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#2237029 Is Minnesota for real?

Posted by chrisdetroit on 18 December 2011 - 11:11 AM

No. I say that without any hesitation because they are currently #26 in the league in GFA. A team that doesn't score isn't going to go very far. They also have played more games than the Wings and have more shootout and loser points. Despite playing 2 games more than the Wings, their ROW is 3 less than the Wings. That's a 5 game swing in ROW out of only 30 or so games played.

Sure they are great defensively but they are 29th worst in the league in Shots against/game.

So they are poor in offense and give up tons of shots. They are depending totally on goaltending and have gotten 4 "extra" points for shootout wins plus they have played more games.

You have to look beyond the headlines especially in a league that gives points for losing as well as extra points for a skills competition if the game is tied.

As far as Danny Heatley, he has 22 points in 33 games. That's not exactly great.

Minnesota has historically been good defensively and most of that has been with great goaltending tandems. This year they have a few more offensive weapons available and it shows with their record.

Both of those things combined with consistent play at home and on the road will lead to points. The main test will come after the AS game and trade deadline during the final stretch to the playoffs when everyone has settled their lineups. If they can continue with their consistency then they can make the playoffs. After that, like every other team, it will be up to goaltending and depth in the lineup.

Uh. Sorry but No. They are near the bottom of the league in scoring.

#2234860 12/10 GDT : Jets 1 at Red Wings 7

Posted by chrisdetroit on 11 December 2011 - 11:47 AM

How can an absolute dominant performance only get 10 pages?! :confused:

The haters lay low when we win. They will be back after the next loss claiming that we are to old, to soft, to European... They will be praising the big bad Sharks and wanting to trade Hudler, Big E. and Flip straight up for Shea Weber or Drew Daughtery.

#2234534 ROW Regulation/OT Wins

Posted by chrisdetroit on 09 December 2011 - 04:20 PM

Forget the silly loser points and shootout points. Take the regulation and OT wins and divide it by the number of games play to get the REAL win %

Philadelphia 27 17 0.630
NY Rangers 25 14 0.560
Florida 28 15 0.536
Boston 27 14 0.519
Washington 27 13 0.481
Pittsburgh 29 13 0.448
Buffalo 27 12 0.444
Toronto 28 12 0.429
Winnipeg 27 11 0.407
Tampa Bay 28 10 0.357
NY Islanders 26 9 0.346
Ottawa 29 10 0.345
Montreal 29 10 0.345
Carolina 30 9 0.300
New Jersey 27 8 0.296

Detroit 27 16 0.593
St. Louis 28 16 0.571
Vancouver 28 16 0.571
Minnesota 29 15 0.517
Chicago 29 14 0.483
Dallas 27 13 0.481
San Jose 25 12 0.480
Nashville 28 13 0.464
Calgary 28 13 0.464
Phoenix 28 13 0.464
Edmonton 28 12 0.429
Los Angeles 28 12 0.429
Colorado 29 9 0.310
Anaheim 28 7 0.250
Columbus 28 6 0.214

The interesting part is that there are only 4 teams in each conference over .500

#2233853 12/6 GDT : Red Wings 2 at Blues 3

Posted by chrisdetroit on 07 December 2011 - 09:21 AM

Let's recap. The Wings wing their first 5 then go 0-5-1 and LGW melts down. So what do they do next. They go 11-2. Yes, eleven wins, two losses. They follow that with 2 close losses to Colorado and St. Louis, both on the road.

They are in the top 5 in the league in GFA, GAA, Shots, Shots Against, points, and win percentage. Jimmy is near the top of the league in wins, GAA, and save %.

But still, the two losses result in a meltdown on LGW....

Dump Z and bring up Nyquist.


#2233046 Realignment decided - 4 Conferences

Posted by chrisdetroit on 05 December 2011 - 09:56 PM

It's not as good as just moving the Wings to the East but it is MUCH better than what we have now. Only 1 trip to Western Canada and 1 to the California. And in the playoffs we play the first 2 rounds in our time zone or the Central time zone. No flights to California in the first two rounds.

We also see Montreal, Toronto and Boston for a home and home every year. I would prefer to play them more but as I said, it's a big improvement over what we have now.

