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#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.

#2533678 Who is YOUR most under-appreciated/unsung Red Wing?

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 04 August 2014 - 10:26 AM

Rafalski.  He did it all...and did it all at a world class level.  Unfortunately, as so happens when you play with one  of the best ever at a particular position, he was often overshadowed by Nick.  I also think Nick learned a lot from him on the blue line in terms of offense.  I have seen very few "skate the line" with the puck like Rafalski did.  At the beginning of his term with us, he was much better at this than Nick.  His lateral movement with the puck at the blue line to find a shooting lane was second to none.  As a result, Nick soon became much improved at this, and eventually you'd have to say that they were equally as good.  But Rafalski was underrated in my opinion.

#2490916 Legwand to Detroit for Eaves, Jarnkrok + cond 3rd/2nd

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 05 March 2014 - 04:42 PM

Ok, I'm reading all of this trade bashing.  Can someone tell me exactly what Jarnkrok has done on the NHL level that makes this so outraging?  He's 3rd on the Griffs in points.  Yes, he shows some promise...it get it.  I get the "young talent", "ton of potential" thing...but has anyone looked at our current roster??  We are extremely heavy on really young guys.  Our brass has said (and done well with for the most part) the theory on experienced players and their being counted on to perform in the playoffs.  We knew if we wanted to get any player today, we would have to give up a piece of our young talent.  So....am I outraged that we lost Calle Jarnkrock in a trade today...not really....in fact, I think looking at all of our young talent losing a soft Euro with the proverbial "great hands", who has hinted that he wants to go home to Sweden and play, is actually a decent price to play for a veteran like Legwand.

#2471357 The Dan Cleary Hate Zone

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 08 January 2014 - 01:50 PM

If we are planning on making the playoffs, it would behove us to keep Danny with our young roster of forwards and injury track record year-to-date.

#2465238 Wings muscle?

Posted by Learn2LuvIt on 16 December 2013 - 11:54 AM

We have no muscle and this is by design.  Our toughest guys might be....Bert?...Big E? ..Abby?   I don't know why the disbelief or questions.  A lot of fans frequently beat the "call up the young guys from Grand Rapids!!" drum and these are all young, skill, mostly Euro players.  Kenny and our staff want it this way.  The players we acquire via trade are not tough guys at all (except for Tootoo who we quickly found no use for).  They are okay with getting pushed around after the whistle.  They are okay with a player getting hammered and with no answer back or retaliation.  


You see....we are sort of stuck in a quasi time vacuum.  Kenny and his staff (IMO) are still stuck on this old notion that USED to work magic for us.  That notion is this: play hard, little if any chirping after the whistle.  No sticks up.  No emotional retaliation penalties.  Take your lumps.  Take the penalty and...accomplish two huge objectives....frustrate the hell out of the opposing team and make them pay on the power play.  Worked like a charm! Gosh, I remember how Homer (Lids, Stevie, even Dallas Drake) used to drive the opposing players absolutley NUTS because he wouldn't retaliate.  Malts and Draps, same thing.  A little bit of chirping, but never any physical retaliation.  It would fester and teams would get so frustrated they would take penalties and end up in the box.  Then, we would capitalize with a really potent power play.  We Win.


It's way different now.  We don't frustrate teams like we used to.  We don't have a power play that teams fear.  People are mentioning Mac, Joey, Bob, Martin, Shanny...I get it.  But except for Shanny, we threw out the need for Joey, Martin, Mac type of player when Scotty came aboard.  Scotty wanted this type of player...but didn't NEED one.  This carried on with Dave Lewis and then Babs.  Kill them with skill.  We don't have the offensive skill top to bottom to kill like we used to.