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#2502474 3/27 GDT - Canadiens 5 vs. Red Wings 4

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 27 March 2014 - 09:30 PM


The team absolutely needs a new philosophy and identity. 


Holland keeps bringing in players to try to tweak the Red Wings machine and keep it running for another year, but it stopped working a few seasons ago. 


This offseason they can shed a lot of dead weight and have a big opportunity to change the philosophy and identity of this team.  


Babcock is the best coach in the business. I disagree with a lot of what he does, but lately in interviews, I get the sense that the change in philosophy and identity can come with Babcock still in place. The way he has been handling these kids and the injury replacements this season has been stellar in my opinion.


Holland is much more of a problem than Babs is. If Holland stops clinging to the old guard (see Cleary, Bertuzzi), and seeing what we can do with our young prospects, allows the kids to take a larger role, I think we could be primed for another run in the next few years. Holland needs to stop signing these after-thoughts and "bargain" players. If there isn't a perfect fit on the market or big worthy acquisition, I'd rather see bigger roles for young players in our organization already. We are starting to see our prospects mature, with more and more bubble players that just need a chance.


Mind you, I'm not condoning Holland's "injured players as 'deadline' acquisitions" or "forcing 3rd-line grinding winger onto the 1st line means we got our new top-6 guy" bullsh*t. I'm saying I'd rather bring in a young bubble player in coming years rather than signing plug after plug for the sake of filling roster space. If we continue to incrementally bring in our young guys and supplement them with only actual good fit or big impact signings, I can see Babcock's coaching get new life in the coming years while remaining with the Wings.

#2502459 3/27 GDT - Canadiens 5 vs. Red Wings 4

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 27 March 2014 - 09:16 PM

In the last 18 games, Howard has 10 sub-.900 save percentage performances. Of those 10, 9 resulted in a loss, including the last 3 games. His goals-against over the last 18 games is 3.333 per game.


Is his defense crap? Yes, but at what point do we stop making excuses for him and accept that if you are going to be a good goaltender, you have to make the difficult saves, especially at crucial points in the game. As I've said elsewhere, he allows his glove hand to dip, resulting in two goals tonight, his rebound control is as bad as its ever been (which is really saying something with Howard), and the way he has been the last few games reminds me of his early season stretch of awfulness. By the the second goal you could read in his body language that he was feeling sorry for himself. He looks lethargic at times and he is allowing back-breaking goals.


Is the problem honestly that this injury-depleted team can't score an average of 4+ goals per game to win? Bad as our defense has been, Howard has been just as bad, and getting worse.

#2501518 3/25 GDT - Red Wings 2 at Blue Jackets 4

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 25 March 2014 - 09:34 PM

The 3rd period collapse has to stop. Tonight the officiating contributed directly, but the trend remains. Howard needs to bear down, our defense needs to play more conservatively, and overall discipline needs vast improvement after 40. You can tell the moment the opposition starts to get some zone time and the Wings start playing nervous and turning over pucks. After that its just a matter of time. Get it fixed, Babs!

#2501512 Gustav Nyquist Appreciation Thread

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 25 March 2014 - 09:26 PM

Another great game by Nyquist and the kids. Now if only some of our other players could score...

#2501507 3/25 GDT - Red Wings 2 at Blue Jackets 4

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 25 March 2014 - 09:23 PM

Down the stretch its the veterans that have let this team down big time. Franzen-Legwand-Alfredsson line has been getting pushed around too easily and Mule hasn't done jack to carry this team forward while his compatriots are out. In the last 9 games, Franzen has a single assist and is -4.

#2500257 3/23 GDT: Red Wings vs Wild

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 23 March 2014 - 09:24 PM

Great game by Smith, terrible game by Kindl and Lashoff causing unnecessary pressure against, Franzen took the night off, and disappointingly we gave up yet another two goal lead, including a one goal lead in the third. Luckily Nyquist-Sheahan-Tatar made sure to secure us a point.


Huge game versus Columbus on Tuesday. A loss ties us in points and games-remaining with BJs holding the tie breaker. A win separates us by 4 points, and keeps us above the pack.

