I get that we are all really pissed about the bonehead penalty Smith had, But after all I have seen the past couple of seasons, Smith is better than Ericsson, Plus he's 5 years younger. Can't believe there hasn't been a "get rid of Ericsson" thread, because honestly, he makes many more bad decisions & takes bad penalties at bad times, than Smith does. Now, if they were both gone next season, I wouldn't lose any sleep. But I really don't see how everyone is throwing Smith under the bus, when IMHO, Ericsson is worse.
Not a fan of Howard bashing, but Mrazek should start the playoffs
I don't think so. Just can't figure Howard out. He made some BRILLIANT saves early on & we could of easily been down a couple of goals. But then, he just seems to lose focus & s*** happens. As most would agree, Mrazek hasn't looked any better. If you don't start Howie, and start the kid instead in the playoffs, he is done. There is no coming back from that. Like it or not, Howard's our starter. The best of a bad situation
The bottom line is 2 for 24 on the power play is not gonna cut it. We have to be better & having Datsyuk back will help. If we haven't been perfect on the PK so far, these games wouldn't be so close, and we'd be back to blaming Jimmy.
I agree, think about it. How would another team in Detroit go??? Or Boston & Chicago for that matter. If the NHL wants to keep any face at all, you pay respect to the original 6. And proposing another team in any of those markets is a BIG mistake. The original 6 is the calling card of the league, with the fan base to support it. Dilute or pollute that, and you create a mess.