I think one thing is apparent... The on-the-fly strategy of replacing older players (that've retired or whatever) with younger guys hasn't worked. We haven't had high level draft picks and the newer guys (for the most part) haven't stepped up to the level that we need them to for filling in the holes.
This has led to the state of mediocrity that we have now. I think it's been in a pretty steady decline since we were fighting these Pens for the Cup.
It works if those young guys turn into stars like Datts and Zetts and you make some smart trades. Neither has happened lately.
Ok so we're tied with Philly. I bet you right now that Detroit better do something because I bet Philly wants it more than we do.
Its not down to Philly and Detroit. Philly is playing some of the best hockey in the league right now and will get in. The spot will be either Detroit, Boston, or the Islanders. Better to watch those teams results than Philly.
Blash needs to juggle lines when it is going bad. I still cannot stand the fact that AA is on the 4th line. AA - Dats - Mantha would be the best line on the team.
Blash has switched the lines up all the time this year. How people forget it was just last week he switched them up midgame against FLA and it resulted in a comeback win. Last night his combos got them a 4-0 lead. Why panic? Let your players play through it. Throughout the season he has been criticized on this board for not changing things up enough and then changing things up to much that players cant get good cohesion. You cant have both.
I certainly have no answer, but it does appear Babs has earned that contract with the Leafs.
If by earn you mean be the worst team in the league then yes I guess so. Babs will never see the end of that contract. He will be fired come year 4 and it will take more than t hat for the Leafs to be respectable.
I agree that's there is a mentality issue with the Wings. They still believe everything will be ok if they are just overly professional and methodic. The problem is they don't have the skill for that mentality anymore. They need someone with fire in their belly to lay in to the team.
Is this a coaching problem? The players have not been ready to play the last few games. From what I see, the defence, especially DD, is horrid. This is a passionless group of players. Tatar and Nyquist have been the greatest disappointments this year and can be specifically pinpointed to the Wings downfall.
Detroit not starting on time has been an issue for years now. It's not the coach it's the players
Just found out the final score ... I'm beyond words how effed this is, lost to the Leafs 1-0 ??!! When we miss the playoffs by 2 pts, we can all come back to this game. Feel like slapping all the forwards in the head ... can't even score 1 on Bernier!
This game, or the Columbus game, or the countless other games this year they have dropped points to lesser teams. They really need to stop playing down to their opponents.
Nice of the NHL and the city of Denver to put on such a spread and forum for all things Red Wings this weekend. See, the Avs need the Red Wings to be their playdate for something like this or they wouldn't even have an outdoor game there. Against whom? Calgary? Minnesota? New Jersey? The Wings could easily host 6 or 7 teams and have it be a huge success.
Also, if I am elected president the wall around Denver just got ten feet higher and Mike Keane is paying for it!!