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#2419394 Bylsma and McLellan Extended

Posted by RedLightGoesOn on 12 June 2013 - 12:52 PM

The Sharks somehow end up as a train wreck one way or another in the playoffs. The diving, the invisibility of star players, etc. The Sharks have a few good players, but that's about it. Jumbo Joe and Marleau are definitely on the decline. The Sharks are the team that can't win a Cup but will make sure the opponent that beats them goes on to lose the next round. Congrats, you are good enough to take a toll on a team but aren't good enough to win. Everything else about that organization is going to have to change if they really want to win a Cup. McLellan is definitely not helping things change around there, especially when he had to tell the refs to stop calling his players out for diving. Maybe he cannot make the changes he wants to yet because of current players or politics. You figure he would try emulate Babs after working in Detroit.

 

Bylsma being extended is shocking. You figure he would have been the fall guy for all the playoff blunders that have plagued the Penguins since 2009. You might say who is going to replace Bylsma, but the truth is it looks like anyone could do that. Maybe Bylsma is on a short leash as the head coach. There is definitely a strong sense of arrogance that the Penguins have had, and I think that is a terrible attitude to take into a playoffs series. During the Islanders series he let his team run loose and play like crap. If Nabokov were a better goaltender the Pens would have been beat by the Islanders. His players decided that they were going to play when they wanted to. The success against the Senators is nothing new, and I thoroughly expected Pens to beat the Senators in the fashion that they did. It is clear to me that Bylsma is struggling to coach that team, given by the performance of his team and his inability to make adjustments.




#2418270 WCF : (5) Los Angeles Kings vs. (1) Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by RedLightGoesOn on 06 June 2013 - 10:40 PM

The Hawks just beat LA in LA for the first time in the playoffs... without Keith. They are looking pretty solid. Now how about the role reversal where Chicago loses 3 straight?




#2418221 ECF - (4) Boston Bruins vs. (1) Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by RedLightGoesOn on 06 June 2013 - 04:57 PM

The Penguins are going to lose this series because the first 2 games they decided to be full of themselves.... I feel like the Pens have/had a lot of arrogance going into this series and let it get to their head. That's probably the best explanation of why they blew the first two games in such an awful fashion. They were busy trying to plaster guys into the 3rd row with hits, complaining to the refs at every chance possible, frustrated that they couldn't effortlessly play their game... Also Boston happens to be a very good team which is something the Penguins completely ignored or didn't respect.

 

For all the Pens fans that ***** about the so called Jagr "hook" that led to the GWG, they should take these factors into account:

 

1. Whining about everything that Boston does to you while doing basically the same stuff to them probably pisses off the refs. Can Crosby go in between two whistles without talking to them? The refs are going to let things play out, and I am sure there are calls they know they could make but won't because it isn't as black and white. Crying about it doesn't endear the anyone to the refs. This goes for any team.

 

2. You are in double OT, in the conference finals.... guys are dead tired, worn out, injured, etc. You go to a scrum against the boards to get the puck and you see something that might be a hook, but then realize this is double OT playoff hockey in June. Malkin got away with a hook as well and did the "chicken wing" with his arm to tie up Jagr's stick. It wasn't a clear cut hook, so the refs decided to let them play.

 

3. There were several noncalls that happened in both OT periods, but being the nature of the situation the refs want them to play.

 

4. Malkin is bad at hanging on to the puck. I remember a few games ago NBC did a short clip of footage that showed Malkin's lapses in his ability to hang on to the puck. Jagr might be 40 and a shell of his former self, but you wouldn't know that based on his OT play. He was so hungry out there and you could really see his talent show. Malkin was probably exhausted and definitely mentally frustrated.




#2417956 Puck Over Glass

Posted by RedLightGoesOn on 05 June 2013 - 06:26 PM

 

 

Yes, any discretionary rule has the potential for bad calls, but virtually ALL other penalties are already discretionary.

There have been bad calls for delay of game when the puck was deflected out of play....

 

It is funny to listen to Pierre say that no player is trying to shoot the puck out of play in their defensive zone when it happens, that's because it is a penalty and Pierre is an idiot. If it isn't a penalty you would see that stuff happen left and right. If it becomes a discretionary penalty then it tips it way out of balance of when it should be fairly called and when it should not. The simplest way to avoid such a fiasco is to keep it as a delay of game penalty and suffer the occasional bad call than suffering the alternative.




#2417476 ECF - (4) Boston Bruins vs. (1) Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by RedLightGoesOn on 03 June 2013 - 09:06 PM

Bruins are decimating the Pens, someone should call FEMA. Yet NBC seems to keep talking up the Pens, despite looking like a group of high schoolers against a bunch of men.




#2417354 Franzen Buyout?

