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#2540247 10/11/14 GDT: Game 2 | Ducks 3 @ Red Wings 2

Posted by Echolalia on 11 October 2014 - 09:19 PM

I got all caught up in the non-call, but in the replay Ericsson's blunder is the worst. He just stands there, and at the VERY end makes a slight effort to start skating... then kind of stops again. He easily could have gotten in there and prevented a decent shot if he just took a couple steps forward. He wasn't even in position to protect a pass really. Not sure what he was doing out there.

For the most part, I think it was the right play. He was covering the right side of the net in case Getzlaf passed to Kesler. If the pass goes through, Ericsson is in good position to block the shot, especially if you add in a push-off from the crease to cut down the angle. Kesler wasn't that far off the post so it wouldn't take more than one good stride/push to get up into Kesler's grill. This is also why Ericsson was on the right side of the net, and not situated between Getzlaf and Kesler like a typical two-on-one would be.
At the same time, Ericsson needs to respect Getzlaf, which is also why he played the two-on-one so close to Jimmy. Getzlaf had half the crease/net to work with before he's in Ericsson's reach. If Ericsson commits any more to Kesler, Getzlaf has even more space, which is a no-no.
The one thing I would have liked to see is Ericsson close Getzlaf into his side of the ice by diving out on top of the crease as Getzlaf approached. At that point, cutting the top of the crease off would have effectively prevented any pass attempts cuz Getzlaf is already in so tight, but it would also cut down Getzlaf's space even more. He'd still get a point-blank shot off, but that space over Jimmy's shoulder would have been a smaller target.

#2540229 10/11/14 GDT: Game 2 | Ducks 3 @ Red Wings 2

Posted by Echolalia on 11 October 2014 - 08:55 PM

Thank god the season is 82 games long. If the Wings keep playing the way they have been over these first two games, this loss (and the nonpenalty) won't mean a thing.
Having said that, this team looks like an entirely new team compared to last year. They've been really fun to watch so far, and at least through two games, the overall team approach is much different than in the past. The Wings' strategy is much more aggressive and based on speed, which is wonderful to see, because I don't think the coaching staff realized just how quick this next generation of Wings are until they were in the lineup last year. We've been without a solid identity the past few years, but it looks like they're fully embracing quickness, at least based on two games of hockey.

#2539634 Kindl on the block

Posted by Echolalia on 09 October 2014 - 09:31 PM


Kindl played a real live nhl game and allowed 0 goals while he was on the ice and had a shot on net and a very wise 2 minute penalty that would have def been a goal and lead his team to victory please trade with us now

#2539128 HELP!

Posted by Echolalia on 08 October 2014 - 05:30 PM

Started to read and thought it said " help have a man in my basement"

Haha me too!  I was like "well bless you for coming to us first"


LGW.... removing men from basements since 1996

#2539101 Datsyuk to play Thursday? Weiss to be a healthy scratch?

Posted by Echolalia on 08 October 2014 - 02:59 PM

Just give Weiss a chance I really don't get it. Guy was brought here for a reason for that money. I loved him in Florida you can't tell me he can't play anymore/lost all his talent. Give him a couple good linemates and he will produce. I would put money on it


I'm sure that's the eventual plan, but I think right now the big thing is getting him back to game form.  He's been off the ice for the greater part of two years, and now that's he's ready to come back, its with a team/system/coach that he hasn't really had an opportunity to play with at 100%.  He had a hop in his step during the preseason that was absent all last year, and he was looking to get involved more, but Weiss' timing was way off.  He wasn't completing passes well, he didn't seem in synch with his line-mates, or the game overall, for that matter.  I don't know what Babcock and co are thinking with benching him because I obviously don't have access to the practices or lockerroom, but I have to imagine that they want him to get back up to speed, and comfortable with the pace and the way the Wings play before giving him time on the top 6, against other team's top players.  I suspect this process will take a few weeks.

#2538918 Kindl on the block

Posted by Echolalia on 07 October 2014 - 05:04 PM

Peter and Bobby's older brother. Groovy.

There it is!!!

#2538874 Holland interview with Mickey comment about a trade

Posted by Echolalia on 07 October 2014 - 04:18 PM


Someone "what's to stop Chelios"'ed the other day and I lol'd.

I think we need to bring it back this seaso--ahem, excuse me:

What's to stop Chelios from bringing back the "what's to stop Chelios" meme this season?

Nothing, that's what. Boom.

My head just exploded

#2538810 Datsyuk to play Thursday? Weiss to be a healthy scratch?

Posted by Echolalia on 07 October 2014 - 02:09 PM

Granato is the PP coach now.

Maybe the thinking is to have more of a staying at home guy with a strong shot at the blue line to reduce the risk to run into a breakaway. As good as I think Smith is on the PP he's also very offensive minded. Not a problem with a second defender, but if you are the only one the team could get in pretty nasty situations when the puck is lost in the zone.

