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#2468961 12/30 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Predators 6

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 30 December 2013 - 10:40 PM

So... Jimmy Howard lynch mob?

#2468901 12/30 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Predators 6

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 30 December 2013 - 10:25 PM

If Howard plays in the Winter Classic, Wings fans should get their tickets refunded.

#2468726 12/30 GDT : Red Wings 4 at Predators 6

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 30 December 2013 - 09:16 PM

How is Howard still in goal? 3 for 3 terrible, soft goals.

#2465763 12/17 GDT: Ducks 5 @ Red Wings 2

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 17 December 2013 - 08:24 PM

I just wish we didn't get our one goal out of the way so early; now we have nothing to look forward to!  :ninja:


The only real question is: what kind of die-hard sadists are we to keep watching this game? 4-1 after one, not getting the goaltending, and definitely don't have the personnel to climb out. Oh well, this or watching a documentary about the U.P. copper mine strikes of 1913 on PBS.... actually, that doesn't sound so bad...

#2465268 Can't remember the last time we were this pathetic

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 16 December 2013 - 01:46 PM

The Wings have been having more and more trouble in recent years scoring goals consistently. In previous seasons, it has come down to a combination players under-performing, dragging their linemates into the slump with them/reassigning lines to get those players going AND injuries constantly shuffling the lines/breaking up chemistry. This season its been a bit of both. Either way, a lot of it comes down to chemistry. That said, the main culprit are the injuries themselves.


You can't have Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Franzen, Helm, Dekeyser, (to a lesser extent) Abdelkader, and Bertuzzi all down or otherwise not 100% at the same time, while the new 2nd-line center and starting goaltender both have career-worst seasons, and expect things to be fine. Datsyuk and Bertuzzi are back, but noticeably not back to their previous form yet. Every single line is sort of just drawn out of a hat prior to each game. The kids are great, but not quite ready to be called upon for the lion's share of offense yet. Add in bad luck like last night's Nyquist goal being waived off (could have changed the game entirely) and last week's slow/non-whistle on a Gustavsson frozen puck that ended up in our net, and its starting to get comical. Right now we are getting the goaltending, but zero goal support offensively. Not long ago we were getting the scoring and having leads squandered by shoddy goaltending.


I'm confident once we get healthy things will pick back up, but right now we are missing very important players and everyone else is either slumping or has ever-changing linemates. Honestly, I think Babcock should be erring on the side of consistency more than anything, and when a player goes down on a line, we should do what we can to just replace that player, instead of bumping everyone up and down the depth chart.

#2464044 Howard out 2-4 weeks with MCL sprain

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 13 December 2013 - 12:52 PM

It's a bad sign that my gut reaction was "that's good". Gus is playing lights-out and deserves more consistent starts. We need to start getting points before we slip any further unfortunately a Gus-Mrazek tandem looks like our best bet. Howard needs to rest and reset mentally.

#2463988 12/12 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Lightning 2 (SO)

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 13 December 2013 - 08:08 AM

Howard 6-8-7 2.65GAA . 910S% (. 400 in shootout)

Gustavsson 8-1-2 1.93GAA .933S% (.778 in shootout)

Pretty glaring.

#2463987 12/12 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Lightning 2 (SO)

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 13 December 2013 - 07:56 AM

EDIT: Howie is stuck in the gustavson role from last year. "You didn't play well in that last game so we're not gonna give you consecutive games to get consistent. We'll only play you in the venues that our team somehow plays like s*** everygame (home games this year)"
Gus has been stellar, but it's always refreshing hooking up with your girlfriend, but in the end, you always conclude that your wife is better and that you made a huge mistake.

Howard is injured and has played like twice as many games as Gustavsson. Gustavsson has earned every game he has played this season and has a 1.5GAA in his (recent) two losses. If we were playing to win, it would be Monster's goal to lose as we near the halfway point of the season. He looks like he is going to stop everything, just needs goal support.

Howard has been a dog all season.

#2463436 Cowen to have hearing for hit on Girgensons

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 11 December 2013 - 01:58 PM

Looks to me like he aimed higher than need be and caught him good in the head. Perfect example of how the mechanics of the hit and the result are sometimes at odds, and thus why the Department of Player Safety needs to get much better at weeding out hits based on action not outcome. I'm not saying to disregard injuries when deciding on the severity of a punishment; I'm saying that the lack of an injury shouldn't equate to a lack of punishment. 