Posted by RedLightGoesOn on 03 June 2013 - 01:12 PM

Franzen's point production is only helped by the fact that he can have multi goal/point games in streaks. Sure. He does his job just frequently enough to maintain decent averages but when you look beyond the numbers he is useless. His playoff production is a joke, and that's what also matters. In general Franzen just sits around and shoots the puck, this might have worked for Brett Hull in his later years (especially in Detroit) but things are way different and we can't sign superstars to all 4 lines anymore.

 

Franzen's average point production is good, and we would be hard pressed to find that kind of production for an affordable price. Finding a replacement is hard, and it just disgusts me that we are stuck with him on the top 6.

 

Has anyone considered what Franzen's numbers would be elsewhere? What about someone else who is below Franzen's PPG average, could they out produce Franzen on this team? I would rather take someone who skates, checks, etc, -- plays with more effort because chances are they will produce more consistently and less streaky

 

What good is a player who the team depends upon as a top 6, who helps you get into the playoffs and then becomes invisible? It is sort of a Catch 22 marred by his contract length and price.




#2416982 ECF - (4) Boston Bruins vs. (1) Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by RedLightGoesOn on 02 June 2013 - 12:58 AM

So the question(s) for Game 2 are:

 

1. Can the Bruins shut down Pittsburgh's offense again?

2. Will the Pens defense improve?

 

I personally think if the Pens can't get their offense going it is going to continue to pressure their defense to play better. If Boston plays hard I am certain the Pens defense will have its lapses and you will see Bruins generate great scoring chances.

 

Also, I like that the Bruins played physical but didn't make it their priority to hit everyone as much as possible. They played a smart game by focusing on stick work than just trying to blast guys into the 3rd row. They didn't seem to really flinch when Pittsburgh got very physical/gooned it up, so good on them for keeping their composure.




#2416263 Franzen Buyout?

Posted by RedLightGoesOn on 30 May 2013 - 03:50 PM

Franzen is going down hill and is useless the majority of the time. He skates lazily, makes mistakes, doesn't put much effort in, etc. I don't think someone who has proven to be largely ineffective and unmotivated worth any cap hit. What is worse is he doesn't seem to care and is way to comfortable making a fair chunk of change while playing like crap and being outpeformed by Cleary in the CHI series. This guy is a nonfactor for us.

 

If we aren't prepared to motivate him by benching him or scratching him, I say we look to unload him in the near future via trade and get some value out of him before it is too late.




#2415797 WCSF Game 7 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Blackhawks 2 OT (CHI wins series, 4-3)

Posted by RedLightGoesOn on 29 May 2013 - 10:40 PM

Wasn't Cleary the leader in points this series?

What's sad about this statement is how shocked we are about this. If he played better everyone would have been chanting Cleary's name. He was GOD AWFUL and would always find a way to choke on HUGE moments. He could have easily tipped this series in our favor if he capitalized on the truck tons of chances and not make as many terrible mistakes/plays with/without the puck. The fact that he is point leader shows us how bad our offense is/was.




#2415657 WCSF Game 7 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Blackhawks 2 OT (CHI wins series, 4-3)

Posted by RedLightGoesOn on 29 May 2013 - 10:13 PM

Can't believe we really sucked that much and lost. I hate it. This teams needs some adjustments, but we played very very well and surpassed all expectations. The future is bright.




#2414185 WCSF Game 7 GDT: Red Wings 1 at Blackhawks 2 OT (CHI wins series, 4-3)

Posted by RedLightGoesOn on 28 May 2013 - 11:21 PM

Not too many people think we can win. I admit, I am scared too. That said, let's show them what it means to face the Detroit Red Wings in the playoffs. Come out with everything and bury them.




#2411035 ECSF : (7) Ottawa Senators vs (1) Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by RedLightGoesOn on 24 May 2013 - 09:27 PM

Pens look good because they haven't been tested and faced a worthy opponent yet. The Bruins-Pens ECF would leave me thinking it would be a slobber-knocker of a series.




#2409541 WCSF Game 4 GDT- Blackhawks 0 @ Red Wings 2 - (DET leads series 3-1)

Posted by RedLightGoesOn on 23 May 2013 - 11:24 AM

Gonna be at the game tonight. Let'sf****** open a can-o-whoopass on the Hawks.




#2409182 Another reason why Red Wings fans are awesome.

Posted by RedLightGoesOn on 22 May 2013 - 10:41 AM

Found this linked on Facebook. These guys deserve major props.

 

http://www.wingingit...is-where-its-at

 




#2409003 Babcock tells players they are soft. Pushes them to play better.

Posted by RedLightGoesOn on 21 May 2013 - 03:48 PM

If we win this series against the Hawks, it will be because Babs outcoached Quenneville. Babs has pushed our guys to be able to answer the Hawks and beat them twice, and if he keeps it up I think we can topple the Hawks and win this series. It is scary to see how everyone has responded, and also how Zetterberg has stepped up to lead this team. This playoff run has far exceeded my expectations, but Babs is a prime reason for it. And to think he was passed up for the Jack Adams award... tsk tsk.