#2207683 Wings have designated certain games "premium."

Posted by chrisdetroit on 14 September 2011 - 09:02 PM

I dont understand their logic on why these games are premium. Some of the teams there are good, but a lot suck. I could understand original 6 teams or serious contenders being on there, but ottawa, st. Louis, calgary, and carolina all missed the playoffs last year.

Ottawa Oct. 7 Opening night
Calgary Nov. 23 Thanksgiving eve
Winnipeg Dec. 10 First visit by Winnipeg ever and Sat night
St. Louis Dec. 31st (this one I get)
Chicago Jan. 14 Sat afternoon and Chicago
Philly Feb. 12 Sunday afternoon and Philly
San Jose Feb. 19 Sun afternoon and San Jose
Vancouver Feb. 23 Vancouver
Chicago March 4 Sun afternoon and Chicago
Carolina March 24 This one is questionable

These are the most popular games.

Carolina March 24 what's that all about? Last reg season home game maybe?

No. Not even close. No idea why this one is "premium". Last home Saturday night?

#2207075 Crosby's 2012 Season now in Question

Posted by chrisdetroit on 10 September 2011 - 08:40 AM

I strongly disagree. He's the star of the moment for the NHL marketing team. His position has been filled by many before and unfortunately many more after.

So many other players in the NHL deserving of even half the publicity this guy gets.

Exactly. The sport doesn't "need" Crosby and the sport isn't "better" when he's playing. This is the crux of the problem. Crosby is 1 player. Certainly one of the more talented players, but the league is over-marketing him to the extreme. They need to market some of their other stars like Ovechkin, Datsyuk, the Sedins, etc. But that is never going to happen because they are not Canadian.

#2206099 Byfuglien Arrested for Drunken Boating

Posted by chrisdetroit on 03 September 2011 - 01:21 PM

Are you serious?
We've finally gotten to the point where it is socially acceptable to be of any race, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation, or gender. We have gotten rid of the stigma associated with mental illness, addiction, and disability, and now we have to deal with someone who thinks it's not ok to be fat?

We still have work to do.

Poor Buf. First the poster child for black players, now the poster child for fat players.

It is NOT ok to be fat. It is unhealthy. It has nothing to do with bias. If you are fat you are not healthy and in 99% of the cases it is preventable.

None of the things you mentioned above are preventable. Your comparison is not valid. This is exactly the problem. Society wants to compare being fat with a disability. Granted that there are a small % of people that because of medical reasons are pre-destined to be fat but they are in a small minority. Most of the people just don't eat right and exercise enough and that should be discouraged.

#2206087 Byfuglien Arrested for Drunken Boating

Posted by chrisdetroit on 03 September 2011 - 10:32 AM

In case you haven't been paying attention...It is now socially acceptable to be fat. THAT is the real problem.

#2204721 Crosby's 2012 Season now in Question

Posted by chrisdetroit on 21 August 2011 - 04:34 PM

Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy... :)


In all seriousness, Crosby should never have played the next game vs Tampa if he had symptoms stemming from the Steckel hit on New Year's Day. Hedman hits him from behind, down again and this time for good.

And what's absolutely crazy about all this, remember: The Pens' new rink at the Consol Energy Center was DESIGNED AND BUILT to have a capacity of 18,087. Wouldn't that suck if 87 never played another game at the rink with his number in the seating?

Wait a minute. Are you serious? They purposely designed the rink to have a capacity to end in an individual players' number? If that is true that is just stupid. It sends the message that 1 player is more important than the others?

Ok. So I looked it up and you are correct. This is just stupid. But then again, it is the Pittsburgh Penguins...

#2204625 Bold predictions for the year!

Posted by chrisdetroit on 20 August 2011 - 05:00 PM

Hudler was tied for 159th in forward scoring, but 233rd in ice time. Defensively, e was equal to or better than most forwards finishing with similar scoring numbers. There are 30 teams, and three forwards per line. Teams generally dress two as scoring lines. So finishing in the top 180 (30 x 6) means the player is a "top-six" forward in the league, 159th being a second line forward. But Hudler's rank of 233rd in ice time would place him as having been a third-line forward. So offensively, he produced above what his ice time suggested he should have. If he had ranked in the same range of scoring as his ice time, he would have scored about 25 points.

