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#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.

#2668291 ECQF Game 1 GTD: Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 ET

Posted by Echolalia on 13 April 2016 - 08:55 PM

So many glorious scoring chances not capitalized on

#2667800 ECQF Game 1 GTD: Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 ET

Posted by Echolalia on 13 April 2016 - 07:01 PM

I got say the Wings haven't looked that bad actually. They were controlling the game until Tampa scored, and since then it's been kinda back and forth. The Wings do need to attack the crease though, and less of these unscreened snappers from 30 feet out right after crossing the blueline bulls***.

#2666660 Fixing this mess....

Posted by Echolalia on 09 April 2016 - 08:48 PM

i feel howards being over praised, during that "bad stretch" of mrazek's our whole team was playing like trash. Wings management just don't like seeing money sitting on the bench, they play the money. Thus is why they so heavily try to rely on dats and Z. Not sayin their incapable just im not sure they can carry this team anymore.


The whole team has played like trash more or less all season.  Mrazek has been a dumpster fire since his birthday, and for the most part it has had little to do with the play in front of him.  Since he started playing bad, Howard has been much sharper.  This is why he's been getting the starts.  Not because he gets paid more, but because he has been giving the team the best chance to win.  If it was because of his bigger paycheck, Howard would have been the starter all season long, and that clearly wasn't the case from October to February.  

#2666509 2016 Playoffs % chances (part II)

Posted by Echolalia on 09 April 2016 - 02:23 PM

LGW calculated playoff % chance after Ottawa victory over Boston: 58%

#2665151 4/6 GDT : Philadelphia Flyers at Red Wings, 8:00 ET

Posted by Echolalia on 06 April 2016 - 10:12 PM

Glenny, Abby, and Helm woulda made the grind line guys proud tonight. I'm sure Drapes was smiling up in the press box.


They were our best players out there tonight.  

#2664605 A sight for sore eyes.

Posted by Echolalia on 05 April 2016 - 07:19 PM

The guy was a true troll. I mean he's been permabanned and he once again singlehandedly got LGW to discuss his trolliness in a thread originally dedicated to Drew Miller.

Guys a pro.

#2664588 Fixing this mess....

Posted by Echolalia on 05 April 2016 - 06:08 PM

I'm not Buppy, but I'm ok with not including Tatar in that cap. Said it before, I would trade him for a 6th round pick. What he brings is available for much less on most AHL teams in my opinion. Does not belong.
Yes he scores, when open and facing the goalie in the slot. More skilled than most, so can score when pressed for time and space.
But so can most skilled small players. Brings nothing but sniping and puck handling ability. Which we can get from young AHL studs for less than 1 million/year on short contracts.
He is a turnover danger everywhere else.

If Holland followed this logic a year or two ago Tatar would be in Edmonton, and you'd have your 6th round pick and Pulkkinen would be in Tatar's spot in the top six, who at the time was considered a sure thing in the NHL based on how he was destroying the AHL. In other words, you would have traded our second highest goal scorer away for beans and replaced him in the lineup with someone who can't even currently crack it.

#2663090 3/29 GDT - Red Wings at Canadiens - 7:30 PM EST

Posted by Echolalia on 29 March 2016 - 08:06 PM

PP enforcin like mad out there

#2662989 3/29 GDT - Red Wings at Canadiens - 7:30 PM EST

Posted by Echolalia on 29 March 2016 - 07:44 PM

Yes, I do. I'm so sick of hearing about the stupid streak. Who gives a s*** about the streak? It's like that's all the wings are playing for. The streak means jack s*** when this team, even if they do somehow make it into the playoffs can't hold any lead and has no compete level. The streak means nothing when we'll get dominated in the first round.
Miss the playoffs and start playing to win in the playoffs instead of just extending the streak and calling it a day. They say they're not playing just to make the playoffs and that they want to win the cup but it's complete bulls***.

How can you play to win the playoffs if you don't get into the playoffs

#2662802 2016 Playoffs % chances (part II)

Posted by Echolalia on 29 March 2016 - 07:04 AM

If our playoff hopes depends of unsucces of other teams then we don't deserve playoff spot.

And the teams that ultimately were unsuccessful down the stretch and ended he season with less points than the Wings overall would deserve that playoff spot?

Either way, the Wings still control their own destiny. At least right now we aren't reliant on others to lose.

#2661737 Looking ahead at expansion draft

Posted by Echolalia on 24 March 2016 - 11:57 AM

Smith is definitely better than the forums generally believe. Overall this has been a pretty good year for him so far.

#2661259 Marchenko vs. Smith

Posted by Echolalia on 21 March 2016 - 01:06 PM

Difference is, Smith has peaked, Marchenko has that "potential" tag still.  To me, deciding which one to keep all depends on what happens on July 1st and/or which one would bring you more in return.  One thing for sure is, Smith won't hanfg the KHL over your head if he doesn't get to play.  Remember last summer when he said that if he goes back to GR he may as well go to the KHL.  Other than being right handed, I don't see a reason right now that he could've had any advantage in that negotiation, he is not that good. BUT, Smith has peaked, makes tons of bonehead errors. From a business standpoint, I'd stay with Smith, because since he has peaked, he really won't be holding out for more money on his next contract.  You will always have the threat of Marchenko bolting to the KHL if he doesn't get what he wants.  Having that over your head ties your hands a bit.  That being said, I'd keep both of them over Erection, but nobody is going to take his contract from us and both Smith AND Marchenko would be easier to move, with a higher return value. Not much higher, but a bit.
It all depends on the draft and July 1st.  If they sign a top guy and feel confindent enough in XO, then one of Smith/Marchy becomes expendable. Also Sproul and Jensen need to be dealt with, I know they aren't top 4 guys, but I am really tired of losing players for nothing.  We were able to get a 6th for Kindl, it'd be nice, if Sproul/Jensen are not in the plans to get a couple of picks for them, or maybe something in a package.  KFQ can go and I hope and pray Holland doesn't re-sign him using the whole "he knows the system" garbage, because the system sucks and along with personel, system changes are needed as well. May as well start fresh with a new system and new components.
But, in regard to to original question, if I have to choose between Smith and Marchy, I guess I am picking Marchy because of his age, and potential.  Smith had that once and has disappointed us, Marchy could do the same, but I'd take the gamble.....again.

I personally don't think the potential for Marchenko is there. I think right now Smith is a better player than Marchenko will ever be. But who knows for sure.