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#1913228 Filppula to be paired with Zetterberg

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 10 March 2010 - 03:15 PM

If this idea is going to work at all then Filppula must be aggressive in his own right. He can't defer to Zetterberg and wait for him to make plays just because he's Z and he "has dibs on every puck". Don't get me wrong, Fil should definitely play with some respect for Z, but he's also there to do a job. If Z is getting beat all over the ice then Fil has to use his speed and so forth to more or less take over.

And most importantly-- Z needs to take at least 6 shots a game. When he's shooting and generating chances he gets better and better. Z needs to take every shot he gets instead of thinking too much with the puck.

#1913222 No suspension for Cooke

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 10 March 2010 - 03:11 PM

And Campbell continues to send mixed messages to the league and fans. Headshots are bad (sometimes). Repeat offenders will be punished (sometimes).

#1913219 Filppula to be paired with Zetterberg

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 10 March 2010 - 03:08 PM

if we win with lebda in can we stop the ericcson experiment for the rest of the year? he was running around his own zone like a moron last night

Was he? Because unlike Rafalski, Lidstrom, Stuart and Kronwall he didn't have a minus... so he couldn't have been as damaging as you say.

I don't believe Ericsson was on the ice when those goals happened.

You're right. The Lilja-Ericsson pairing wasn't on the ice for any of the 4 goals against.

#1912955 Samuelsson highest scoring swede as of today

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 10 March 2010 - 04:04 AM

Well, regularly doesn't usually mean the last week or so, but hey......details, details ;).


#1912940 Samuelsson highest scoring swede as of today

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 10 March 2010 - 03:30 AM

I did a little stat. digging and found that just about every assist from a Sedin on a Sammy goal was in March. Like you said, there was a time when Sedin number 1 was injured and Sammy was playing with Sedin number 2 but I only saw a few goals he assisted on during that time, so it didn't make too big a difference. The truth is, the absolute majority of his goals were not assisted by the Sedins. That being said, since they've been obviously clicking together as a line since March, don't expect to see the line split up any time soon but do expect to see a lot more Sammy goals.

So we're both right :) That's my favourite resolution to internet disagreements.

#1912930 Samuelsson highest scoring swede as of today

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 10 March 2010 - 03:11 AM


He does not play with the Sedin's consistantly, tonight was the first night they had been toghether as a whole line.

I was one of the few posters who always stuck up for Sammy, and am glad to see him doing good.

People are also incorrect with their statements of him never giving us this type of production, as before tonight's game he would be on pace for 53 points, 1 more than he would have had prorated for 82 games his first season with us and the exact same his second. Given his increase in TOI, it isn't anything remarkable or unexpected... at least to me.

EDIT: If you gave Hudler Sammuelsson's minutes he would be on pace for 70+ points, and that is not even taking into account the superior linemate effect (Kesler+Mason>Sammy+Flip)

Not wrong at all. He regularly plays with the Sedins.

it's cognitive dissonance. Posters like Crymson try to find excuses on why something isn't going the Wings' way to make themselves feel better and to make the wings look always in the right.. They make up circumstances that would seemingly be beyond the Wings organization control(ie playing with the Sedin twins) as a scapegoat. What's even sadder is they usually don't even come out and admit when they're wrong. Whatever, truth is, he simply turned out to be a damn clutch player and the wings sure as hell are not the same without him. I will be the first to admit that I grossly underestimated his importance.

God forbid you preface something like goals scored by mentioning that he's playing alongside the second highest point getter in the league this season. I mean that's just absurd.

No one is saying Sammy is s***. But saying his play hasn't been inflated at all by the Sedins is just as absurd.

#1912865 Samuelsson highest scoring swede as of today

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 09 March 2010 - 11:56 PM

27 goals this man has, not even selected for the olympics.. Did he perhaps had 19-20goals at most with the wings?...now you realise how solid he was for the wings, F*ck...

I'd take them 27goals and lots of A's to go with it and more to come for 2.5M per year.

He's playing with the Sedin twins. If he was playing with Datsyuk in Zetterberg all year in the 07-08 or 08-09 seasons he could've put at least that much up.

Do you really think he's a better scorer than Hank? Don't be retarded. If you put Hank with the Sedins this year he'd have s***-tons of goals too.

internet talk is beyond lame.
roles aren't forced? mule was a 3rd line checker untill they realized how bad of an idea that was.

How'd they figure that out? Did they put him on the 1st line for a full year and force it out of him? No. He had a couple of games on the 2nd line to make an impression and immediately did. That speaks more to the power of confidence than anything else.

#1912681 where is our 2nd line?

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 09 March 2010 - 09:55 PM

Zetterberg needs to score some damn goals. He doesn't get paid to make plays. Zetterberg's #1 job is to finish plays.

