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#2550925 Lucic tasting some knuckles...

Posted by barabbas16 on 22 November 2014 - 08:48 AM

Douchic keeps moving himself further up my least favorite players list.

#2545484 10/29 GDT - Red Wings 4 @ Capitals 2

Posted by barabbas16 on 29 October 2014 - 09:48 PM

Apparently Nestrasil's role is to be the struggling, nearly invisible rookie. He does play that role quite well.


So far this year, Franzen has been good defensively, energetic, more physical. You are are going to bee alone in your opinion here, LeftWinger


I'll give Nestrasil the props I can give him....


He's not slow.


He's not small.


He doesn't make really stupid mistakes.


.. but it doesn't look, at this point, like he brings ANYTHING else to the table.  So, I guess I'd rather have him in than a slower/smaller guy that also does nothing or a guy that makes really stupid mistakes.  But, play him instead of a guy that has scored .77 points per game over the last 6+ seasons?  Hell no.  Franzen definitely disappears at times, but he reappears.  Nestrasil hasn't even really ever appeared for the first time, let alone reappeared from his current state of invisibility.

#2545471 10/29 GDT - Red Wings 4 @ Capitals 2

Posted by barabbas16 on 29 October 2014 - 09:34 PM

Jurco and Nesty have100X more energy than Franzen and actually have the other team turning around to watch them scrambling all over the ice.  Franzen one dimensional and ALL teams know his inconsistencies... I am not denying the fact that before his well expected injury, he was playing good. I did praise him by saying one game "Who is this Franzen guy and what did he do with my Francine..." but that doesn't mean that he is going to bring anything more to the table that he doesn't normally bring.  I guess I should have used the term IMO, he is replaceable. I happen to think that the chemistry that Jurco brings to this team with Tatar and Sheahan, is better than throwing Franzen in there to float around and put up 5 points in 4 games every couple of months...then get injured again.  The team is cruising along no worse now than what it was with him in the lineup, and its not like he is going to return and put up 40 goals this season, he is not a difference maker. That is the tell-tale right there.


Dastyuk was out of the lineup when Franzen was in it.  So, since the team was cruising along no worse then than what it is now with Datsyuk in the lineup... is Pavel not a difference maker either?  Or is that not actually the tell-tale right there?

#2544628 10/25 GDT - Red Wings 2 at Flyers 4

Posted by barabbas16 on 25 October 2014 - 09:45 PM

That game was lost because the Wings allowed the Flyers to stay in the game despite being dominated. 


This team has GOT to find a way to score more than two goals in a game on a consistent basis. 


Score more than two goals.  Score more than two goals. Score more than two goals. Score more than two goals.


Two goals is not enough to win hockey games.  Every other possible complaint about this team pales in comparison.  Eight games in - two goals scored or less in six.  75% of the time not scoring enough.

Also, how long is it going to take before something significantly different is implemented on the power play?


Chances are any change can't cause them to score fewer power play goals.

#2543430 Franzen to 7-day IR

Posted by barabbas16 on 22 October 2014 - 03:49 PM

People seem to think that by adding talent to the top, everyone just bumps down the depth chart and their role changes.


Nope. This isn't a video game.  Glendening, Andersson and Miller are doing a great job in their checking/shutdown role through the first few games.  


So much so that they've earned more playing time.  They've had some of the toughest matchups and have shut down the opposition from scoring. 


Limiting goals is just as important as scoring them.  Look to the top-9 guys if you have issues with the amount of goals being scored.




There is a problem with scoring, but I don't believe that the solution to that problem is to fix a line that isn't broken.  The "3rd line" (Helm/Nestrasil/) is essentially worthless and the kid line needs to be broken up because it is not producing any offense.  But, the "4th line" (Glendening/Miller/Andersson) is doing what it is supposed to do.  I was not sold on Glendening or Andersson at the beginning of the season, but that line works and it eats up minutes against top lines.  Those are hard defensive minutes that the top lines don't have to play, and should allow them to produce more offense.


And, it's a small sample size (but it's all we have to go on for these lines), but I'm pretty sure the Glendening line has produced about as many goal as either of the 2nd or 3rd lines thus far this season.


Break up the kid line and/or the worthless 3rd line.  Leave the 4th line alone.

#2543262 10/21 GDT - Red Wings 1 at Canadiens 2 (OT)

Posted by barabbas16 on 21 October 2014 - 09:18 PM

Can't win em all boys. Teams played great. Howard played great. Still unbeaten in regulation. Let's regroup for the next bout.


Are you pretending the Anaheim game didn't happen?  Or that the officials actually called that penalty on Getzlaf at the end?

