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#2673202 I Hate Jeff Blashill because ...

Posted by Echolalia on 23 April 2016 - 03:40 PM

Regardless of his familiarity, its harder to coach at the NHL level than the AHL level and a coach, just like a player needs time to adjust their game to the increased competition. Its the reason why almost no coaches (or none) have won a Cup as a rookie. Its really hard to do right away. Blashill inherited a borderline playoff team and did just as well as his predessessor. Anybody expecting an immediate transformation was being unrealistic. Coaching a borderline team into the playoffs as a rookie coach is quite an accomplishment. He wasn't perfect, no doubt, but he did a good job considering the team is in the middle of a transition. I'd be far more disappointed with the result if he took over an established team full of prime stars and underperformed in the playoffs. He had almost the exact same season, with a very similarly transitioning team, as Dave Haskoll in Philadelphia and nobody is saying that rookie coach should be fired.


I think the Wings making the playoffs had more to do with Larkin and Mrazek having league-leading individual performances for half the season while everyone else was busy s***ting the bed.  Literally every other player on the team played quantitatively worse than last year.  This was a team that was on paper supposed to be better.  The league-leading power play from last year now also finally had a right-handed qb in Green and a veteran player and recent Stanley cup winner in Richards.  They finally got rid of Weiss.  Tatar, Nyquist, Sheahan were all a year older and closer to their prime ages.  And then when we had an opportunity to avenge our 7 game series loss to Tampa from last year with what should be a stronger roster, and Tampa without their top goal scorer and a top paring defenseman, the Wings managed only a single playoff victory.  By all accounts this year was a disappointment and almost every player on the roster did not perform up to expectations, even if you want to factor in some sort of rookie coach handicap.  Hopefully Blash has learned some things throughout the season, and uses the offseason to learn a few more things, and comes back next year in better position to get the most of this team.  And hopefully he gets some help from Holland.

#2673000 Official 2016 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Thread

Posted by Echolalia on 22 April 2016 - 01:53 PM

Athanasiou will not be joining the Griffins, at least to start the playoffs due to a family matter. If he was sent down, I would assume it was just on paper, so he would be eligible later in the playoffs if / when his family matter is resolved...

I don't want him to rejoin the Griffins only because back in February when he was first called up I went on a limb and said that he played his last game as a Griffin, and I want so badly for my prediction to be true that I'm willing to have the Griffins suffer through the playoffs without him. Although at this point even if he does play it's kinda a technicality right?


#2672809 I Hate Jeff Blashill because ...

Posted by Echolalia on 21 April 2016 - 10:17 PM

Gotta admit I wasn't a fan of his work this season. Just about every player on the team performed worse compared to last year's individual stats. Mrazek played on his head for half the season and Larkin played on his head for half the season, and I think those two factors are what got the Wings to the playoffs. I haven't seen anything particularly impressive from coaching all season long. I guess he has a long summer to do some homework on how to be an effective NHL coach and Holland to maybe grab some fresh blood, but I'm not particularly excited with the state of this team right now.

#2672418 ECQF Game 5 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by Echolalia on 21 April 2016 - 07:58 PM

Story of the postseason has and continues to be missed opportunities.  One 5 on 3, three breakaways, two posts, and zero goals is absolutely unacceptable, especially in an elimination game.

#2672093 ECQF Game 5 GDT : Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 EST

Posted by Echolalia on 21 April 2016 - 01:33 PM


Terrible and sad news.  Yeah, he's pretty much a ...planet Earth legend as well.
Someone queue up "Baby, I'm A Star" for all of the young Wings pregame.  See if that gets anything going.  For any of the younger LGW peeps who weren't around when Prince was in his prime...move on...You might not get it...it's music with artists who play musical instruments.
Let's do this tonight Wings...come back home and take it "game by game"!!

I went to his concert last year at the Fox theater. Was totally blown away. My friends and I woke up the next morning and all we could remember was a vague purple fog. We got Prince'd.