#2497225 Gustav Nyquist Appreciation Thread

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 19 March 2014 - 08:57 AM

Nyquist's 19 goals in 43 games are good for tops on the team, and prorated over 82 games puts him at a 36 goal pace as a rookie with ever-rotating linemates and responsibilities. The sky is the limit for this kid in coming years and really shows more glaringly the poor free agent decisions Holland has made over the past 4-5 years.


Until his hand was forced, Holland had through his own awful signings of Samuelsson, Bertuzzi, Cleary, and Tootoo buried our 3rd-most talented skater in the minors. Too many signing touted as "bargains" or "good fits" as an excuse to sign inferior players to fill the wrong roles on the wrong side of their prime instead of signing a single impact player or allowing over-ripe prospects to step up and learn.


Nyquist, Jurco, Sheahan, Glendening >>>> Samuelsson, Bertuzzi, Cleary, Tootoo


Simply put: Stop signing over-priced plugs as some consolation price for missing out on true impact players. Hopefully next season we cut some fat, use what we have in our young guys, and sign someone useful to fill important roles - a big bodied scorer and a top-4 defenseman. Looking down the line, the only UFAs that could/should be resigned are Legwand, Alfie, and Gustavsson.

#2486135 OYO Sports Toys: Red Wings

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 22 February 2014 - 10:58 AM

Red Wings players available include: Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Kronwall, Abdelkader, Dekeyser, Franzen, Alfredsson, Ericsson.... and Luke Glendening?

#2480398 2/2 GDT: Red Wings 5 at Capitals 6 (OT)

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 02 February 2014 - 04:05 PM

The Wings defense and goaltending was suspect all game, and you can't spot a team two two-goal leads the way they did out of the gate and expect to win.... THAT SAID, when OT started it was 4-4 and the game was decided after that point. It was decided by a dive, and after the refs let plenty of grappling go in the 3rd. They decided the game the second they decided (read: chose) to call another soft trip and obvious dive. After that, the script went perfectly, OV with the winner at home in OT on Super Bowl Sunday.

#2480383 2/2 GDT: Red Wings 5 at Capitals 6 (OT)

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 02 February 2014 - 03:53 PM

Great game by Z, Nyquist, and the kids. Really, extraordinary.


Howard couldn't find the puck, our defense was all thumbs and left feet, and the officiating was soft as hell.


The pathetic thing here is, again, how the league's officials reward these dive-artists. The Wings fight through the same holds, hooks, sticks in feet, and cross-checks that made the Caps fold like a lawn-chair. What is called a penalty and what was let go after the 2nd period was completely unpredictable, and thus terrible.

#2480376 The NHL reffing affecting the game

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 02 February 2014 - 03:44 PM

This isn't news, but it never ceases to infuriate. The biggest difference in games like this is that the Wings refuse to go down, while the Caps flop, throw hands up, and dive relentlessly. The league has done nothing to fix the diving and bulls***. The second we got to OT I knew what the perfect ending for the network was: penalty and OV goal.

#2479798 2/2 GDT: Red Wings 5 at Capitals 6 (OT)

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 02 February 2014 - 09:07 AM

Ha. Looked at the injury list, saw Weiss and thought "oh yeah, he's on the team...."

#2476185 1/22 GDT : Blackhawks 4 at Red Wings 5 (SO)

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 22 January 2014 - 11:28 PM

I've always hoped Eaves would be able to get in a groove with his terrific wrister. We all know he had 20 in a season once in his career, and whenever he uses that shot you can see how. He isn't the greatest skater in the world, but he works hard, good PK guy, and when he shoots it like he did tonight, it makes you wonder how he doesn't score more regularly.

#2476171 1/22 GDT : Blackhawks 4 at Red Wings 5 (SO)

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 22 January 2014 - 11:18 PM

Huge win. Great battle from the young Wings. Great game from Tatar again; really great to see him coming into his own. Who'd have thought Helm with the shootout winner over the Blackhawks. Time to start clawing our way back into this thing...

#2475778 1/22 GDT : Blackhawks 4 at Red Wings 5 (SO)

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 22 January 2014 - 09:34 PM

What patience with the puck displayed by Zetterberg, eh Edzo? "Patiently" turned his stick to Nyquist.