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#2541396 10/15 GDT : Bruins 3 at Red Wings 2 (SO)

Posted by barabbas16 on 15 October 2014 - 09:59 PM


With this lineup, I didn't.  We did get 3 of 4 points.  But they need to improve in shootouts.  


It starts with Howard.  He can't let beach balls get past him each time there's a breakaway.  And yeah, he played a good game, but still, he needs to be better in shootouts.  Whether you like them or not, they're a part of the NHL, and for bubble teams like the Wings, they're immensely important.  


This one actually started with Nestrasil looking like a 6 year old boy trying to score on his dad.

#2540693 Monthly schedule wallpapers?

Posted by barabbas16 on 14 October 2014 - 06:08 PM

I always have Matt's Wings calendar on my desktop.  It's as much for my wife as for me because that is the main way she knows what nights not to make plans on.... as I often forget to tell her the Wings are playing.

#2540307 10/11/14 GDT: Game 2 | Ducks 3 @ Red Wings 2

Posted by barabbas16 on 12 October 2014 - 11:33 AM

While watching the game last night I was upset with the non-call on Getzlaf.


However watching it today with a clear mind and from a few different angles it was the right (non)call.


He went down on his own.  The stick barely touched him.  It's the NHL.  Be strong on your skates...


I agree with most of that.  However, the thing that I look for in officiating above all else is consistency.  Stick parallel to the ice making contact with the hands is a penalty the way today's NHL is called.  It is called a penalty when it happens the vast majority of the time.  It was not called this time.  Lack of consistency with that (non) call = poor officiating.


I'd be fine with the non-call if that means they are going to stop calling that a hook across the board..... who thinks that is going to happen?..... I don't see any hands....

#2536575 Training Camp Thread

Posted by barabbas16 on 19 September 2014 - 09:34 AM

It's a good thing Khan put that "T." In front of "Bertuzzi"....otherwise people might have thought he was talking about Todd instead of Tyler.

#2533660 Confused on the direction of this team going forward

Posted by barabbas16 on 03 August 2014 - 10:16 PM

They were yes. They were what Crosby and malkin are now(talent not the whining).


I'm not sure how whether or not they were is relevant to the conversation.  The post you challenged the usage of the word 'elite' in was specifically talking about the team currently and its players over the age of 31.  Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Kronwall were mentioned as being 'elite,' and you took issue with that word being used with Kronwall (but took no issue on it when it came to Datsyuk and Zetterberg).


Am I to take your response of 'they were' to mean that they are not now, in your opinion, elite?  If so, why did you question/challenge the use of the word 'elite' in association with Kronwall, but not Datsyuk or Zetterberg..... since you do not believe they are elite, currently?

#2533658 Confused on the direction of this team going forward

Posted by barabbas16 on 03 August 2014 - 09:54 PM

To me elite is like top 2 or 3 at that position. Like goalies. Elite we had guys like Brodeur Roy and hasek now it's henrik and quick.

So to me kronwall is very good but not elite.


You didn't argue against Zetterberg and Dastyuk being elite, though... just Kronwall.  So, does that mean that you believe that they are the top 2 or 3 at that position?

#2527709 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by barabbas16 on 01 July 2014 - 11:21 AM


The point was, that just because we didn't get a guy doesn't mean that we COULDN'T get a guy.  I don't know what Ehrhoff was thinking.  But I know it's a little premature to say "he obviously wanted to go to Pittsburgh", which is speculative.  One day ago he "obviously" wanted 5 years and 5 million too.  Nothing is definite, least of all Christian Ehrhoff's "obvious" intentions. 


Sure, no one can prove anything and it is technically speculation.  But, it seems pretty obvious and certainly a lot more likely than what you were suggesting.

#2527688 2014 Offseason League Signings and Trades

Posted by barabbas16 on 01 July 2014 - 11:15 AM


And 3 years at 4.5 or 5 million couldn't have convinced him otherwise? 


Don't start making excuses yet.  My least favorite part about FA day is that in the end, when we're left holding a bag of s***, everyone tries to explain why it wouldn't have happened any other way. 


That team has had no more success the last five years than our team has had.  I'm not sure why you think so. 


No, I don't think it could have convinced him otherwise.  Why?  Because I think he could have gotten 3 years at 4.5 or 5 million from a large number of teams.  He clearly wanted to sign with Pittsburgh, in my opinion, so that's what he did.

#2516945 ECQF - Game 5 - Red Wings at Bruins - 3:00 PM EST

Posted by barabbas16 on 26 April 2014 - 04:29 PM

Well, this series has succeeded in at least one thing for me.  It has developed in me a new hatred for the Bruins, a team that I was previously somewhat indifferent towards.  Especially Lucic and Chara.  I would not mind at all if bad things happened to them endlessly.