It's not the year he had in 2008-09, but it's not the terrible performance that LGW haters make it out to be.

That is some twisted logic. Your logic would only make sense if all teams were relatively equal. Hudler may be a top six forward on Edmonton but not even close on the Wings. I'll give him that he is a top six forward on a crappy team but you can't average all 30 teams together and draw a conclusion like you did.

Secondly you are only looking at his offensive performance which is only half the game. He finished with a +/- of -7 which ranks him 479th among forwards and dead last on the Wings. There are 587 forwards that played last year in the league 479/587 = 0.81 which means that he is in the bottom 19%.

Lack of scoring was not his biggest issue. It was lack of defensive play.

I'm not a Hudler hater and I expect him to have a much better season this year, but let's not sugar coat it.

#2204070 Crosby's 2012 Season now in Question

Posted by chrisdetroit on 16 August 2011 - 05:34 PM

Top 10 finishes:

1, 2, 3, 6 - Crosby
2, 3, 5, 7 - Bure
1, 6, 7 - Lindros

And unlike Bure and Lindros, Crosby won a Cup, as the youngest captain to do so ever.
He is a shoe-in.

Maltby won Cups. So what. And what the hell does his age have to do with it.

1 Cup and he's in. Are you kidding?

He's played what 3 years and people are talking about the HOF. Get a grip.

#2203567 Bold predictions for the year!

Posted by chrisdetroit on 13 August 2011 - 08:10 AM

1. Darren Helm scores at least 20 Goals.
2. Jiri Hudler is sent to Grand Rapids.
3. Kronwall becomes the new Raffy.
4. Jimmy Howard gets nominated for the Jennings trophy.
5. Ken Holland will trade for a top-4 D-Man at the deadline.
6. Commodore becomes the new semi-Darren McCarty.
7. Dareen McCarty comes back to the Organization somehow.
8. Abby will have 30-35 points.
9. Tatar and Smith come up somewhere during the season.
10. Ty Conklin will start around 20-25 games as Howard's back up.

The Jennings trophy is given to the goalie whose team has the fewest goals against. It is not something that is voted on. I think that you mean the Vezina.

#2202799 San Jose Sharks

Posted by chrisdetroit on 07 August 2011 - 04:51 PM

i hate to make this a discussion about enforcers and toughness, but here it goes. i feel like the style we play is all skill. even our front of the net play is based on skill and not size or toughness. other teams kno that they simply cant beat us playing a skills game, so what do they do? they go out and hit, and hit, and hit, and try to out muscle us everywhere. other teams see the winged wheel on our jersey as a giant red bullseye, everyone wants to beat us. this is gonna result in injuries for us.

thats why i think commodore was a good signing, bertuzzi was a good signing, and guys like abby need to play larger roles here in the future. intimidation and physical play is an important part of the game, especially in the playoffs. im not gonna argue that we need an enforcer, thou i wont argue against it either. we need to be able to play our skill style, but still make teams think twice about landing that big one on dats or z. frankly i miss the grind line

If that were true, how did we win the Cup in '08 and come within one goal of winning it in '09? There is no substance to your argument. San Jose didn't beat us because they out hit us. If fact, we outhit them in several of the games.

#2202500 San Jose Sharks

Posted by chrisdetroit on 05 August 2011 - 11:40 AM

There are MANY factors that determine who wins the Cup each year. Only one of those factors is who looks best on paper. How many people predicted Boston would win this year? It's really more about who has a chance to win the Cup. In order to actually win, they have to have luck, intangibles, etc. So really, it comes down to who has a chance. IMO it's:

San Jose
Los Angeles

Years ago, you could predict who would win but now not so much. Just last year, we saw 2 different teams come from a 0-3 hole to force a game 7. This is almost unheard of. The year before, we saw a team come from an 0-3 hole and win in game seven for the first time in 35 years.

Last year Boston came back in the finals from being down 0-2 and then 2-3 to win the Cup as the visiting team. Pittsburgh did the same thing in 2009.

AND Boston won the Cup by winning 3 series in game 7. This never happened before.

Forget about predicting who will win the Cup. You will be wrong.