I agree with this, and if Smith was on the PP, I wouldn't want him as the high defender.  But if Kronwall or Dekeyser was the high defender, Smith could work one of the walls.

#2538799 Datsyuk to play Thursday? Weiss to be a healthy scratch?

Posted by Echolalia on 07 October 2014 - 01:54 PM


Well, I don't think it's inconceivable that the team could have kept around one or two defensive prospects to fill out the points on the PP.  At which time you'd only need six forwards.  And we've at least six who are much more qualified to do that job than Helm.  Sadly, however, we've apparently got exactly two defensemen that Babs feels confident enough to put on the powerplay (and one of them is Dekeyser). 


Justify it however you want.  If you're comfortable with Darren Helm on your powerplay I don't know what to say to you. 


Speaking of, why is it that Babs would rather have Helm and Nestrasil on the powerplay than Smith?  I thought he was supposed to get a shot this year?

This is what doesn't make sense to me.  I'm a bit surprised that they're going with 1 defender for each line, especially because Smith has the potential to be a difference maker on the power play, and Oulette (whom I think deserves to be on the team over Kindl and Lashoff, at least based on preseason performances) also showed he knows how to generate offense, albeit in a small preseason sample size.  I would certainly rather Smith in over one of Helm or Nestrasil, specifically Nestrasil because I don't even know if he's a reliable NHL player yet.  My biggest reservation on Oulette on the powerplay is during the preseason on the man advantage, he threw a terrible pass into the slot from the half-wall which was immediately picked off for a breakaway.  It only happened once, but those kind of risky moves are exactly the thing that coaches get aneurisms over, so I can see Babcock (or actually, who's the PP coach now?) holding him off the powerplay in the regular season until Oulette is smarter with the puck.

#2538742 Datsyuk to play Thursday? Weiss to be a healthy scratch?

Posted by Echolalia on 07 October 2014 - 12:20 PM


In theory.  But if Helm were any good at that then his offensive production would be significantly higher than it is.  The fact is, so far, Helm's speed has not translated into much offensive productivity.  I'm not really sure why he seems to be the guy Babs is counting on to fill holes in the offense.  


Maybe I'm wrong, but I just see Abby all over again.  "Well, put him alongside Datsyuk and he'll score  just fine...".  *facepalm*

I think that mostly has to do with his stone hands in front of the net

#2538513 What did the preseason show us?

Posted by Echolalia on 06 October 2014 - 10:11 AM

Agreed on Jensen. But Mrazek's sample size extends into solid performances last year (2 shutouts) and, of course, his AHL record which includes the Calder Cup.

Agreed on Mrazek. He had better numbers than Jimmy and Monster last year, and although I haven't looked at the stats for the preseason, but he looked the most impressive to me from the three of them. His unsustainable one shutout for every three games played he had last season continued through the preseason as well. But numbers aside, Mrazek is aggressive as hell in net, and he's real comfortable handling the puck. Not to mention every account of the kid says he's as confident and competitive as anyone you'll meet. The kid is the real deal.

#2538445 Callahan, Ferraro and Porter placed on Waivers

Posted by Echolalia on 05 October 2014 - 12:35 PM

Of those prospects I think they made the right call. Jensen and Oulette both consistently outplayed almost half out defensive NHL roster, and both provided much needed offense from the blue line. Callahan could have provided some much-needed sand paper from the bottom six, but overall Nestrasil has the potential to be a bigger difference-maker, both now and especially a couple years down the road. That said, there's no guarantee that Callahan even gets picked up off waivers, so there may be hope still that he sticks with the organization.

#2538382 10/4 Final Preseason GDT: Detroit Red Wings vs Boston Bruins

Posted by Echolalia on 04 October 2014 - 07:05 PM

I love how aggressive Mrazek is on these shots.  He's butterflying at the faceoff circle

#2538116 2014 Preseason Thread

Posted by Echolalia on 03 October 2014 - 09:50 AM

No really. Think about it. Callahan? Callashan? Shallashan? Shanahan.

I rest my case.

I'm sold

#2538042 2014 Prospects Tournament and Training Camp (Sept. 12-23)

Posted by Echolalia on 02 October 2014 - 02:53 PM

Looks like Jensen, Marchenko, & Ouellet are considered the front runners to take spots with Sproul & Backman being sent down.  Just hope they are given a legitimate shot yet at taking Kindl & Lashoff's jobs to start the season, especially with how bad those two looked against the Pens last night.

It's crazy because I didn't even know who the kid was a couple weeks ago, but I gotta say Jensen looks like the biggest difference-maker of the bunch from what I've seen. I can't believe how solid he looked at all ends of the ice. It doesn't hurt that he has a good set of wheels and a right-handed shot either.