Pittsburgh's got the two best players in the world up front. As long as they're both healthy they can cope with most injuries. I wouldn't say they have as many quality players out of the lineup as we have either. But sure, it's impressive that they're not struggling at all with so many d-men out.
Tampa's not doing much better than us. They're 5-3-2 and we're 4-4-2. Once again, other than Stamkos and Hedman they're not missing as many valuable pieces as we are.
Boston? Eriksson and Iginla are good players but that's like us being without Franzen and Alfie, which we would easily survive. Other than that they're not terribly hit.
Columbus? I'm not really aware what injuries they have, but they're 13th in the conference so maybe in their case injuries offer a shakeup to improve their play? Anyway, again, they're not exactly dominating with their 5-4-1 record.
For s***zburgh, Malkin hasn't been playing much and has been dinged all year, yet they are probably the best team in the conference along with all of their d-men being hurt.
Tampa isn't doing better than the Wings, but when they were at full strength, they were playing better than the Wings did.
Boston has several role players out along with losing Horton to columbus and with Thornton being a moron, they're even shorter.
Columbu is missing its Vezina winner, Gaborik hasn't played in over a month, Horton hasn't played this season, Wisniewski hasn't played in a week and now Prout is out. Yet they've crept back into the playoff hunt.
Detroit isn't the only team with injuries. It's an excuse to complain about something everyone else has to deal with. The issue is Detroit's depth isn't very good or hasn't really played at the NHL level and is therefore inexperienced. That's entirely on the GM.
LOL thanks Pens....you're getting older, you have big time holes in the defense, you goalie is a headcase and a sieve and now you lock up Shrek long term but along with Crysby, you have something near 30% of your cap (which is going down) tied up in two players?
I hate the Pens as much as anyone else, but we have to be a little bit objective. I would be livid if this happened against the Wings and there wasn't a call. Even if there was a dive, it should clearly be coincidental minors.
I would be too, but I'd be very very upset if my team's captain was pulling the crap Crysby did during that game. Frustration or not, you'd absolutely NEVER see 95% of the captains throughout the NHL start acting like a petulant child.
It looks like a Stanley cup final between the hawks and penguins is all but inevitable. If this nightmare scenario comes to fruition who do you root for? I know that I'll be cheering for the kings and bruins, but I feel like neither team has a real chance. I know... That's why they play the game, but does anyone really think that either the bruins or kings are better than their respective opponents?
I'd do it - this team needs an attitude adjustment. They won't be getting rid of Kronner/Dats/Z for obvious reasons, so the next tier down is what needs to change. that next tier is Fil/Franzen/Sammy/Bert - basically all veterans who have either out-lived their usefulness due to age/injury or because they don't play with enough grit/passion/determination and they don't consistently bring the same effort every game.
Franzen just isn't the same player that he was when he signed that contract. when the effort is there he still is, but it took 40 games for it to show up in the regular season and then it disappeared again once the playoffs started. that is entirely unacceptable.