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#2643290 Adam Oates being brought in to help PP

Posted by Echolalia on 18 December 2015 - 03:17 PM

Is Oates not coaching anywhere?  

I love that Blashill is willing to look outside the organization for help.  One of the things that I liked about Babcock was that he accumulated contacts throughout the league, and throughout other leagues, so he had plenty of minds to pick when necessary.  Seems like that rubbed off on Blash. 

#2643206 The Killer Instict

Posted by Echolalia on 17 December 2015 - 12:26 PM

Losing Lidstrom definitely hurt this team, and it might have been the cause of the slide since then, but I don't think we use it as an excuse for why the team is struggling in the third period.  There are 29 teams that never had a Lidstrom to begin with, and now 30 teams that don't.  Most of them have no issue closing out games, and certainly not to the degree that the Wings do.  So there's definitely a way to do it without requiring a Lidstrom-level skillset on the defensive roster. Some team's have players of Weber' caliber, or Suter's caliber, but there's also many teams out there with defensman that aren't any better than the what the Wings have who can maintain a lead throughout the third period.

#2643188 The Killer Instict

Posted by Echolalia on 16 December 2015 - 09:33 PM

.625??? Lol damnnn that's horrid. Really? .625??





I don't think the team has been playing bad overall.  I mean they did just have a 13 game point streak, and are currently second in the division.  But they are leaving a lot of points on the table, and perhaps just as importantly giving points to the opposition.  If that .625 was the league median .900, that would translate to 4.4 more wins, or roughly 9 extra points, and a handful of points taken away from those teams who came from behind to beat the Wings.  9 extra points puts the Wings just behind Dallas for the league lead (who incidentally wins .933 of their games when leading after two periods).


Edit: actually it would be less than 9 points, because some of those wins were converted from OT losses, where the Wings did get a point.  So its closer to 5 points.  So they'd be with Montreal (with a game in hand).

#2643067 12/14 GDT : Buffalo Sabres at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by Echolalia on 14 December 2015 - 10:11 PM

I swear Jimmy cannot hold a lead I mean every time he's in I know the team is going to OT cuz he's letting one in with 5 min left and apparently that's not enough cuz he had to let two in! I know he didn't have a chance but at the end of the day he doesn't make the big saves and Mrazek does when the team needs him most.

Oh waitaminute

#2642686 Patrick Kane's point streak reaches 25 games

Posted by Echolalia on 12 December 2015 - 06:52 AM

It was a good one. I'm more against his accuser now that the facts are known, though. Certainly doesn't change from the fact that Kane is a classic d-bag. 

To be fair you're totally right, but I couldn't pass up that opportunity.
"If there's an opening, I go for it"
-Patrick Kane Echolalia

#2642466 Patrick Kane's point streak reaches 25 games

Posted by Echolalia on 12 December 2015 - 01:17 AM

He sure knows a thing or two about scoring on people who try to deny him


#2642295 12/11 GDT : Red Wings at New Jersey Devils, 7:00 EST

Posted by Echolalia on 11 December 2015 - 06:37 PM



Or maybe splitting time is better for him long term rather than playing night in and night out? He seemed to hit a wall last year after a stellar first few months. 


Who knows. 


I think splitting time is better for both of them because it introduces competition and neither goalie is playing with the safety net of knowing their job is safe as the number one goalie.  But Howard has shown in the past that he's capable of playing ~60 games a season and putting up solid numbers.  I think last year's issue was more a result of the injury he sustained in January.  He was doing great beforehand, and never returned to form once he came off IR.


anyway I didn't mean to derail this thread with a goalie debate.  I just thought that putting a "closer" in for the shootout might be an idea worth looking further into.

#2642285 12/11 GDT : Red Wings at New Jersey Devils, 7:00 EST

Posted by Echolalia on 11 December 2015 - 05:07 PM

There's research showing both ways but that doesn't conclude much. I said "warm-up" not stretch (which is only part of an routine warm up).
But anyways, Mrazek would have been sitting on bench for quite a while before being called in for a shootout. The question becomes is his reflexive ability at his 100% after sitting there for 65 minutes (+30 from intermissions)? Usually when goalies get replaced mid game, the first few shots against them are high risk for being scored on.But with a shootout, the first few shots IS all he'll be seeing to make or break the game. 

