of a 0-2 hole to go on and win this series.


I hope like hell we win, but being realistic.

#2658417 3/10 GDT : Winnipeg Jets at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 10 March 2016 - 12:56 PM

As Babs would say, "we need to start on time tonight".  I want to see physical, intense Wings.  In front of their net.  No 30 foot wristers from low percentage angles.. 


Also, Blash has got to be in sort of a panic....right?  I mean, first year here as coach, first year coaching in NHL, and he's in jeopardy of breaking our playoff streak.  Got to be some sleeplessness going on.


Let's do this!!

#2657374 3/2 GDT : Chicago Blackhawks at Red Wings, 8:00 EST

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 03 March 2016 - 04:47 PM

Petr didn't have a very strong game last night.  IMO...I thought Seabrooks goal and Kane's goal were stoppable.  For the life of me, i don't understand why Petr played last night.  There were reports that he's had/has a sore groin.  If that's the case, why wouldn't you play Jimmy who has been really, really good as of late??  Give Petr time to heal properly.  I don't get it.

#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.

#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!!