#2670898 ECQF Game 4 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by Echolalia on 19 April 2016 - 08:50 AM

I would keep Pulkkinen out of the lineup. Even if you want his shot on the power play, the main issue that our PP has is dealing with the pressure that Tampa brings on the PK. Nobody has time or space to get a shot off, and that was a personal issue for Pulkkinen in the regular season. I struggle to believe he will be the Wings' savior in this aspect, and add in the obligatory 20 turnovers that come off his stick and there's plenty of reason to kee him scratched. As unpopular as Anderson is here, I'd much rather be play than Pulkkinen.

As far as the power play goes, this one is on the coaching staff to work out. Tampa is bringing pressure with 4 guys. The Wings need to adapt a strategy that exploits that and gets the puck to the open man quickly. That means players without the puck showing hustle and actively skating to open lanes to become an option for the puck carrier, and that's exactly what I'll be looking for tonight. When they bring pressure to the defenseman at the point do we have a guy on the half wall skating to an open area of ice? Do we have someone filling in the ice the Tampa defender vacated in the slot to pressure our defensman? Are we using the boards and the back of the net as a pressure relief? We didn't do these things Sunday. We need to do them tonight.

#2670642 ECQF Game 3 Post-GDT: at Red Wings 2, Tampa Bay 0

Posted by Echolalia on 17 April 2016 - 09:10 PM

They just showed a replay of the AA goal.  I think he bent it in like Beckham!  Looked to me like it was going wide.

I actually thought the same thing when they showed the replay right after he scored.

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#2670585 ECQF Game 3 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by Echolalia on 17 April 2016 - 08:48 PM

Smith deserves a star he's been unbelievable the whole night

#2670372 ECQF Game 3 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by Echolalia on 17 April 2016 - 07:40 PM

So that's what happens when you crash the net

#2670324 ECQF Game 3 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by Echolalia on 17 April 2016 - 07:28 PM

Lol LGW is going to implode. Anderson just set up the goal

#2670256 ECQF Game 3 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by Echolalia on 17 April 2016 - 07:15 PM

Wings don't know how to run a power play when they're being pressured

#2669990 ECQF Game 3 GDT : Tampa Bay Lightning at Red Wings, 7:00 EST

Posted by Echolalia on 17 April 2016 - 11:08 AM

I just want to see the Wings attack the net

#2669850 ECQF Game 2 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 5, Red Wings 2

Posted by Echolalia on 16 April 2016 - 05:38 PM

Compare the location of Wings' goals vs Tampa's goals. Three of our four goals have been from floaters from the point, and Larkin's breakaway goal. We are not producing around the crease, from the slot, or from the face off dots. They're boxing us out and we aren't hopping on rebounds, or in the case of game 1, we are simply shooting everything from these locations right into a body or wide of the net. Playoffs are won and lost in the area within five feet of the crease, and right now we're losing that battle. The wings have a plethora of issues to overcome but this is the most glaring to me.

#2668646 Silly Question - to go or not to go to game 2?

Posted by Echolalia on 15 April 2016 - 11:49 AM

First world problems in here. Def go. And toss an octopus in the lower bowl.

#2668443 ECQF Game 1 Post-GDT: at Tampa Bay 3, Red Wings 2

Posted by Echolalia on 14 April 2016 - 08:38 AM

It's easy to point to goaltending as the reason we lost because hey this is LGW but frankly Bishop and Howard played about evenly. They both made some terrific saves and they both let in goals they want back. I don't think you can look at either one and say he was the reason Tampa won or Detroit lost. If we're going to point at anything as the reason we lost I think the first place we have to look is at all the scoring chances the Wings couldn't capitalize on. For long stretches of that game the Wings were carrying the play. Tampa struggled to keep the puck out of their half of the rink for the first half of the game. We had a 2-1 shot margin on them at one point. Multiple glorious opportunities from the slot that never even made it to the net. And the only two goals that the Wings scored were two otherwise innocuous shots from the point. Even with the average defense and average goaltending and average players and everything not elite about this team, if the Wings were able to capitalize on just one of those several scoring chances they worked so hard to generate the game is a totally different beast.