It's a gamble to replace the goalie. It's just a matter of whether or not the coach will take it. Then again Howard sucks at them, so maybe the risk IS worth it. 

I don't think getting warmed up to go into a game is much an obstacle to overcome. There are exercise bikes for aerobics, there are players who are perpetually benched for OT that can take practice shots with a practice puck in the back, or even the trainer or something, goalies can throw a super ball against a wall to keep reflexes sharp once OT starts. If you're in the group that believes that warming up is an issue, then it's an issue that can be solved without too much trouble. And even if someone argued that no amount of prep can truly get you into game form the way 30 minutes of practice on the ice before a game does, we're still weighing whatever perceived disadvantage that brings against Howard's very quantifiable disadvantage in the shootout, warmed up or otherwise.
Specifically pertaining to the bolded: I'm interested to know if this is actually true and if there is quantifiable evidence that supports goalies having a lower save % for the first handful of shots they take relative to the rest of the game, or even their running average. As of now I'm skeptical.

#2642240 12/10 GDT : Montreal Canadiens at Red Wings, 7:30 EST

Posted by Echolalia on 11 December 2015 - 12:00 PM

If helm could play that way every game... Man this team would have options

#2642029 All Purpose Grand Rapids Griffins Thread

Posted by Echolalia on 10 December 2015 - 06:13 PM

There's a Griffins thread in the "Minor and Pro Team Affiliates" section.
But yeah, Mantha was a healthy scratch last night for Frk (who ended up scoring the game winner). Nelson was asked after the game if there was any particular reason Mantha was scratched, or if he was having a setback from his concussion symptoms from the fight a couple weeks ago, and Nelson said he was fine, just a "coach's decision"... Seemed very odd to me, especially with how well Mantha has been playing of late... I still think Nelson is a bit of a moron, but the team is finally clicking with 9 straight wins...

That's where threads go to die

#2642011 First time visit - parking

Posted by Echolalia on 10 December 2015 - 12:18 PM

Thanks. Is this the parking garage you use at the Compuware Building?

Yes, and if you're willing to eat at Hard Rock Cafe they will validate your parking ticket so you don't have to pay, which is kinda nice.

#2642006 First time visit - parking

Posted by Echolalia on 10 December 2015 - 11:46 AM

Detroit is an awesome city and I highly recommend hitting up one of the many amazing restaurants before the game. I would not recommend parking at Cobo because the traffic afterward is always a mess and I personally have no patience at all for that. I usually park at greektown or the compuware building, hit up a restaurant in that area, then walk/take the free shuttle to the Joe. The downtown area is pretty safe. Lots of businesses are starting to realize this as well and have begun moving in, because the foot traffic has really started picking up in the last few years.

#2642004 12/08 GDT : Red Wings at Washington Capitals, 7:30 ET

Posted by Echolalia on 10 December 2015 - 11:33 AM

As I was watching the OT and Detroit's PP started, I wanted Blash to pull Howard, have a 5-3 and end it then and there. At the moment I didn't think it would be thaaaat crazy....right? ...no? haha, But, then again, the PP didn't do much and ended up giving up a penalty. But still, I'd rather see them lose like that over the embarrasing SO. No need to put Howard through that...   

I think there might be a rule where if they scored on the empty net we would forfeit our overtime point and get no points even though it was an OT loss. Can someone confirm/deny? I'm not 100%

#2641706 12/08 GDT : Red Wings at Washington Capitals, 7:30 ET

Posted by Echolalia on 08 December 2015 - 08:45 PM

Somewhere krsmith is changing his pants

#2641689 12/08 GDT : Red Wings at Washington Capitals, 7:30 ET

Posted by Echolalia on 08 December 2015 - 08:19 PM

I hope he doesn't slips up and calls a Belle Tire Power Play haha

Its gotta be tough to keep that kind of thing in check after doing it routinely for years.