#2462746 Yzerman commits to Alumni Game roster!

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 10 December 2013 - 03:21 PM

When the topic came up a while back, I said that I would respect his decision if he chose not to play (at the time he sounded uninterested). He has given us enough and I completely understand that his knees are a wreck...



#2462697 Weiss

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 10 December 2013 - 01:16 PM

This is not a guy under-performing. If the conversation was "what's wrong with Weiss, through 25 games he only has 12 points", that would be one thing. In that situation, I could understand the excuses in terms of transition, poor linemates, etc. That isn't the case at all. He has 4 points. FOUR. A guy brought in with considerable dollars, to fill a considerable role, expected to play responsible, be a good team player.... blah blah blah. He was brought here to boost offense. He has 4 points. Some nights he looks like he MAYBE might be ready to possibly get his 5th point... but then doesn't.


He isn't under-performing, his performance is non-existent. Bust with no hope of substantial turnaround.

#2462424 Weiss

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 08 December 2013 - 10:58 PM

Weiss actually looked some what decent. He is playing better and just needs to play big minutes more often for it to click. You guys gotta chill He played a decent game vs the Panthers


Unfortunately, he is 25 games into his stint with the Red Wings and saying "he actually looked somewhat decent" every few weeks is all he has garnered thus far. He saw as much time as he is going to see with Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Helm on the shelf and has one assist in the past month to show for it. As those players start to return, his role will be further phased out until he is back between plugs on the 4th line with single-digit minutes.


I wanted Weiss to succeed as much as anyone, and I had really hoped he would take advantage of these last few games. Seeing how he played against the Panthers the other night sealed it for me. If he was ever going to wake up, he would have done it against his former team, but he looked lazy and lost out there. He has a worse PPG than Dan Cleary while being paid to be our 2nd-line center and provide offense.


At this point it would take a miraculous turn around to warrant keeping him at his cap-hit and with the return of Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Helm on the horizon and the emergence of Nyquist and Tatar, I don't see how that is even a remote possibility.

#2462416 Weiss

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 08 December 2013 - 09:44 PM

For what its worth: http://www.capgeek.c...=06&buyout_d=15


I'm assuming that means he is not a compliance buyout and instead we'll be on the hook for the following cap-hits if we buy Weiss out in June:


2014-15: $2,108,333
2015-16: $608,333
2016-17: $608,333
2017-18: $2,608,333
2018-19: $1,708,333
2019-20: $1,708,333
2020-21: $1,708,333
2021-22: $1,708,333
Overall, not bad, especially since the cap will likely rise in the coming years.

Then again, it probably looks so "good" because this season we are accustom to paying Tootoo $1.9M in the minors, similar with Eaves, another $1.75M for an empty Cleary #71 sweater floating around, and $3M for Samuelsson....

#2461774 12/6 GDT 7:00PM: Red Wings 3 at Devils 1

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 06 December 2013 - 09:54 PM

I have to say, really extraordinary game from Franzen. He has really turned it around since that timeout a month or so ago. He has been playing great on both ends of the ice and tonight was probably his best, most complete game since 2009. Keep up the great work, Johan.

Another solid game from Monster. Goose and Sauce are really coming on, too. When our depth steps up like it did tonight it really shows how dangerous the team can be healthy. LGW!

#2461425 Mike Commodore's experience with the Wings

Posted by b.shanafan14 on 06 December 2013 - 10:13 AM

Boo-hoo. The guy couldn't get a job and stick any where in the league because he didn't earn a spot even when the Wings had injuries or players under-performing that season. He didn't stand out, and its not Babcock or Boucher's fault. Defensemen are usually a universal need and if he was good enough to stay in the league, he would have stayed, even if he had to earn via a PTO.


The fact of the matter is he couldn't stick in the league for more than 500 games because he couldn't cut it. Honestly, I don't know what makes the guy think so highly of himself. The guy was a career minus player over his 480+ NHL games and averaged about 18 points over every 82 games. And in what universe was he a part of one of the best defense pairings in the league?


Part of the reason he couldn't find a job is that he paints himself as ever the victim instead of doing what needs to be done to get better, and now he is just playing the KHL's PR game to say North American organizations conspired against me to ruin my career.