When #40 is on pace for a 20 goal season it's clear that the Wings are boned.

#1912608 Bertuzzi, Datsyuk, Ericsson to play tomorrow

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 09 March 2010 - 09:37 PM

Ericsson and Lilja looked fine out there tonight. Neither one of them got caught with their pants down, both cleared the zone quickly and tried to make the safe plays. I saw one rough give away from E but he recovered well and I can't fault a rookie for making a give away or two a game when they don't result in goals. Obviously I dont' want to see give aways but let's take this s*** in small steps.

So overall I'd say the Lilja-Ericsson pairing was good tonight (especially since they were the only d-men without a minus tonight).

#1911718 Bertuzzi, Datsyuk, Ericsson to play tomorrow

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 08 March 2010 - 11:45 PM

Lilja-E might be just what Ericsson needs. Lebda tries to play too much of an offensive role, and it seems that is messing with E's ability to play strong D. Considering Lilja is a more pure blueline defenseman, he might be able to stabilize Ericsson.

A Lilja-E pairing will let Ericsson play his game. It's time to stop asking him to be a shut-down defensive defenseman. He's always been an offensive d-man who moves the puck up the ice well and likes to pinch in. Pairing him with a defensive liability who's constantly out of position (Lebda) was a recipe for disaster, especially with how E's struggled in his rookie season.

#1911625 Bertuzzi, Datsyuk, Ericsson to play tomorrow

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 08 March 2010 - 07:25 PM

Good news on Bert, but why Ericsson back for Lebda? He's been good.

Good God, I can't believe I just said that.

Lebda overplayed a puck last night and it directly lead to a goal in the first period. He wasn't great. He was good the game before that, though.

But on the other hand, Ericsson had a good game against the Canucks. He was a +1 on a night when Lids was a -3, so he definitely doesn't deserve to be s*** on for that game.

Ericsson is a big piece of this club's future on the back end. Anyone who thinks Kindl is a defensive upgrade over Ericsson is insane. Kindl's struggled to be an even +/- player in the AHL. Griffins fans constantly bemoan Kindl's turnovers and bad decisions with the puck. He was last in the entire AHL in +/- two years ago and has yet to be a + player as a pro. Compare that to Ericsson who was dominant in the AHL. There's zero reason to think Kindl won't struggle much worse than Ericsson has next year. I know Kindl looked good in his 2 game call up but Ericsson looked brilliant in the ~25 regular season and 25 playoff games he played prior to this season only to struggle with consistency in his first full season. It's all part of the difference between trying to earn a roster spot and knowing you have the job. That being said I think Kindl has the tools to be a great NHL player... he just needs to put it all together. I won't count him out based on his AHL play-- Howard had the same problem and look at him now.

#1911369 Team you prefer to play

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 08 March 2010 - 10:51 AM

This is a really tough call... any of the big three we might meet (SJ, Chicago or Vancouver) is capable of knocking the Wings out, but all are inexperienced at winning in the playoffs. I don't want to pick my poison but SJ is as likely to fail as anyone else (based on their previous play).

#1911343 Note regarding the March Schedule Wallpaper

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 08 March 2010 - 09:05 AM

hey guys, i can write a program that can automate the generation of the images. let me know. i would just need to know where you get the team logos.

Oooooo that would be cool! It'd make Matt's life easier too.

#1911265 Thoughts on Lilija's return

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 08 March 2010 - 01:40 AM

I thought he's been slow, I guess I should temper my opinion of last years Lils. But anything is better then how Ericsson was playing, Lebda actually hasn't been bad the last few games he did good day

Really? In the first period Lebda overplayed the puck and it directly lead to a goal.

#1911264 Thoughts on Lilija's return

Posted by Drake_Marcus on 08 March 2010 - 01:38 AM

I think he has been very, very good considering he's been away for such a long time. Most of the time you don't notice him out there, and that's a good thing. He keeps it simple and doesn't pinch in time and again like certain other players.

Ericsson should take a long hard look at the way Lilja plays.

No he shouldn't. Part of the problem is that he's been asked to be Lilja this year. Ericsson's not a stay at home defenseman. He's a mobile, puck moving d-man who plays the point on the PP. The Wings have asked him to play a role that's completely different from the one he played and thrived in at the AHL level. Earlier in the year he was scoring and at one point led the Wings' defense in points. He was confident and was able to play good defense for a rookie. Then s*** fell apart for him and he wasn't putting up points or playing passable defense.

Once the points start coming for Ericsson so will the defense. He needs to get back to playing his game and stop trying to be a player he isn't-- Lilja. E isn't going to throw tons of hits and shut guys down with his size alone. He needs to go back to playing the game that made him an all-star at the AHL level.