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#2596951 Abdelkader to return for Game 3

Posted by barabbas16 on 20 April 2015 - 09:53 PM

Abs in is a big boost for sure, if not on the scoreboard well then at least in the hitting department. Weiss sits is, well expected... What Detroit needs to do is win those 2-1 games not allowing any mental mistakes, and Andy is more defensively responsible then Weiss. We aren't going to outscore the opponent that lead the league in goals, so try winning a different way. From what Weiss is shown (granted he is playing with Andy) he wont produce much if anything, and at this point its a coin toss who would score first be it him or Andy (again if either).

Weiss with a new coach could actually be a good thing, a fresh start for Weiss that is. Babs with this whole not signing until the seasons over really makes me wonder, is he that set on staying in D-town? So much has been made of this delay for a decision, whether he goes elsewhere only puts pressure on him, and somewhat on this team (even though Babs says otherwise). If he really wanted to stay in Detroit why go through this roller coaster where the damn Maple Leafs are asking "what if". I don't know but I got a feeling Babs might be on his way out... 


What other way is there to win besides outscoring the opponent?

#2596608 Abdelkader to return for Game 3

Posted by barabbas16 on 19 April 2015 - 01:09 PM

I'd keep pav with zetty because zetty just doesn't look good enough to center his own line. Switch helm to center and have THREE good scoring lines and the solid 4th line.

Nyqyist-helm-ta tar
4th line.

I think these lines would make the team much better. Nyquist and tatar both looked a lot better creating chances together. Shehan hasn't got it done well enough so drop him to the 3rd line to make that line better and put helm in his place.


 I think Datsyuk and Zetterberg should get split up to try and get things going more offensively all around.  Detroit needs more than one scoring line, and the 'kid' line isn't one right now.  Nyquist and Tatar on a line isn't working.


Tatar - Datsyuk - Helm

Abdelkader - Zetterberg - Nyquist

Jurco - Sheahan - Weiss

Miller - Glendening - Ferraro


Edit: Also, I wouldn't cry if Weiss sat... even if it is for Cleary.  I honestly think Cleary could have been more effective than Weiss has been thus far.  I might also be in favor of Smith coming back in as a change of pace on the back end as well...

#2596254 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Tampa Bay Lightning 5

Posted by barabbas16 on 18 April 2015 - 04:17 PM

Stamkos looks incredulous every time anything doesn't go his way... like that isn't even possible.

#2596045 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Tampa Bay Lightning 5

Posted by barabbas16 on 18 April 2015 - 03:32 PM

That hit on Ferraro after the offensive chance sure looked like interference.

#2595886 ECQF Game 2 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Tampa Bay Lightning 5

Posted by barabbas16 on 18 April 2015 - 02:53 PM

Was there ever an explanation for Detroit getting the extra minor out of the scrum? Was it just the refs giving a special warning not to touch Stamkos? Cuz what Quincey and Stamkos did looked pretty equal to me.

#2595022 Post-GDT ECQF Game 1: Red Wings 3, Lightning 2 (DET leads, 1-0)

Posted by barabbas16 on 16 April 2015 - 09:23 PM

Mrazek definitely made the decision to go with him in net look like a smart one.


Great to get a win out of that one any way. 


It still seems like maybe there should be a couple of different faces/numbers out there on ice next game, I think.

#2594368 ECQF Game 1 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 EST

Posted by barabbas16 on 16 April 2015 - 07:36 PM


#2594239 ECQF Game 1 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 EST

Posted by barabbas16 on 16 April 2015 - 07:09 PM

Everything you are doing there sucks. Stop doing all of that crap and shoot the damn puck.

#2592174 Brendan Smith

Posted by barabbas16 on 11 April 2015 - 07:37 AM

Kindl and Smith haven't panned out. Ericsson has been a decent profit considering where we drafted him. He should probably be traded but he isn't a bust. We kind of need all three of Marchenko, Sproul and Oullette to turn out great because trading for defenseman of quality is nearly impossible these days. And we have to admit that they will all need to be in the lineup soon, so Holland needs to make space.


I wonder if Jensen will get a look in Detroit next year.  The rest of those guys will still be waiver exempt, won't they?

#2591787 Red Wings clinch 24th consecutive Playoff appearance

Posted by barabbas16 on 09 April 2015 - 09:44 PM

Barely making the playoffs is always much better than barely missing them. 


