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#2278261 4/5 GDT : Devils 2 at Red Wings 1

Posted by Echolalia on 05 April 2012 - 01:10 PM

Posting this here because I don't think it warrants it's own thread, but the Kings play the first of their two games against San Jose tonight.

I'm a Kings fan too so I'm rooting for them, but keeping the Sharks out of the playoffs would be icing on the cake.


As much as I would love the Sharks to miss the playoffs entirely, I'm beginning to wonder whether it would benefit the Wings in the long haul if the Sharks won the 8th seed. They've always been like the postseason tornado. They just destroy whatever is in their path early on, but they fizzle out pretty quickly and seem easy to weather deep in the playoffs. If the Sharks get the 8th seed, they'll be up against Vancouver, and I see the victor of that series limping away wounded. I don't know that Dallas has the capacity to upset the way the Sharks do.


#2278090 Welcome Back Mule!

Posted by Echolalia on 05 April 2012 - 12:02 AM

Actually I wasn't all that impressed with him tonight.

Well, aside from the two goals of course, but I'm still waiting to see that tenacity where he grabs the puck and never lets go, plows through a couple players from the corner and earns his scoring opportunities, instead of the gift-wrapped pucks that Datsyuk fed him tonight.

I will admit he had a spark to his step after the first goal, and he looked a bit more confident in himself. Hopefully it translates into what we all know he's capable of in the upcoming games, but as it stands, this game wasn't Franzen being Franzen. Even if he did pot two goals.


#2277153 Red Wings Playoff Scouting Report

Posted by Echolalia on 03 April 2012 - 10:43 AM

The power play is bad for the same reason that the Wings have a lot of other problems. There's no desperation or passion. I don't want to blame the coaches, although its an appealing avenue because two of our coaches are brand new and the issues popped up just this year, but the Wings have consistently been poor with winning the small battles, and investing energy to get that tip in the slot, or to come up with the puck in the corner. It certainly doesn't help that the go-to guys for these situations have been nursing injuries, ie Eaves, Cleary, Zetterberg, now Helm. I think Filpulla has been the only player who has really stepped it up and taken on a larger load when it comes to playing with passion and heart. Hopefully the postseason is inspiration enough to get everyone in the right mind.


#2276807 Samuelsson

Posted by Echolalia on 01 April 2012 - 07:40 PM

I'll take the traffic cone or the monkey, but please not Jason Williams


#2275509 this team is soft

Posted by Echolalia on 29 March 2012 - 07:49 PM

I'm really getting sick andf****** tired of the same bulls*** arguments being made on these boards time after time after time. It's like a broken record that's had the needle taped down. Nothing new is ever said, no one's minds are changed, nothing different is brought to the table. It's like any thread about HWSNBN*. The same circle jerk consisting of the same damn people shouting the same incomprehensible babble over one another until they pass out or a mod locks/deletes the thread.



*He Who Shall Not Be Named


Tell it like it is girl!


#2275413 Justin Schultz a Potential Wings UFA Target

Posted by Echolalia on 29 March 2012 - 11:59 AM

Seems pretty speculative, but if the stars align the Wings could see themselves with Smith, Dekeyser, and Schultz, which is a hell of a lot of young talent on the back end.


#2275338 Babcock is making a huge mistake

Posted by Echolalia on 29 March 2012 - 07:27 AM

I wonder if Babs is shielding Nashville from Howard, so they don't have an in-game refresher on his strengths and weaknesses so close to playoffs. You also don't want to let your potential 1st round opponent get confident against your goalie because they lit him up one game removed from injury. Hell, Babs might be worried about them taking runs at Howard trying to reaggrivate whatever was bugging him. Who knows.


#2274799 3/28 GDT: Red Wings 2 at Blue Jackets 4

Posted by Echolalia on 28 March 2012 - 11:11 AM

Is it playoffs yet? Just get these games over with injury free and let the real season begin


#2273978 Brendan Smith sent back to Grand Rapids

Posted by Echolalia on 25 March 2012 - 10:11 PM

Well this sucks but I knew it was coming. To bad Kenny is deciding to make our defense weaker since Smith is far better than Ericsson and Kindl at both end of the rink.

