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#2560543 1/3 GDT : Red Wings 1 at Canucks 4

Posted by barabbas16 on 04 January 2015 - 12:43 AM

Holy crap - Ken and Ozzie seemed completely incapable of not talking about Ryan Miller tonight.  I understand that it is a relevant story line and he was playing well, but can we keep the 'opposing goaltender is so freaking awesome I just pissed myself at his awesomeness' conversation to, I don't know, less than half the game?  I might as well have listened to the Vancouver broadcast as much as I wanted the announcers to shut the hell up tonight.

#2557994 12/19 GDT : Islanders 2 at Red Wings 1

Posted by barabbas16 on 19 December 2014 - 10:15 PM

Pretty sad you can't even tell the truth around here. I predicted a loss earlier and I was made fun now people are bitter about it. People are hilarious.


Everyone hates the guy that says 'I told you so.'  No one says 'it takes a big man to admit when he's right.'


If you predicted a loss, I am sure your post is still there for anyone to look at and see that you were right.  You are just purposefully being obnoxious.


There's a whole bunch of truth for you.  See?... you can even tell it around here.

#2557977 12/19 GDT : Islanders 2 at Red Wings 1

Posted by barabbas16 on 19 December 2014 - 10:07 PM

Deserved loss.  Islanders beat the Wings in all facets.  Interesting to note, though, that the 2 Islander goals could have been easily avoided if Ericsson does his job and keeps Nelson from getting to that puck and Sheahan figures out how to do anything besides hand the puck to an opposing player wide open 5 feet front of the goal.


Babcock has got to find a way to wake up this offense.  They're lucky to have 3 points out of the last five games as anemic as the offense has been.


I wish Nyquist had slammed his stick into Hamonic's knee after he got up from being cross checked at the end.

#2555946 Boston to host 2016 Winter Classic

Posted by barabbas16 on 12 December 2014 - 11:08 AM

I might care about this.... if the outdoor game deal hadn't already been completely watered down and ruined with the flood of other outdoor games besides the Winter Classic.

#2555703 12/10 GDT - Maple Leafs 2 at Red Wings 1 (SO)

Posted by barabbas16 on 10 December 2014 - 11:03 PM

Yeah they suck in the shootout.  But, that's just a distraction from the main issue tonight, which was failing to put more than one puck in the net.... at home... against a backup goaltender... and a team that played the night before.


Score some freaking goals in regulation and you won't have to deal with your sucky shootout abilities.

#2552636 Are the Wings a Contender?

Posted by barabbas16 on 29 November 2014 - 09:29 AM




No, they're not.  Howard has had one good playoff run in his career, and even then, he didn't get us to the Conference Finals.  On top of his mediocrity, the defense is too unimpressive.  


If healthy, this is a team that can finish in the top 4, but they're not built for the playoffs.  They showed that last year, even though they got healthy by playoff time.    


Zetterberg and Howard didn't play the whole series last season due to health issues.  I wouldn't consider a team missing its captain (one of the team's regular top point producers) and the starting goaltender to be "healthy," myself.

#2552346 Why is Kindl not playing?

Posted by barabbas16 on 27 November 2014 - 04:34 PM


I disagree there. He is right around 20 pts a season average. Thats not good when your supposed to be an offensive defensive. When you can put up 40+ pts a season as a dman being weak defensively can be overlooked. 20 pts no way. Plain and simple hes just not a good NHL D-man. Like I said in my previous post for where he was drafted he was a major bust.


2005 #19 pick - Jakub Kindl - 231 GP, 55 Pts

2006 #19 pick - Mark Mitera - 0 GP, 0 Pts

2007 #19 pick - Logan MacMillan - 0 GP, 0 Pts


Major bust is a bit excessive. 

#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.