Not the most ideal situation in doing so, but I'll take it considering the aforementioned alternative.

#2589898 Erik cole - what the hell's going on with him ?

Posted by barabbas16 on 06 April 2015 - 08:23 PM

He's more of a factor out there than Cleary or Weiss, both of whom played yesterday...what a great signing Cleary was, with his ONE GOAL. (Sorry, it still irks me...)


And yet, as far as a per game goal scoring rate.... Dan Cleary's one goal in 16 games still puts him above Tomas Jurco's 3 in 62 and Joakim Andersson's 2 in 65.... and he's not far behind Drew Miller's 5 in 79.

#2588707 Erik cole - what the hell's going on with him ?

Posted by barabbas16 on 03 April 2015 - 11:35 AM

Why are guys automatically considered worthless when they get hurt? This is a contact sport, I think. Injuries are going to happen. Not a waste of a trade at all. The moves for Cole and Zidlicky were pretty much exactly what should have happened. They are not at all the reason why this team is terrible now.

#2584949 3/24 GDT : Coyotes 5 at Red Wings 4 (OT)

Posted by barabbas16 on 24 March 2015 - 09:26 PM

They didn't deserve to win this game.  What a complete and total embarrassment.  Pulling a win out of that pile of garbage they turned in would distract from exactly how poor of a hockey team they really are right now... and they need to take a look in the mirror and realize that fact.


Hey Red Wings, you just lost to this team...


Martin Erat - Sam Gagner - Shane Doan

C. Cunningham - C. Reider - David Moss

Mark Acrobello - Kyle Chipchura - J. Szwarz

Lauri Korpikoski - Joe Vitale - B.J. Crombeen


Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Michael Stone

Andrew Campbell - K. Dahlbeck

John Moore - Connor Murphy


Mike Smith


Be ashamed.

#2582543 Mrazek to start how many games?

Posted by barabbas16 on 16 March 2015 - 07:08 PM


For this season, since he is already paid, I agree. But I can't find the logic behind it in the first place. Paying a #2 goalie like Gus only makes sense if you consider your talent in #3 not to be ready. But that's not the fact, every time Jimmy sits, Petr should get the start. So why did they re-sign Gus? Makes no sense..


Maybe you could say "but we want Petr to play, not sit on the bench as a backup". Fine, put McCollum on the bench when Jimmy plays, let Petr start in GR and recall him, when you want to rest Jimmy/Jimmy is injured once again/Jimmy sucks. Then move McCollum down..


Maybe you could say "but if that doesn't work for whatever reason (delayed flights, Jimmy being a late scratch for whatever reason with Petr not able to get to the game in time, etc. ..) we would have to play McCollum!". Sure, might happen. But how often? 1,2 or 3 times in 82 games? Why pay ~2 mil/year just for that scenario, if you could use them elsewhere with more impact? I'd rather do that and let McCollum get a couple games...


They re-signed Gustavsson because, prior to this season, Mrazek had a total of 11 appearances in NHL games. 


And, this is a team that has historically leaned heavily toward the safer option of experience over the riskier option of potential.  It is safer to sign Gustavsson (or some other backup with a decent amount of NHL experience) and risk paying him even though you don't need him than to not sign him and risk wishing you had.

#2582476 Mrazek to start how many games?

Posted by barabbas16 on 16 March 2015 - 09:47 AM

I'm not sure why hockey fans need to suffer through bad play and years of frustration all the time. I continually heard the same chatter when Nyquist and Tatar continued to be sent down to the Griffins and we had to watch Samuelsson, Cleary and Bertuzzi. At some point cut ties and play the better guy. I understand Howard starts but he's never won anything for such loyalty and Mrazek is only getting better as he plays more, the team plays solid behind him and he's 7 years younger.


Um... the Red Wings organization is pretty much all about loyalty... if you have a problem with loyalty, you might be happier rooting for a different team. 


Also, "Play the better guy" is a hell of a lot different than "cut ties."


I really like Mrazek too and I also see him as the goaltender of the future, but I don't like the idea of handing the reigns over to him this soon.  I think maybe a 60-40 split for at least next season and perhaps the following one (depending on how next season goes).... then he gets the starting job based on his performance in the NHL with a reasonable sample size.