They are just both so terrible and painful to watch.


Smith is better offensively than both Ericsson and Kindl, but he is most definitely NOT better defensively than either player, or anyone else on that side of the bench. The kid has a lot of talent and he sees the ice phenomenally, but he's also underestimated the speed of oncoming forwards and has been beaten plenty of times in his short stint up. He has a lot to learn and a lot to get accustom to before he is equal defensively to either Kindl or Ericsson. I'm not saying he doesn't have that potential, but if we need to preserve a one goal lead late in the third, I'm sending any defenseman out there before Smith. In two years that will likely change. But not today.


#2272844 Brendan Smith watch thread

Posted by Echolalia on 21 March 2012 - 11:02 PM

Looked pretty good to me, tonight. He's the real deal, no doubt. Under the Babs regime, it'll take him more than a few games to move up in the depth chart, but, performance-wise, I don't really see a reason to put him in the A any longer.

Nyquist is getting run over too much, he's got a fair bit to go, strength-wise.


I was thinking the same thing, but at the very least he has the spunk to race into the dirty areas and fight for the hard to get pucks. Once he adds a little muscle to him that part of his game should really stand out, especially considering his flair for stick-handling in tight areas.


#2272531 Radulov Returns

Posted by Echolalia on 21 March 2012 - 04:57 PM

I wonder if Radulov is familiar with what Kronwall had been up to since he left for the KHL


#2272425 Howard suffers groin injury...again.

Posted by Echolalia on 21 March 2012 - 11:21 AM

I was kind of hopIng Conklin would've been claimed, just to see the media and forum response. That and I'm still too emotionally scarred from the last time Conklin was with the team.


#2272138 Box score nugget of the night

Posted by Echolalia on 20 March 2012 - 11:16 AM

As much as I love watching guys pummel each other, this was a circus act. I'm all for keeping fights in the game, but not staged fights like this.


#2270761 If you Could Change Five Outcomes in Hockey History

Posted by Echolalia on 16 March 2012 - 12:11 PM

I wouldn't change the outcome of the series, but I would've given the Flyers a little more adversity in the rounds leading up to the 97 SCF. Maybe they would've been more prepared to handle the Wings, go on to win the Cup and Vladdy and Sergei Manotzokonov (sp?) never get into the limo that changed their lives. Then again, the driver would have kept his license and perhaps injured or killed somebody else...


#2270098 Call the team out

Posted by Echolalia on 14 March 2012 - 12:02 PM

Special teams have always been a point of concern this year and it is something that the Wings will have to work on, but they can't do much in the state they're currently in. Injuries absolutely play a role in the play we have witnessed, and I think a much larger role than a lot of folks may realize. When a player goes down, you aren't just losing his point total. You lose the chemistry that he has with his teammates, you lose the attention that he gets from the opposition, you lose the special skill set that your team has been designed to compliment. Datsyuk and lidstrom are obviously huge losses for the Wings, but Bertuzzi, Kindl, Eriksson, etc are all significant losses too, based on the above. They're being replaced with guys with capable skill, but little to no experience with the team, their linemates, or the system. That pulls down the play of everyone. I'm seeing a lot of bad passes and a lot more miscommunication, and it has resulted directly into shorthanded goals against, even strength goals against, power play goals against, prevented us from establishing the offensive zone (the only line that seems comfortable with neutral zone passing is Zetterberg's line), prevented us from even getting scoring opportunities. When guys start returning, these problems should disappear, and they can get back to focusing on road wins, power plays, penalty kills, and whatever else plagued them when they were healthy. Babs and co will say they're working on it now, but with the lineup they have it's just not possible, and none of these issues will be fixed until our lineup starts to resemble what it was a month ago.