Holland needs to re-sign Ericsson. He's been fine and kills penalties really well. He still scored 5 points in the playoffs and had 15 points and was a +8 in the regular season. Ericsson still has upside. I think $1.25 per year is a good deal for him.
Take blind runs at Datsyuk.
Don't bother to clear the crease, Detroit is inept there.
Rotating goalies twice every period confounds the Wings.
Play your enforcers. All of them.
Don't waste your time chasing rebounds.
Shots from the red line are key.
Slow and steady vs. Detroit.
Focus top defensive pairings on Helm.
Find a way to get C. Lemieux back.
Murray needs to be on the ice every second with Datsyuk.
Thornton needs his fast food.
Remember, Detroit is old - that means they suck.
Play keep away in the neutral zone.
Work on endurance: Run the bleachers before and after every game.
Neimi just won a Cup: Count on him to steal most games.
Stare down Babcock.
Study hours of tape, and finally figure out just what Holmstrom is saying.
Tony Little motivational tapes coupled with sleep deprivation.
Publicly insult and mock Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman and the Ilitches.
Relax, you beat them in 5 last year.
I wanted to extend an olive branch before the start of the series and wish you the best of luck. I think we're all eagerly waiting to see how it plays itself out.
LGW and LGS have been affiliated for several years. Matt S and I published our sites as part of a network for several years with the intent of driving traffic across participating websites. Both our sites are a couple of the oldest on the internet, so I'm glad to see LGW is still going strong.
For those that choose to post on LGS, you'll need to register (as is the case here). You'll find the majority of folks on LGS are pretty respectful and good natured, so it's a nice place to talk hockey and get perspective from opposing fans. In any case, I always encourage our regulars to visit LGW AND behave themselves. Most will try and carry their handles over with them, so you'll be able to reconcile folks between sites. If anyone of our regulars gets out of hand here, email me. Douchbaggery here will only incite reciprocation on LGS, and I can tell you that it's a pain in the butt having to deal with such nonsense. I will sanction any one of my regulars who misbehaves here...we all just want to talk hockey!
We all look forward to good natured ribbing. The graphics threads are by far the highlight of the year, so bring it!
Thanks and good luck,
Looking forward to the refereeing being leagues better than last year, if the matchup happens. Sharks fans seem to routinely forget that the horrid officiating won them two games.
Last year's series also led me to utterly lose respect for Todd McLellan, who was perfectly willing to let his players flop and dive like fishes.
Think about something for a second: When was the last game you can think of that the Wings won as a direct result of their own players embellishing or outright diving, or bad officiating, or both, and not on the Wings' own merits (or despite a lack thereof in that particular game)?
It happens in the NHL for sure, including in the playoffs, but I have come to the conclusion that it is a rare fan who can not only discern when it adversely affects the outcome of their own team's game, but also when it happens the reverse. Most fans tend to be quite myopic about it, having what I think of as a persecution complex for their own team.
Bad calls (but especially non-calls) encourage players to do whatever it takes to draw attention to the officials. Likewise, all players on ALL teams in the league are encouraged to draw penalties by their coaches, and to do whatever they can to make sure that THEIR teams "remains disciplined" while the other team gets more penalties. That is part of the game, of course, and I'm not talking about diving, either. No, you'll hear coaches openly denounce diving as a cardinal sin, one that they simply will not tolerate from their own players. Yeah. Right.
I don't just see players from other teams (read=ALL TEAMS) embellish, and even dive at times, trying to draw penalties, as well as bad calls and non-calls that go in the other team's favor (including ::: gasp ::: the Wings). But I see when the Sharks do it too. At least the ones that any unbiased, disinterested fan without a horse in the race would be able to confirm as such. When I do mention it (bad calls, non-calls, or diving/embellishing that benefits our team), I see some Sharks fans get all dismissive about it, while others just nod their heads, or stare neutrally, as if it didn't happen. Can you see that same thing with your team? Does it just not happen, or does it happen so infrequently as to make it a non-issue in your mind?
Also, I don't ask myself or a fellow Sharks fan if Sharks players have dived. That would be kind of stupid, with answers that are predictable. No, to know if that's true, or whether a team has a reputation for it, ask the fans of the other teams. Better yet, go to Youtube and enter "my_team_name dive" (without the quotes). Or, if you'd like, I could provide specific examples of absolutely disgustingly egregious diving (by Sharks, Wings or any other team) gladly upon request.
Should a player have his head down while skating through the neutral zone or receiving a suicide pass? No. Should a player be potentially subject to headaches, dizziness, fatigue, anxiety, memory and attention problems, sleep problems, and irritability for the rest of his life because he does? No way.
I don't think you can ever completely take concussions out of the game, but can the league significantly reduce them by identify and eliminating the types of hits, like this one, that cause the bulk of them? Absolutely. If that offends you because it "degrades physicality from the game," there's always UCF.
Fighting has it's place. But there are too many staged fights and too many one dimensional worthless players.
If I'm a Nashville fans I'm pissed that S.o.b. fought Bertuzzi. That's why I don't want a player like that on my team. I think the risk outweighs the reward when it comes to fighting, so I'd rather the team not fight until the instigator rule is taken out.
Haha. The funny thing is, its a Canadian team too, soon they're blind, rabid support may end up sounding even more rediculous than Chicago's. It probably won't just be about being better than the Wings, but how they're better than America and all its teams.
I hate Canada's arrogance, especially in regards to hockey. I was watching CBC the other day and they claimed the Gretzky's C stood for cooperation, that cooperation was an inherintly Canadian value and was essentially invented by them. I hate how CBC's intro just shows clips from he Canadian teams. If you suppossed own the game, why don't you support all the teams?
How many Canadian teams do you see featured on NBC or the Winter Classic?